(Closed) Time of day of Engagement Pictures!?!? Show me yours!

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Post # 2
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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sparklebee19:  Ours was in the late afternoon – our photographer was the one who told us that’s the best time in terms of the light, etc., so I think you have the right idea. Ask your photographer what he thinks – he/she would know better than your family and friends!

Here’s an example of our engagement photos. I love the lighting we had and actually used this one for our STD.

Post # 4
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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sparklebee19:  It really all depends on your location. 2pm is find if you’re shooting somewhere super shaded (like a downtown area, park with tons of trees, etc). If you plan on being out in the open a lot, take the 5pm slot. I would just speak with your photog about the location you want to use and ask their suggestion.

Post # 5
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Just did my first shoot today. If in SoCal would highly recommend them. 

So far I think this is my favorite or this one:

Can’t wait for the rest. Literally only been home a few hours. We did ours 11 to 2, wish we would of done it later as it was 90 degrees.

Post # 6
1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

5 pm is perfect. Seriously I used to model and that’s what my e-pics are in . Can’t post cause they aren’t saved to my tablet. But seriously  

Post # 7
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I haven’t done mine yet, but my time is 5:30. My photographer said dusk and dawn are the best times!

Post # 8
737 posts
Busy bee

The golden hours at sunrise and sunsets provide the best lighting. You picked a perfect time.

Post # 9
113 posts
Blushing bee

I have worked with a photography studio and done a lot of shooting on my own… A lot of people think that taking them in the middle of the day is better because the sun is the brightest, but it is actually better to take them in the late afternoon- like around 5 pm. In the middle of the day, a photographer has to work harder on getting their settings right. Good photographers can work with this, but in the sunlight it can be really bright and in the shade it can be really dark. There are other things that you have to think about too. If you are in direct sunlight, you will be squinting from the sun and if you or Fiance stand at certain angles you can cast shadows on each other’s faces. You picked a great time, but if you are unsure about it, I bet the photographer you are working with can help answer your questions.

Post # 10
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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EMG91215:  +1.

Stick with the 5 o’clock. Harsh, bright midday lighting seems preferable to non photographers, but really it just makes for worse pictures. You’ll have shadows under your eyes, squinting, etc…. Things that can’t be fixed in post processing. In fact, my photographer ONLY does one shoot a day, starting 2 hours before sunset. She refuses to shoot any other time and I don’t blame her. I take photos on the side and I did some friends’ engagements at 1pm because that was all they could do, and it was SUPER hard to edit those into some decent pics. 

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Post # 11
9385 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

i agree with PPs.. stick wtih starting at 5.

5:30pm or so:


Post # 12
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Our engagement photos were taken at 8:30 a.m. We wanted to get to our location earlier but we’re slow in waking up (it was a Saturday). I think they still turned out nicely! As long as the sun isn’t shining down directly you should be fine. And the photographer should work with the lighting to take the best shots!

Post # 13
1054 posts
Bumble bee

My friend who’s a photographer likes to take them in the evening- like 5ish. Mine were taken in the late morning, but it was a cloudy day which my photographer said was better. I would honestly ask your photographer what he thinks! (Although he doesn’t sound like he cares too much- must be a very busy photographer!)

Post # 14
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We did ours around 5pm as well. We got some beautiful shots!

Post # 15
1643 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Professional photographer here. You’d be crazy not to take the 5PM time slot. They’re called golden hours for a reason!

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