Why is time of day so important for senior portrait sessions and family photo sessions you may ask? It has everything to do with the light that is the result. I try to encourage every client to schedule their photo sessions as close to sunset as possible. The hour before sunset is called the golden hour. As the sun reaches the horizon, an incredible, dreamy kind of light seems to pour over everything. It creates a magical glow on your subject and results in the most beautiful skin tones. The light illuminates your subject and their surroundings making for a truly beautiful photo session.
As we begin to wake up from our sleepy and long winter in Minnesota, Senior Photo season is fast approaching and families are beginning to think about their family portraits. This year, I hope to have more and more sessions during Golden Hour. It is so worth keeping your little ones up a bit later so that you can snuggle in the beauty and quiet of this time of day. I hope to enjoy more Seniors in the beauty of the many beautiful natural landscapes we have here as well. These photos were taken at the Millenium Gardens in Plymouth, MN and down a country road by my house. The beauty of Golden Hour is that it can turn even the simplest backyard into something beautiful just because of the light that is bathing the surroundings.mi
As a photographer, you are truly an artist that paints with light. Different types of light allow you to create a mood that sets the stage for your subject. I still feel I am learning to truly embrace light in this way. It takes a great deal of patience and practice. It also forces you to stop, think, and be fully present in your surroundings. This is the beauty of photography for me.