Looking to fill up your personalized photo albums with incredible photos from your next vacation? The first step is to hire a photographer– but then what?
Then, it’s time to figure out what time you’d like to have your photographer shoot photos of you and your loved ones!
Theoretically, you could choose any time of day (or night!) but there are better times of the day than others to capture extraordinary photos. Below are some tips for choosing the best times of day for your next vacation photoshoot.
ALL HAIL THE GOLDEN HOUR
If you know anything about photography, you may have heard about this elusive “golden hour.” Also called the “magic hour”, it is the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset.
But what’s so great about the Golden Hour? The sun is low in the sky at these times, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh rays of the midday sun. And the best part? There’s a handy Golden Hour calculator online so you’ll always know when the perfect time to shoot is!
DON’T FORGET BLUE HOUR!
The Blue Hour typically happens right before the Golden Hour during sunrise and about 15 minutes after Golden Hour at sunset. Some of you may know this time of day as dawn or dusk! During this time of day, the clouds and the sky are typically extra blue. With this soft lighting in place thanks to Mother Nature, it’s hard not to capture beautiful photos!
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND..
We’ve told you the best times of day for your vacation photoshoot, but what about the worst? Midday between 11 am and 2 pm is generally the worst time of day to shoot. Photos taken outside during these hours typically produce harsh shadows under a person’s eyes; any other flaws become easier to spot as well. This certainly isn’t ideal when you’re hiring a photographer to capture memories of a lifetime!
As long as you’re aware of the best times of day to hire a photographer, your vacation photos are sure to come out lovely! And don’t fret if it turns out to be a cloudy or even a rainy day– our photographers at Local Lens are equipped for any situation and know how to capture the best photos no matter what Mother Nature has in store!
Take a look at some sample photos below of shoots done at the best times!