• Meghan Cunningham

Golden Hour Family Photos.

I know, I hear you. The panic in your voice as I say "lets do golden hour!" In the summer 7:30/8:00 pm is post typical bedtime. But I am here to help and break some things down for you and leave you with some tips and tricks to make the day go a little smoother. The perfect place to begin, What is golden hour anyway?? Golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or right before sunset, during which the sun is low on the horizon and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky, creating that signature warm dreamy glow. Basically, it’s magic. Even on days when it’s overcast, it’s still important to shoot close to these times, although it can be a bit earlier. The sun is still in the sky, and the light can still be harsh if the session is mid-day. I totally hear you though, MEGH! That is too late they will not last! I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it always works out. Truly, it does! Sessions are fun, interactive, and I keep things moving. Getting that pretty light is worth adjusting your routine for a day, and since you are already investing in a professional photography session, you might as well go all the way.

Do you still need convincing? Here are a few tips on how to make it work for your family:

  • Adjust naps the day of the session as needed. Plan on having a relaxed day without too many plans, if possible.

  • Bring PJs in the car for your littles to change into after the session. Not only does this knock off one thing on the bedtime to-do list, but kids think its fun – something to look forward to!

  • Turn it into a fun event- grab a Happy Meal for the ride there, or something that they don’t get all the time, and a treat for them to look forward to afterwards. If you are getting food for them to eat in the car, change them into their photo outfit clothes once you arrive at the location.

  • Along those same lines, make sure they hydrated, have full tummys and don’t need to potty before we start!

  • Bring treats for during the session. And by treats, I mean bribes. I recommend mini marshmallows or gummy bears/gummy snacks or even carrots/veggies. Try to avoid Chocolate or anything that has crumbs or coloring.

  • And possibly one of the most important tips is for you, parent: relax. Don’t be stressed, because kids pick up on your stress and that kills the vibe. Just go with the flow, keep on smiling, and remember – this is just an hour of your day and the result is beautiful, dreamy photos of your family that will last a lifetime.

Most Importantly, remember to relax and enjoy the session. Trust the process and know that I will get incredible photos of your sweet family. Ready to book?? I cannot wait to work with your family! XOXO, Megh

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