Consider “Golden Hour” For Your Upcoming Session | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding and Family Photographer

Why sunset is the best time for photos.

So you’ve heard about Golden Hour but don’t really know what it is? It’s a pretty popular time of day for photographers to shoot. I’ll tell you what it is and why I prefer this time of day to others. 

Family Sessions – When clients contact me about doing a session, we need to decide on what time to do it. I always recommend photographing early in the day (ie. in the morning) or in the evening before sunset. It is possible to do daytime sessions (and sometimes with younger kids, this is the best option due to nap times, better moods at certain hours, etc) but overall, I prefer to shoot in the hours leading up to sunset. This is known as ‘Golden Hour.’ During this time, the lighting is absolutely perfect. 

Weddings – With each wedding that I do, I encourage my couples to step away from their reception for a quiet moment, just the two of them (and me!) to capture a few images in that gorgeous lowering sun. Most of my couples have never considered doing this but are always happy that we did it. The images are magical! And on top of that, it creates a memorable moment, where they can focus on just them, look back on the day and relish in the fact that they are now husband and wife!

The perks of photographing during Golden Hour: 

  • You get amazing light flares that add a new dimension to the image, and beautiful soft light. 
  • There are no harsh shadows or squinty eyes from the blinding sun at high noon. 
  • In the summer, the weather isn’t too hot, so you’re able to relax a little better knowing there isn’t sweat running down your face or making stains on your shirt. 
  • Everything is warm and pretty and gives off a magical feeling. 
  • We can also get some sweet silhouette shots as the sun is going down on the horizon.

Here’s a few images taken during Golden Hour:


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

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