Queenstown wedding shoot overlooking the remarkables bride in rue de seine dress


Natural light has a soft and luminous quality that is both honest and flattering in photography.  I love to photograph in natural light on most occasions, with flash coming out only in select circumstances when ambient light is not available.  Natural light appears to wrap around a subject in a gentle glow and also allows me to shoot more authentically by harnessing the light as it illuminates my subject naturally.

The quality of natural light changes throughout the day with the early morning light and last light at night (the golden hour) producing beautiful light to photograph in.  The golden hour is a popular time of day to take photographs as the light can be hazy, soft and diffused as opposed to the light during the middle of the day which can be very bright and create harsh shadows.


What is Golden Hour?

Golden hour is the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset.  During golden hour the sun is lovely and low in the sky which makes it soft and more flattering to skin tones.

best time of day for wedding photography?

If you would like to avoid harsh lighting and shadows you could consider a mid-afternoon ceremony and postpone bridal portraits until later in the day to capture the beautiful golden hour.  Or you could choose a later afternoon ceremony followed by bridal portraits in the golden hour.

If you would like to research the sunset scheduled for your wedding day based on your location, here is a handy link Golden Hour Calculator.


Lighting is one of the most important elements in creating beautiful wedding day photographs and with a little bit of planning it is possible to maximise photo time in the golden hour when the light is amazing!


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