It goes without saying that when you commission us or any professional photographer to capture you, it’s important that you get the best possible pictures – right?
When you have found someone who’s images blow you away, who you feel you can connect with on a friendship level, you are almost 100% there but there is one thing that can almost guarantee perfect pictures….
…. and there is one other factors that can absolutely guarantee great pictures…
As I am writing this it is a cold February day. It’s dark, grey and a drizzly. The summer seems so far away but officially it is spring in less than 20 days!
In no time at all the clocks will change. It’ll start to warm up and then before you know it we’re back doing what we love! Out in the sunshine capturing beautiful pictures.
So lets get back to the topic – Golden hour.
If you have not heard of this yet, Golden hour is the time around sunset when just before the sun goes down you get the most gorgeous dream light that you could ever wish for.
As photographers we are always looking for the best light. Sometimes it’s right in front of you, sometimes you have to look for it, but always, it is the lifeblood of what we do.
Skin tones, colours everything look amazing at golden hour, and we will always use it whenever we can.
It’s always important that there is an open line of communication with us, your photographers. Before any shoot, wedding or family we will always discuss timings and what you can expect from the session. With weddings the timings and flow of the day are crucial for us to work the photography around you and make sure we are making the absolute best of what light is available.
When it comes to planning and thinking about how your timeline will fit in with sunset it is always worth having a quick look to see when the sunset time is for your wedding day. Even in the winter there is still a small window when the golden hour can give us the most stunning winter light!
So what can you do to make this happen?
Well for starters don’t worry too much. Although there is a small window of time when we have this light available to us it normally fit’s perfectly into the timeline of a summer wedding. After speeches and before the evening reception is the perfect time to go for a wander and make the most of this special opportunity.
As soon as the light is getting softer, we’ll come find you!
Generally on a wedding day it is our style to work around you and give you plenty of time to spend enjoying your day and let the photography fit around you but golden hour is the one time when I’ll say ‘right drop what you’re doing! This light is too gorgeous to miss!’ Unless you are in the middle of speeches of course!
With that in mind, try not to have your speeches too late – Golden hour is worth the wait and it’ll be a shame to miss it!
So what about planning a family session?
Well once again it’s worth looking at google and seeing when the sunset is happening on your the day of your shoot. We will of course look at this and always go for an evening shoot first if that is possible for you.
When it comes to small children obviously this can be a problem, especially if it is the height of summer and sunset isn’t till late.
With that in mind though even late afternoon is still nice light and if you think they will stretch to a later session then it would be worth trying it. A lot of children can see it as a treat to be up late playing on the beach or running through the woods.
For anyone that has been in front of our camera will know that it’s all about the experience. It’s about storytelling.
We love to capture the warmth and glow of real people that love and appreciate each other. The most important thing is that you look great but also that we’re capturing a moment.
What better way to do this then being surrounded by one of the most beautiful but simple things
It’s something that happens everyday, but it can be so easily missed with all the hectic things we have going on in our minds.
It is a direct connection to how photography can fit into our lives – something special you do every now and then to capture and appreciate the wonderful people in your life.
Much like a sunset – a wonderful and natural thing that every now and then we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is.
As you can tell we are hugely passionate about light, love and moments. Get in contact with us now to book an appointment and discuss how our expertise can help you get the pictures you will love forever.