Why I Prefer To Schedule Photo Sessions at Golden Hour | Palos Verdes Family Photography


Whenever I’m asked about what time to schedule family photo sessions anywhere in the South Bay, I suggest a time within 1-2 hours before sunset. Taking family photos in a place like Palos Verdes is especially awesome that time of day, because there’s a combination of ocean views, tall grass and shade giving trees!

girl standing behind the trees

This post is all about what golden hour is and why I prefer this time of day to others.  I do have some daytime sessions available, but I prefer to shoot in the hours leading up to sunset. This is called the ‘Golden Hour.’ During this time, the lighting is absolutely perfect


The Perks of Golden Hour:

  • You get soft sunlight that is most flattering for portraits as well as shiny sun flares (bursts of light)

  • There are no strong shadows or squinty eyes like there are from the blinding sun at high noon.

  • In the summer, the weather is cooler during golden hour, so you’re able to relax a little better knowing there isn’t sweat running down your face or making stains on your shirt.

  • During Golden Hour, everything is warm and pretty and gives off a magical feeling.

  • We can also get some sweet silhouette shots as the sun is going down on the horizon.

family walking on a path together while holding hands

family walking on a path together while holding hands


The magic of light creates portraits that are both artistic and flattering and although the timing can sometimes be a little tricky when sunset is around the same time as bedtime, the resulting images are so well worth it!  If you are looking to book a maternity or family photo session in or around Palos Verdes or the South Bay you’ll want some ideas on locations and what time of year is best for scheduling depending on the age of your kids. You can see my articles on those two subjects Here and Here.

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