Warm weather and sunshine are coming our way! I for one, couldn't be happier. I always feel like I come alive in the warm weather. As couples everywhere are planning their extended engagements, elopements, and micro weddings, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some words of wisdom when it comes to choosing a time of day and location for your shoot. For a wedding, you may not have control over the time of day. But if you have a more flexible timeline (like you often do with engagement photos or a couples photo shoot), it's worth factoring in when creating your timeline. After all, why wouldn't you want that dreamy lighting for your photos?

If we haven't met yet, I'm Dawn (the one behind the camera). You can read more about me and my journey here, or head here if you want all the details on how to book (and what the investment is). Honestly when I started this journey three years ago, I had no idea what a passion this would turn into. If you are looking for someone to capture your memories, contact me here to book a session.

Engagement Photo Locations Around Alberta

The photos featured in this blog were taking in a field near Vermilion, but truth be told I'm always location scouting to find the most scenic locations (that are still private). When you are looking for photo locations, don't forget to simply ask your photographer. Because I'm not based in a "big city" - I'm actually based in Daysland - I have found so many hidden gems across Central Alberta. I've been a photographer for almost three years now and honestly, it's flown, I'm constantly grateful for the wide range of backgrounds we can find right here in our home province. I always love a scenic drive.

Although choosing a location can be fun, you don't need to travel far. As a photographer, I can tell you that we can make magic just about anywhere. A farmers field, a hill, a creek - you don't need the perfect lakeview or trip to the mountains to get a good photo (although I do always love an adventure). I always say, a location doesn't need to be epic in order to capture memories. In fact, it is the lighting that matters most (more on that next!). I have shot some of my favorite photos in the most unexpected locations!

The Best Time of Day to Get Your Photos Taken

Want to know the secret behind the stunning photos below? It's not *just* me, my camera, and the beautiful couple posing. One of the biggest factors in getting these dreamy, sunkissed photos is the lighting. When you book a photo shoot, don't just squeeze it into a busy day where it fits. First, I want you to be relaxed and enjoy the photos. Second, whenever possible, I love to capture your memories in the soft light of the golden sunset. When you book your photos, I typically recommend we start about 1.5hrs before sunset. If we are taking photos of your family and you have littles, I recommend booking in the spring or fall, when the sunsets earlier.

For weddings, when you typically can't plan the day around photos, I still recommend a few golden hour wedding photos. If you can work into your timeline, we can always sneak away for just 15 minutes during the reception for a couple quick sunset photos (only if you want to - of course!). For micro weddings and elopements, the timelines tend to be a bit more flexible. I'm seeing a huge trend toward afternoon/evening ceremonies that leave room for golden hour photos in between (or before - during a first look). I know I'm a photographer but I can't get enough of that dewy, golden light. If it's a priority for you, we will find a way to make it happen!

Planning Your Photo Shoot

Now that you have a few tips to choose your location and time of day for your photo shoot, don't forget to have fun with it. When I take photos, I want to capture beautiful memories for you, your partner, your family. You don't need to feel pressure to plan the perfect photo shoot timeline. Tips are always meant to help you, not overwhelm you. And don't forget, when you hire a professional photographer you are also paying for their expertise. When you book with me, please don't be afraid to ask questions. You can always contact me here, or connect with me on Instagram.