How to Choose a Date + Time for Portrait Sessions

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I AM A NATURAL LIGHT SPECIALIST BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT natural light, from the sun and its reflections, creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and truest to you. I prefer to begin all portrait sessions two hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest: low, warm + golden. 

Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months, so make sure to factor that in when choosing your portrait session date, especially if you’re taking off work or have evening plans afterward.

To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early to your session and be ready to start on time. We’re only able to shoot when natural light is still in the sky, so we’ll want to take advantage of every minute we have together before the sun goes down. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing one, arrive in that.

Sometimes, Mother Nature has other plans in the late afternoons in the mountains. Keep a plan B in the back of your head (or better yet, really plan for it!) and think about doing an early morning session right after the sun rises. Grab some coffee and make the most of it; the early or late sunlight is so worth it!