In general, it’s the same question as almost everything weddings related with an easy answer – do it as you wish. There are always experts, and it’s wise to ask and listen to their views, as they do it regularly.
So, Jan, sunrise, or sunset engagement session? What’s the better option?
Well, there are incentives for both. Let’s see some…
Reasons to do sunrise engagement pictures are:
Reasons to do sunset engagement pictures are:
I also asked some of our brides about their views.
Irina: We did one sunrise session a year ago. The pictures looked like any sunset session. My only issue is the flow of a sunrise session. You will have the best light while everyone is still warming up, and as the light gets worse, everyone will be more comfortable. The benefit will be if sunrise is in a more desirable location compared to sunset.
Lara: I really like sunrise sessions if you are into it, but my main advice is to plan to be there before sunrise. Ideally, 30 minutes or more. Indeed, something to ask your photographer about and their preferences, but I really like the dawn light, and it also gives a bit of wiggle room for being late. If you plan to start at 6:45 for a 6:45 sunrise, and one of you is 10-15 minutes late, you’ve eaten into some precious shooting time. But if you plan to start at 6:30 or 6:15, you get a little cushion.
Kelly: Sunrise shoots are never worth the early get-up. You will literally have to get up at 3 am to do your hair and makeup and get ready. I wouldn’t do it for just a few “cool” photos.
Jan again: It’s mostly about your preference. I’m a very, very night owl, so if I have to wake up early means that I do not sleep that night, so it’s better worth it. But if you are an early bird, a sunrise session might be your choice. I would say that this is the best answer to this dilemma about the best time for your engagement session.
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