I had heard so much about South Beach in Miami, Florida. While working on an assignment in South Florida, I decided to visit the South Beach in Miami on a weekend. I took the scenic coastal route and it was late afternoon when I reached South beach. I was mesmerized by beautiful clouds, clear inviting waters and people out to enjoy the beach, the sun. This was one of the first pictures as I stepped on the sand.
As I photographed this colorful beach scene, Sebastian approached me and smilingly asked who I was shooting for. Always nice when somebody is interested in your work and your equipment. It turns out he is an actor in Chile and on being asked if he would like a picture, agreed to pose for me. I had him jump next to one of the numerous colorful umbrellas along the beach.
Walking along the beach, I met Latrisha with a dazzling smile. Her bikini matched the clear green waters nearer to the beach and I wanted to take a portrait of her.
While photographing her, my cell phone rang and after answering my phone, I put it away in the side pocket of my long shorts. Little did I realize as the waves came onto the shore that my phone was getting drenched in sea water as I sat along the beach to get a better angle. My moto Q died a watery death that evening.
There are very colorful life-guard stations along the south beach. Each life-guard station is painted different. While photographing one of these stations, I saw Kiwi with a cute smile, big innocent eyes and dreadlocks with silvery beads. As I approached her dad for a photo, she became shy and would not smile at all. She had just come out of the water and water dripped out of the beads onto her face. All I wanted was a smile from this cute lil’ kid.
Somehow, she took a liking to the flash on my camera with its’ big diffuser and looked at it with curiosity and dead serious eyes. So, I showed her how one couldÂ trigger the flash by pressing the test button. From then on, it was a child’s play for her and she took an immense delight in pressing the test button, time and again. I like this portrait that shows her delight in having fired the flash by pressing the button yet again.
It was a good day for people-watching and meeting beautiful strangers on the Miami beach. I vowed to return earlier in the day another time…