The Hyatt Ziva Cancun Wedding of Heather and Jason was certainly a destination-wedding dream come true. From the turquoise blue of their invitations perfectly matching the sky and water the day of the ceremony, to a flawless night for dancing under a blend of stars and twinkle lights in celebration of the newly married couple, this was truly a picture perfect day from start to finish. And could any photographer ask for a more gorgeous backdrop to a wedding ceremony than the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Gran Caribe Resort looking out over the sugar white sands of Cancun?
So you’ve booked your engagement, maternity or anniversary photo shoot, and now you’re staring into your closet trying to figure out what you’re going to wear. Dressing for a beach romantic session can be a challenge in and of itself, but throw in the sand, waves and wind of a beach, and you’ve got yourself a real challenge.
Never fear! I’ve got you covered. Here are ten tips from my experience in romantic beach photography that will help you to feel beautiful, comfortable and, most of all, help you to enjoy the experience!
Chaya and Chesky’s JW Marriott Cancun anniversary portraits could not have been more gorgeous. Combine one of the most photogenic couples ever with a perfect blue ocean, and you get magic. But while the perfection of the photos on the beach would have been enough to make a great engagement session, the variety of locations offered by the JW Marriott, from a lifeguard shack to the restaurant hotel, gave me room for so much creativity.
Just down the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún, and directly across from the island of Cozumel, is a slightly lesser known, but equally as gorgeous, tropical beach paradise: Playa del Carmen. Well known for its beaches, coral reefs, shopping and food, is the perfect vacation spot for a young family to relax and build memories with their first child and have some Playa del Carmen family portraits done during sunset!
It isn’t everyday when everything from the weather to the water to even the birds cooperate flawlessly to create the perfect backdrop to a photo shoot. But that was certainly the story with these Hyatt Ziva Cancun maternity portraits.
This was my first time shooting at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, when it has recently opened and I was very excited to check out the new facilities. Guys. GUYS. This hotel is everything and more of what you’ve heard of. It’s hands down one of my favorite places for pictures, so if you’re staying here and having a wedding or want a session – send me an e-mail! I never get tired of this beautiful place!
It is a growing trend for couples to not only go on a honeymoon after they get married, but to then go on a “babymoon” as a last big adventure before they embark on an even bigger adventure. With the sun shining an average of 250 days a year, Krystal and Stuart selected the perfect spot to babymoon: Cancun. And when you’re in a beautiful, tropical location, what more perfect time is there to take some Cancun maternity portraits?
Today my heart jumped with joy when I saw Stephanie and Rick are still celebrating their couples anniversary. After their Hyatt Ziva Cancun Wedding last May, I’m hooked with taking more and more pictures in this resort. Stephanie is such a beautiful soul and Rick is just madly in love with her – when you see them together you know their souls were meant to be around each other. I believe Hyatt Ziva is the prettiest hotel in Cancun Hotel Zone were you can celebrate a beautiful wedding, and there’s no doubt Stephanie thought the same:
I met up with the Brooks clan for their Iberostar Cancun Family Portraits, and we had so much fun during this session. I love it when a family is ready to jump in and just have a good time!
We headed down to the white sand beach of the Iberostar, one of the most lovely beaches in all the Cancun Hotel Zone for its bright blue and turquoise waters. Multi-generational family portrait sessions like this one are a rare but wonderful opportunity; my own family lives throughout different parts of Mexico, and it can be challenging to get everyone together, especially for a Cancun beach vacation. Well done to the Brooks family for putting forth the effort to create these memories.
Hanna and Alvin came to Cancun on vacation to celebrate their engagement, and asked me to for some Live Aqua Cancun Engagement portraits at their resort in the center of the Cancun Hotel Zone. I can’t help but say that Hanna’s dresses were among my favorite outfits I have ever seen at a photo shoot: so fun, cute and colorful, and they added the perfect pop to every setting I photographed.
The gardens of the Live Aqua resort provided a wonderful backdrop for some of the photos; the property’s central area between the hotel and the beach is filled with lush jungle, palm trees and mangrove, with twisting paths connecting to the different restaurants hidden amongst the greenery, offering some really interesting scenery.