Delano South Beach Hotel Engagement Photo Session
These two happened to be in Miami at the same time, coincidentally at the same hotel. Both were with a friend hanging out at the pool by the Delano Hotel in South Beach. They ended up talking for hours over drinks and hit it off right away. They shared a lot in common and knew there was a connection. They kept in touch over long distance and now here they are several years later, engaged. They thought it would be a good idea to head back to where they met for the first time. It was funny as they spotted the couch where they had their first conversation. After spending some time at the hotel, we headed to the beach before sunset for the remainder of the session.
See all the engagement and couple sessions on the blog. You can also check out a list of Miami photo locations as well as Miami’s Top 5 Engagement Locations.
I love photographing engagement sessions and will work with you to figure out the best location for you and recommend the best time for lighting. You can opt to wear one outfit for the whole session or change mid-session for a different look (one more dressy, one more casual for example). It’s totally up to you! Best advice I have is to be yourself – always wear what is comfortable and makes you feel really good – and just enjoy being with your partner. I give plenty of direction on what to do during the session but am always open to any ideas you might have. It’s normal to feel awkward at first being photographed but as the session goes on you’ll get more comfortable and feel more at ease 🙂
Miami Proposal Photographer
The original plan was to meet at South Pointe Park for a photo session. When I left my house it was still sunny outside. The weather was perfect – blue skies with some clouds, no rain in sight. As soon as I got close to the park, it started pouring (typical Miami weather, especially in the summer). The skies were gray and the weather radar showed that it would not be clearing up any time soon. Sometimes after a downpour the sun comes out and you get the most beautiful light before the sun sets. But this evening was a total washout.
We made plans to re-schedule for the following morning at sunrise. Sure, we’d have to wake up at 6am but it was totally worth it! We met again but this time at Allison Park by 64th Street and Collins Avenue (I wouldn’t recommend it at sunset – it’s normally packed, especially on weekends, but at sunrise it was nearly empty). This time, thankfully, the rain stayed away and the sun was out in all its glory.
I started photographing the two of them and after about 10-15 minutes I asked her to face the water. If you’ve read the blog, I’ve done this quite a few times for surprise proposals and so far it’s worked out pretty well! The women think I’m just setting them up for another pose, meanwhile the guy goes down on one knee while she’s completely oblivious! I usually then ask her to turn around and that’s when their expression changes to surprise… She broke out in a smile, put her hands over her face in shock, and said YES! We continued taking photos afterward and I love the shots we got! So happy for these two 🙂
See all of the surprise proposal sessions on the blog. In a past blog post I briefly mention the options for capturing a proposal. Contact me to set up a photo session, I’ll help you plan it and answer any questions you might have!