In my mind…timing is everything. It pertains to the lighting, the expression of the models face, and the mood. If you time something incorrectly, you might miss a special moment.
What Time is Nicest?
This is honestly a matter of personal preference. I would say golden hour (there are two!), and for me the last one. I have been awake (for the first golden hour) approximately one first golden hour and it was before I got my camera 😥 . But find what works best for you. I know of people who’s favorite time based on lighting to photograph is twilight.
But now some photos I recently took during golden hour…including the white dress 😀 .
Check Before You Snap!
I am awful, terrible, dreadful- when it comes to following this. I am always forgetting to check and see if something distracting is in my frame. I forget to take another look at the expressions on my models’ faces. And I also forget to check my settings. One shift can change your exposure. And especially during the golden hour! For instance…I think that where I live I have less time in the golden hour. This is not because my golden hour isn’t an hour. It’s because our property only gets the lovely light as long as I can follow it.
This means I’m constantly getting my subjects to move for me.
“Oh, the light’s moved again! Can we move this way a little? Maybe stand right there…uh…not there. There! Much better!”
So if you’re in a rush…the goal is to make sure your pictures don’t look rushed. Stay calm and check the settings before you press the shutter.
- check to make sure the model’s hands aren’t placed stiffly.
- check your exposure on the meter.
- check to make sure the model is standing straight, but not stiffly (if they’re standing).
- check the background.
- access the negative space in your image.
Once again, the timing is everything!
Here’re a few more pictures before I close out this post.