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Miami Sunrise Family Session at the Fontainebleau beach

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There they were at the crack of dawn. Standing on the sand, the sun just beginning to rise from the horizon. I was impressed- a family of 6 dressed and ready by 7:15am. Their youngest was still busy finishing his cheerios and wasn’t keen on giving them up, so I began photographing the parents to take advantage of the golden light.

I set them up for a family photo and used one of my animal puppets to get the children’s attention. They started to laugh, not expecting a monkey to be wrapped around a camera lens. Then it was time for some candid, in-the-moment photos. The family ran on the beach holding hands together, smiling and laughing. We also made sure to get some of the parents with each child. Those usually end up being some of my favorites. The children are thrilled to have some one-on-one time, and it really makes for some loving and sweet photos. We also took portraits of each child individually and a few more of the parents alone.

After a full hour together (which really flew by), I left with a smile on my face. I love spending time and having the opportunity to photograph such sweet, loving and joyous families.

This photo session took place at the beach behind the Fontainebleau at sunrise. You can see a list of my favorite spots in Miami for a photo session. Contact me here to set up a photo session.

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens Family Photography

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Miami Beach Botanical Gardens Family Photography

It was on a weekend afternoon that we met at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. They have two delightfully friendly, adorable boys and another on the way. The mother mentioned to me beforehand that she wanted to focus on family photos not just maternity pictures. The importance was to document their family at this point in time, and I love the moments that resulted.

As a photographer you generally have to give lots of direction – setting people up, providing ideas, etc. (otherwise you’d have a bunch of people standing around wondering what to do). But with young kids there’s only so much control you can have. Sessions can be a little hectic but at the same time, there’s beauty in that. It’s those moments you don’t plan for that can sometimes lead to the most unexpectedly beautiful photograph that you’re most proud of. For example, in the third to last image of the boy lifting his shirt up to mimic his mom’s pregnant belly – that was entirely unplanned. But it’s so adorable that it makes me smile every time I look at it.

The parents were so laid back yet at the same time extremely loving and in-tuned with their children’s needs. Their boys are equally warm and loving. They relished in the attention they got from their parents, showered in hugs and kisses. I’m looking forward to seeing them again when they’ll be a family of five 🙂

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is a great spot that I adore for family photography. There is a small fee for photographing here, but it is so worth it in my opinion! Other Miami photography locations are listed on my website.