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Choosing Between Sunrise or Sunset Photo Sessions

October 11, 2021

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 Just your average Mom trying to keep the chaos as organized as possible! I'm an enneagram two, a coffee addict, and a firm believer that warm sunshine and salty air can cure all. 


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I have lots of conversations with my clients, and it is debatable which topic comes up most! However, choosing between sunrise or sunset photo sessions is definitely in the top five! I just anticipate these types of questions and am always happy to answer!

Before I dive into the specifics, let’s talk about why I recommend only choosing between sunrise or sunset photo sessions! When you shoot in the middle of the day, you most likely will become the subject of unflattering shadows and squinty eyes! Any photographer will encourage you to schedule a session when the sun is not as harsh!


Here is a list of things to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to book a sunrise session.

  • Your location’s forecast calls for inclement weather later in the day
  • The area will be much more crowded at sunset! NOTE: Think about how busy the beach is on the weekend or during summer months!
  • Session involves little children who typically go to sleep before sunset.
  • Schedule doesn’t allow for a sunset session.

Y’all, keep in mind that sunrise sessions are EARLY! They make for beautiful pictures, but you need to be prepared for how early they are!


Don’t worry, I also provided you with a list of things to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to book a sunset session. Personally, these are my favorites!! The skies during sunset in Virginia Beach are unbeatable!

  • You want that gorgeous glow with the ocean behind you!
  • Mornings are just NOT for you, or your kids are cranky early in the day.
  • A professional is doing your hair and makeup done and can’t schedule a styling session!
Three brothers walking into the waves at their sunset photography session

As a family photographer based out of Virginia Beach, VA, I prefer sunset! The colors are just magical and honestly, waking up before sunrise isn’t always the easiest! At the end of the day, choosing between a sunrise or a sunset photo session is all about what works best for you and your family!

If you haven’t, make sure to check out my previous blog as you plan your next family session: A LETTER TO MY FUTURE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

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