Timing is always important to consider when it comes to photography, especially if children are involved. Timing can be the difference between a frustrating session and an enjoyable, memorable photoshoot. So when is the best time to have your family or couple photo session?
1. DURING PLEASANT WEATHER
We need to try and organise our shoot with Goldie Locks in mind. If it’s too hot outside, you might all feel sweaty and uncomfortable. If it’s too cold, there'll be blue lips and goose bumps. We need to get it just right. No matter the season, just be sure to plan accordingly. Bring plenty of layers if it’s cold outside, and wear breathable fabrics if it’s warm. If the weather is too difficult to manage we can always reschedule to another day.
2. AFTER A MEAL
Make sure children (and adults!) are well-fed before the photoshoot. If they’re hungry, they might start to get a little antsy and cranky. If you’re planning on going to dinner after the photoshoot, give your kids a healthy snack before the session and pack along a few extra snacks just in case.
3. WHENEVER YOUR KIDS ARE WELL-RESTED
Nothing makes kids grouchy and uncooperative like being tired. Be sure that your family photoshoot doesn’t interrupt any of your kids’ naptime or bedtime routines.
4. DURING THE ‘GOLDEN HOUR’
The best time for natural lighting is either two hours before sunset or two hours after sunrise. I have an app which let's me know when the golden hour will be in different locations at different times of the year so we can use this to help us plan. However, if these times don't suit you never fear, us experienced photographers can shoot beautiful photos at any time of day.