(Closed) Does it really matter the time of day for outdoor photos?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 # 5
118 posts
Blushing bee

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
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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June15Bride:  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
49 posts

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
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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 # 11
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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.

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