The early bird catches the worm

The early bird catches the worm

Are you a morning person or a night owl? This question has been debated for decades, with some people believing that the early bird catches the worm, while others swear by the saying, the night is young. In the world of photography, this debate is particularly relevant, as the timing of photo shoots can be critical to the success of a project.


When working with available light, being awake during daylight hours is crucial. Both sunrise and sunset and the special atmosphere shortly before and after, with golden and blue tones, are highly interesting when working outdoors. However, throughout the years, I have barely met any models who like to get up early.

But I do.

When I am on fire for a project, it's absolutely no problem for me to get up at 5am. I seem to be a bit opposite to the mainstream in this regard.

There may be social and cultural factors that influence our perception of morning people vs. night owls.

Being a night owl may be associated with creativity, independence, or a willingness to challenge convention. On the other hand, being a morning person may be associated with productivity and responsibility.

I get it. Being a night owl is also as a way to seem cool or edgy. So I am the nerd with discipline. But I can't change it. Some say "I can sleep when I'm dead", but I definitely perform best in the morning and enjoy going to bed early.

I see a night owl here

Just to make myself sound less awkward, I would like to mention that I am not part of the 4am club. The 4am club is essentially a group of people who commit to waking up at 4am every day as a way to improve their productivity and achieve their goals.

Advocates of the 4am club argue that waking up early can help you establish a sense of discipline and routine, which can lead to greater success in your personal and professional life. While this sounds great (even literally, having "Eye of the Tiger" from the movie Rocky in my head right now), this routine is even too hard for me.

Everyone's internal clock is different, and some people naturally feel more alert and productive in the evening hours. For these individuals, staying up late may not be a matter of choice or preference, but rather a reflection of their natural circadian rhythm.

While I couldn't find any statistics claiming there are more people who are night owls than morning persons, from my personal experience, this is the case. At least in my industry.

There is no inherent superiority to being a morning person or a night owl — both have their advantages and drawbacks depending on the situation. The key is to understand your own natural tendencies and work habits, and to create a routine that allows you to perform at your best, regardless of whether you're a morning person, a night owl, or somewhere in between.

When I am on production, I prefer to work with sunrise. In case things didn't work out, we stand a second chance with sunset. If we skipped sunrise, we rely on sunset to work. But I have experienced many times where I was waiting for a nice sunset and it just didn't happen. A storm came up, it suddenly got really cold or way too dark quickly.