Loving Life after 50

The Magic Hour

magic hour for photos
What exactly is the magic hour and does it really make a difference, a few questions I have always thought about… Wikipedia tells me In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky.
So lately I have been noticing that at 7:00 A.M the sun is quite bright and hits my driveway casting a very bright shadow, so bright in fact that no amount of editing can take away the glare ( OK not in my limited scope) Even the best of shots are somewhat not great…. so either I need a lesson in manual focus and white light or whatever one else might think I need to be taught or saving the money needed for professional lessons, I need to start taking pictures at a different time.
Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps
Light is a little bright. 
Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps
These three were not bad but I def look a bit pink and I promise I did not get a sunburn this weekend.
and for the next picture well
 this is why you need to take your Christmas Lights down when the season is over, either that or someone is ” calling me home”….. 
Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow converse

Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow converse

Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow converse

My first set of pictures taken at 7:00 a.m. may have a few lighting issues but good lord folks I cannot get up any earlier for pictures, this girl loves her sleep, so I thought I would try 7:30 P.M. not quite the other magic hour but pretty close and darn it, yep way softer light.. the only downside is the hair. seriously after a long day plus some time outside in the wind the hair is not as great as when I started the day.

Old Navy Linen Blazer,Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

Joe fresh Sundress and linen blazer Old Navy

Linen Blazer Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps, Old Navy Linen Blazer

Joe fresh Sundress and yellow signature pumps

So no question lighting and time of day really does make a difference so now I will have to figure out what the heck do I do.. but that is my worry not yours.   From an outfit perspective a few old pieces, wearing my Joe Fresh Sundress with my Old Navy Linen Blazer. Threw on my Shoe Dazzle yellow signature pumps ( and converse for traveling) and a yellow necklace ( Amazon) and of course my Jord Watch C/O

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  • I am all about lighting!! Even if I don't look particularly cute, I will still take advantage of good light if it is available.

    Southern Elle Style

  • The 7:30 pm lighting definitely is better. I love the print of your dress and those yellow pumps!

    Doused In Pink

  • Mai Tran

    Interesting and new concept to me! I'd rather go with before sunset then since I would be snoring still a bit after sunrise 🙂

  • You can get a camera filter that can help with the light issue. I have 2 of them that we use to take photo's. I love the pop of yellow.

    Also I give you a lot of credit for taking photo's at 7:30 am. At that time I lately going to bed because of my crazy night work schedule.


  • ADA

    Hello princess of yellow. I love that dress and the blazer too. The retro look is just as nice. And yes I do believe there is a magic hour or two. =)

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Someone is calling you home…lol! The lighting situation is a tough one. In the summer I have the luxury of taking pictures when I want and during the spring and fall the timing is just right for pictures when I get home from work. But winter is a huge issue…once it starts getting dark early it's a huge challenge.
    PS…you rock yellow like nobody's business!!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I agree that taking photos in a pain to find that perfect spot. I only can do pictures in the morning so I try to find the spot with the most shade and that seems to work. Loving your pretty dress!



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  • I agree it can be tricky to get just the right lighting, and you had me LOL with the light "calling you home!" Love the look, and the touches of yellow.

    Jess xx


  • Ashley Bree Perez

    Love this look. 🙂

  • Rosie

    I know the time of day and where the sun is (or isn't) makes a difference, but I don't often get it right! Nice pictures, even the Christmas lights!!! I love yellow it is my favorite, esp for accessories or tees. Looks nice on you!

  • Lighting is the toughest part for me too! Especially because everyday seems to be different. When it's really sunny, I try to find a bit of shade which usually helps!


    Michelle Paige


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  • Linda Manns

    These pictures are beautiful. Someone really must know what they are doing. I love the outfit on you. Thank you for sharing

  • Thanks 4 linking up 2 Top of the World Style. I agree light is important. However, the farther North you are the less picky you can be. I love the outfit with both pair of shoes. It is interesting how just the shoes take it from an office look to casual

  • Great dress! Love the pop of yellow!

  • Kristin Knudsen

    I like the yellow pumps! But, the yellow converse are definitely the way to go! I love converse! They are so comfortable, and easy to slip on and off, and come in many colours!!!

  • denise low

    I love the whole outfit. Looks very nice on you.

  • Thanks, I love navy and yellow

  • and give every outfit a fun/funky look

  • Joe Fresh has some awesome shift dresses ( and this has pockets)

  • In a perfect world we would all have perfect light LOL

  • thanks, me and a tripod and a timer LOL.

  • Thanks Lisa you are so kind

  • and just when you think you have it figured out, the sun moves, ahhh first world problems

  • thanks rosie, yellow is my sunny, happy colour

  • thanks

  • Thank you Jess, sometimes humour gets us through LOL

  • Thanks Alice, I am most comfortable in the mornings too, less people around. mot days it works

  • Winter is a pain between no day light and snow and cold but we do what we must. Thanks I do love my yellow

  • you are so kind, yellow is my fun colour

  • I do have filters and I should start changing them, duhhh sometimes I wonder about myself

  • me too, me too

  • these pumps are my fav, so very comfortable. Most days I just go with and hope they turn out

  • and far less people around in the morning to witness my photo shoot

  • I need to experiment more that is for sure

  • mark a.

    you look very pretty in this outfit! i like it with either set of shoes!

  • Evening light is definitely more gentle, but obviously arranging a photo shot in the evening presents some challenges (not that getting up early in the morning to do it is any easier…).