Photo Op: Golden Hour Romance

Justin and Gabriela’s love goes beyond high school sweethearts. They met in 7th grade. Lucky for the two of them, they school scheduling stars aligned and they ended up in a class together. Slowly, their feelings for each other grew from friendship to more and Justin and Gabriela began dating in high school. “We have been together for 7 years and look forward to many years to come,” Gabriela says.

There are two times of the day that add romantic lighting to ones engagement and wedding photos—just after sunrise and moments right before sunset—otherwise known as the golden hours.  The light is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. Thankfully for photographer Brianna William’s clients, her favorite time of the day comes long after one would have to get up early in the morning. “I love shooting between 7:30-8:30pm, it has the absolute best lighting,” Williams says. “And the temperature is always nicer—which makes the couples more relaxed and not sweaty.”

“The location for [Justin and Gabriela’s engagement sessions] has the perfect trees for the light to come through,” Williams says. Although lighting is key, Williams believes it is most important to make sure the couples just always make sure the couples are relaxed & know what kind of poses you’re expecting from them. “Always start off the shoot with movement. Get them running and laughing and then the rest of the session they’ll be comfortable with each other.”

Just because this time of day is a favorite among photographers doesn’t mean it is always the easiest to capture on film. According to Williams, “The hardest part is not getting to harsh of light. You have to stand in the perfect spot.” But add an adoring couple into the mix and magically romantic photos are easily expected.


The couple: Justin Ayala and Gabriela Rodriguez

Photographer: Brianna Williams Photography

Location: Green Canyon, in North Logan,UT

Instagram: @bwillsphoto

Facebook: @bwillsphoto

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