I am often asked when is the best time to host the portrait session. There are so many factors that go into that answer. A lot of times clients are considering conveniences, like nap time and dinner. Sometimes it is a matter of summer or fall. However, for creatives it takes careful time and planning to craft the kind of work that evokes emotion. This is why we love meeting our clients at the pre-session consultation to plan the perfect time, location and scenery that will become the canvas of your memories.

The warm glow from gorgeous evening light spills over the scenery and into the lens, creating that summer feel where the sun tickles our skin. The summer and fall evening light gives us this incredible backdrop for family portraits that can instantly take us back to childhood. North Carolina farms and country roads makes that down-home feel just a little more like home to us. If this inspires you and describes your family then evening light is the best time of day to commemorate that legacy for your family.

We recommend booking these golden hour sessions between June and August during the hours before the sun sets. The natural diffusion of light through the leaves of the trees, and the beautiful rays as the sun approaches the horizon, make for beautiful warm golden portraits.

It is always a great idea to book (at least) 1-2 months ahead of time to allow for our schedule as well as project time to craft your experience.

Some behind the scenes shots while my beautiful client and friend awaits the next scene!

Only in North Carolina can we have warm golden light and cold wind between takes! My sweet little subjects were so wonderful to brave the chilly air, but somehow I think the production just made it all the more fun for them.

The Best Time of Day for Golden Pictures

Tuesday, June 27th


Andrea Halsey is a portrait artist and designer in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been photographing area families for well over a decade, has achieved multiple photography related awards and was featured on the Dr. Oz show after photographing his family portraits. Raised in the Carolinas, she has a love for beautiful landscapes and family values, with complex inspiration from Mark Twain to Kate Spade.

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