The “Golden Hour” or What’s the Best Time for Your Location Shoot | Hawaii Photographer | Fernanda Kenfield Photography

Hello everyone!

I know a lot of people wonder what is the best time, or my favorite time, to photograph, and I always answer ” The Golden Hour”. But what does it mean? and why do I like this time so much? The answer is below!

The “Golden Hour” is the time just before sunset when the sun is close to going down, but still in the sky.

Why do photographers like this time?

1) All the lighting is rich and warm – golden indeed.

2) You do not need to squint into the sunlight or wear sunglasses.

3) The direction of the light and long shadows is so much nicer than overhead light and “raccoon eyes”.

4) On hot days the weather has cooled down enough that we can all enjoy the session without sweating running down your face.

5) On a good day we can get some creative light flairs

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6) We can get some artistic silhouette images as the sun gets lower in the sky.

7) You have some lovely warm skies, with great colored clouds or sunsets.

8) For wedding photographs, midday sun can be really harsh on the wedding dress.

Now, I can’t promise all of those just because the time is right, the weather does its own things, but it really does increase our chances.

So, whether you are booking a location shoot, or timetabling your wedding it is something to consider.

I hope that you found this helpful!


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Fernanda Kenfield offers family, maternity, couples, elopements and boudoir photography services in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the Island of Oahu. Fernanda also attends the areas of Kailua, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, Hawaii Kai, Wahiawa, Haleiwa, Ewa Beach, Mililani, Kapolei, Barbers Point and is not limited to attend military bases such as Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam, Ford island, Marines MCBH, Schofield Barracks. Waikiki Family Photographer, Honolulu Family Photographer, Kailua Family Photographer, Kaneohe Family Photographer, Kapolei Family Photographer, Waimanalo Family Photographer, Oahu Maternity Photographer, Honolulu Maternity Photographer.

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