When is the best time of day to have my family photos taken?
Light. It’s often unpredictable and never really the same. It changes depending on the weather, the time of day and even the season. And, utilised properly, it can elevate an image so it becomes something magical.
Every single time I pick up my camera, I’m looking for the best way to use the light I have to really make your moments memorable.
Whether its the drama and magic of a golden sunset, the gentle back-light of morning or afternoon or the soft diffused light of a cloudy day, light is a challenge that never fails to inspire me.
Each time of day offers something a bit different - read on to see what you can expect.
Golden hour and Sunset for dramatic, magical family photos
If you are after drama, magic or something a little unexpected then this is the time of day to have your photos taken.
Golden hour refers to the hour before the sun sets. It’s low position in the sky makes for beautiful soft, golden light which casts a magical glow over everything.
The thing I love about this time of day is that you never get the same light twice.
Completely clear skies, differing amounts of cloud cover, or even just a slight haze in the air is enough to give a totally different feel to every single session.
It’s unpredictable but that is what makes it such an exciting challenge. This truly is a magical time of day.
These two photos were taken during golden hour, the sky was cloudless, but there was a haze in the air which meant everything was glowing a gorgeous golden colour.
Early morning and afternoon light are beautiful for family photography
Of course, magical light doesn’t just happen at sunset. If you book a session with me during the day, I’ll suggest we meet earlier in the morning or later on in the afternoon, because this is when the sun is relatively low in the sky and the light is more flattering.
Midday sun, directly overhead is harder to work with because it casts harsh shadows onto people’s faces.
As you can tell from my portfolio (and the little series of photos above), I love to back-light my families, I’ll often find places where the light is filtering through trees and bushes, because that casts a beautiful golden glow on the people I’m photographing.
Cloudy days are perfect for your family photography session
People often express disappointment when it clouds over, but I actually love photographing on cloudy days. The light is soft and diffused, you often get beautiful, dramatic skyscapes and best of all, colours really pop in that even light.
As an added bonus, everyone’s skin always looks gorgeous in that beautiful soft light.
Clouds makes for gorgeous, dramatic skyscapes and I love including these in my photos, as in the examples below.
All kinds of light challenge and inspire me, but at the end of the day what makes a truly spectacular photo is capturing the love and emotion and energy that you and your family bring to my sessions.
Are you looking for someone to capture some memories of your family this Autumn? Get in touch, I have a few sessions left this October and November.