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Overcast lighting vs sunny sunset

In the fall months I feel like I become a meteorologist. Always checking the weather, will it be cloudy, or sunny like we want?

What happens if it’s overcast? Well we don’t have that beautiful light for our images. Does it matter, YES I think so. But if you as a client choose to go through with your session anyway, then that is your choice. I just want you to make an educated decision!

I personally would like to reschedule. I think the images with sun in them are far more appealing than the ones without. I like giving you the very best, and my personal opinion of the best is SUN! I think the proof is in the pudding so to speak, here are some examples. Taken at the SAME location, with the same subjects. Just on a overcast day and a sunny sunset.

On an overcast day there are no shadows, no directional light, it’s flat lighting. The lighting is diffused and comes from everywhere. Look at the children’s eyes, and below to eyes… notice something? They have slight bags under their eyes in the overcast images that they don’t really have in the sunny/directional light images. Because the light is coming from all over, filling in all the crevasses, so if it’s doing that to children, how much older is it going to make you look? Food for thought!

These following three images are all with overcast lighting:

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The following three are with sunny, you can likely tell, but just in case you can’t:

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What a HUGE difference don’t you think? The ones with sun have so much more pop and personality!

There is an in between, partly cloudy! So that there is light, less clouds more sky, enough to almost act like a sunny day. There has to be enough light that is casts a shadow so we can have strong directional light, so I can still get some images with light! If this is the case I will move up our session by 15-20 minutes if it’s going to be partly cloudy, because the sun will go behind the clouds earlier in this case. The risk with partly cloudy is that it can become completely cloudy, so we just have to watch the forecast, and watch the sky too.

Actually you like the overcast images better? Sure why not! These are your images, that will act as your memories. I just want to ensure you’ve made an educated decision. If you prefer overcast day, I’m always rescheduling due to overcast, so I can easily schedule on one of them 😉

Questions? Ask 🙂