Best time of the day to take photos

Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

The best time to take photos are early morning just before sunrise around 6AM-9AM, during sunset, or in a shaded area. It also depends what the weather is like and the general vicinity. The above photo was taken around 10am LA time, which also means the sun was bright and just about to get even brighter if you’re not quick enough. Even though the sun was brightening up, you can use the sun to play with fun shadows. Here, I played with the shadow of the door because I liked how it was creating a sharp angle in the photo.

Modern Boho Interior | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

Early Morning Photos
Taking photos in the morning gives you a nice bluish glow and you don’t have to worry about harsh light. Skin will look nicer, true colors show and also whatever is behind you doesn’t get washed out.

Now a days when I search for Airbnb spots, I look for great interior design and natural lighting. I even pay attention to the furniture pieces Airbnb hosts showcase in photos! Sometimes I’ll ask if the furniture in the photos will still be there during our stay, sometimes hosts will change things out, so it’s nice to know what to expect.

White Walls and White Curtains
The interior of the space had great natural lighting and because the walls were painted white with white sheer window curtains, I didnt have to worry about any other colors giving the photo a tint. If the walls inside were painted orange, my photo would have a yellow and orange tint even though the colored wall isnt physically in your photo.

Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

Sunset Photos
Most wedding photographers will take photos during sunset. The sunset gives out a beautiful warm glow to photos and photographers have a lot of fun playing with sun rays. Sunset photos definitely have a romantic feel to them. Falling in love is easy while feeling at peace watching the sunset. At the end of the day, when the sun dips down, it bathes everything around into this adoring amber glow. It’s hard not to feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

There’s a term called symmetrical photography, and I tend to take photos that have balance on each side and are horizontally straight. I like proportion and balance in my photos, but it all depends on personal preference. The above photo is actually off and it bothered me a lot. If you look closely the top row is perfectly aligned, but the last two rows are off by a little. Whoever installed the plant decor didn’t use a leveler.

Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

Shaded areas
In the photo above, I was coming out from indoors, since its shaded you can clearly see my face and body. If I were to step out by the door, the light would wash me out.

Modern Boho Interior | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves
Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

Action shots
I really like this photo above, but my face ended up getting blurred. It’s a fun shot that shows my personality. When taking action shots, I would play with the ISO settings by bringing it up higher, but you’ll loose clarity and the photo can look grainy if you zoom in closely. You can just play around with your settings. Ill chat more about this in a later post.

Modern Boho Backyard | Photo by Stacey Ann Loves

Thats all I have for now! Weeeee!!!!!

TOP: H&M Dolman Sweater (similar here or here)
PANTS: H&M Camel Leather Pants (similar here and here)

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  • Arielle Berze

    I love these tips! I definitely find it easier to take outdoor photos when it’s a bit cloudy, since you don’t have to deal with wayward photos. Self photography is hard.

    Arielle from Tangled Musings

    • Thanks Arielle! I’m glad you found it helpful. It is very hard and I’m so glad I have my boyfriend to help out sometimes!

      • Arielle Berze

        How lucky! I’m always too embarrassed to ask my friends for help.

  • why aren’t YOU hosting workshops – I want to learn everything you have to give!! (btw the dress from brunch today is by sheinside!)

    • Thanks Annie! Youre too kind 🙂 I’d love to host workshops, but I’ve always felt like I needed to have at least a 10k following! One day!!

  • Gorgeous photos! And super interesting tips/insights on taking photos. Definitely keeping these 🙂