Archive: September 2012

Jenni and Dean’s Miami Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

Posted on September 24, 2012

What a truly spectacular venue for a wedding! Jenni and Dean’s recent wedding afforded me the opportunity to work at the incomparable Mandarin Oriental in Miami. Photographing this couple here was truly a treat and I made the best of what this one of a kind venue has to offer.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I have worked at many varied locations while photographing South Florida weddings, including magnificent venues in Palm Beach to the Keys, but as far as Miami goes, the Mandarin Oriental stands out among the many other venues in the area. One of the main reasons this hotel is so unusual, is its prime location right on the bay – with simply breathtaking views of the colorful and bright Miami skyline. There is really nothing like this view anywhere and it alone is a reason to consider having your wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Miami.

Of all the cities in South Florida, Miami offers more high-end luxury resort hotels than anywhere. You’ve got three Ritz-Carlton’s, The Biltmore, The Loews and so many more. With that said, the Mandarin Oriental Miami is really nothing like any of these. With its distinctly oriental flair and décor, the hotel is chic, classy and supremely upscale all at once. I love shooting at venues that offer something different – not just a beach setting, which is prevalent all throughout South Florida. The Mandarin Oriental Miami, while not on the beach, does offer a manmade area with sand – a beach on the bay, if you will, that is a lovely place to just relax and soak in the rich atmosphere.

Jenni and Dean were great to work, as we explored the various unique backdrops that the Mandarin Oriental Miami has to offer. As we roamed around, that superb city skyline just stuck out as THE place to do some photos – so we were sure to hit that spot before the evening was over. The sparkling lights of Miami glistening on the bay is something that can’t be duplicated in many other spots in town and the Mandarin Oriental is situated perfectly to showcase this element.

Social Catering Director Kevin Tobe and his staff at the Mandarin Oriental did a wonderful job to insure that Jenni and Dean’s wedding went off without a hitch. Many thanks to Jenni and Dean for the opportunity to photograph their wedding at such a spectacular location.

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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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