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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.

Miami Children Photographer at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Florida

Miami Children Photographer at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

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It was a beautiful morning at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, albeit hot and humid. It’s a quaint little oasis in Miami Beach that I adore. Somehow kids always manage to have fun no matter where they are; they loved running over the little red bridge and looking for fish in the pond. My favorite moments are when kids look you straight in your eye – it’s this powerful, fleeting connection.

If you are looking to book a Miami children photographer, here are my top 5 tips to prepare for a family session with young children:

  1. Schedule the session around your child.

When is your child most rested and in their best mood? Often times it’s in the morning after they’ve eaten breakfast. Definitely do not schedule the session when it’s close to nap time or at the end of the day when they may be tired and hungry.

2. Being drinks and snacks.

It can get extremely hot and humid in Miami. It is so important to have drinks and snacks on hand in case they get thirsty or hungry. Well-fed children contributes to happier children 🙂

3. Bring a change of clothing.

It never hurts – maybe something spills on them on the drive to the session, or their clothes become drenched from running into the water! It never hurts to have a change of clothes.

4. Bring a blanket for kids who are not walking yet.

It’s always nice to have a favorite blanket that you can place your child on for some sitting or crawling poses.

5. Have fun!

I know planning a photo session can be stressful – thinking of what to wear, deciding on a location and freeing up time in your schedule – but the most important important thing is to have fun with your kids at the session! This means plenty of hugs, cuddles, kisses, running, jumping, laughing, etc. I give plenty of direction but if you have something specific in mind, let me know too!

Here are a few more tips on preparing for a child photography session.

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