So when is the best time of day for a location photo shoot? This will depend on the time of year, as we are working with the light. Light is SO important to a location shoot, too dull, too bright, we want to be like Goldilocks and get it just right!
As the days get shorter so does our window of opportunity, so you would want to organise your shoot between 10 and 2, giving you the time before you loose the light.
When spring starts to kick into action as she did today, well the world is your oyster. This morning I was out walking Molly dog at 6am and the light was AMAZING! There were blue, red and orange tones to the sky, the sun was coming up and it was the GOLDEN HOUR, this is when the light is truly magical. This also happens as the day comes to an end, some with children might call this the witching hour, but photographers know it as the Golden Hour!
However not everyone wants to be up, ready to go at 6am, so looking to the afternoon is an ideal time of day.
Avoid midday when the sun is at its highest. The sun is NOT the photographers friend, is causes shadows, whites out faces and is a bit of pain, it's always much better to have some clouds in the sky or use the shade to defuse the sun or move to a morning or mid-afternoon shoot.
I would suggest arranging your shoot from 10 - 12 and 2 - 4, the afternoon has a few more hours grace.
However you want to take in the AGE factor of the children involved in the shoot.
Babies - we have to work around them! You need to make sure that baby has had a nap, feed, poo and another nap! If your baby is in a routine, then great, a photographer can work around that, however if you don't yet have a routine, it will mean just going for it! You will want to look for a photographer that can give you the time, so that if baby needs a feed or nap, there are no worries involved. I always think this is great time to have a cuppa, get to know each other, and once baby is asleep, get some gorgeous couples shots.
Toddlers and older - The key to make sure that everyone is rested, fed, wee'd and watered! You will know when your kids are at their best. Don't plan too much before the shoot, as you don't want to tire them out before, as they will get tired during the shoot. But a bag of snacks and drinks is essential to bring along.
You will have a great time on your location shoot, which would usually take 2 hours, and this will be enough! It can be tiring, so don't plan too much for the kids afterwards.
The best time of day for a photographer is during the Golden Hour at either end of the day.
The best time of day for you, has to suit you and your family. A good photographer will advise you, but they will also know that baby needs her nap at 10 and has to be worked around!
But the main thing is to HAVE FUN on your shoot! Make memories and get them captured 💚