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 Sunrise Engagement Proposal
I smile thinking back to this surprise engagement proposal session. The plan was perfect: he told her we were going to meet up for a photo shoot. She loves taking pictures, so she wasn’t suspecting at all. She also told me later that he’s always surprising her and planning things so this wasn’t out of the ordinary for him.
We were to meet at sunrise on the beach near the South Pointe Pier in Miami Beach. He told me we should start off just taking pictures of the two of them in different poses, then at some point I would set up a pose where she would face the water. After about 15 minutes or so of taking pictures, she nonchalantly was facing the water and fixing her hair. He got down on one knee and she was still facing the water! I don’t know what he said, but she turned around and had the best expression on her face! Completely shocked, surprised, and overcome with emotion, she said yes.
Her surprise instantly transformed into excitement and giddiness. She couldn’t believe it! We took more photos afterward and of course, a close-up of the ring as well. I am so happy for these two and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love!
I’ve photographed quite a few surprise proposals and they’re one of my favorite types of sessions! It’s a moment you’ll always treasure and her reaction will be priceless! I use natural light so I photograph outdoor engagement proposals. I often meet people either at sunrise or before sunset at the beach when the light is beautiful (not too harsh so you end up squinting).
Some people have chosen to have dinner or drinks beforehand (for example, at Smith & Wollensky which is in South Pointe Park) and then I follow them afterward to a spot we’ve decided on prior to the shoot, such as the beach. You can either not tell her anything and I will follow from a distance and capture the proposal, or you can tell her that you set up a photo session with a photographer in Miami. Do what works best for you! Fill out the contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a session.