Timing is everything! If you’re envisioning glowy, sun-kissed portraits (like a lot of the ones you see me taking) then please know that these don’t happen in the middle of the day.
90% of the time I don’t book outdoor portrait sessions anytime close to midday. Instead, just after sunrise and not long before sunset, when the sun is low on the horizon (the golden hours). This is when I love to shoot!!! The light is beautiful, soft and saturated. It truly will make a difference to your final photos.
I do appreciate this doesn’t always work with small children, especially in summer when the days are long so if we are shooting earlier in the afternoon I’ll work with you to find a location that will work with harsher lighting - for example we might utilise shade from trees etc.
If you have young children consider doing your family portraits in Spring or Autumn while the days are shorter if you want to get those glowy, dreamy sunset colours!
Obviously if the weather is overcast and cloudy, the time of day doesn't always matter quite so much as we don't have to worry about harsh shadows and glare from the sun. But even on cloudy days the sunset can still end up being beautiful and providing some gorgeous colours.
As a wedding photographer I've also come to be confident with whatever light I am given. You don't get to be picky on a wedding day and you can just about guarantee portrait time is during the harshest sunlight hours! So I always make the most of any lighting situation and use it to my advantage. Knowing light is something that comes with experience and is a skill every photographer needs to continue honing in their craft. After all, photographs are essentially all about light - without it there is no photo.
Most of all I want you to get the kind of portraits you've been dreaming of! If you love golden light as much as I do, let's chat about how we can make that happen for your portraits. x