When scheduling an outdoor portrait session, you may notice that we recommend shooting during a very precise time of day – generally the last sixty to ninety minutes before the sun has completely set. This special window known to photographers as “the golden hour” is teh period of time when the light from the sun is rich, warm, and at its best. Long rays of sun are diffused across the sky, creating a stunning glow and shimmer for picture perfect skin tones and incredibly warm portraits. This low sun also allows for lots of shade for those important close-up head-shots for the high school yearbook photo. During midday, when the sun is directly overhead, the overexposed sun can create harsh shadows and dark eyes, despite a photographer’s best attempts at reflecting light back on to the high school senior. While a full-sun shoot can be a wonderful high fashion look, for a general high school senior photo shoot, that blessed golden hour is the time of day to choose with an outdoor photo session, as long as your photographer knows how to work with the direct sunset light.
By contrast, for an in-studio shoot, morning light is best, as our studio is a fully natural light studio and lots of sun is required for best light and effect.
Check out these Golden Hour Senior Photo Shoots to see just how magical and desirable this time can be.