Joe wanted to propose to his girlfriend at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. They are both from England and were in town for the Superbowl LIV in Miami. He sent me the signed permit and fees in advance, a requirement to photograph in the gardens at Vizcaya. I sent him a map and directions of where to go when he got there. He also sent me a photo of the two of them and what they’d be wearing that day so I’d know who to look for.
It was a relatively quiet morning at Vizcaya, most likely due to the events occurring in South Beach during the Superbowl. While waiting on a bench outside of the Tea House, I spotted them both from a distance near the water. He walked with Emma into the Tea House and taking advantage of having the place all to themselves, he quickly got down on one knee. He sweetly took her hand and kissed it and asked her to marry him. After placing the ring on her finger and embracing, he pointed in my direction. Love those photos showing their excited and shocked expressions!
We then spent the remainder of the hour walking to some of my favorite spots in Vizcaya. I even discovered a new area that was empty of people and had gorgeous light streaming in. Some areas of Vizcaya can have mosquitoes depending on the time of year, so mosquito repellent is a good thing to have just in case.
I had such a blast working with these two! If you are interested in booking a surprise proposal, engagement or a just-because couples photo shoot, contact me here. You can also send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now back to the beginning, when I followed them secretly from a distance:
South Pointe Park Surprise Proposal and Engagement Photography
Bare with me while I am still catching up from blogging sessions that took place nearly half a year ago. It’s been a busy year.
I can still remember this day distinctly. I was anxiously waiting for them on a bench behind Smith & Wollensky. They walked past me and I began to follow them from a distance. The plan was for them to walk straight down the pathway to the beach, but there was some sort of film crew blocking the path. He ended up proposing at the end of the pathway out of view from the film crew, and I can still remember people behind me watching in awe (gasps of “oh my gawd!”) as he got down on one knee and proposed.
After the proposal, we walked to the water where the wind was blowing up a storm. This happens from time to time, it’s the beach after all, where we are at the mercy of mother nature. We walked to the top of the pier and I had them stand in a direction where the wind blew her hair back. After that we walked off the beach to an area with tall beach grass – the first photo, my favorite from the session, was in that area. The light was soft but not too blue; the sun had yet to set. For the last set of photos, we walked toward an area where there are rocks lining the water. He lifted her up, with the last remnant of light illuminating their smiling faces.
You can see other surprise proposals on the blog. This South Pointe Park Surprise Proposal and Engagement Photography took place at South Pointe Park which is located in South Beach, Florida. You can see all of the photo sessions at South Pointe Park here. Interested in booking a surprise proposal, engagement, honeymoon, anniversary or “just because” couple session in Miami? Contact me here or email email@example.com. You can take a look at the FAQ page for answers to general questions. I’d be thrilled to work with you and help plan your surprise proposal photography session in Miami!
The plan: He told her they would have a photo shoot for their anniversary while on their trip to Miami. I would meet them at South Pointe Park, and start photographing them on the beach.
The day of the shoot: After taking some pictures and giving them direction on poses, for one pose I told her how to stand facing the water. She thought I was just setting them up for another photo, but that was his cue to kneel on one knee directly behind her. Now turn around to face him, I mentioned as I steadied the camera up to my eye. Her mouth dropped open in shock, then she wiped away the tears as the emotion of the moment hit her. He put the ring on her finger, they hugged and she began to laugh. We photographed a bit more on the beach, got a close up of their hands holding – except now there was a ring gracing her finger. For the last photo they stood on the rocks along the waters edge, his arms around her waist, her hand around his neck, kissing.
Their feedback after the session: They were so kind to leave me this super sweet review after the session. One of the best parts of working with people is knowing they had a great experience and love their photos.
I truly couldn’t say enough wonderful things about Tova and her amazing talent! She helped my fiance plan a surprise engagement at South Point Park and the pictures turned out beautifully. From the moment we met her to take our “anniversary” pictures, she was so easy to talk to and had a ton of great ideas for us to choose from since it was our first time visiting Miami Beach. The pictures are absolutely to die for and I am so thankful that my fiance found Tova to capture this amazing moment in our lives! If you are looking for the perfect photographer to capture precious moments with you and your loved ones, look no further. Tova will do the job perfectly!