For the past year I’ve been contracted by the City of Coral Gables, FL to photograph events and landmarks around the city for their new website and promotional items. I’ve photographed everything from bridal portraits at bridal boutiques on Miracle Mile to the numerous city parks and even events in the city such as Carnival on the Mile. Working for the City of Coral Gables has allowed me to discover the city in a way in which I never knew before. Best part is that I get to photograph my discovery and see my work in their promotional print material as well as online with their website and social media.
To be honest I was never a frequent visitor to Coral Gables before being hired by them. The only thing I really knew about Coral Gables was that the University of Miami was there and that there were a lot of expensive homes in the city. A little ignorant my part, but I can gladly say that there is more to Coral Gables than my initial narrow minded view.
I love to explore new places, walk through parks etc. and this gig has given me that opportunity and then some. I’ve always heard about the Venetian Pool or Tropical Fairchild Gardens, but I never been there until now. I was fascinated to learn that the Venetian Pool was created from an old coral rock quarry. The spring water in the pool is fed from an underground aquifer.
My photography hasn’t been just restricted to park and local landmarks. I’ve photographed Carnival on the Mile which takes place on Miracle Mile in the city. It’s a festival of music, food and art. There were concert stages set up all along the streets with different performers throughout the weekend. Not to mention the numerous art exhibitors and food stations that anyone could enjoy.
My favorite shoot so far had to be the bridal portraits we did at a bridal boutique on Miracle Mile. Miracle Mile has a plethora of bridal boutiques and we were able to secure a location to shoot a model modeling various bridal gowns and dresses from the store. The best part was taking the model onto the busy sidewalks of Miracle Mile and photographing with an audience as people stopped to watch the photo shoot. It’s always funny when people stop to take pictures of your taking pictures. It always feel so surreal.
Below are just a small sample of the photos I’ve taken for Coral Gables: