For Clients: The Best Time to Schedule Your Session


I know it’s boring to talking about how hot it is.

But as a non-native Texan, this heat is just killer. And I think it’s turning me into a wimp when I hit cooler temperatures. Just last month I was in California, and I forgot that it still got down to 65 degrees or less in the evening. Since I’ve been getting acclimated to it being no cooler than 85, I needed a sweater. Weak sauce.

With it being so hot this time of year in the Dallas area, like I’m talking 105+ degree weather, I thought it would be helpful to suggest the best times to schedule your portrait session – engagements, bridals, day after, and Beloved sessions. Because, if you’re like me, you don’t want to look a hot mess. A hot, sweaty mess. Unless you’re one of those lucky people who doesn’t sweat. And if you are, I want to know your secret!!

If you’re wanting to shoot an outdoor session, I recommend the fall (late September to early December) or the spring (March through early June). And even early June in Dallas is cutting close into the hot zone. We can certainly shoot in the winter, like I did earlier this year with the record-breaking snow fall, you may just have to bundle up a little more than usual.

If for whatever reason, timing only permits a session in the hot, summer months, then I recommend scheduling your engagement, bridal, day after, or Beloved session in the morning. Early morning, like as the sun rises. Even if you are not a morning person, (and let me tell you I am not one either!) shooting in the early morning provides much more comfortable temperatures, usually in the 80’s. And the light is also just as pretty as sunset.

And of course, there’s shooting indoors. While I personally prefer the outdoors, and natural light photography, we can always shoot indoors, should it be needed. Especially here in Dallas, where the weather can go from sunny, to cloudy, to storming in a matter of minutes.

So what time of day should you schedule your session? I recommend clients schedule their engagement sessions about an hour and a half before sunset, during the “golden hour” when the light is nice and pretty. So in the fall and the spring that right around 5-6pm depending on when Daylight Savings Time starts/ends. Sessions usually last about two hours.

Here’s one from a session shot at the end of March:

Anniversary shoot at the Arbor Hills Preserve in Plano by Catie Ronquillo Wedding Photographer

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section!

Happy Wednesday!

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  • Reply Beth 08.04.2010 at 6:25 pm

    Really good topic. I’m not in the market for engagement photos or photo sessions in Texas, but interesting advice regardless.

  • Reply Brandy Frank 08.05.2010 at 12:54 pm

    love this image of Lynn and her husband. yay color! also… totally with you on the best time to schedule your session. sunrise summer photo shoot – the only way to go right now! hope you’re staying cool. it’s crazy hot this week.

  • Reply Whitney elizabeth 08.10.2010 at 5:30 pm

    I know you hate the heat, but I miss it! You need to come visit Santa Barbara sometime so you can get some relief from the Texas heat :). Love the image, by the way!!!

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