(Closed) Engagement Pix at Noon… awful idea??

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Engagement photos at noon... do it??
    Yes, you will be fine : (18 votes)
    55 %
    Heck no- they will be awful- reschedule : (14 votes)
    42 %
    Not sure? Comment below! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @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
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    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
    15963 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @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
    406 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We had ours taken at around noon*. A good photographer can work with the sunshine.



    *Ours were wedding photos.

    Post # 9
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Right now we have no sun so unless you live in Florida you should be fine lol

    Post # 11
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    9691 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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 # 16
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @shorebride105:  I took my bridal portraits in cold, windy weather, and they turned out fine. Couldn’t tell I was freezing my butt off!

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