Embrace the Early Light: 3 Surprising Benefits of a Sunrise Photo Session

As a photographer who cherishes capturing the beauty of families in natural light, I’m here to share with you a little secret: sunrise photo sessions are pure magic. While the idea of waking up before dawn might seem daunting at first, the rewards that come with early morning sessions are nothing short of extraordinary. So, grab your coffee and let me walk you through three surprising benefits of scheduling a sunrise photo session.

  1. Beat the Heat: Say goodbye to sweltering summer sessions!

If you reside in Dallas or Oklahoma City, you’re no stranger to the scorching summer sun. The thought of venturing outdoors for a photo session in the midst of a heatwave might seem unbearable. But fear not – sunrise sessions offer a refreshing alternative. By starting your session before the sun reaches its peak, you’ll avoid the blistering heat and oppressive humidity that characterize summer afternoons in the South. Instead, you’ll be treated to the gentle, golden light of early morning, creating a soft and flattering glow that enhances the natural beauty of your family.

  1. Happy, Content Kids: Capture those precious smiles without the fuss!

Let’s face it – kids can be unpredictable, especially when hunger and fatigue come into play. By scheduling your photo session at sunrise, you’ll catch your little ones at their happiest and most cooperative. With bellies full from a good breakfast and bodies refreshed from a restful night’s sleep, children are more likely to be in a cheerful and cooperative mood during the early hours of the day. This means fewer meltdowns, more genuine smiles, and a stress-free experience for both kids and parents alike.

  1. Mother Nature’s Masterpiece: Witness the beauty of sunrise or embrace the enchantment of fog.

There’s something truly magical about watching the world come alive with the first light of day. Whether you’re treated to a stunning sunrise painting the sky in hues of pink and orange or enveloped in the mystical embrace of morning fog, a sunrise photo session offers the perfect backdrop for capturing unforgettable moments with your family. Mother Nature has a way of surprising us with her breathtaking beauty, and there’s no better time to witness her splendor than in the early hours of the morning.

So, set your alarms, grab your loved ones, and join me as we chase the dawn and create memories that will last a lifetime. Trust me – you won’t regret it.

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FAQs for Clients

1.) What types of Photography do you offer?


I specialize in candid family, child and high school senior portraits in the Oklahoma City and the Dallas metroplexes. I also photograph events, sports and headshots.


2.) What location will we use?


I am primarily an on-location natural light photographer. I will assist you in determining a beautiful and scenic location for our session.


3.) What time of day do you book sessions?


Session are booked approximately 1.5 -2 hours prior to sunset or within an hour of sunrise.


4.) What do we wear?


I can most definitely help you with that! After ten years of photographing clients, I have learned what photographs well and what doesn't. Upon booking a session with me, I am happy to connect you with some tried and true styling tips. I will also help you with your specific outfit choices.


5.) My kids are WILD. Can you handle it?


Yep! I sure can! Aside from my own "spirited" children, I was an elementary school teacher for seven years. Not even the grumpiest dad or emotional teen scares me :). Just show up ready to have fun + love on your people. I will do the rest!

6.) Do you travel?


I LOVE to travel with clients! I have been across the globe photographing some amazing families. Booking a travel session with me is way more affordable than you think - plus I provide you with much more than just a standard session. Click on my travel portfolio to see images from the beach, Canada, Bali, New York City and more!


7.) How much do you charge?


Photo sessions are $950 plus state sales tax. This includes at least 65+ digital images, each carefully hand edited by Missy.

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