This is why I love Golden Hour...

You may have heard of Golden Hour, and you may not have. So… let me tell you bout my best friend! Golden hour is the most gorgeous light of the day and trust me when I say, you want it for your own photo shoot! When is it you ask? It’s the one hour of the day that the sun is lowest in the sky. And actually, there are 2 golden hours every day - immediately after sunrise and immediately before sunset. It’s very flattering and soft, natural, glowy light that is perfect for portraits. Sometimes people think it’s about the actual sunset in the sky, but it’s really not. It’s about the sun’s position in the sky and the light it creates.

The Totten family had their Fall photo shoot during this magic hour and you can tell just how perfect the light is in their photos! Today’s throwback blog post is going back to Fall, my favorite time of the year, during my favorite time of the day, with some of my favorite family photos from 2018! Enjoy!

The Coverdell Family Highlights, Throwback Thursday Edition

This family was so happy to welcome a new baby boy to the fun! I’m sure he’ll be spoiled by those two big sisters, and mom and dad are pretty fond of him as well. We did a quick mini session to capture some moments of them together at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. I always recommend this location to anyone who wants a pretty, natural setting for their images. It never disappoints!

A Cold Morning Photo Shoot Full of Love and Smiles

The Gardner family was one of my Model Call winners! And let me tell you, I could not have been more happy with this choice! As cold as it was on their session date, little Lillian (not even 2 years old) was ALL smiles! She is such a bright light and brings so much joy to her mommy and daddy. It was very obvious in the short time we spent together that they are a family full of love.

I know they are very busy people who work hard, are devoted church-goers and later I found out they also have many talents, including music (Kimberly has a beautiful voice!) and art. I have no doubt their daughter will grow up to be a talented, loving, respectful young lady. She’s already well on her way! Check out some of my favorite shots from their chilly morning photo shoot at Vander Veer Park in Davenport, Iowa.