The countdown to the clocks winding back is on! And, while the idea of the resulting shortened days isn’t the most appealing, the earlier sunsets are actually a real bonus if you’re wanting beautiful golden-lit family photos.
What is Golden Hour and why do Photographers love it so much?
The best time for outdoor lifestyle photography is at golden hour - the hour before sunset or the hour after sunrise. During these times, the sun is low in the sky and the resulting sunshine is soft with beautiful warm tones.
This type of light is a photographer’s dream and the reason why so many photographers insist on only shooting at this time.
The only problem with outdoor family photography in Melbourne during spring and summer is that this can push the timing of the session to as late as 8pm – and while this is perfect for couples and families with teens, young families don’t always love the idea of keeping their toddlers up so late! But there’s good news Mama…
Let me tell you why Autumn is one of the best times of year to get Outdoor Family Photos in Melbourne!
Autumn sunsets are at a much more manageable time for golden-lit photos
Sunset in Melbourne during Autumn allows for golden light photography to happen at a much more manageable time of day if you have a young family. Once the clocks change, sunset will be around 6:30pm which means the session will start around 5:30pm.
Added bonus, the kids will probably fall asleep in the car ride home so you can transfer them straight to bed!
Autumn has the best temperature for an outdoor family photoshoot
Yes, there is a slight chill in the air but this is so much better than feeling hot, sticky and bothered during your photoshoot.
You guys will be moving around quite a bit (especially if you have little ones) and that will be more than enough to keep you warm.
And if your kids are anything like my four year old, it can be cold and raining and this still won’t deter her from having a play outside! Kids love being outside, no matter the weather!
Clothing in stores during this season match my style of photography perfectly
Earthy tones suit my style of photography perfectly! During this time of year, the shops are full of those Autumn earthy tones (greens, mustard, fawn, maroon and navy).
So, if you’re planning on getting some new clothes for your Melbourne Family Photoshoot then you have a lot to choose from right now!
Curious to know what it’s like to work with me as an outdoor family photographer in Melbourne?
Having your photos taken is more than just booking a photographer and smiling for the camera. You need to vibe with the photographer and know what to expect.
My aim is for you guys to have fun and feel comfortable while having your pictures taken. I want to reassure you that I’ve got you - I direct and guide you every step of the way to create beautiful, natural styled and candid photos that capture you and your story authentically.
I am a Mum, so I know what family life is like, I know how to handle to the kids and I know how to make you guys feel relaxed in front of the camera.
These are some kind words people have said about my work and working with me:
"Thank you so much Gill we absolutely love our gallery. You have captured some really lovely photos of our family and we are so grateful. Thank you also for a relaxed and fun session, it was the perfect beach spot recommendation and we all had a great time." – Connie
"Gill you always seem to capture the most beautiful moments. Your photos have a timeless quality to them. The photoshoot was effortless and full of laughter. I’m so grateful that you captured our family's memories. I highly recommend you to all my friends and family I know. Thank you" - Lara
Also, Have a look at my Instagram Reels to see some behind the scenes of my outdoor photography sessions.
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As always, if you have any questions please contact me here .