Have you ever been out and about on a summers evening and noticed the light turn really golden? If you’ve ever been for an evening stroll in the run up to sunset and spotted how your shadow gets super long when the sun is low in the sky and you’re bathed in golden light, then you’ve spotted how beautiful the Golden Hour can be.
As a photographer, I always do a happy dance when I see the light get like this at a wedding. Even out and about in my normal day to day life, I’ve been known to sit my kids in the perfect position on the park’s slide to get a quick golden hour photo (with varying degrees of success!)
Sadly, on your wedding day the Golden hour is absolutely not a given. It all depends on the weather and cloud cover, the time of year, and also, being totally honest, whether your day plan fits in with it – it’s entirely possible that you might end up bang in the middle of dinner when the light is at it’s best.
SO WHAT IS THE GOLDEN HOUR ?
Put simply, the Golden hour refers to the time of day just after sunrise, as the sun passes the horizon, and just before sunset, just as it’s low in the sky in the evening before it sets. Unless you’re a particular early bird (or have kids waking you up at some ungodly hour like I do), it’s unlikely you’ll see too many of the morning sunrise golden hours apart from in the midst of winter when the days are shorter and you might be on your commute or indoors getting ready for the day.
The light in the golden hour is softer than daylight when the sun is higher in the sky, and more directional. It’s very flattering, and a beautiful ethereal golden colour (hence the name). It’s the perfect time to have some stunning and intimate portraits. On your wedding day or engagement shoot we aim to do the best we can to make you special day as magical as can be.
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