(Closed) Should I Have Golden Hour Photos? Help!

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I Have Golden Hour Photos?

    Yes. Ceremony at 3:30, reception at 4, couple portraits at 5:30 and the wedding ends at 7.

    No. Ceremony at 11:30, reception from 12-3. Photos taken before ceremony.

    I have another suggestion (please comment).

  • Post # 2
    4890 posts
    Honey bee

    A qualified, experienced photographer should be able to figure out how to photograph people outside of one specific hour of the day.

    Post # 3
    4807 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    TingWilliams :   I voted yes, but wanted to ask if you went ahead with the brunch schedule, could your photographer stay (or return) for photos in better light?   And another thought – she could use a gold reflector if she has an assistant. 

    The shadow under the eye remark makes me wonder about her level of experience – flash has been invented LOL and she should be able to use a flash diffuser to fill in shadows.  

    Post # 4
    9255 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    TingWilliams :  You should not have to plan your entire wedding day around what’s easiest for the photographer. Any professional photographer should have lights and/or reflectors that will reduce shadows on the posed shots. If she’s worried about candids, so what if the photos accurately show that the sun was overhead? I would not change your plans. 

    Post # 5
    1524 posts
    Bumble bee

    What if you all ran behind in time and missed the golden hour? I wouldn’t change my timeline based on some photos at a specific time. You could always take photos of you and your hubby alone somewhere at that time if you’d like to make sure you get some good shots. We did that and it was awesome!

    Post # 6
    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    TingWilliams :  There’s a golden hour in the morning, too. It would involve you waking up pretty early for hair and makeup, but you could do some amazing first look shots. I wouldn’t change your ceremony and reception time, but maybe would change your photographer? The right photographer will find the appropriate locations and use the right equipment to deal with the shadows. I love shooting in golden hour as much as the next person, but she should be able to do any time of day properly. What if it rains or is cloudy? Golden hour is out, but you’ll still want beautiful photos. On my wedding day, I had gorgeous family photos taken at noon (typically worst time of day for photos) because my photographer found a gorgeous full tree that gave us complete shade and even lighting.

    Post # 7
    786 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

    I agree with the other pp’s post. I think you should look into another photographer. I good photographer would know how to handle that situation. It wouldn’t be a situation. Please have weddings and get married all the time in different lighting and settings. Keep looking.

    Post # 8
    373 posts
    Helper bee

    At first I read this as, Should I have golden shower photos. WTF is wrong with me?

    Post # 10
    852 posts
    Busy bee

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    TingWilliams :  Alternatively, you can shoot photos during the golden hour in the morning, which is just after sunrise.

    Where I am that would be around 7 am right now (in October). Then afterward you can refresh your make up and have your morning brunch wedding!

    Post # 11
    939 posts
    Busy bee

    Photographs taken outdoors during noon and early afternoon aren’t the best photographs. Try googling it, it isn’t something “made up” and no, “a good photographer can make any hour work” is just bs. The sun will be on top of your heads so obviously shadows under your eyes. Well shaded areas may be too shaded where the light angles aren’t appropriate either.

    Early morning (before the sun is strong) and late afternoon are the best times to shoot, aka the golden hours. 

    Why not invite her to your property and let her try out a few shots during your preferred time? That way she can find out if she can work around the sun issue.

    Post # 12
    11363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    If you want to help her get the best pics of you, go and scout the area. This means take pictures in various locations you are considering, and in each picture include the time and direction of the shot (NSEW). You can use an app for this pretty easily.

    because yes, golden hour is the best time and while a photographer can make anything work, they often require a crew to do so. Does she have an assistant to hold bounce cards and gold reflectors? Is she bringing a generator for lights and moving them to each location?  I don’t see this kind of equipment being hauled around a wedding normally, though money can solve any problem.

     If it were me and this were a family friend and I had your time constraints, I’d do a shoot at golden hour unrelated to the actual day. Fresh make up, no stress, etc. 

    Post # 13
    7567 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Wedding photographer here. Yes, 11:30am is a nightmare time for a wedding ceremony from a lighting photographer’s perspective. From a guest perspective it’s not any better to sit out in the blazing sun either.

    I’ve got a lot of years of experience under my belt and can shoot in any conditions…and most of my weddings are on the beach in some of the harshest conditions ever. We bring an arsenal of lighting to all our weddings – most specifically for sunset and reception lighting. You have to remember that while I keep a flash on the camera and use it when necessary, you can only do but so much during a ceremony. On top of that, I need my assitant to position and hold lighting. My assistant can’t be standing up at the front holding a reflector during your ceremony, and our lights during a ceremony are only reaching but so far. Do we make it work, of course, but it’s not like they are amazing results.

    If she’s concerned, she should go scout out the property and decline the job if she feels it’s out of her realm of experience.

    Post # 14
    78 posts
    Worker bee

    I voted ‘yes’ just because golden hour photos are SO pretty, and pictures last a lot longer than the ceremony. But obviously it’s not my wedding. Good luck 🙂

    Post # 15
    3804 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I don’t think you should change your entire wedding vision just for the photos. And I agree that 4 is a funny time to eat unless it’s afternoon tea (which could also be nice, but it’s not what you wanted). My sister had a morning wedding so her photos were done at like 9-10, in full sun on the beach, and they are beautiful! So it definitely can be done. 

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