The Magic of a Golden Hour Engagement Session

The moment you say “yes” is the beginning of a new chapter, and what better way to capture all that LOVE than with a mesmerising golden hour photoshoot? The golden hour, that magical time just after sunrise or just before sunset, where the light is softer and warmer, provides a natural setting filled with romance and charm.

Why Have an Engagement Photoshoot?

An engagement photoshoot is a must! trust me you will be wishing you had more loved up photos of you and your lover not just selfies! Plus It allows you to:

  • Celebrate your recent engagement.
  • Capture your chemistry and love in a tangible form.
  • Create memories to look back on for years to come.
  • Get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day.

These photos not only serve as keepsakes but can be used for save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, or a personalised wedding website.

Why Opt for Golden Hour?

The golden hour, with its soft, golden-toned light, is often deemed the ‘holy grail’ for myself and other photographers. Here’s why you should consider scheduling your engagement photos during this time:

  • Flattering Lighting: The light is at its most forgiving, ensuring no harsh shadows or squinty eyes, resulting in stunning portraits.
  • Glowing Ambiance: The warm glow adds a dreamy, romantic vibe to your photos that can’t be replicated any other time of day.
  • Unique Backgrounds: Whether it’s the urban skyline, beach vibes or rural landscapes, the golden hour light can transform ordinary backdrops into extraordinary scenes.

Tips for a Epic Sunset Engagement Shoot

To ensure your golden hour engagement session is nothing short of magical, take note of these tips:

  1. Timing is Key: Schedule your photoshoot an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. Use a golden hour calculator to find the exact timings for your location I use this one HERE
  1. Location Matters: Choose a spot where the horizon isn’t obstructed. Open fields, beaches, or places with a clear view of the sky are perfect.
  2. Outfit Considerations: Wear colours that complement the golden hues. Think pastels, creams, or earth tones that complement with the natural light.
  3. Communicate With Your Photographer: Share your vision, and don’t hesitate to discuss ideas. They can advise on poses and angles that’ll look the best during golden hour.
  4. Be On Time: With golden hour’s brief window, punctuality ensures you get a full session of shots in the ideal light.
  5. Relax and Have Fun: Genuine emotions make for the best photos. Enjoy the moment with your partner, and let the photographer capture your natural interactions.

How to prepare for you photoshoot

As you plan for your golden hour engagement shoot:

  • Monitor the weather leading up to the session. Overcast skies can impact the sunlight.
  • Bring along props for added fun – a blanket, a bouquet, or even your pet can add that personal touch.
  • Consider professional hair and makeup to look your best in the glowing light but lets be real sometimes we don’t have time for that so slay.
  • Lastly, scout the location ahead of time with your photographer to find the best spots for shots.

An engagement session during golden hour is not just a photoshoot; it’s a celebration of your love story bathed in the most beautiful light of the day. These photographs will become a cherished journey back in time, a reminder of your love and commitment to one another. So why not seize the opportunity to make this special time even more unforgettable? After all, these are the moments that will warm your hearts for decades to come.

Feel free to reach out for all your engagement questions! or just to say hi 🫶


Jess xx

February 15, 2024

Jessica Hughes

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