All photos in this post are copyright A Love Photography.
I've never been good at mornings. Staying up late to read "just one more chapter" was a much more familiar M.O. to me when I was growing up. Something about the quiet stillness of the night was always what drew me in - somehow time could feel like it stretched on for hours.
Well, when we moved to Charleston, Michael's job suddenly required him to be getting up at 6AM in order to guarantee an on-time arrival. This was a HUGE adjustment to our household. (Sometimes the difference of only a couple hours is huge, but I also think a lot of the adjustment was mental. Getting up that early just didn't seem right in our minds. That time was reserved for days when you had to make an early flight, not for every weekday.) Over time, however, our attitudes have shifted. Slowly, 6AM became a normal time in our vocabulary, and the nights spent staying up late grew fewer.
Now, I'll admit, I don't always wake up at 6AM with Michael. Working from home gives me a little more freedom with when I need/want to get up. But when I do get up in time to see the sun rise over the horizon and watch morning rays begin to slowly trickle through the window by my work space, those are some of the most peaceful mornings. I know people are always raving about how beautiful the light is around sunset - but I think morning light is my favorite.
It's gentle at first, timidly saying hello, but as the sun rises higher in the sky, it's more powerful and energizing and dares you to take on the day with a bit of gumption and resolve.
When my friend Amy suggested that we meet for a sunrise photo session, part of me thought she was crazy - mostly because of how early that meant I'd need to be up to have my makeup done (something I generally don't worry about on work from home days.) But I am so glad that I said yes! There's something uniquely fun about meeting a friend in a mostly dark and deserted parking lot and chatting about the good and bad that has been happening in your lives lately while waiting for the sun to peek over the horizon. Testing light, noticing it's still too dark, chatting some more, and repeating the process until just the right amount of light has come up around the buildings to enable the perfect capture of photos.
I hope to make watching sunrises with friends more of a thing this year. I'll be sure to dress in a cozy and/or flexible outfit, though! The temperatures change a lot during this time of day.
Dress: Sweater Dress | Hair Pin: 'Felicity' by Emma Katzka
Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins | Earrings: 'Pia' by Emma Katzka | Tights: Merona
Photographer: A Love Photography | Location: Park Circle, North Charleston, SC
What about you? Do you prefer morning or evening light?
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