Post # 1
Hi everyone! For those who had outdoor poses/shots done (which I assume most people have or are having) what time of day was it? I have been told that the best time of day for outdoor photos is an hour or so before sunset, because of the way the sunlight is diffused, rather than during other hours of the day, where it can be really bright and interfere with the pictures (bright sun in face, etc.). My fiance and me don’t really have a ton of choice since we can only afford our photographer for 2 hours, but then we don’t want to have our ceremony super late, because you eat after the photos and here in Canada, everyone would be so starved while we are getting the photos done, as my family eats around 5 every nite, haha. Not a big deal to eat later, but I wouldn’t want to have the ceremony much later than 5pm, and the wedding is in mid-June, so the sun won’t set until around 9pm, and we would be doing the outdoor photos immediately following the ceremony. So it won’t be at the “golden hour” as they call it, for the pictures. Did your photos come out good at other times of day besides right before sunset? The areas we are planning to go most likely will not be shaded either. Just curious Thanks!
Post # 2
A good photographer can work with the lighting. However it IS ideal to have your photos taken either very early in the morning or later in the evening. Most of our wedding photos were in the top-down noon-ish sun and they came out beautiful.
Post # 3
We had outdoor photos from about 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, and our pictures came out great. There were two or three (out of over 400) where the sun is very harsh, but that’s because we wanted a few pictures on a wagon and it was just in the wrong spot. Our photographer told us right away that it was not a great spot, so we didn’t waste time there. A good photographer knows how to work with the sun, even at mid-day.
Post # 4
Thank you both! Anyone else? problem is the areas where I will have photos taken (by the water) there would be no shade and possibly not really any angle to take it to avoid sun. Who knows. It will hopefully work out fine.
Post # 5
Have you talked to your photogeapher about this? I only ask because I think it really does depend on the photographer. Some work better with natural light than others. I would find out when they think the best window is for their style/equipment.
Post # 6
You should be fine with photos a few hours before sunset (such as like 6pm). You mostly want to avoid photo at, like, noon – when the sun is directly overhead and harsh.
Post # 7
Our photographer said the best times are basically an hour after sunrise and an hour or two before sunset. If you’re taking pictures by the water that might add another complication, since you might have a harsh reflection off the water. Maybe take a picture of the location and send to your photographer for their input.
I also went to a wedding once where the outdoor pictures were taken after the reception. Their reception was short (no drinks or dancing) so the party had really slowed down by the time they left. But if you wanted you could eat dinner, cut cake, etc, leave to take pictures, and then return for some more dancing. Once you get the necessary reception activities out of the way, it may not be as weird to be gone for an hour or two in the middle.
Post # 8
The photographer is correct – that is the best light. If you can be flexible, choose that light. You’ll look great.
On the other hand – most of us don’t have that luxury. You’ll still look great because it’s your wedding day and you’r gonna be super happy. The majority of my pictures were done at like 2 in the afternoon. I couldn’t be happier with them. Go with what it going to make the day work for you.
Post # 9
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
Our wedding was at 9 am with photos taken until 10 am. Our photos came out great. Our photographer never mentioned it being a problem.
Post # 10
Thank you all so much for your input! I appreciate it I think I will go with the 5:30ish time for the ceremony and take the chance on the photos. I want them to come out great and I am sure they will. As KitSnicket said, as long as it’s not noon or so when the sun is more harsh and directly overhead, we should be good.
Post # 11
Photographers typically refer to that hour before sunset as “the golden hour”. It makes pictures look FABULOUS because the sunlight is a little redder and not as harsh as it would be during the day.
However, a good photographer should be able to work with sunlight at any time of the day. I wouldn’t say that photos taken during the day look “bad”. It’s just that “the golden hour” is when photos come out looking extra good.