Living in the Detroit Lakes area, I get A LOT of inquiries for lake sessions, especially for extended families, and I totally get why! Most of the time the property has been in the family for generations and it’s a special place for everyone to gather together, so it makes perfect sense to choose your cabin or lake house as the location for your session. 🙂 But when is the best time to take photos with the lake in the background?
The biggest thing to remember is that you want the sun to be behind the lake, so the side of the lake you’re on will determine the time of day that’s best for your shoot! I know a lot of factors can play into the schedule like naps, work hours, and other plans you might have for the day while you’re together but when possible, try to avoid the noon hour. The sun is highest in the sky at that time which leads to harsh light and shadows that aren’t especially flattering for portraits (no one wants to be squinting during pictures!) At the end of the day, I can make almost anything work, but my preferred times are in the earlier part of the morning or the later part of the evening when the sun is lower in the sky.
Summer is the season for get-togethers so if you’re managing to wrangle all of your people together and would like to book a family or extended family session, you can check out all the info and book your session here!