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Tutorial Tuesday: The Golden Hour - Ramblings and Photos

August 07, 2012
Categories: Tutorial Tuesday
Tutorial Tuesday: The Golden Hour
Tutorial Tuesday: The Golden Hour
Before we get to Tutorial Tuesday, notice anything different? On Sunday, I claimed that my new website was up and running. I lied – we had a few glitches that had to be worked out. However, we think those kinks have been resolved and www.ashleysisk.com on WordPress is LIVE! Take a look around and let me know what you think, although I give you this warning…there will be some formatting issues. In the conversion,the formatting from Blogger didn’t directly convert, so older posts may look a little off. At this point, I’m not worried about it (and I tell you that because I’m not looking for a lot of formatting criticism) – I’m more concerned about my posts moving forward. Over time, you’ll notice a few additions to this space that I didn’t have in my previous space, such as a portfolio. It’s exciting! In the meantime, welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Sarah of Naptime Momtog and I will be bringing you a new challenge every week, to stretch your shooting and editing skills. This week, Sarah talks a little bit about shooting during the “Golden Hour.”

I love shooting during the golden hour. I typically suggest to my clients that we meet either first thing in the morning or during the golden hour to take advantage of that beautiful light. If you click over to Sarah’s blog, you’ll see a number of great tips for shooting during the “Golden Hour.” Meanwhile, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos shot during the Golden Hour. Enjoy!

Children's Portrait

I meet with the family above on a yearly basis to capture a moment worthy of the annual Christmas card. Last year, we went out to the family farm during the golden hour – it was gorgeous!

Dog portraits

During another portrait session, my clients brought their dogs with them. These sweet fur babies loved running in the sun and I got an opportunity to chase after them.

Kid Jumping in the Sunlight Photo

I could probably share a few more photos, but I’ll leave you with this last shot taken in November when I met up with Kat from Kat Eye Studio. Her son, Brandon, was a trip to photograph. As far as the photo itself, I love the natural haze of shooting during the golden hour with backlighting. It’s my favorite!

Ready to join in the fun? Here’s how to do it:

1. Read through today’s tutorial.
2. Choose your favorite shot (or more!) to share with us.
3. Don’t forget to grab the button for your post!
4. Link up between now and next Monday.

Tutorial Tuesday

PS: If you have any photography or editing suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let Ashley or me know! We would love to feature your tutorial.


    I think I am in love with this new website! It is absolutely wonderful.
    It makes me want to switch over to wordpress and have something like this!

    Not sure, but my RSS feed does not update with your new blog posts…I have tried three times to do it and no such luck…is anyone else having this probelem??

    These are beautiful!!

    I love the website! I’ve considering converting – I’ve had a wordpress account for years, but I’ve never really been able to figure it out.

    Love, love, love the dog photo! My Ellee would have had a blast to be a part of that :-)

    I do have a question – I can’t figure out how to follow by email and have you in my wordpress reader. When you have time, would you send me instructions?

    Love your new site! It’s beautiful!

    Congrats on the new website, Ashley! Looks good. Neat photos for the golden hour.

    Ashley, your new site looks wonderful! I will poke around more.
    Backlighting is my FAVORITE!

    It took me a minute to navigate around your new blog, but I like the look. Your little one is beautiful, by the way.

    thanks for the tips! i have trouble with getting that perfect golden hour glow. LOVE your new website! props to your husband. it’s fantastic!

    Congrats on the move to WP! Most bloggers seem to really love it, and your new site is beautiful.

    As a tutorial, I think it might also be interesting to inform your readers that “old school” photogs consider sun-flare and haze something to be avoided at all costs. It’s so fascinating how photography fads and styles change. Haze and flare is definitely the “in” thing now! And I love it.