The Magic of Magic Hour


Let's talk about the light, one of our absolute FAVOURITE things here at RDP!

"So what even is a natural light photographer?"

This means we use only what light is available to us - which means that we don't use any artificial lights, stands, tripods, big complicated set-ups.

This makes our sessions fast, fun and stress-free, as we easily move from spot to spot without lugging around heavy and cumbersome gear.

"So what does that mean for my photo session?"

This means that your session will happen during magic hour - the hour or two around sunrise and sunset.

It's the absolute perfect time of day when all the elements line up spectacularly and the light is beyond majestic. This is because as the sun gets low down to the earth it breaks through the trees and surrounds, which diffuses it and fills the air with a warm, gentle glow.

It means that there's no need for squinty faces, and your skin looks soft and beautiful, no matter your age!

"Can we really not just shoot at any time of day??"

We need you to TRUST US on this one! So so often we have clients checking in to make sure that a 7pm shoot won't be in the dark (and granted, we do have our crazy moments, so we get it!), but the LIGHT is our number one factor that we consider before scheduling any shoot.

It is the number one factor we consider before taking any single photo!

So yup, we will be scheduling your shoot in either in the very early morning or late afternoon.

To give you an idea of what we're on about, we've selected a few of our absolutely favourite magic hour pics to truly demonstrate this time of day.

If you look past the people in the photos - you can see how the sun brings in a stunning warm glow as it gently breaks through the trees behind them and then catches on the grass surrounding them. This is also what creates that lovely bokeh ("the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens").

This is a feature of our style of photography, and is quite possibly the reason why you've chosen to book with us, even if you don't realise it :)

"But it's going to be cold at 7am in winter, can we just shoot at 10am?"

Nope! Below are some lovely wintry examples of this gorgeous light that we just CANNOT get enough of! Even in the winter, when the early mornings and evenings are colder, so slightly less appealing, it is worth it to get all wrapped up in cute beanies and scarves and head on out into that wonderful light.

Time and time again when we stick to our guns it shows in the final results and the pictures are just that much better!

Soft, glowing skin and some incredible lens flare.

"But we're doing our shoot indoors, surely it doesn't matter about the light then?!"

It totally still matters! Even when we're shooting indoors we need soft gentle light to be filtering in through the windows. And we'll always step outside for a couple of photos in the garden.

Have a look at the below examples of this gentle, natural light in the below newborn session:

"We've checked the weather and it's going to be overcast on the day of our shoot - can we just do the session in the middle of the day?"

Still nope! We still shoot during magic hour (even on overcast days!). Light grey clouds act as amazing diffusers, giving photos SUCH an incredible softness, which we love.

We will postpone if there's a thunderstorm.

We even got this little explanation off Wikipedia:

"When the sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through a greater depth of atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light from the sky (Thomas 1973, 9–13), reducing the lighting ratio. More blue light is scattered, so if the sun is present, its light appears more reddish. In addition, the sun's small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows."

Still don't believe us? Then maybe you need to hear it from the experts:

- Lindsay Davenport is an incredible wedding photographer from New Mexico. Here is her take on the do's and don'ts of finding the perfect time of day to shoot.

- Jasmine Star is an all-round expert on taking photographs, and an amazing resource when it comes to learning more about photography (check out her blog!). In this post she outlines the four considerations she makes before deciding on the time to start a photo shoot session.

- Wanna know how I know when magic hour is? We have an app on our phones for that (there's an app for everything these days right?) - it's called Magic Hour, find it in the app store. Easy as pie.

Pop us an email to book in your magic hour session: hello@robyndavie.com

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