A South Beach Engagement Shoot

Today’s post is from the photo shoot I had on Labor Day in South Beach for Seth and Yulia. They were down from Virginia on their honeymoon and wanted to get some photos in before they took their honeymoon cruise. What better place to take some photos than on South Beach?

Seth contacted me back in July asking about my availability to do the photo shoot. Lucky for me, I had some free time and was able to do their photo shoot. We kept in constant contact throughout August and made plans to meet early in the morning on Labor Day out on South Beach.

The morning of the shoot, I was driving down over the rain soaked roads and still could see that the ominous clouds were still lurking in the skies over paradise. I prayed the clouds would drift west and stay out in that side of town. I pulled up on Ocean Drive around 8th street and found a nice parking spot. That’s the best thing about South Beach early in the morning, available street parking.

I met up with Seth and Yulia and we decided to head to the beach first to get some shots at some lifeguard stations. Since this being Labor Day weekend and all, the beach was littered with trash, empty beer bottles and numerous people passed out in the sand. I’ll venture to say they partied a bit excessively and decided the beach was the best place to lay their weary heads.

We walked to the lifeguard station and found a couple of drunk people just leaning over the sides so we decided to move down to the next station. We grabbed some photos and then proceeded to head down to the water. The clouds were still cloaking the sun but the colors in the sky were too good to pass up so I had Seth and Yulia walk up and down along the water’s edge for some wide angle shots.

After a few more shots in the water, the sun broke free from the shackles the clouds placed on it. Those clouds quickly dispersed as the sun advanced upwards into the sky. We decided to leave the beach and all the sleeping bodies and head over to Ocean Drive for some shots at the Art Deco Welcome Center.

Wouldn’t you know as we approached the Welcome Center another gaggle of drunk bodies was strewn about the sidewalk and steps. We side stepped them to grab the shots we needed before the city workers came to clean up from last night’s debauchery. Nothing says South Beach like tourists partying a little too hard and enjoying our warm sands and soft grass as a replacement for a bed.

I wanted to take some photos of the lovely couple in the middle of the road so we headed out to the street. We were in the middle of doing some shots when a white Bentley pulled up in front of me and the driver put his hands up to gesture to me to take some photos of him and I obliged. We quickly wrapped up the shoot from there.

I hope Seth and Yulia enjoyed their Caribbean cruise!

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

South Beach Engagement - JC Ruiz Photography

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