You’ve changed your relationship status on Facebook to “engaged” and you’re suddenly inundated with sponsored ads from thirsty wedding vendors (“BOOK YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA ENGAGEMENT SESSION NOW!”) and “OMG YOU’RE ENGAGED” posts. Now that all your favorite people know, and after a fresh mani (because ring selfies!) I bet you’re sitting there like “Ok now what?”
I mean obviously I’m hoping you’re considering me to photograph such an important day in your lives, (you’re here, aren’t ya?) but before we go all the way – have you considered an engagement session?
OF COURSE YOU HAVE.
This blog isn’t here to guide you through the entire wedding process, but after you’ve selected your date and venue, it’s time to start thinking about where you’d like to have your photos taken!
The truth is, the location isn’t as important as how you two interact in front of my camera (and I’ll help you with those awkward “but what do we DO?! moments) But, we might as well have fun doing it, right? Here are some of my suggestions for your South Florida engagement session:
I love this beach for a few reasons:
It may not be your favorite during rush hour, but the city gives us LOTS to work with for your Miami engagement session!
Another Fort Lauderdale favorite sits on the corner of Sunrise Blvd and A1A. Hugh Taylor Birch State park has an amazing banyan tree, waterway views, and plenty of greenery if you’re craving natural elements in your engagement photos. I love starting here and then perusing the neighborhood along A1A as the sun sets.
I’m a big fan of this beach location, but definitely recommend sunrise for this one. Once the sun is up, the broadwalk (or “boardwalk”) turns into a sea of people and getting a non-peopley shot is almost impossible. If you want the beach vibe without the sand in your unmentionables, this is the way to go. The neighboring buildings and surroundings have an art deco feel, too, so there’s lots of variety!
But that sunrise light is *chefskiss*
There’s easy parking at the garages on the beach, and some cute cafes/restaurants for breakfast after your session.
If you’re in Palm Beach like I am, driving all the way down to Miami for a downtown/urban session can be quite the hike! Good news is, West Palm Beach has a casual, cool feel too – and you’ll save money on tolls.
I like working around this area because there’s amazing restaurants, great green spaces, some fun murals, and if there’s time we can head to the water. I definitely recommend checking out the rooftop bar at The Ben before or after your session, or even Sloane’s Ice Cream!
This iconic Miami engagement session location is a no-brainer. Just the word “Vizcaya” floods your brain with romantic images of a fairy-tale garden estate (ok, and quinceanera dresses.)
Vizcaya is on my favorites list for a few reasons: they’re trying hard to limit the number of photographers on site, their permit fees are fairly reasonable, and it’s damn-near impossible to take a bad photo there.
Looking for a classier, Europe-y feel but kinda want a good good South Florida beach too? Worth Ave in Palm Beach is the answer! Street parking is easy in the spring & summer, there are tons of cute alleyways and pockets of light, and the clock tower and beach is a great way to end our session together.
Not a beach person? LOVE FOOD? Then your favorite restaurant might be kind enough to give you an all-access pass for your engagement session! You and your love have probably spent many a date night at your favorite restaurant, so why not make it part of your love story?
Sure, this location is a hot-spot for breweries and Bar Mitzvah portraits, but Wynwood is a blast for engagement sessions, too! If you’re more of an artsy “let’s wander around downtown” kind of couple, this might be the perfect Miami engagement session location for you!
I won’t give away all of my “secrets” to South Florida engagement session locations, but sometimes it’s fun to JUST STAY HOME AMIRITE? If you’ve never considered one at home, lemme try to change your mind.
Home is where the heart is, so doesn’t it make sense to grab some photos there? Past couples of mine have made dinner (and dessert!), cocktails, or just cuddled on the couch. How sweet will it be in 20 years to look back and cringe at your furniture and marvel at how cute (and youthful) you two were at this stage in your lives?
Plus, I get to pet your dog.
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