Article: The Golden Hour

When scheduling an outdoor portrait session with me, you may notice that I recommend shooting during a very precise time of day–generally about two hours after sunrise, or two hours before sunset. This special window known to photographers as “The Golden Hour” is the period of time when the light from the sun is at its most perfect. With its long rays diffused across the entire sky, the light creates a flattering glow and shimmer for picture perfect skin tones and deliciously warm portraits.

During midday, when every ray of the sun seems to find its way to our delicate, overexposed skin, the shadows created are usually too deep in contrast to the glare. Instead of fighting the harsh light, it’s better to schedule outdoor shooting during the Golden Hour when the sun still works its magic—but in our favour.

When Colton and Jake arrived for their session at the beach, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. There was warm dappled sunlight filtering in through some trees that gave everything a golden glow and rich saturated colours. I asked them to play tug of war with the leash. They danced in and out of the beams of light, and we captured some great moments that were really artistic. As we got going the sun started to set and the sky started to turn pink. It reflected off the water, the rocks, and the sand. It felt like painting with a camera!

Colton & Jake

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