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A Don Cesar Beach Proposal

A proposal on the beach! With all of their family and friends!!! Yes, please!! I felt honored to be asked to document such a special moment! Ron and I met prior to “the date” at the Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach to map out a plan for me to photograph the moment he proposed and I knew it was going to be special! He chose the Don Cesar as they have a long history of vacationing at the gorgeous hotel on the pristine beach, which is why many of the images include the hotel in the background. His fiance had absolutely zero clue!

I arrived early and got in my spot . I had 2 cameras ready to go and Ron was texting me on the sly. I waited, guests watched me. One guest actually told me they thought I was a private investigator. Ha!! When I knew they were coming my heart was racing, and excitement was overwhelming. They walked toward the beach, the group of family and friends filtered in behind without her knowing. And well, she said YES!!! Everyone was smiling and giddy and hugging and I loved every second. Wait no longer, see her reaction below!!! I stayed awhile to take some family images as well as some engagement photos for them. What a gorgeous evening!


St. Pete Beach Family: Extended Family Vacation {St. Pete and Tampa Photographer}

Saying goodbye to the hurts! It does, but this family has an adventure ahead of them as the move out of state.  So, Sarah asked for us to do her family photo session with grandparents at a local beach in St. Pete and of course I said Yes! 

Our two our extended family beach photo session was full of locations and fun - but of course I'll let the images and a few words do the talking....

While the sun was still high in the sky we started off in a little park which added some mangrove greenery to the first part of our Florida beach photo session. I started with some more traditional portraits so that when we hit the beach it would be all FUN (meaning I could direct less and shoot as things flowed)! These grandparents where super relaxed and love their families so very much! (See another grandparents beach session here)

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On our way back to the beach we needed to cross a beautiful boardwalk, which offered another unique and "florida vacation" type background. The kids were more than willing to run some laps along the bridge! 

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The bubbles came out and you can really tell how windy it was! I love capturing the color and texture and patterns of the florida beach sand and this was the perfect opportunity during this part of our St. Pete Beach family photography session! (see my personal images on St. Pete beach here)

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Look at these amazing grandparents during the family session! These grandkids will cherish these images now and in many years! I think more grandparents should be in family photography sessions!

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Last but not least, we headed to and in the water (it was windy and a tad chilly) so after some fun beach family playing they went inside for a quick change to warm up and then we closed out our St. Pete beach family photography session with guitar playing at sunset. 

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