There is no doubt in my mind that the first hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset know as the "golden hour" are the best times to capture beautiful photographs! You know when you see a picture and your first reaction is just happy, warm and magical thoughts? It usually because of the light! The right stuff will make an ordinary picture into a spectacular image!
Here are some of my favorite reasons why "golden light" rocks!
- It is So Soft and Smooth! Golden light will make everyone look amazing, harsh light will not. Mid-day sun is really my least favorite time to shoot. Soft light will make your skin look flawless and allow you to comfortably open your eyes without squinting.
- Golden Light is Warm. Do you like having a tan? Well, this is your hour! Your skin will look warm, healthy and have a beautiful natural glow.
- Golden Light is Dimensional. This hour will provide me with amazing dimension by being able to take advantage of great shadows. Images have more visual interest and magic!
- Lens Flare! This is a little trick photographers use. Adds some more magic and twinkle to your images. Sunbathing you in goodness!
I hope I convinced you "golden hour" pictures are THE BEST!
Of course, we don't always have the luxury of catching that amazing light. It may because of a cloudy day, strict schedules, nap times, bed times or other arrangements. But I know it is SO worth the wait or adjusting your child's nap time even if you think "it's just light". I promise you, you will not be disappointed!
Every time I see pretty light before sunset, I think to myself: "this would make amazing pictures". It truly is the most beautiful time to capture amazing memories and precious moments.
Here are some of my favorite "golden hour" photographs from previous clients.
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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography.