I met this family for an extended photo shoot at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. It was a warm and sunny day with scattered clouds. Their daughter was so friendly from the beginning. She made us all laugh throughout the whole photo shoot with her expressions and comments. She truly brings joy to everyone around her.
Her parents brought along her favorite book and she had the cutest expressions as she read it aloud! A guy who was walking by saw us taking pictures and asked if we wanted his dog to be part of some of the photos. Why not? The dog obediently listened and lay down next to her, while she laughed and patted him gently.
The light was perfectly golden when we headed to the beach. I adore the individual photos we got of her with each parent. At the very end, we went close to the water and she was ecstatic! She loved playing with the sand in the water, not caring whatsoever that her clothes were getting wet.
As the sun dipped closer to the horizon, we began to make our way off the beach. The grandparents had some food for the seagulls, and the last photo shows her giddy as can be with the birds flying around her.
Amanda Jane Daley is a Business Mentor for Health Coaches & Wellness Entrepreneurs. To quote from her website:
Known for her online marketing mastery (with 18 years of experience) Amanda has earned recognition by the world’s top advertising awards — and in just a few years, has built a high six-figure coaching business. As owner of the thriving Health Coaching practice ‘Fuel Urban Wellness’, Amanda now combines her health, wealth + business expertise to mentor other entrepreneurs and coaches achieve the same goals. Driven by a dream of shifting the way the world values health, Amanda has become the go-to expert for healthy entrepreneurs who desire a heart-fuelled business and a freedom-based lifestyle.
She wanted to have a meeting she was having with some clients documented. I met this ambitious and driven group of women in a hotel suite at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. Besides for photographing Amanda in action, I also photographed each woman individually so they have some professional portraits for their websites and social media platforms.
We then headed to Plnthouse, a restaurant by chef Michael Kinney, which is located inside the hotel. The restaurant itself is beautiful. There is so much natural light streaming in and potted plants throughout give it a natural, environmental feel. (See a photo of Plnthouse.) It was a dream to photograph there (location is everything!) I took some portraits of Amanda that are some of my favorites from this session, and photographed the group as they continued their meeting.
While I specialize in family and couple photography, on occasion I’ll photograph very small, intimate outdoor wedding ceremonies that are usually no more than an hour or two long. I love the intimacy of just having close family members present, or sometimes it’s an elopement with just the couple, minister and myself. There’s no chaos involved, no crazy stress, no wedding planner, no hall, no intense planning. Just the couple committing themselves to each other. Saying their vows, declaring their love for each other, in an intimate ceremony with no additional bells and whistles to distract from what a wedding is really about.
This wedding took place just before sunrise at 6:45am on a cool Miami morning. Their closest family members were present, dressed in mostly white and cream colors. It was a beautiful ceremony, when the vows were said there were tears and smiles. After they were married, there was a palpable sense of joy and love. After taking some family portraits, we spent the remainder of the time capturing just the two of them under the golden glow of the rising sun.