This question is asked very often by couples who are trying to plan their engagement session. Hopefully, this blog post will help you decide what is best for you.
Early Morning – Morning Golden Hour
With the seasons changing, so can morning routines. Some mornings can start as early as 6 am and others may start a little later, however, the lighting at this time is glorious. Morning golden hour is the first hour after the sun rises, and gives you an amazing sunrise in your photos.
Mid-Morning and Early-Afternoon
These are between 10 am – 3 pm. They are the worst times to schedule your outdoor session. The sun is right above you during these times which provides harsh and uneven lighting. If your session is during these times, the best solution is having your session indoors or finding an even shadow to avoid uneven lighting.
During the late afternoon around 4 pm or so, the sun is starting to dip lower in the sky and is not as harsh as it is from about 10 am – 3 pm. Even though the sun is harsh, it doesn’t mean you can’t get beautiful images, however, the lighting is just different. Even on a cloudy day, the sun can highlight the clouds giving you a pretty background.
Early Evening – Evening Golden Hour
If you haven’t noticed, golden hour is by far my favorite. The evening golden hour is the last hour before sunset. During this time, you get the gorgeous sunset dipping into your photos.
The time of day you decide to do your engagement session really just depends on preference and your availability. When choosing the time for your engagement session, just keep in mind of your the location of your session as well. If you are looking for sunset pictures, you are more likely to get the best results as a rooftop/skyline or nature/park location so you can see the sun dipping lower into the sky in the background of your images.
Whatever location and time you decide, your engagement session will be gorgeous and memorable. As a photographer, I try to make it the least stressful I possibly can so you can just enjoy the love between you.
Here are some photos that were taken at different parts of the day to help you decide what time is best for your session.
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