As we get into the Fall/Winter season of photography, I feel the need to explain why I pick the shoot times. It is also good for you to remember this when planning your Wedding day! It's even good to know these tricks if you are just a Mom or Dad trying to snap a few photos to remember the moment. One of the greatest things I learn is how to make my job a pinch easier to get product to you quicker. Number one on that list shoot times and sunlight....
See the above image?? This was taken at 4:30pm on a Saturday in July....I love this image. Love it, she is radiant and beautiful and loving her wedding day!
Know what is hard for a photographer to love??
SUNSPOTS....neon highlighted sun spotted grass all around. Now, with my experience, I knew where to place her to make the greatest image possible given the high harsh sunlight and as a result the image turned out beautiful. But because of the time of day, and the location, it really made it impossible to elminate ALL of the sunspots.
Now see THIS image....
This image was taken at 6:15pm on a June summer evening.
Can you see the difference? Can you see how less harsh the sun spots are but yet we are getting sunlight leaks from behind? Can you see the warmth in it?
THIS is why I chose the shoot time to be around 6:30pm.
Now, for weddings I don't always get to choose when shoot time is, but YOU as the Bride & Groom can keep this in mind! When planning your ceremony and picture time sit, think about when the best picture time will be. Ask your photographer if you aren't sure especially if you know the area you are going to be doing pictures. If you can't do all of your pictures during lower sunlight, make sure to set up sunset pictures with your photographer. A time where they specifically pull you out and do just 10 more minutes of intimate pictures with that beautiful low sun behind you. Photographers call this "golden hour"...but shhhhh you didn't hear it from me :-) And it is the greatest time of day for lighting to make your faces look better by minimizing shadows and highlights while giving you a gorgeous back drop of color. Obviously you need sun, but gentle sun beams are always going to go in your favor over high harsh sun.
So when booking this fall, know that shoots won't start until later in the day, with good reason, I promise! Remember this the next time you want to take your own pictures! You may not have professional equipment but you can always remember small tips and tricks to help you take great everyday images.