Surprise Engagement on Clearwater Beach

One of the more interesting things that we get asked to do here at Clearwater Beach Portraits is to photograph an actual marriage proposal. The groom will call and tell us where he plans to propose and we go out and photograph it, while pretending that we are not photographing it.

Last week we were waiting on the beach for the couple to arrive when it started to rain. Not a big rain, light at first. We stuck it out and shortly the couple arrived for their stroll on the beach before dinner at the Sand Pearl Resort. She must have been wondering why he insisted they go for a walk in the rain!

We shot so many images, despite the rain! Here are just a few of our favorites!

All the couples friends were hiding out at the beach bar behind the resort and came running out to congratulate..

At this point, the rain was really starting to come down so we headed for cover and had a few drinks while we waited for the squall to pass…

The great thing about summer storms in Florida is that they don’t last for long! A short while later we were back on the beach for group shots..

… and then some time alone with the couple!

Family Portraits on the Beach in Clearwater

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The best thing about being a family portrait photographer on the beach in Clearwater is the people that you get to meet every day. We see it all, from small families to giant groups, across multiple generations… and we get to share a few moments with each one. 

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One of the best ideas you will ever have is to get a multi-generational portrait shot on the beach in Clearwater. Trust me on this one, I just recently had my own family portrait done with my parents, their kids, their grandkids and the great=great-grandkids. It’s hanging in a place of prominince in my home as well as the homes of every person in the photograph. Family portraits bring you joy every day!

We’ve had such a wonderful time in July!

We’ve had such a wonderful time with everyone in July creating awesome Clearwater Beach Photography. It seems like this years summer has seen a bit more rain than usual. But we managed to work it all out and had the opportunity to create beautiful family portraits for so many this summer.

This summer marks my 15th official year as a full time photographer. I turn 36 this year, and since I was 21 I became a full time photographer. I started out photographing many weddings about forty to sixty a year. All the while I created beach portraits for families. I always enjoyed making family portraits at the beach more than anything else I did. I grew up on the beach here in Florida. It’s so exciting to share my love our Florida Beaches with so many. I especially love working with the children. It’s kind of through them, creating portraits, I get to re-live the fun and excitement of summers on the beach as a kid. Summer vacation at the beach is such a joyful time. Full of life-long memories and bonds you are creating with your family. I constantly feel especially blessed to be part of that.

I look forward to sharing more with all of you from this past summer on Clearwater Beach. But we still have lots of sessions scheduled for the remainder of July and the first couple weeks of August are jammed packed too. So I’d better get back to work!

Thanks so much for allowing me to join in on the fun with your family these past 15 years! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else other than creating family portraits at Clearwater Beach!

I’ll see you at the beach soon! 🙂

– John Paul