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August 21, 2017

Why Golden Hour Portraits are Worth the Effort- Wedding Planning Tips

bride and groom during golden hour


Golden hour is the time when the sun is low in the sky, before it sets below the horizon. It’s typically about an hour to an hour and half before sunset. Usually, golden hour occurs during dinner or around dancing, depending on the time of year. So when I pull you and your groom out of the reception, you might have just been getting settled! (Don’t worry, I’ll never pull you out before you get to eat!)

But here’s why it’s SO worth it to get these images:

  • More photos. Of course, we do bride and groom photos after your first look (or after your ceremony.) But sometimes we don’t have a lot of time. Or sometimes the location is less than ideal, or the sun is a little too harsh still. Even just 10 minutes spent on golden hour photos can give you 20 to 30 more images!
  • Time alone. I think sometimes couples don’t realize how crazy and hectic their day is going to be. You literally will not have two minutes alone together. And especially not if you decide to skip a first look! Golden hour is a great opportunity to get away for a moment. To kind of take it all in, to enjoy each other as husband and wife, and to reflect on the day.
  • Romantic photos. During golden hour time, I typically let the bride and groom do whatever comes natural to them. Of course, I’m always there to guide and encourage certain poses or actions. But when you’re in this moment together, after finally getting married, and seeing the gorgeous sunset, it’s hard to not be swept off your feet! During earlier portrait times, there’s almost always a crowd of viewers. It’s hard to get away from all the well wishers and friends who want to celebrate with you. Couples often find it a bit challenging to get in a “romantic” mood for photos. But I can’t tell you how many times the whole atmosphere has changed when I take bride and grooms out at sunset! It’s a night and day difference!

Do you have any questions about golden hour photos? Comment below or email hello@alaynaparker.com!

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