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Best locations for outdoor portrait photography in Miami Florida

Alain Martinez , Feb 02, 2005; 04:49 p.m.


I'm trying to start an educative post here to share with other local photographers hot spots for outdoor photography in my Area (Miami, Fl)

I'll start with the first: Virginia Beach, Key Biscayne. This spot has it all, from romantic spots right on the water (great for engagement pictures), to rustic corners with old vegetation (great for fashion photography). It will cost you $3 per car to get in, but it's worth it. If you want directions, just ask.

Hope you guys find this useful, and post your own spots.

Thanks in advance


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Jewan Runhaar , Feb 02, 2005; 04:53 p.m.

It's a bit ambitious to try and collect all the good spots in the whole world....

But i'll play along. Het Volkspark, Enschede, The Netherlands Great spot ;)

Gui Carvalho , Feb 02, 2005; 05:03 p.m.

Viscaya - gardens, waterfront, great setting. Fairchild Tropical Gardens - great gardens, exotic flowers and plants

Al Kaplan - Miami, FL , Feb 02, 2005; 05:10 p.m.

For awhile the Miami-Dade County Parks people were really uptight about "pros" shooting in their parks. At the north end of the county Greynolds Park is a nice mostly wooded place with a pond.

In North Miami on the north side of N.E.135th St., just west of the R.R. tracks at about 17th Ave., is the Enchanted Forest park (a city park) with Arch Creek running through it. There's a foot bridge over the creek. It's partly wooded. I've shot a lot of pictures there over the years.

Lucas Bennett , Feb 02, 2005; 06:58 p.m.

here in mexico you pretty much just need to point toward the ocean and your set.

if you�re ever in San Jose del Cabo the Estuary right out of town offers some pretty great backdrops.



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Bruce Rubenstein - NYC , Feb 02, 2005; 09:58 p.m.

Don't you have to pay some shooting fee for Viscaya, since they charge admission to get in there?

Dave Jenkins , Feb 02, 2005; 11:14 p.m.

I haven't lived in Miami for nearly 35 years, but there's a neat spot on the western edge of the Gables that I used to use, right off Red Road, if I remember correctly, where there are a lot of columns--kind of a Spanish-looking place. Al, do you know the place I'm thinking about?

Al Kaplan - Miami, FL , Feb 03, 2005; 12:04 a.m.

Dave, my brain's as hazy as yours about that, but I seem to remember it. I'm just not sure exactly where. Next time I'm down that way I'll see if I can find it.

Mikal Grass , Feb 03, 2005; 07:13 a.m.

The place you are referring to is on SW 8th and Red Rd. It is a popular spot for the young Latin women who are having their formal shots taken for their 15th birthday party. Let's see if I can come up with some more spots in Miami. There is the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Hialeah racetrack (decaying but still beautiful), the rooftop of one of the buildings in the Design District (I forgot the name of the building but went to a photo shoot there once), under the bridge on the beach side of the I-395 causeway (many commercials have been shot there as the Miami skyline is in the background) but it is very dusty and dirty as it is not paved, Jimbos on Key Biscayne (maybe Virginia Key) for an old time rustic // alcoholic feel, the pool at the National Hotel on South Beach, the park at South Pointe near Smith and Wollensky, and for the intrepid and not faint of heart, there is an old building off of downtown Miami that has great colors and where I once saw a model using the building as the background in her shoot. How about some of the bridges over the Miami River? I know this may sound like a strange suggestion, but the sewage treatment plant in Hialeah is an amazing building. If you can get permission to take photos there you will not be disappointed. How about the Botanical Gardens near the Holocaust Memorial on Meridian on South Beach?

I used to drive around Miami looking for spots to take photos of the city before I got married. Now, with a baby due in two weeks I am working mostly from memory.

If I can think of anymore places, i will let you know.

Al Kaplan - Miami, FL , Feb 03, 2005; 02:14 p.m.

Mikal, you're amazing! I'm going to print that out to keep in my glove compartment! Thanks.

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