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Most families prefer the evening portrait session to take advantage of the softer light during the last hour before the Sun drops under the horizon.
Families with younger children, may prefer a morning portrait session.
The morning session needs to begin no later than 30 minutes after Sunrise.
The main difference in the lighting of the morning portrait session compared to an evening session is the morning sky has a more crisp blueness. If your children are early risers, then a morning session may be your preference.
Check the Sunset data for your date at the link below. Type in “Gulf Shores” for the city. (The words “Orange Beach” and “Fort Morgan” will not generate data.) The “Sunset” time posted, is the moment that the top of the Sun sinks under the horizon.