One question I’m frequently asked by clients is, “What time should we plan to take our pictures?” Unlike those portrait studios in the mall, for us it matters what time of day we shoot, especially since we want to capture the beauty of creation as well as the faces of those you love. So typically, my answer is: “As soon after sunrise in the morning, or as close to sunset in the evening as we can get.”
Sure, it’s possible to get good pictures at almost any time of day, provided your photographer knows what he or she is doing. But it really, really does make a difference to shoot toward sunrise or sunset, and if there’s any way at all to schedule a session at those times, I try hard to make it happen.
Here are some favorites from a shoot this past autumn at Tyler State Park in Bucks County, PA. We found a beautiful open field with some tall grass, and the sky happened to be a beautiful blue-going-on-purple. Perfect.
All of these images were shot within about 45 minutes of one another, and my favorite ones are those at the end.
Here we go. I shot the following two images with the sun behind ME. This can work well if the sun is especially low in the sky (half-above the horizon, or even better, if it’s just set).
Then I ran to the other side of them, and shot back toward the sun.
That’s a little better than shooting at noon and everyone squinting or having raccoon eyes, don’t you think?
Thanks, Jeff & Amber, for being flexible and willing to work at a time of day that might have been a little less convenient. I think it really made a difference in these pictures.