Golden Hour Adventures: Sunrise or Sunset Elopements Made Easy
Planning your elopement? Eugene Kim Photography is here to guide you through every step, including picking the perfect time of day for your adventure at your dream location. But with two stunning options like sunrise and sunset, how do you choose?
Enter the golden hour, that magical time around sunrise and sunset when light bathes the world in a warm, flattering glow. Photographers adore it, and we understand why! It creates depth, eliminates harsh shadows, and casts everything in a romantic light. Choosing between sunrise and sunset elopements boils down to your personalities and preferences.
Are you early birds, energized by the dawn? A sunrise elopement might be perfect. Imagine exchanging vows as the sun paints the sky with pastel hues, enjoying quiet intimacy before the world wakes up, and capturing breathtaking photos bathed in golden light. But remember, it will mean an early start!
Do you thrive under the twilight sky? Then a sunset elopement could be your match. Picture saying “I do” with the sun sinking below the horizon, creating a dramatic, romantic backdrop. Share a toast as stars begin to sparkle and enjoy the peaceful serenity of evening. Sunset elopements offer more flexibility with timing, but weather can be a factor.
But wait, there’s another factor to consider: season and location! The sun’s angle changes throughout the year, impacting where you can catch the magical golden hour. For example, in summer months like June, Malibu beach might not get the full sunset glow because the sun sets behind the Santa Monica mountains. Similarly, during winter, some spots can even lose their golden hour entirely as the sun dips south, plunging them into darkness up to an hour and a half before actual sunset.
Beyond the light, consider your comfort level. At Eugene Kim Photography, we recommend having a practice session before your sunrise elopement. It can be anything from an Airbnb lifestyle shoot to stargazing under the open sky. This helps you get used to being on camera and feeling relaxed on your big day.
Our goal is not to confuse you, but to empower you. When choosing an elopement photographer, prioritize those who value your personal preferences, understand sleeping patterns, and are familiar with how seasonal and location-based factors can affect your golden hour experience. After all, you want to enjoy every moment of your elopement to the fullest!
So, sunrise or sunset? The choice is yours. Let Eugene Kim Photography help you capture the golden hour magic of your dream elopement, no matter the season or the location.