Post # 1
We sadly have to reschedule our enagement pix due to a funeral this weekend, so the only time we can really do it is around noon Saturday. I know that its usually recommended that you take photos at sunrise or sunset.. anyone have any advice for midday shots? Our photographer is amazing so I trust her 100% but do any bees think it’s not worth trying to get pix this weekend? I don’t want to be squinting or have ugly shadows… Our timeline is super tight unfortunately and our options are limited. I’m sad we wont get sunset photos like we planned but there’s only so much we can do. Weather is set to be partly couldy and 55 this saturday. I’m hioing because we are approaching winter that the days won’t be so bright and harsh? Thoughts??
Post # 3
@shorebride105: Ideally, you would have them taken in the evening (we did ours at 6 pm in the summer, lasted a few hours, and our favorites are towards the end.)
However, if it’s going to be cloudy, you will definitely be better off than bright sun. Could you maybe find some great indoor locations to take pictures? As long as your photog takes it easy on the flash (and knows how to work with it), that would be equally as beautiful!
Post # 4
if you hired a professional… he will know how to work around the bad time of day lighting.
You can stay around shady areas, so the sun is not right above you.
bottom line, you can still get pretty cool shots, if your photographer knows what they are doing.
Post # 5
@zarethacosta: I agree. This is why you hire a pro! 🙂 I wouldn’t worry too much. I’m sure your photographer knows how to take beautiful photos, even at noon. 🙂
Post # 6
i shoot weddings at noon all the time. it’s not optimal but it’s totally workable for a good photographer. you will perhaps have to be flexible with backgrounds and poses
Post # 7
FIRST OF ALL (if the date on your post is correct)… DATE TWINS!
Anyway, midday is the least ideal time for a portrait shoot because of a little thing we like to call, racoon eyes! Depending on the level of experience of your photographer, yes, they should be able to get you great images any time of day. Your biggest issue, one that your photographer is not going to be able to fix, is if your squint. Personally, I have a TERRIBLE sun-in-eyes face, and it doesn’t take much for my to squint. If you have sensitive eyes too, I’d either try your hardest to reschedule, or accept that there may be images you want that just won’t work. Also, pray for an overcast day, that will make the sky a giant softbox and is actually some of the best lighting for portraits. You may luck out with it being partly cloudly, but keep your fingers crossed for more cloud than sun.
If you can’t reschedule, try to find locations that will be shaded, which is obviously not an easy thing to do given that the sun is right above head. Place like this would be covered bridges, under awnings, or any kind of covered walkway will work. I’m not sure where you’re at, but I know there are no more leaves on the trees here anymore, so being in a wooded area may make things more difficult.
Either way, ask your photographer if they are bringing a reflector and someone/something to hold it in place. The reflector will bounce light into the space under your brow, thus minimizing the racoon eye problem I mentioned. I highly prefer using reflectors rather than flashes, because the light is much more natural.
Post # 8
We had ours taken at around noon*. A good photographer can work with the sunshine.
*Ours were wedding photos.
Post # 9
If you have a professional photographer, and they had no qualms about shooting at noon then I wouldn’t worry about.
It’s not an ideal time, but professionals know how to work around harsh light.
Post # 10
Right now we have no sun so unless you live in Florida you should be fine lol
Post # 11
I am a model and I was only available for a shoot at noon last year and the photog was so insistent on me changing the time, but I couldn’t. He ended up speeding through the shoot (that he asked me to be part of) and only sending me 2 pictures from the day. He was definitely a photog that didn’t want to shoot at noon. He complained about shadows and lighting the whole time
Post # 12
We did ours at 2:00 on the hottest, sunniest day in June this year and they turned out great! There were a couple where the shadows were weird and I didn’t like because of that…but it was only about 3 pictures.
Post # 13
We did our wedding photos at 2pm on a very bright day in September (no clouds) and they were fine. Photographer should look for areas that are blocked from direct sunlight.
Post # 14
Echoing a PP in saying that in midday sun, the best places to shoot are in shadows or covered areas (if you can find them).
Post # 15
Thanks everyone!! We were able to work out a few details and push the photos to about 2:30PM, so I think everything will work out perfectly. Now, all we need to work with is this chilly weather- we don’t want to look cold in pix!! We should get some nice sunset shots though, so I’m excited.
My photographer is amazing, and was willing to work with us at noon, but even she was wary, and I figure, If I’m paying for this amazing lady, let’s do it right! I’ll post some pix when I get them back!
@SarahTee Yay for date twins!! Fingers crossed that the weather next year will be as nice as it was this year!
Post # 16
@shorebride105: I took my bridal portraits in cold, windy weather, and they turned out fine. Couldn’t tell I was freezing my butt off!