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The Secret to Magical Maternity Photos

golden hourWhat is the secret to achieving magical maternity photos?

Schedule your maternity photo session during magic hour!

Magic hour — also called golden hour — is the first hour of sunlight in the morning, and the last hour of sunlight in the evening.

Click below, and check out these great examples of magic hour maternity photos!

The warm, diffuse quality of light during magic hour lends a special glow to maternity photos. With both the setting sun, and your new baby on the horizon, golden hour maternity photos really create a lovely mood for pregnancy portraits.

Golden hour is fleeting, so be sure to find out when the sun rises and sets each day.

Photos © Karen Lisa Artistic Photography

  • Magical Flare 1 of 6
    Magical Flare
    Achieving flare (that glowy, rainbow effect that happens when light hits your lens) is easier during golden hour. Try different lenses and apertures to capture unique flare effects!

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography
  • Glowing Pregnacy 2 of 6
    Glowing Pregnacy
    Mirror that natural pregnancy glow with a golden hour photo shoot, and your result will be images bathed in gorgeous light.

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography
  • Soft Light Means no Squint! 3 of 6
    Soft Light Means no Squint!
    Sunlight is beautiful in photos, but during much of the day, it can be too harsh for portraits. Magic hour is the perfect time to capture squint-free portraits.

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography
  • Backlighting 4 of 6
    There are few photographic effects lovelier than a burst of sunlight filtering through scenery behind the subjects.

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography
  • Good Mood 5 of 6
    Good Mood
    The quality of light during golden hour is so appealing, it can really influence the mood of your portraits — in a good way!

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography
  • Lovely Haze 6 of 6
    Lovely Haze
    Shooting during the magic hour can provide an appealing soft haze to maternity photos.

    Photo by Karen Lisa Artistic Photography

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