With all the rain we’ve been having so far this summer in the Durham Region it’s a miracle that the date we picked for this session actually worked out! It was a beautiful, late spring evening down by Lake Ontario in Whitby. This session took place about 2 hours before sunset. Photographers call this time of day ‘golden hour’. This is when the sun is lower in the sky and the light is softer and creates such a lovely warm feel to images. It’s my favourite time of day to shoot by far. Sometimes you have to keep your little ones up a little bit past their bedtime, but I can assure you, it’s worth it for the beautiful light at this time of day. This little guy, who is just a little over a year old, rocked staying up TWO hours past his bedtime! From what I hear, he even slept in the next two days after their session.
I have to admit, when I was contacted by Tara to photograph her and her family I was a bit nervous as the outdoor session date approached! It’s always a tad nerve wracking when I’m asked to photograph other local photographers. Tara Graham is very talented photographer in Oshawa. I’m not sure what I was so nervous about before her session because I should have known that she and her family would be naturals in front of the camera. After all, she knows all the rules about posing! 🙂
Originally Tara wanted her family session to take place in the fall. Fall is definitely very pretty with all the colours and for that reason is the busiest time of year for most photographers. A few weeks back, Tara contacted me and decided she’d like to do the session in the spring instead and I was more than happy to accomodate her request. As you can see from the photos below, spring and summer portraits are also very pretty with the fresh grass and warm golden hour light. I also find it’s easier for families to have their sessions this time of year because the sun sets so late in the day. Parents have enough time to get home from work, have dinner and head to their session. In the fall, sessions have to start right around the dinner hour so that we have enough time for the session before sunset. Spring and summer sessions usually start around 7pm and go right until the sun has set! The last 20 minutes before the sun sets is my absolute favourite 20 minutes of the session.
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