I have put together a little guide and something to think about as you consider which season to book your photo session in monterey county.
Months: March - May
Time: This is going to change, depending on the month, sunny or cloudy, and daylight savings time. However, you can count on your session starting in the evening and about an hour before sunset. So in the Spring, that will range from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. Earlier in the day photos will happen closer to March and later photos will happen more in May. There is some flexibility with time, but really, on a sunny day, that hour before sunset is magical, so I shoot for that. If the day is really cloudy, I usually start 1.5 - 2 hours before sunset.
Locations: As you probably know, the locations around Monterey in the Spring are going to be that mix between golden grasses to new green life coming from the ground and trees. It really is beautiful to see the earth coming to life again. This is the very best time of year to take photographs in the Cala Lilly Valley at Garrapata State Beach. It is in full bloom only at this time of year, and it is a gorgeous backdrop for your Newborn Session.
Clothing: Spring can still be a little chilly, especially in the evenings. Keep that in mind as you plan your outfits. It tends to be a bit more windy in the spring too. Wear layers and dress warm. A long dress for mom with a sweater and hat, and a warm onesie, cute hat and soft blanket to wrap your baby in.
Months: June - August
Time: Again this is going to change, depending on the month. You can count on your session starting in the evening and about an hour before sunset. So in the Summer, that will range from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. June and July are going to be your later summer sessions. The closer you get to August, the earlier in the evening your session will be. There is some flexibility with time, but I still shoot for that hour before sunset timing. If you have really young kids or kids that go to bed early, think about an August session, so it is not so late for them. We want everyone happy and comfortable for photos.
Locations: Summer time brings leaves fully on trees and a warm summer feel. These months are right when the wildflowers are starting to appear. It just seems so healthy and happy.
Clothing: Summer evenings in the Monterey area can still be chilly and June especially is still usually foggy, so remember to still pack some layers in case! You can still get away with pants and long dresses. Lots of options.
Months: September - November
Time: Still plan on your session starting in the evening and about an hour before sunset. In the Fall, that will range from 4pm - 6:30pm. Earlier evening photos will happen closer to November and later evening photos will happen closer in September time. For Fall photos here in the Monterey area, I recommend you schedule your outdoor session for September or October. By November, it is getting a little chilly. November is a great time to book an in-home or in-studio session if that interests you.
Locations: With Fall can come some pretty beautiful colors. The wildflowers are still around in September and October and Big Sur especially is covered in fields of yellow flowers. Garrapata Beach also has another trick up it's sleeve during these months, and that is when it creates a lagoon with the opportunity to capture some really cool reflections. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Months: December - February
Time: If you are wanting to brave the cold and do outdoor photos during the Winter, we will schedule your session about an 1-1.5 hours before sunset. So in the Winter, that will range from 5pm - 3:30pm. These sessions are pretty early if outdoors and pretty cold. Daylight Savings ends in November, so we play around that as well.
Locations: Winter has its own type of beauty. Many things are bare, but just add some good earthy colors to your outfits and it is such a beautiful addition. If you want to try out in-home photos with your family, winter is the perfect time to do this. We are still in the baking mood and sharing snuggly moments together in our homes. There are so many ideas for an in-home session. Donuts in bed, make cookies or pancakes in the kitchen, babies first bath, or simply play in the living room. In-home photography sessions happen in the late morning.
Clothes: If you are going to take your session outdoors, BUNDLE UP! Winter photos means lots of layers. Scarves, vests, coats, boots, hats, etc. If you are going to opt for an in-home session, keep is casual or dress up a bit. You are in your home after all. Feel free to keep it REAL! I also like to suggest dressing for the activity(ies) you choose to do in your home. Maybe you are going to have pastries in bed or make morning pancakes in you pajamas. Maybe you want to were you everyday clothes or dress it up with dresses, etc. Have any questions about an in-home session, just contact me!
All the above options are beautiful in my mind. Think through the time of year you are looking to have your outdoor Newborn session. One thing I mentioned briefly is you have to obviously think about what time of year works best for your family schedule. Do you have young kids who go to bed early? Do you hate the cold? Would you prefer to be in your own home? Is there a time of year you or your husband are busier with work? All things to consider. Please, reach out if you have any questions. I would love to help!