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Taylor and Jon Paul’s Engagement Shoot at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Posted on March 5, 2013



I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor and Jon Paul’s engagement session at the magnificent Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. This location is truly one of the most unique and a great setting for a South Florida engagement shoot. Since 1977, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture. There are six diverse gardens that represent different historical periods and styles of Japanese gardens


I am really looking forward to photographing Taylor and Jon Paul’s wedding next year at BallanIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. It’s always a great idea to do an engagement shoot with your photographer so that you get a feel for working together. It is especially helpful if the couple is a bit nervous about having their photos taken. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I find that the engagement shoot experience is one that allows couples to loosen up and get used to the entire picture taking process.


We always recommend that our brides to be have their hair and make-up done for their engagement shoots. Some brides schedule their hair and make-up trial on the day of their engagement shoot - which is a great idea. Also, it is a good idea to bring along a hair clip or barrette in case of windy situations, especially on the beach. Long hair and wind just don’t make for good pictures, so it’s best to be prepared.


As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always want my brides and grooms to feel comfortable and at ease while shooting. Most couples do opt to do an engagement shoot and then at the wedding, they pretty much know what to expect when we are photographing them. They are more at ease with the process and are enthusiastic; as they know they end result will be amazing photos! Whether in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami – South Florida engagement shoots are definitely worth doing.


Thanks so much to Taylor and Jon Paul for a great time at their engagement shoot. They were great sports and I know that their wedding pictures will be absolutely incredible.


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Keri & Adam’'s Destination Disney World Engagement Shoot

Posted on December 27, 2012



What a fun place for an engagement shoot! Keri and Adam are huge fans of Walt Disney World, so this was their dream location for their engagement shoot. We met up with them at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks ago, where we had a great time roaming around this amazing park taking photos. As the holidays were fast approaching, the Magic Kingdom’s already colorful atmosphere was even more festive, decorated beautifully to represent the spirit of the season. The lights were brighter and the colors more colorful!



The park is so expansive, that we walked around as much as possible to shoot in as many different areas as we could before darkness fell. This was perhaps the most interesting destination engagement shoot I have ever shot. Magic Kingdom has so many different areas with completely unique looks – from Adventureland to Fantasyland to Tomorrowland and more – that the range of possibilities for shooting is literally endless! We started near Adventureland and made our way over to the new Fantasyland, of course making sure to incorporate such icons as Cinderella’s castle, the Magic Kingdom train and the carousel along the way.






Keri and Adam were great fun to work with and I am totally looking forward to photographing their wedding at the Eden Roc next October!


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Jennifer & Matt’s South Florida Engagement Shoot

Posted on September 2, 2012


What a great couple! I recently photographed Jennifer and Matt’s Boca Raton engagement shoot at the beach. As with many South Florida portrait shoots, engagement shoots at the beach are quite popular among my clients. This particular beach is one of my favorites, as it has more than just beautiful water and sand – there are many other locations within this park that make great backdrops for an engagement or portrait shoot.


Jennifer and Matt were great sports during their South Florida engagement shoot. The weather was hot and steamy, but temperature aside, we had a great time getting the shots you’ll see here. Working with them at their engagement shoot made me all the more excited to photograph their upcoming wedding this November at the incredible Cruz Building in Miami.


It actually can be more of a challenge photographing family portrait shoots at the beach, as there are usually more people involved including small children whose attention span is limited. While the beach is definitely a prime South Florida location for portrait shoots, there are some issues to deal with – one of which is wind. South Florida beach locations are beautiful, but the wind factor can definitely impact a portrait or engagement shoot. We always suggest that women bring a hair clip to help manage flyaway hair if the wind becomes a problem.



In addition to local clients like Jennifer and Matt, many of my out of state clients often request their engagement shoots to be at the beach as well. There is just something about a South Florida engagement shoot at the beach that is really appealing and out of state clients are especially drawn to this idea. It is a real novelty to many people to have their South Florida portraits or engagement photos done at a pristine beach location - especially if they live in a landlocked part of the country where there is no beach access. Having their engagement photos done at a gorgeous South Florida beach allows them to have something unique to display at their wedding and guests just love to see these photos. They are most effectively displayed in a custom sign-in book, which is a product we offer and one that our clients absolutely love.



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Boynton Beach Engagement Shoot

Posted on August 13, 2012


Lindsay & Layne needed a few quick engagement photos for their save the date cards. We only had about 30 minutes so I had to work fast. Here are a few teasers.







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Marisa & Brian’s Boca Raton Engagement Shoot

Posted on June 4, 2011


What a great couple to work with! I recently photographed Marisa and Brian at South Beach Park in Boca Raton. I love doing engagement shoots at this location because this particular park offers a wide variety of natural backdrops to work with. There’s ocean, greenery, a wooden walkway and much more.





Marisa and Brian were a lot of fun to shoot and I am looking forward to photographing their wedding at the Four Seasons Palm Beach next year!



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