“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ― Helen Keller
Mini shoot days are really fun. The sessions are back to back all morning, afternoon or even all day (other than 1130-130pm). The sessions that nestle around this lunch hour ar the most interesting for us photographers. The light gets tricky, sites get a little crowded and it can be a bit of a challenge. BUT, I offer these times because sometimes it is not about perfect lighting. It is about getting it done at a time that works for your family. With soccer practice, naps, work, and all else it can be hard to find time for something like this. SO, we do it.
My advice for families who need these 11/11:30am or 1:30/2pm sessions is this, sign up. Avoid wearing white tops or hats. If you are sensitive to the sun, take your sunglasses OFF as you approach the site. The longer your eyes have to adapt the better. Wear darker clothing if you are prone to squint.
My tips for photographers are these: scout the site in advance. Look for shade. Find backgrounds that work off to the side of a path and with your clients backs to the sun. You might not be allowed to leave the trail if it is a national or state park. Email your clients about what to expect. If your client asks for a particular background, explain why you chose not to use it and they say you can give it a go if they would like (see image below, toward the end). Part of our jobs as photographers is to educate and guide or clients to understand what names a photograph great and why we do things the way we do. Make sure to get a permit and be respectful of other guests and photographers on site.
Image Above. Client chosen background, super sunny spot. See notes above.