(Closed) Engagement Photos in the Afternoon?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

We did our photos in the morning/afternoon!  I didn’t even think about getting sunset shots.  I love our bright and sunny pictures!!

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

As long as there is a place to get some shade (like in the above photos) it should be ok. Overhead early afternoon sun is super harsh/hot and will cast shadows like nobody’s business. It would be really pretty to have soft golden early evening light and sunset pics, but not totally necessary.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Coral99: 

There definitely is an explanation here!  It’s not having sunset in your photos that you’re missing with early afternoon photos.  It’s good lighting.  In the hour or two right before sunset, you find the best natural light.  You can shoot mostly anywhere in the location you choose and have gorgeous light.

If the sun sets at 7:30pm then 2pm is midday, if it sets at 4pm then you’re good… depends on where you are!  Definitely find out when sunset is for the day you are looking at.  Shooting at midday or close to it is a bad idea.  Overhead light is harsh, creates VERY unflattering shadows on your face and under your eyes.  If you shoot at this time of day, your photog has three options…. 1, create ugly shadow-face photos.  2, work only in areas of complete shade, which is totally doable but will severly limit your background options.  3, set up fancy lighting equipment to counteract the effects of the sun.  It is possible, but very few people calling themselves professional wedding photogs these days actually even know how to do this, let alone own the equipment to do it.  If your photog isn’t telling you that she CAN do this at midday, it’s probably because she can’t.  And even if she could, the results still wouldn’t be as nice as just using natural lighting near sunset.

Is all hope lost?  Definitely not!  As long as you pick a shady spot and understand you likely won’t be getting out of the shade. 

I doubt anyone’s individual experience with their shoot is going to help you very much here.  As I said, the light at a specific time of day in a specific location varies GREATLY by time of year and time zone.  Also, if it’s a totally overcast day… midday is fine!  You miss some of the depth and beauty and warm skin tones that sunset light brings, but editing can help fix that.  Editing cannot fix ugly shadows on faces.  Also, if it’s partly cloudy and the sun is only out some of the time, it’s possible to get that overcast effect from some of the photos but not others.  Without being able to know the weather on the day you’re talking about exactly in advance… you really can’t predict what the shoot is going to go like.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Coral99:  That’s not terrible then.  Shooting starting at 3pm would be better, but 2pm shouldn’t be midday then.  If you have a good photog, you should be ok!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Coral99:  I don’t know… but it should be her responsibility to only shoot at that time if she knows she can get outstanding results.  If it were me in this situation, I’d suggest a location to the client where I know that there is favorable shade that I can work with.  I wouldn’t go down on a beach or anything.  But an area with lots of trees, or tall buildings, should work fine. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Coral99:  No problem. Beaches are one of the toughest spots to do photos but presumably she knows what she’s doing!

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