There’s a common misconception out there that the best time for photographs are during the gloriously bright and sunny summer months. We frequently receive requests to wait until late spring and early summer to do engagement sessions because we think that if it feels beautiful outside, it must look beautiful on the camera, as well. It comes as a surprise, then, to learn that the late fall, wintertime and early spring months provide us with glorious light for much longer chunks of time than we find in the summer months. This is because the sun – even at its peak – stays at a low place in the sky throughout the course of the day in these colder months. allowing for light that streams across our images, rather than directly down from above.
The risk, of course, is that your engagement session will fall on a cloudy day (most photographers will reschedule for engagement session clients if it’s rainy out), but believe it or not, cloudy-day images can be immensely beautiful, too – with more options for scenery and locations than the alternative.
So don’t skip out on an engagement session just because timing doesn’t work to shoot in the summer. You’ll likely be immensely surprised with how beautiful off-season portrait sessions can be.
The above image was created in Cathedral Park in Portland, OR.