On Saturday, October 20th, 2018, Andrew and I had the pleasure of capturing the Destefano family’s Ocean Reef Beach family vacation portraits! Their family vacation photos took place on Singer Island at Ocean Reef Beach and Park!
Destefano family, thank you so much for choosing us to capture your family vacation memories this year! You all were an absolute pleasure to work with! We hope to work with you all again!
We began our session on the upper deck at Ocean Reef Park. Picture perfect smiles!
Those smiles and giggles! The kiddos had lots of fun on the beach! Then it was time for some portraits for just mom and dad! What a little model! Such cuties! Their sweet family portrait session ended with warm snuggles in the sand.
The details that brought these Ocean Reef Beach Family Vacation Portraits together:
Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island
On Friday, July 14th, we had the pleasure of capturing some vacation portraits for a darling family! Their session took place at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. Part of the family lives in Texas and the other in Ohio but they decided to meet in South Florida to share a family vacation! They stayed at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa which is actually right next door to Ocean Reef Park! We had a wonderful time working with this family and we hope you enjoy their tropical South Florida portrait session!
First, we started with some portraits on the deck before heading to the beach! Grandparents with their five grandchildren!A funny photo per the kid’s request! 😉
Then we walked down to the beach for some coastal family portraits! Those precious smiles! Brother sister hugs!These two cuties were too precious for words! What a gorgeous family, right!?
We ended our session with one last group family portrait by the shoreline!
The details from this family vacation shoot on Singer Island:
West Palm Beach Family Vacation Photos at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island
On March 27th, 2018, Andrew and I had the pleasure of working with the Gier during their vacation to South Florida! This stunning family reached out to us to capture some new family portraits for their time on the beach! We had such a wonderful time capturing and working with this beautiful family!
Their West Palm Beach family vacation portraits were taken at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. It was a gorgeous afternoon, but also a very windy one. Battling the wind was a bit of a challenge, to say the least, but the splashing waves in the background made it all worth it! This family session may very well be a new favorite!
Gier Family, thank you so much for choosing us to document your family vacation memories! It was truly an honor meeting and working with you all! We hope to work with you again!
The details about these West Palm Beach Family Vacation Portraits:
Singer Island Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Beach
On Tuesday, August 22nd, Andrew and I had the pleasure of capturing the Chua family’s Singer Island family vacation portraits. They were vacationing on Singer Island all the way from Canada!
Where do I begin with this family? They might have been the sweetest family we have ever worked with! Not only were they always ready for the camera, looking picture perfect, but they also brought us the sweetest gift of organic maple syrup from Canada! How sweet is that!? I seriously love my “job”!
Their session took place at Ocean Reef Beach & Park on a breezy afternoon. The tide was high and the waves were crashing into the rocky shore. It was a gorgeous day to capture photos at this beach.
Chua family, Thank you so much for allowing Andrew and I the pleasure of documenting your South Florida vacation memories! You all were a wonderful to work with and we hope you enjoy your vacation portraits! Thanks again for the delicious maple syrup!
We started by capturing a few quick portraits on the deck that leads to the beach. The light was too dreamy not to! Then we headed to my favorite part of the beach–the coral rock! His smiles were the best. Momma with her kiddos. How cute are they!? Those smiles! Check out the way the waves were crashing against the rocks! One of my favorites! How sweet is this shot!? These crashing waves were just awesome! Another favorite! Our session ended overlooking this dreamy pastel sky!
Chua family, thank you so much again for choosing Crystal Bolin Photography to capture your Singer Island family vacation portraits! We hope to work with you all again!
The details that brought these Singer Island family vacation portraits together:
On July 25th, we had the pleasure of documenting some Singer Island lifestyle family portraits and some senior portraits as well! Half the session was dedicated to family vacation portraits and the other to Alison for her high school senior portraits! Their session took place at Ocean Reef Park and Beach in Singer Island.
Alison’s High-School Senior Portraits
We started the session by capturing Alison’s Singer Island destination senior portraits! The weather was gorgeous and there were just enough clouds to create perfect lighting!
Alison wore a gorgeous black dress that really stood out against the pastel background.
Then we just changed views and this is what happened… Magic! These were my favorite shots from her session! Then we captured a few more by the water! How gorgeous is this scene!?!
Family Beach Portraits
Then it was time for some Singer Island lifestyle family portraits! They are such a great family and it was such a pleasure working with them!
We started on the upper deck before heading down to the beach! Then we got our toes in the sand for a few dreamy golden-hour family portraits! Ocean Reef Beach never disappoints! Just a few more portraits of mom and dad! Some of my favorites! Just because candids are my favorite.When I asked them to pause and look at me, this is what I got… 🙂 Fun photo to end their fun session!
The details about these Singer Island Lifestyle Family Portraits:
South Florida Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island
On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, we had the pleasure of capturing some family portraits of the Parks family while vacationing in South Florida! Their South Florida family vacation portraits took place on a bit of a stormy day at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. The Weather Channel said there would be clear skies but storm clouds were definitely coming. This weather, however, made for some amazing beach photos! The light was incredible and this may be my favorite family portrait shoot to date!
We started our session with a few portraits on the boardwalk that leads to Ocean Reef Beach. Then we walked down to the beach for a few more portraits in this rustic beach scene. How cute is he!? Walks on the beach with mommy and daddy.
So much love! One of my favorites! Those curls and that smile. Such a cutie pie. Because riding on daddy shoulders is the best. Another plus of having a portrait session on a stormy week day… the beach was completely empty! Then we captured a few more family portraits by the coral rocks on Ocean Reef Beach! This is my favorite part of this beach! Discovering the beach. Experiencing feet sinking in the sand!The best option to get your foot out of the sand? Sit in the wet sand and pull it out! 😉“Mommy, what is this stuff and why won’t it come off?” He didn’t want to let go of mommy! Because mommy and daddy always deserve a few portraits of just them together! Ocean Reef Beach was absolutely gorgeous this day! Snuggles with mommy! Laughing with daddy! We ended our session with giggles and smiles!
The details that brought these South Florida Family Vacation Portraits together:
Singer Island Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Park
On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, Andrew and I had the pleasure of documenting the Mukhatiyar family’s Singer Island family vacation memories! Their session took place at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. I love documenting family vacation portraits at this park because there are always a handful of gorgeous spots to choose from.
We began our session on the wooden deck that led directly to the beach. This wooden deck is surrounded by palm trees and many other beach plants. I love the tropical feel this spot gives. Then we moved on to the beach to one of my favorite spots! This beach is filled with flowy beachgrass and has an adorable wooden lifeguard stand. At sunset, the sun peeks through the grass and the palms in the background giving the most dreamy beach scene.
Afterward, we walked along the shoreline as Shane, their oldest son, gave the best expressions as he saw the waves approach his toes. He also tried everything in his power to dive into the water! This made for some great candid shots!
Lastly, we ended the session in, by far, the most unique part of this beach–the spot that gives this park the name, “Ocean Reef Park”–the coral rock formation on the edge of the shore. The waves crash against the rocks and the water splashes into the air, creating an incredible backdrop!
Mukhatiyar Family, thank you for choosing us to document your first trip to South Florida! It was our pleasure documenting your Singer Island family vacation! We hope to work with you again!
Aren’t they such a gorgeous family!? The photo below is my favorite shot from the entire shoot! His hair, those lips and his eyes looking straight at the camera! SO cute!!
The details that brought these Singer Island family vacation portraits together:
Singer Island Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Park & Beach
On Monday, August 1st, I had the pleasure of capturing Justin & Mary’s Singer Island family vacation portraits at Ocean Reef Park & Beach. While visiting Singer Island during their vacation, Mary hired us to capture some family vacation memories. Justin, Mary and their daughter enjoy vacationing in Singer Island so much that they have spent past Summers in Singer Island. Working with them was such a pleasure!
Since Justin and Mary were staying at the Palm Beach Marriott in Singer Island they decided to have their photos taken at Ocean Reef Park & Beach which is just next door to the Marriott. This park and beach is the perfect location for Singer Island portraits because of the wide range of beach scenes. There are a handful of gorgeous diverse spots that make for some unique Singer Island portraits. The reason this beach is unique is because of its rocky shoreline. This is one of my favorite spots at this beach because as the tide rises, the waves crash into the rocks and water splashes into the air creating an incredible backdrop.
We started the session in the grassy area in the Westward part of the park. The sun was setting in the background, creating dreamy golden-hour light. Ocean Reef Park has some rustic wooden lifeguard stands that add to the charm of this beach. Afterwards, we moved towards the beach capturing some classic beach portraits. We ended the shoot at the rocky area of the beach right as the sun was setting. We had a sendoff of waves splashing over 8 feet in the air! The perfect way to end this gorgeous vacation shoot.
Justin and Mary, thank you so much for allowing Andrew and I the pleasure of documenting your family’s vacation memories. Your family was a joy to work with! I hope our paths cross again in the future.
Details about these Singer Island Family Vacation Portraits:
Local photographer, Stephanie Plateroti of Espee Photographie is a joy to work with! Her adventurous spirit and overflowing joy is contagious! Stephanie and I decided to get together and explore Singer Island. We ended up at Ocean Reef Park. With gorgeous light peeking through trees that lead up to the beach and unique rocks laying across the shore, this beach was a perfect choice. I love having the opportunity to get to know other photographers and explore new locations!
Stephanie, you are a beautiful person both inside and out! I hope you enjoy your new portraits! 🙂
My favorite image from this Singer Island portrait shoot!
Whimsical Rainy Wedding at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton, Florida
On May 26th, 2018, Andrew and I had the honor of documenting Elisa and Brian’s whimsical rainy wedding day in Boca Raton, Florida. Their day was not like any other wedding day we have ever captured. It was perhaps the sweetest, most joyful day we have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Not even Subtropical Storm Alberto could dampen their joy and excitement!
The initial plan was to say “I do” on the sandy shore of their favorite beach, Red Reef Beach in Boca Raton. But when the forecast called for a very stormy weekend they decided to move the ceremony indoors to the reception location at The Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton. The whole day day was filled with nothing but smiles (Andrew & I included)! Their smiles radiated and lit up the room! So much so that if it wasn’t for the rain drops you would think it was the brightest spring day!
When Brian first saw Elisa on their wedding day, he lit up and the biggest smile graced his face! He held his hand over his mouth in awe—completely wowed by his bride. It was the sweetest moment of the entire day. Brian and Elisa were caught up in the moment that was their wedding day and you could tell nothing would ruin it. This was because their priorities weren’t found in perfect details or the perfect weather, it was already as perfect as it could because they were marrying each other.
This is true love.
THIS is why we do what we do.
The Love Story
Brian and Elisa met where all true love blooms, the oh-so-hip and ever-trendiest salad buffet, Sweet Tomatoes. Elisa was visiting South Florida from Tallahassee, where she was finishing her graduate degree. That day she was having lunch with her new coworkers, which included Brian. Neither Brian nor Elisa remember saying more than a sentence or two to one another that day. However, the following month, during Elisa’s first week on the job, Brian was scheduled to take her along for a day in the field. It was then that they really began to hit it off!
During the following months, their friendship grew as they began to spend more and more time together outside of work. They went to the beach, belted Justin Timberlake songs in the car, and stayed up until 4AM chatting on Facebook. It was obvious to the people who knew them best that they were a match. One night, Elisa mustered up the courage to invite Brian over for dinner. Brian showed up, surprising Elisa with her favorite ice cream and they sat on her patio floor using a moving box as a table.
Elisa confessed her feelings for Brian and waited for his response to which he replied, “the feeling is mutual.” The rest, as they say, is history. On their four-year dating anniversary, Brian and Elisa decided together to take a sunrise-sunset trip, visiting both coasts of Florida in one day. They began by watching the sunrise over Red Reef Beach in Boca Raton and then proceeded to head west to Marco Island. There, they spent the day kayaking through a lagoon, eating old-fashioned ice cream and racing down water slides at their hotel.
They ended the day at Naples Pier where they watched the sunset over the Gulf, attempting to spot some dolphins. Then Brian took Elisa to a private bench overlooking the water and popped the big question as the sun was setting. They celebrated back at the hotel with Broski Cider as well as some Don Perignon and chocolate covered strawberries!
Elisa & Brian, thank you so much for trusting us to document your big day! It was such a honor to witness your wedding day! You both bring out so much joy and love in each other–don’t ever let that go! In life, just like your wedding day, many thing won’t go according to plan and that’s okay.
Choosing to look past all the things that can go wrong and choosing to joyfully love one another is always the best way. In the end, we can’t control the outcome, just how we choose to react. Just like you embodied that concept on your wedding day, remember that five, twenty-five, fifty years from now. Couples like you are why we love what we do! We wish you all the best in this wonderful new season of life!
The day began getting ready at the The Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton. Right before her first look with Brian, I surprised her with a father/daughter first look as she was getting off the elevator! It was such a sweet moment! Then it was time for the first look! These two truly have the BEST smiles! One of my favorites! Then we had a little fun in the rain for about 4.5 seconds. 😉