Today I feature another out of town couple, Ale and Alberto. They’re a loving couple from Dallas, Texas via Houston (long story). They arrived to South Beach for a little getaway and who can blame them? We have paradise here in Miami.
Ale and Alberto are married but never had wedding photos because they did a civil ceremony and wanted some photos of them together. Since they were already on South Beach it made my job that much easier because I’m very familiar with South Beach. I met them at their hotel, The Clinton Hotel, and we walked over to the beach to get our session started. Walking towards the beach and conversing with them I got a good vibe that we were going to have some fun.
We shot in the late afternoon with beautiful, golden sunlight. I first had them sitting near this grassy dune which should look familiar from my shoot with Suraya. I like to start off easy and get them comfortable with me so when I start asking them to pose or interact a certain way they would feel comfortable with the direction I wanted to move. I enjoyed that they allowed me to capture them at the intimate moments between them as well as the jokes and laughs we had in between shots.
Once I saw that the sun was beginning to set behind the Art Deco buildings I positioned Ale and Alberto with the sun towards their back so I could get this golden glow effect on them. I love when the sun kisses my subjects. I just find it so appealing to the eye and I enjoy shooting that way. We really got lucky and the sun gave us so much to work with.
As the shoot went on Ale and Alberto seemed to have forgot I was there. Always kissing each other, hand holding etc. A few times I had to remind them that if this shoot gets any more touchy, feely I would have to charge them an extra fee. You can tell when a couple are truly in love. They share little jokes between them or they just can’t keep their eyes and sometimes hands off each other. I felt that watching Ale and Alberto interact. I could see the love.
We moved from the beach to closer to Ocean Drive. We were basically chasing the light. I found these palm trees and the sun was directly behind it so I had them stand on either side and basically they just continued doing what they were doing the whole shoot and that was staring into each others eyes and kissing. How do you tell a married couple to stop kissing for like a second so we can get another type of shot? You don’t.
I just let things played out and allowed them to be themselves. I think that was the winning formula for our shoot. We all had so much fun. I know they had a blast on South Beach during their brief stay. I saw all their photos on Facebook. They definitely got a lot in while they were here. I’m glad I was able to capture some moments for them.