Why does it matter what time the session is? Why is it important to look at a photographers blog to make sure they understand light? Honestly my knee jerk reaction is “because”. But that doesn’t help at all. I only schedule sessions in the evening, not in the morning, not at 10 AM, not at 3PM (ok maybe in the winter…daylight savings time is tricky), not until the sun is warm. Photographers know what I mean but you honestly probably don’t know.
There are a ton of photographers out there to choose from and looking at the price shouldn’t be the only reason you decide to hire a professional. Understanding light is the so important, why? Because it makes a huge difference in your images. A field at 2PM will not give good images unless it is cloudy (which I refer to as natures soft box). There will be crazy hyper color grass, the sides of your face will be white, the shadows under your eyes will make you look like racoons. Doesn’t that sound awesome and TOTALLY worth your time and money?
Here in Texas we have bluebonnets and wildflowers, I love them…LOVE them. It is sort of a Texas Tradition to have pictures of your kids in a field of bluebonnet but guess what? They grow mostly in WIDE OPEN FIELDS. Sooooo that means some photographers will put clients in a field at high noon, HIGH NOON or in my case 5PM! Want to see how awful it looks?
Here is the edited images:
Isn’t the difference amazing? I have apps on my phone that I bring out everytime I find a new location for sessions, Golden Hour is my favorite. It tells me where the sunsets and what time, so honestly there is no reason for the the first image to ever happen to anyone…ever. And guess what that image of my kids (yes those are my not happy at all and hungry children) isn’t even that great! Guess what THIS is what happened when I turned the chair to the left.
When I took the before pictures my son even said “why are we doing them now isn’t it the wrong time?”. Oh yes I taught him well. I hope this helps when choosing a photographer, if you aren’t in my area or even if it isn’t me. Sometimes unless you see the difference you don’t really know the difference.
Jenny Miller is Newborn, Family and Child Photographer serving Houston, TX , The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Magnolia and North Houston.