Here in Oshawa there are so many things to consider when looking to book your family photos. Different seasons mean different sunset times, different colours, and even different things to do. Here are some of the pros (and cons) to help you decide the best time of year to book your Oshawa family photos next year.
Spring is a beautiful time to consider for your Oshawa family photos. The grass is green and flowers are peeking out. Outdoor photos are best done the hour before sunset, so you if you have little ones this is a great time of year to consider, with sunset times ranging from 7:45 in early April to 8:45 by late may. We have some beautiful flower farms around the GTA, including Country Cut Flowers in Newmarket, which has beautiful tulips and wildflowers each year. There is always the chance of some rain in the spring (you know the saying) but rain and clouds can make for some beautiful sunsets.
Summer is actually my favourite time of year to do family photos, and when I usually get my own done each year. If you have kids that can stay up a little later (sunset times aren’t until 8:30-9:00 usually) a summer family photo session can be a great idea. Warmer weather usually means that everyone is happier, and you don’t need to find matching layers and cute boots. Sundresses and bare-feet rule the day. Summer is also the time for beach sessions and I find allowing children time to explore the sand and rocks allows them lots of time to relax and we get some amazing, natural connections. The weather typically tends to be more settled, although I do love some dark, summer thunderstorm skies!
There is definitely a reason why fall family photos often reign supreme here in Ontario. This year especially reminded us how beautiful this season is. The colours are beautiful and provide a gorgeous backdrop. The nights start earlier, ranging from 7:00 late September to as early as 6:00 in late October, perfect for your little ones. You need to be a little more prepared for the weather, with layers that can be added on or taken away as needed!
So truthfully I don’t do a lot of outdoor family photo sessions in the winter. I love having time to let kids play and warm up to the session, and being outdoors would mean either many bulky layers (can be done) or runny noses and grumpy children! This is also why I offer seasonal Christmas sessions (like Christmas tree farm sessions) as early as late October! What I do love to offer in the winter are studio sessions. There are many studios throughout durham region, including The Vintage Loft studio in Whitby, which offer a different backdrop to what you may normally have for your sessions. This studio has options that include a bedroom, kitchen, and larger studio space to accommodate most things!
What is your favourite season to take your family photos? Have you tried taking them in different seasons for a change? I’d love to chat with you about creating beautiful memories – reach out and let’s start the conversation.