Rosy + Juan. Engaged. Posting a quick sneak peek from their gorgeous engagement session! Cannot wait to show off more beautiful pictures of these two over the next several days.
Heather + Marco share a unique relationship that is fun, playful, goofy, and beautiful - all at the same time! They met online playing World of Warcraft and are currently pursuing a long distance relationship. While Heather is pleasant and playful, Marco comes with a great sense of humor.
Heather wanted their 2-year anniversary pictures to capture that funny, casual, and playful personality that defines them as a couple. I hit it off instantly with them and spent some of the most light-hearted time making some fun pictures!
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You asked: What is the best time of the day to get my engagement photos done?
If you're a couple trying to figure out when's the best time to get your engagement pictures done, then this blog post is for you! This is one question that almost always comes up when couples are in the process of scheduling a photo session with me - whether it be an engagement session or anniversary session. So I thought of breaking it down a little bit in this blog post to help out couples like yourself. Let's dive in!
- The other most commonly asked question is "what to wear for my engagement session". I will address this in another blog post but here's a handy guide with some pointers on how to pick your outfits as a couple for photo sessions.
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In this post, let's take a look at how natural light is different at different times of the day which may play an important role in really shaping the "look" of your photo session. This will hopefully help you decide whether you'd want to do a morning, noon, or late-afternoon session.
Morning Engagement Sessions
Depending on the time of the year, my sessions start as early as 7:30 in the morning! The light at this time of the day is nice and soft. It is more golden and flattering on my couples than (say) the light mid-morning around 10 or later. This certainly doesn't mean that we cannot make beautiful pictures at 10 AM or later but it just means that the light later in the morning is, well, different. The first set of pictures below was taken in that early morning light which, to my eyes, seems to almost wrap around my subjects in a very flattering way.
You'll notice in the second set of pictures below, taken mid-morning, that the lighting on my subjects is more "defined", for lack of a better word. The difference is subtle but evident enough to warrant a mention. As a photographer, light later in the morning is actually easier to work with and provides more latitude to make pictures. I personally like both the "looks" and it really is preference of the couple to choose one over the other.
Afternoon Engagement Sessions
This leads us to the 12 noon - 2 PM or so time frame. Without a doubt, the light during this time of the day is harsh. However, at times, as a photographer, I don't get to pick the times of day when my couples are available. Even if the light is harsh, we can still make beautiful pictures at high noon. The pictures below were shot at around 1 PM. In June. In Phoenix. It was well over a 100 degrees that afternoon. However, we still made some nice pictures! As a note, not all locations will lend themselves as nicely to making beautiful pictures at this time of the day. Just something to keep in mind.
Late-afternoon Engagement Sessions
This bring us to the late-afternoon / early-evening sessions that start around 4 PM or so. The sun is lower in the sky at this time and the light is very soft and flattering. This allows me to use light in a variety of different ways.
At the same time, in some ways, the light is harder for me to work with precisely because the sun is really low in the sky. One natural outcome in pictures taken at this hour is lens flare. Some couples love the effect! It's pleasing to the eye and adds a romantic dimension to the pictures.
Another cool picture that I like to make in my late-afternoon sessions is to make silhouettes of my couples. If there is a lake at the location, it almost always makes for a gorgeous backdrop for sunset pictures.
Choosing a Location for Your Engagement Session
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there is another layer to all the information we discussed in this post - the location itself. While some locations lend themselves better to morning sessions, others seem to be ideal mostly for late-afternoon sessions. Amount of foot-traffic at a location also plays a role in helping select a morning vs. a late-afternoon engagement session.
In summary, your choice of time of the day for your engagement pictures really depends on the type of "look" you're going after. Location choice (e.g. nature-esque, rustic, urban, etc.) and how it plays out at certain hours of the day is also an important factor. If you're a couple trying to figure out when's the best time to get your engagement pictures done, I'd love to help you out! Just send me an email and we can chat!
- Morning session example - Jenn + Jimmy Fall Engagement Session
- Noon session example - Tayler + Cooper @ Chaparral Park
- Late-afternoon session example - Hop + Wayne @ Papago Park
- What are the best locations in Phoenix for Engagement Sessions?
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Meet Michelle and Levi! They make for a really fun and cute couple. Michelle and Levi got engaged at South Mountain. So it made perfect sense for us to get together at South Mountain Park for their engagement session and make some gorgeous pictures! Not to mention, South Mountain Park is one of the best locations for Engagement Sessions in Phoenix!
Posting a few of my very favorites.
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You asked: What are the best locations for Engagement Sessions in Phoenix?
In each part of this mini-series, I introduce you to one of my favorite locations for Engagement Sessions in Phoenix. That way, if you are exploring locations in Phoenix for Engagement Sessions or Anniversary Sessions, these blog posts will help you out a bit. Win-win, right? Let’s dive in!
For this third post in the series, I am going to introduce you to (read: gush about :) Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix!
Right off the bat, there is so much history crammed into this place! It is home to the historic 1895 Rosson House Museum and a collection of carefully restored historic homes and buildings. It is truly a historical landmark in Phoenix and a crucial piece of the cultural landscape in downtown Phoenix.
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But that’s not entirely why Heritage Square is one of my favorite locations for shooting engagement sessions in Phoenix. Heritage Square has a comfortable feeling to it. Perhaps it’s the tree-lined paths or the Victorian architecture or general landscaping of the area; Heritage Square offers plenty of varied photo opportunities. There are interesting doors, brick walls, strings of lights, and wooden columns that all add an interesting dimension to engagement photos.
My favorite time of the day to shoot engagement sessions at Heritage Square is early in the morning. Light is just gorgeous at that time of the day and the place is generally empty.
Speaking of the place being empty, it is important to keep an eye on the calendar of events at Heritage Square. The Square hosts quite a number of ethnic and community events that attract a huge crowd making it impossible to shoot there on those days.
Heritage Square is an ideal location for engagement sessions:
For those couples who like variety in their engagement photos but at the same time have an appreciation for a bit of history and architecture.
Heritage Square is right by the Arizona Science Center which has beautiful, unique buildings with some interesting architecture of its own. I always like to make a stop here with my couples to nicely round out their engagement sessions at Heritage Square.
If you're a couple who recently got engaged and are exploring locations in Phoenix to get your engagement photos done, I hope this post helped you out a bit! If you need any help getting your location choices sorted out, please feel free to email me and I'll be happy to help!
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