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Pet photographer serving the greater Boise / Treasure Valley, ID area
Caldwell / Nampa / Kuna / Middleton / Eagle / Boise

  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Best Times of Day for Outdoor Dog Portrait Sessions



Hey there, fellow pet lovers and photography enthusiasts! Are you gearing up for an outdoor photo session with your beloved furry friends? Whether it's capturing those wag-tastic moments with your doggos or snapping some majestic shots of your equine pals, timing is key to ensuring your images truly shine!

Now, let's talk about the golden hour - the absolute magic time for outdoor photography! While the mid-afternoon sun might seem tempting with its abundance of light, it often casts harsh shadows that can be less than flattering for your furry models. But fear not! There's a magical solution: The Golden Hour!



Picture this: The sun gently kisses the horizon just after sunrise or right before sunset, casting a soft, dreamy glow that transforms your photos into pure perfection!

During this magical hour, the light is at its most flattering, creating a warm, golden hue that adds depth and dimension to your shots. It's like nature's own Instagram filter!



Now, how do you find this golden window of opportunity? Well, since the sun likes to play hide-and-seek with its rising and setting times, it's essential to plan ahead. From March to July, sunrise gets an early start, while sunset takes its sweet time. Then, from August to December, sunrise hits the snooze button, and sunset calls it a day sooner. And don't forget, your location can also influence how long you'll bask in that golden glow!

Sure, waking up with the birds might not be everyone's cup of tea, but trust me – the results are totally worth it! The golden hour ensures your photos are nothing short of magical.



So, when you're ready to book your next outdoor shoot, remember: Timing is everything! Whether it's morning or evening, seize that golden hour and watch your photos come to life in the most breathtaking way possible.

Let's make some memories together that you'll cherish fur-ever!


International award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world.

Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2024, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.

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