Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer : Stephen Gosling Photography
The first thing I want to say is that I am under no illusion that people read my blog, let alone other photographers. I in no way think that the way I do things is the correct way and I am not writing these posts to tell people how to shoot or how to run their businesses. I am however going to be writing about my experiences; my failures, my successes, etc. If these posts help anyone, great! If not; no big deal.
On wedding day you sometimes don’t have the luxury of planing your shoots around the best times of day for good lighting, but for engagement shoots, you usually have a little more latitude and can pick the best times of day. The best times of day being, of course; right after sunrise and right before sunset.
So whenever I am scheduling an engagement shoot I consult the following website; http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html to find out what time the sun is rising and setting so that I can give the couple some options. I give engagement sessions up to two hours of shooting time so for sunrise shoots I plan on meeting the couple 15 minutes before the sun rises so that we can start shooting as soon as the sun starts to come up, and for sunset shoots I plan on starting the session two hours before the sun sets so that we can shoot right up until it gets dark.
I much prefer sunset as I am NOT an early riser, but for my couples; I’ll wake up, caffeinate, and be there with a smile on my face
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