Golden Hour

Jackson turns 3! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

Obviously I absolutely love photographing people (kids especially, sorry grownups). Sometimes I have the pleasure of photographing friends or family. It is TWICE as much fun because I am hanging out with people I love, and doing what I love at the same time. And we are all usually super relaxed. That is just what I did a couple weeks ago during Jackson's 3 year photoshoot. Jackson and his parents have become good friends of mine— and I am more than honored to capture their little man on (digital) film, looking so grown up! The light was golden delicious evening light, pouring all over this adorable family! I hope I can get some more sessions during this time of day, it really is INCREDIBLE.

Jackson is a hoot. I've seen him sprout up over the last year, and I have seen his baby face start to look a bit more grown up (waa). He is such a handsome little boy, and has such an amazing attitude towards life. Jackson seems to go with the flow, wherever the wind blows.. or where there are rocks to throw! Lately he seems to run wherever he needs to go, stretching his arms back behind him, ready to take flight! Probably because he looks like a little cherub??! My son Finn LOVES playing with Jackson. I know he is just as happy as I am to have become friends with this awesome little family that we randomly met at Earth Day over a year ago!

Kelci House // Golden Hour // Northern VA

I can't talk highly enough about this special gal, Miss Kelci House. We are kindred photographer sisters, or something of that nature. We keep each other motivated and inspired. We push each other. We get overwhelmed together. We take photos together, and of each other. We also laugh together, a lot. Can't you tell by looking at these photos just HOW much fun we have (and how much fun Kelci is)? 

We recently trucked out to a Flower Farm somewhere in rural Northern Virginia to take photographs of each other. Ironically, there were no flowers blooming at the flower farm. Well, there were a few… but it was pretty sparse. I didn't mind at all; they weren't meant to be in the shoot. There was too much beauty elsewhere to worry about the darn flowers. The tall grass, the red barn, and of course–Kelci. And that golden evening light that just drips all over the earth as if it is kissing it goodnight. That isn't so bad either ;)

Please, please consider doing an evening shoot with me at your next session. It is just magical.

What is the Golden Hour?
• The Golden Hour occurs the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset.
• It is sometimes also referred to as the Magic Hour.
• It is the time of day when the special quality of light yields particularly beautiful photographs. 
• It appeals to photographers especially, because of its rarity throughout the day.
• The shadows are softer because the sun is so low. They aren't creating harsh shadows on faces.
• The light is literally golden.
• You can create beautiful backlit photographs with a natural lens flare.
* Photographer tip: A backlit photograph is one where the sun is behind the subject (being shielded by them), creating a blown out background. Be sure to meter the subject, not the background.
* The first series of images here are actually the last ones taken from the evening, and are less "golden" because the sun was already below the horizon. See the difference? Still beautiful, but not golden.