The Best Time of Year for Photography Sessions | Charlotte-Area Lifestyle Family & DITL Photographer
This is a really good question to pose when planning a photography experience, and it gets asked often. Second only to “what is the best time of day” and “what location do you recommend”.
Although it may seem like there are better times of the year than others to book a Lifestyle or Day In the Life (DITL) experience, in my opinion, any time of year is a great time to schedule intentional time with your family.
What I recommend considering before booking are these few things:
1. What type of session are you interested in booking? If it’s an outdoor lifestyle session, consider what you would like to wear. If light, & bright are your thing, think Spring and Summer. If you prefer layers, and deeper, richer colors, consider the Fall and Winter seasons. For a Day In the Life (DITL) experience or In-Home Newborn session, there is even less to consider when planning. In-home newborn sessions are not weather, or season restricted since they take place in the comfort of your home. DITL experience are the same. Being a true documentary experience means capturing you and your life exactly as it is. This can take place in your home, on the go, or both—the choice is yours. Again, outdoor elements do not rank priority when scheduling these types of sessions unless there is some part of your life that you would like me to capture outdoors: ballgames, hiking, kayaking—any outdoor activity.
2. What time of day would you prefer scheduling your session? For outdoor lifestyle photography, sessions being approximately 2-hours before sunset. This time, by far, offers the most flattering lighting for portraits. Spring/Summer sessions can start as late at 7:30pm, while Fall/Winter sessions can begin as early at 3pm. In-Home Newborn sessions being late morning/early afternoon to take advantage of the most available natural light in your home. Day In the Life (DITL) experiences being depending on what you want to capture in the 6-hours we will be together.
Additionally, I only reschedule if it is raining.
Without reiterating all the above, you may also want to consider the location you would like your session to take place.
All that being said, the takeaway is this: there really isn’t a best time of year to schedule time to capture memories of you and your loved ones. Anytime is a great time to tell your story because it is a beautiful one.
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