The Best Part of the Day

As a family photographer in Winchester, I am often asked when the best part of the day is to shoot in. Clients want to know what time of day has the best light and discuss the different options rearding to their family shoot. My answer rarely strays from this:

In the spring and summer particularly, the sun is at its strongest (and worst to shoot in) between 11 and 4. Contrary to popular belief, in days when it is full sun, it is not actually a dream to shoot and the resulting images tend to be unflattering. You end up with bright, blown-out skin and lots of dark shadows which isn’t a great look to be honest. Many people assume that blue sky and shine is the dream, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. If I have to shoot in the middle of the day in days like this, I will always head to locations wioth lots of shade and tree cover that we can shoot under.

If you choose a time first thing in the morning or at Golden Hour (the hour before sunset) you will get soft and flattering light. Light that is beautiful and really adds something special to a composition and image.

Golden Hour

As you may be able to tell from all the photos on this page, they were all shot in golden hour at different times of the year. Obviously golden hour in autumn is far earlier than golden hour in the height of summer which means younger children can be captured as well!

I absolutely love running these sessions. It’s such a calm and almost magical part of the day, although obviously it goes quite quickly so you have to make sure you’re organised! Plus the beauty of it is that you don’t have to wait until the middle of summer for it! In fact I took my daughter out at 5pm last weekend and nailed the light in a blossom shot!!

If you would like to have a look at my portfolio or contact me to discuss a family shoot, I would love to hear from you. Even better if you want to book a shoot at golden hour – I have some epic locations up my sleeve that we could shoot at!!