You may have come across the term ‘golden hour’ during your wedding research and If you’re kind of unsure as to what it means them I’m going to try and enlighten you, as well as share with you why golden hour is an important element to consider when writing up your wedding time line.
So what is golden hour?
The term golden hour has been used to refer to that magic time of day before sunset where the sun is in the perfect position in the sky to cast the gorgeous, soft, flattering light that sends photographers crazy. If used properly it can create the most beautifully soft, elegant and ethereal photographs – which is why I am crazy passionate about it.
Now, golden hour is it a bit of a fickle beast and you aren’t likely to experience golden hour on a rainy or cloudy evening. The sky need to be relatively clear for the golden hour effect. But you would be surprised how many rainy days turn into glorious golden evenings! It can also depend on the geography of your venue. If the grounds are low down and surrounded by tall trees then the likely hood is that you will lose the sun before it even gets to golden hour. If you love the look of golden hour photographs but your venue itself it’s ideal for capturing them, then it could be worth scoping out surrounding areas that are more open. Sometimes even a neighbouring field can result in dreamy photographs when the light is right.
Golden hour lends itself especially well to my fine art style of photography. The light, fresh and etheral look I create in my images works best during golden hour – which is way I love it so much.
What time of day is golden hour?
This obviously changes according to the season and in fact isn’t always just an hour. You could essentially experience golden hour type light for a good couple of hour window if it’s a clear and sunny day. Usually in the summer, golden hour times perfectly with when most wedding breakfasts/speech are coming to an end – which makes it the perfect time for capturing some stunning couple portraits.
How can we get golden hour portraits?
Of course the weather in this country is never guaranteed so not every wedding will be lucky enough to experience golden hour. However you will have a better chance of catching some golden hour light if you keep an element of flexibility during the time of day when golden hour if likely to appear. Sometimes I will quickly nip away with the bride and groom during the wedding breakfast, maybe between courses – or after the meal and before the speeches. I will only disturb you during this time is the light is looking beautiful and I know for experience the best times during the meal where you won’t miss anything or be missed. It only usually takes 10 mins to capture some breath taking golden hour portraits and it is so so worth it. The light at this time of day is like nothing else!
If you are looking for a creative and beautiful photographs captured with authenticity and passion then do get in touch I’d love to hear about your day.