The “golden hour” is a term used in photography to describe the period of time shortly after sunrise or just before sunset when the sun is low on the horizon, creating a soft, warm, and diffused light that is ideal for taking photographs. During the Spring/Summer/Fall months in the Pacific Northwest this is absolutely my favorite time to photograph clients!
There are several reasons why the golden hour is considered the best time for a photo shoot:
- Soft, Warm Light: The light during the golden hour is soft and warm, which can create a beautiful and natural glow on your subject. This light is much more flattering than the harsh midday sun, which can create unflattering shadows and highlights.
- Dramatic Shadows: The low angle of the sun during the golden hour creates long, dramatic shadows that can add depth and interest to your photos.
- Vibrant Colors: The warm light during the golden hour can also create vibrant colors, particularly during sunset when the sky can turn shades of red, orange, and pink.
- Flexibility: The golden hour is a relatively long period of time (about an hour) and can be different depending on the season and location, allowing for more flexibility in scheduling your photo shoot.
Overall, the golden hour provides a beautiful and natural light that can enhance your photos and make them more visually appealing. However, it’s important to note that the golden hour is not the only time to take great photos, and different lighting conditions can also create unique and interesting effects.
All of these photos were taken within 1-2 hours of sunset or just as the sun went down! Golden Hour is magic!