I first met Mike and Rachel last December while shooting Rachel’s sister’s San Diego wedding. I saw on Instagram shortly after that Rachel and Mike got engaged, so I messaged them to say congrats. Half-jokingly, Mike responded that I should come to Florida to do their engagement photos. I told him I’d love to, and what started as a joke became reality.
I’ve been to Florida many times but never to Miami. Shooting in a brand new place, especially one as exciting as Miami, can be overwhelming. With so much potential for great photos, its hard to know where to start. Fortunately Mike and Rachel had a good feel for the city and knew some must-see locations.
We traversed the entire city taking photos along the way, stopping only for a food and coffee break. Spending an entire day with people you hardly know can be daunting, but because Mike and Rachel are so fun and easygoing it was a blast. Their sweet and natural chemistry made my job of photographing them seamless. Simply looking at each other was all it took to get a spark in their eyes and a glow on their faces. Genuine love is the best photo-taking accessory. A rad city, a bonus.
Congrats Mike and Rachel! Thanks for showing me Miami and for letting me photograph the beautiful love you share in a beautiful new place.