What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer - Missouri Wedding Photographer - Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography

What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer

One of the biggest questions I get from clients is, “What time of day is best for our session?” That’s a totally valid question! If it’s a family session, you may be trying to plan around nap time. If it’s an engagement session, maybe you’re thinking about scheduling hair and makeup so you need to know a good start time. Does this sound like you? I’m here to help!! Below, I’m sharing exactly when it is best to schedule your session, and what it means for photos during other parts of the day. 

What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer | Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography | #kcweddingphotographer #midwestweddingphotographer #kcfamilyphotographer

Golden hour is always a favorite

Golden hour is defined as the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. So yes, there are TWO EVERYDAY!! I really enjoy morning sessions for families with littles. I know my little one does so much better in the morning!! 

And when I am scheduling sessions, I love to offer times during the golden hours. However, other times, like mini sessions, we can’t have EVERY session within that time frame. AND THAT’S OKAY! The light will still be great and the images will be great. 

What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer | Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography | #kcweddingphotographer #midwestweddingphotographer #kcfamilyphotographer

What about mid-day? 

This is a common time to be knocking out photos on a wedding day. And, while it may not be the same as the golden hour glow – we can find good light!! Some of my favorite portraits have been taken in the early afternoon on a wedding day, and it’s a great way to get the bulk of the photos done before the ceremony so you can go celebrate that much sooner! 

What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer | Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography | #kcweddingphotographer #midwestweddingphotographer #kcfamilyphotographer

So you’re saying there isn’t a “bad” time? 

There is bad light, but there’s not a bad time of day for photos. It’s all about the access to even shade and making sure we don’t have any color casts (freshly mowed grass acts like a green reflector). So if we have your first look at 1 p.m., don’t think this means those photos will be “bad” compared to some husband and wife photos during golden hour. 🙂 

What time of day is best for our session? | Midwest wedding photographer | Kelsey Alumbaugh Photography | #kcweddingphotographer #midwestweddingphotographer #kcfamilyphotographer

I hope this was helpful for you when deciding what time of day is best for our session! If you’d like for me to capture your wedding or family memories, I’d love for you to contact me HERE! 

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I am so excited you found me! And I hope this post helps answer any questions about what time of day is best for our session! Just so you to know your email is going to make my day, and I’ll probably do a little happy dance when it hits my inbox. I love email because it helps me keep all our important conversations in one place versus spreading the conversation out over email, text, Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, etc. You can expect to hear from me within 24 hours. You can contact me here, or just shoot me an email at kelsey@kelseyalumbaugh.com

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