How to Choose the Date & Time of Your Session

The Family Session Season will begin in just a month. I’m so honored to capture your family legacy that you’ll cherish for a lifetime! So I plan to write a series of blog posts to help you get the most out of your photos. Even though my portfolio showcases images that look fresh, natural, and joyful, my clients and I have done some prep work behind the scene to make sure the portraits look beautiful and candid. My goal is that by the time you have read through all the blog posts, you’ll have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. I can’t wait to get you in front of our cameras!

Choosing Date and Time

I’m natural light specialist because I believe that natural light, from the sun and its reflections, creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and truest to you. I offer either early morning or sunset sessions. Both session time will result in beautiful images you see in my portfolio.

QUICK TIP: I offer limited Saturday sessions each month so be sure to get in touch with me far and in advance. This is especially true during my fall season. You can get a Fast Pass to the front of the line by scheduling mid-week or off-season.

Early Morning Sessions

I often suggest parents with very young kids to pick early morning sessions because little ones are usually the happiest during those hours. These sessions are best in the summer and even early Fall, when the sun rises a little later in the morning. We will begin between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM. The weather is still cool (even in the summer!) and the light is soft and beautiful. This is also the best time for portrait sessions in the city, when the streets are less busier. I understand that not everyone is an early riser, so the choice is totally yours.

West University Maternity Photos | Houston Family Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

Sunset Sessions

We will begin the session two hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest. Use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. Then, just subtract two hours to figure out your start time. Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months, so make sure to factor that in when choosing your portrait session date, especially if you’re taking off work or have evening plans afterward.

Rice University Extended Family Photos | Houston Portrait Photographer | Teresa Yiu Photography

We will start on time!

To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early to your session and be ready to start on time. Being a lover of natural light, my timing for your session isn’t a coincidence, it is scheduled so that we have the best lighting for your photos. Please allow enough time when you find yourself planning and include time for travel or traffic. For morning sessions, the day gets warmed up and the light becomes harsh later in the morning. For sunset sessions, we will shoot until the sun sets. So, if we begin a bit late, we won’t stay late! This just ensures that we are in the right place or the right light and will give you the best results!

COMING UP NEXT: Selecting the Right Location

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