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March 12, 2021

When is the Best Time of Year for an Upstate NY Family Photo Session?

As I left the house this morning, I could feel the warmth in the air.  I *almost didn’t need a jacket!

With warmer temps ahead, I wanted to talk about timing of photos. I often get asked “what’s the best time of year to have photos done?!” I completely understand your concern; besides the financial investment of capturing your family as you are right now, you are investing time out of your busy schedules and it’s valuable time. You want it to be the best.

I honestly think anytime of the year is great! As long as it’s not pouring (or a snow storm!) I don’t reschedule my sessions.

Of course there are a few things to consider though;

Time of day can be important when scheduling your photo session in Upstate NY

Depending on the season, sunset can be really early or extremely late. Since I try to schedule sessions about an hour before sunset, during the summer that means we might not start until 7:30. I can certainly work with your schedule if you have really young kiddos that don’t do well staying up past bedtime. We will work with a location that has open shade, or even do a morning time session. During the late Fall, sunset can be as early as 3:30 though. So keep the timing of year in mind.

Upstate NY Family Photographer, family in summer cuddling
Family Photography in Oneonta, NY Family in a field together

What do you envision your family wearing?

Do you want a lot of skin showing? If so Spring and Summer sessions are great for tanks, shorts and lighter colors. If you want more vibrant colors and a cozy feel, you’ll likely be wearing chunky sweaters and layers in the Fall and even coats in the winter. So make sure you think about the feel you want your photos to have.Locations. Depending on the time of year, where you have your photos can change. In the Fall, a local park with beautiful foliage works well. Where as summer, the beach or stream can be beautiful at sunset, but too cold any other time of year. During the winter, more of a downtown urban feel can be fun, or an open field with the snowy hills behind you.

Upstate NY Family Photographer, family smiling and laughing
Maternity photography Upstate NY, couple outside at sunset

Location can make a difference

Depending on the time of year, where you have your photos can change. In the Fall, a local park with beautiful foliage works well. Where as summer, the beach or stream can be beautiful at sunset, but too cold any other time of year. During the winter, more of a downtown urban feel can be fun, or an open field with the snowy hills behind you.

No matter what!

NO matter what time of year you have a session, the most important thing is that you are spending time with your family; laughing, playing, loving on one another. All while I capture your connection and love. No need to worry about “the perfect time” as there really isn’t one :)

Oneonta Family Photographer, Mom dad and son together at park
Cooperstown family photographer family of five at sunset on their property

If you’ve made it this far and are ready to book…

My spring calendar is open, and I’d love to photograph you and your loved ones! Get in touch to schedule a session in the months of March-June!

~Hali

P.S I haven’t participated in a blog circle in awhile, but I jumped right back in this month! Today I’m sharing a beautiful newborn session by Calgary newborn photographer Jillian Faulkner. You will definitely swoon over all the little details!

  1. Jillian says:

    I agree! There is never a bad time to get updated family photos! Love your work!

  2. Love your thoughts here. Gives people something to think about and jump in and do it!

  3. Fiona Saxton says:

    Beautiful family photos and great advice.

  4. Delanie says:

    I love that you included a question about what to wear, helping to guide when to have a session. Such a great reminder!

  5. Spring is my favorite time of year for family photos but it seems like so many love fall. Bring me all the flowering trees. ;-)

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