There are a few factors that go into choosing what time you should schedule your photo session. These differ depending on the type of photo shoot, so I’ll try to make it easy for you.
OUTDOOR SESSION: Time of day is pretty important for outdoor pictures. In the midday hours around noon, the sun is pretty much directly overhead. Shine a flashlight down over your face from above in a dark room and see how flattering that looks! The effect won’t be quite so pronounced, but that light is pretty harsh and hard to work with. My favorite time to schedule outdoor shoots is a couple hours before sunset. The sun is lower in the sky and much more flattering. Early mornings are also preferable to noon (as long as there’s plenty of coffee!).
LITTLE KIDS: No matter if these are indoor or outdoor, you’ll want to consider what time of day your children will be in the best mood. Maybe they’re happy in the morning, or they might perk up after their afternoon nap. Making sure they’re well fed will also go a long way toward getting those natural smiles, so don’t skip any meals!
NEWBORNS: Those precious little babies are a whole different matter. Newborn sessions usually take place before the baby is 2 weeks old, and we generally want them to sleep through the session. For this reason, I like to recommend that you bring those babies hungry, tired, and crabby. Then when you get to the studio, the baby can be fed, burped, and soothed into a nice, deep sleep. Of course, that’s not always possible if you’re driving a long way to get here, but it’s preferable.