Is it even late summer if every person you know isn’t going to see the sunflowers?
COVID notwithstanding, obviously.
We found an amazing local place called Winterbrook Farms that was doing safe, limited admittance, mask wearing, the whole nine yards, and went to their early weekend opening. If you’re in the DMV area you’ll know we’ve had crazy weather this year that made the sunflowers bloom early and stay a little low to the ground, which works for us short people just fine.
Keep reading for some of my favorite tips for getting good photos at the field!
Top Tips for Getting Good Photos at the Sunflower Field
#1: Good timing: I always prefer shooting at golden hour (aka that gorgeous last 45 minutes of sunlight before dusk) because it creates the most visual drama and is super flattering. Make sure you expose your shot for the item that’s going to be the focus of the shot (aka you), putting the light behind you. This ensures you won’t lose any details when you’re editing later! We got there around 6pm, giving us a little over an hour to explore, pick our flowers, and shoot.
#2: Good shoes: Okay, this was a no brainer to me, but you’d be surprised how many people think they can go wandering around farms in heels, unsuitable sandals, or other ridiculous footwear and not ruin their shoes or get muddy! Winterbrook was great and reminded everyone that due to recent rains, the fields were muddy and boots or other solid shoes would be necessary.
#3 Good outfit: This one all depends on your aesthetic! I wanted to make sure my dress was a complimentary color to the location, was a little twirly, and would capture well in the last light of day. Fun sleeves always make for cool outlines, and capturing motion is way easy if you’ve got a nice skirt or your hair down to play with.
Dress is from Lulu’s, fairly old, and sourced from ThredUp pretty much as always
Look at those beautiful rolling baby mountains back there.
Cheese and sunflowers – wouldn’t that be the perfect combo?