One of my favorite outdoor sessions this Summer happened with this sweet mother and daughter duo. They were willing and enthusiastic about shooting during golden hour at Discovery Park in Seattle. Golden hour is essentially about an hour just before the sun sets. Think sun rays, flattering skin tones, golden hair halos, and spots of beautiful prismatic sun rays touching everything it sees. It is arguably the most popular time for family photographers to capture the beauty of Seattle families.
What I also find about shooting during golden hour is that families feel more relaxed, and affectionate. Perhaps it’s the magic of being outdoors in nature, or just the nostalgic feeling you get when you see that golden light. I know for me personally, it feels like the most romantic part of the day. It’s the absolute perfect time for me to ask my families to snuggle, play, and interact with each other.
During a certain time of the year, wildflowers bloom at Discovery Park and it’s truly a magical time. This energetic six-year old little girl was so fun to capture. Her face simply lit up every time she laughed. She kept jumping in place so I went with that energy and asked her to show me her absolute best jumps!
Following the light during golden hour is something you will actively see me do when you book me for an hour long session. As the sun begins to set, I carefully watch the sun and when I see it start to disappear, you will find me saying that it’s time to move. A change of scenery, brighter sun, I adjust my camera settings if necessary, and then we can create some more magical family photos. The above photo was taken in a popular open field spot that sits right above a beach view in Discovery Park. This is truly golden hour personified, so we moved quickly to capture as many photos as we could. With all of our poses taken care of at the beginning of the session, we were able to capture some relaxed, fun Mother and Daughter interactive time.
Interested in booking a Motherhood session with me? My Storyteller package is the perfect length of time to document a beautiful family story. See you in the field just before the sun sets.