Sunrise engagement session in Miami Beach – Elizabeth and Jamie and Nikon camera geeking out

Getting up really early at the crack of dawn, actually before the crack of dawn is not something anyone likes doing, but as you can see in these pictures it is totally worth it. I think if more of my clients were willing to get up early I would do nothing but shoot at sunrise everyday. Thank you, Elizabeth and Jamie for getting up early!

This session was photographed at very low light during sunrise using my new Nikon D750 camera which is soon to be my go-to camera replacing my much more expensive D3s.

Technical note: I’m really sorry to all my Canon friends for geeking out about this. I know you probably hate me right now but please tolerate a little geeking. The debate between whether Canon or Nikon is better is an old one that has plagued humanity since the 60s. I’m going to preface some of this with the words “in my opinion” just to placate the Canon crowd but I really want to say “in fact”. Nikon, in my opinion, has always been better in low light, high iso scenarios that wedding photographers face often such as the inside of a dark church or reception ballroom. Nikon was also better at getting amazing dynamic range, that is the ability to capture great detail in both the highlights and shadows. Canon just can’t keep up in those areas and to me those are handicaps that I just can’t live with as a photojournalist. Weddings are not studio sessions in which you can control every little detail. Most of the time, I am photographing in less than ideal conditions yet have to produce amazing results and that is why I have always used Nikon.

One of the only benefits, in my opinion, that Canon had was the gorgeous colors that Canon cameras could produce. Canon had creamy, silky skin tones that made us Nikon fans jealous…that is until now. It used to be that I could never get these colors with Nikon. To me these colors were only possible with Canon. Keep in mind the color palatte of the sunrise here and that I am photographing two different skin colors. I’ve read all the reviews of this camera and yet what I haven’t heard anyone talk about is the color. I am loving the color this camera produces. Its like having the benefits of Canon without any of the drawbacks of Canon. Also look at the insane dynamic range of having the sunset right behind the couple and still have great color and skin tone in the foreground.

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Engagement Wedding Pictures at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami – Karyn and Iker

Vizcaya is most definitely one of the most beautiful wedding venues around and its no surprise that its such a popular place for photography. Karyn and Iker wanted to remember their engagement at Vizcaya and it was just gorgeous and they made it super easy to photograph with their fun attitude and infectious chemistry.

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Miami engagement session with paddle boards and dog

As soon as we scheduled Grace and JT’s engagement session they knew instantly that they wanted 3 things involved: the water, their dog, Kingsley, and paddle boards. This of course made me very excited since I’ve never done an engagement session with paddle boards before much less a dog paddle boarding. You may remember Grace and JT from the skydiving proposal. So far I have to say this couple is very adventurous and I love it!

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Vizcaya Engagement – Downtown Miami Engagement – Vintage Glam

This is a very dear couple to our family. I’ve known Jenny for about 12 years now since she was just a girl. We’ve seen her grow up and now we have seen her fall in love with Raul. Jenny has been following my work for years now and I am so honored to photograph this special time for her.

Jenny has always loved elegance and beauty. She wanted a sophisticated engagement session with a sense of fashion and drama and a touch of vintage. We chose Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami for the “vintage glam” set.

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miami vizcaya engagement photography

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miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

miami vizcaya engagement photography

After Vizcaya we went over to downtown Miami for a bit of night shooting. I like shooting at night because it lets me play with lights and add drama to the images.

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downtown miami engagement photography

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Thank you Jenny and Raul. I can’t wait for your wedding next month!!!

Leu Gardens Engagement Session, Orlando, Florida – Samantha and Marc

Samantha and Marc are getting married in South Florida where I will be photographing their wedding next year but they really wanted their engagement pictures to be done in Orlando. Leu Gardens is a gorgeous park with giant oak trees and rose gardens in the heart of Orlando. Leu Gardens has always been a special place for Samantha and Marc to go on dates and picnincs and so it had special meaning to them that they wanted photographed. Marc had planned to propose to Samantha at the gardens but it started raining that day and a change of plans was in order. They figured doing the pictures there would be the next best thing.

Leu Gardens engagement session in Orlando

Leu Gardens engagement session in Orlando

Leu Gardens engagement session in Orlando

Leu Gardens engagement session in Orlando

After the gardens I wanted to take some more urban style pictures for them so we went about a mile down the road to a cute street setting.

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Orlando, Florida engagement session

Orlando, Florida engagement session

Thanks, Samantha and Marc. Looking forward to 2014!

Miami engagement session – Marisa and Daniel

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First off, can I just say… how styling is this couple? Don’t they look awesome? Marisa and Daniel live in Michigan so they wanted pictures at a location that was nothing like back home. They chose the historic Vizcaya for the many photography opportunities and gorgeous setting it offers. Marisa found me through their wedding coordinator Anna Noriega from Alore Events.

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After Vizcaya we hopped on over to Key Biscayne for some quick but awesome beach portraits. As I was scouting the water I gave Daniel my camera for him to keep safe and he stole this rare picture of me behind the scenes. Nice job Daniel!

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My assistant, Robert, took this nice picture of me with the happy couple. I need to put this on the studio wall!

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Marisa and Daniel, I had so much fun with you guys! Can’t wait for the big wedding next year!

Miami engagement session – Melissa and Marin

Because Melissa and Marin live out of state, I didn’t have a chance to meet them until 5 minutes before the shoot, but I knew right away I liked them a lot! This couple found me through their wedding planner Melissa Caceres from, Luxurious Event We had a blast walking around the streets of Miami’s Design District taking pictures for their engagement session. These are a few of my favorites.

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Melissa and Marin, thank you for being so easy to photograph! I look forward to seeing you again soon.