Singer Island Family Vacation Portraits at Ocean Reef Park
On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, Andrew and I had the pleasure of documenting the Patel 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!
Patel 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:
He got down on one knee and popped the big question at the Breakers in Palm Beach the day before their engagement shoot. They were still on cloud 9 and beaming with joy. Her dream was to be proposed to in Palm Beach–a place she often visited with her family. Although she had her suspicions when the question was asked, it came as a wonderful surprise. She had the man of her dreams, a gorgeous ring on her finger and had packed her favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress! She was ready for her next surprise!
Stephanie’s parents contacted us a few weeks prior to their trip to Palm Beach from Chicago. They told me the plan and how they wanted to surprise Stephanie with her dream engagement shoot in Palm Beach the day after the proposal!
Stephanie’s mom, Lori, even wrote a personalized poem that she framed and gave to Stephanie after the proposal to tell her about her second surprise—her dream engagement shoot!
It was such a pleasure working with this happy couple! It was such an honor to capture their Palm Beach destination engagement photos!
Stephanie and Brandon,
Andrew and I wish you all the best as you begin this wonderful new season of life! We hope you enjoy looking back on your engagement photos for many years to come!
We started with a few quick portraits in the colorful Worth Avenue! Then we made our way to the Worth Avenue Clock Tower! The main spot Stephanie always dreamt of having her engagement photos captured at! When I saw Stephanie’s ring I was in awe. It was one gorgeous ring. Then she told me that her uncle was the owner of Astrein’s Creative Jewelers and designed her incredible ring for Brandon to give to her! How sweet is that!? The framed photo her parents gave her after the proposal to tell her about her engagement shoot with us! Then it was time for a few classic beach photos! Then we finished up their Palm Beach destination engagement shoot with a few more photos in front of the Worth Avenue Clock Tower!
The details that brought this Palm Beach Destination Engagement together:
There are many reasons why I love Florida. On any given day you can take a short or long road trip north or south along the coast. Breathtaking views surround you as you cruise along A1A. Even though I have lived in Florida my entire life, I have come to realize I have yet to discover all of the many treasures that make up this place that I like to call, paradise.
On Martin Luther King day, since Andrew and I had a day off, we decided to take a drive north up the coast. We found ourselves at Ross Witham Beach on Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Teal waters crashing against the rocky shoreline filled the scene. The view was perfection.
Just when I think I have seen all Florida has to offer, I come across absolutely stunning slice of paradise. Take a trip with us to the the rocky seashore of Ross Witham Beach! An unexpected gem just behind the historic House of Refuge in Martin County.
History about the House of Refuge
Built in the early 1900’s, The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge. Built as one of ten along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.
These teal waves were incredible! Tripods are awesome for capturing moments like these! 🙂 The House of Refuge. Then we took a coffee break at the Blue Door Coffee Bar which was the perfect “pick me up”! Lastly, we ended the evening watching the sun set back at Ross Witham Beach The beach looks so different only a few hours later. Just moments before an unexpected wave crashed and got me soaked! But these photos were worth it! 🙂
Details about this day at Ross Witham Beach and The House of Refuge:
West Palm Beach Vacation Portraits at the Hilton in Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida
A few weekends ago, my younger sister Alissa and her husband Gian-Paul came into town for the weekend. They decided to stay at the new Hilton in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. On Saturday evening, after we had dinner, Alissa invited us to check out the Hilton with them. So we hung out in their room for a bit and then explored the Hotel.
As we were moseying around the gorgeous new Hilton, I had an idea. My sister had her hopes for a quick photoshoot while they were in town and the Hilton had so many cool features and spots for photos. That gave me an idea! I asked my sister if she wanted to do a shoot the next morning. She almost immediately said yes and naturally responded with “I even just got a new dress today at the mall!”
My sister’s shopping habits finally came in handy because she had just brought a great new dress that had a similar color palette as the hotel. Hues of gray and other neutrals blended so well with the surroundings. The Hilton had many modern touches, providing a truly unique setting.
The shoot began in the front lawn area of the Hilton where we captured some breezy wide portraits. Afterward, we made our way around the hotel eventually making our way to the pool area. The pool area had so many perfect spots for portraits. It ended up being where we spent the majority of our time.
Alissa & Gian-Paul, thank you for coming to visit and waking up early on your vacation for portraits! 🙂 See you soon!
Details about these West Palm Beach Vacation Portraits:
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:
On Sunday, July 31st Andrew and I had the pleasure of capturing Juan & Kacie’s Worth Avenue vacation photos during their time in Palm Beach, Florida. Juan & Kacie are from central Florida and decided to visit West Palm Beach for a relaxing vacation getaway. Juan is a youth pastor and Kacie is a preschool teacher; together they make an adorable couple.
We began our session on the Westward part of the iconic Worth Avenue capturing some colorful lifestyle portraits. Afterwards, we strolled down Worth Avenue to the beach for a few beach portraits! While we walked down to the beach we chatted about life and realised we had many things in common. One funny coincidence we found out is we all attend a church with the same name. Different but with the same name!
Juan and Kacie, you are such a sweet couple and it was a pleasure working with you both! Andrew and I hope you enjoy your portraits and the rest of your vacation here is South Florida.
Details about this Worth Avenue vacation portrait shoot: