What’s the Ideal Time for Your Photo Session?

Best time of day to schedule your portrait session

As you think about planning your engagement session and the flow of your wedding day, we want to offer some helpful tips about when your portraits should take place. Since the sun sets at a slightly different time every day, we will go through a range of times according to the months of the year.

You may or may not have heard the term ‘’golden hour’’, it’s mostly used by photographers. If it sounds like a time when everything is perfect, it kind of is 🙂 The true meaning of golden hour is deep in the heart of a photographer, golden hour is that time when the angle of the sun makes everything look amazing! While a good photographer can create beautiful images at any time of day, when given a choice, there are two times of day that photographers love best.

Either right after sunrise when the light is still soft and lovely, or during the golden hour in the evening. Since most couples aren’t crazy about getting ready before the sun rises, golden hour is the perfect time to schedule your engagement or portrait session on your wedding day.

Knowing when the golden period is will give you a better understanding of when a photographer will want to shoot your engagement session and also when you should try to plan for portraits in your wedding day agenda.

Below you will see the time ranges for each month that are best for scheduling your portrait session.

So here they are (based on EST!)

January | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

February | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

March | 4:30pm – 6:00pm until daylight savings, 5:30pm – 7:00pm after daylight savings

April | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

May | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

June | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

July | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

August | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

September | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

October | 4:45pm – 6:15pm

November | 4:15 – 5:45pm until daylight savings, 3:00pm – 4:30pm after daylight savings

December | 3:00pm – 4:30pm



Want more planning tips? Check out these blogs!

1. Preparing Your Wedding Details

2. Ceremony light: Why It’s SO Important!

3. Do This Instead Of A First Look

4. Start Creating Your Wedding Timeline


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