couple hug during ottawa golden hour engagement session

Spring marks the start of engagement photo season, so I thought I’d talk about why a golden hour engagement session is a good idea. I mean, an engagement session at any time of the day is a good idea, but let’s talk about golden hour. You might be familiar with golden hour, or perhaps you’ve heard your photographer talk about it before. It’s the hour to hour and a half before the sun sets in the evening. And the light can be absolutely magical at that time of the day. It’s soft, and quite literally “golden”. Sun flares, long shadows, warm hues, it’s all delicious.

I often suggest scheduling your engagement session during golden hour – because why not? If we’ve got the freedom and flexibility, why not try to capture some of the best light of the day? Now like anything else with mother nature, there are no guarantees. Perhaps it will be an overcast day and you won’t get those epic sun flares. But there’s no harm in trying, and even an overcast day can offer some surprise beautiful sunset skies.

Here are some moments from last years’ golden hour engagement sessions:

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For Jon & Ashley’s engagement session, it had been cloudy the entire afternoon, and we had no expectations of getting any beautiful skies. But right near the end of their session we got a gorgeous pink and orange sky and it was so amazing! Here are some photos from their session (but you can see more here):

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Lastly, I leave you with photos from this gorgeous session in Merrickville:

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Of course, golden hour isn’t the only time of the day for engagement photos. You can literally make any time of the day work! (And you can get some similarly delicious light first thing in the morning just after the sun rises.) But I thought I’d highlight golden hour, because it can be pretty spectacular.

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