Choosing the Best Time of Day for Photos in Natural Light

Choosing the Best Time of Day for Photos in Natural Light

While there are a great number of options to make the best out of natural light, time really does matter! Choosing the best time of day for photos in natural light is the key for amazing results. It also really depends on the style of shooting. Every style is different and therefore, preferences when shooting vary a lot.

Which is why it’s very important to know about the style of a photographer before booking your photo services. Style is what will help you define which photographer is the right one for you, and for what you’re looking for.

choosing the best time of day for photos in natural light
poses for engagement photos Orlando Photographer Yanitza Ninett

What is my style of shooting?

I love colors and I love light. Take me to huge spaces with open areas and light coming in from everywhere and I am in paradise! Nothing else feeds my creative soul more than light. So, as far as my style of work goes, it’s a matter of just bringing to life what I already love - light.

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My style is naturally bright but with a pop of unique color and a bit of contrast. I only use natural light on all my outdoor shoots and certainly, this means that I have a preferred time of day for shooting.

Although early mornings are quite romantic and beautiful, they can be a bit tricky for photos. Still, along with late afternoons, they are my favorite and best time of day for photos in natural light.

What makes my photography different?

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Best Time of Day for Photos

Here’s the thing. When scheduling your photo session, be prepared to either wake up early or get some of the afternoon traffic on the way to the session. Because the truth is, the best way to memorize this is - a couple of hours after sunrise and a couple of hours before sunset - at least for my style of photography.

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For photo sessions, I always avoid mid-day shoots - if It’s up to me to schedule. But of course, commercial shoots happen any time of the day, the dynamic is different, and my end results are different as well. Therefore, this really just applies to my regular portrait sessions.

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That being said, for an engagement session like the one showing in this post, consider choosing late afternoon. This time of the day brings out a beautiful glow in the photos that is very visually appealing!

For your photo session, feel free to contact me!

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Engagement Session Venue: Historic Longwood Community Building


Yanitza Ninett is a Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, St. Augustine and Georgia. Her blog, Pieces of Me, features most of her work, along with photography tips, lifestyle sessions, personal experiences and travels. Yanitza Ninett documents Engagement Sessions, Beach Weddings, Seniors, Family Sessions & Boudoir. The YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photography experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!