We know your search for the perfect place to take your portraits can be as stressful as your reception venue hunt, especially when you've got so many options available. That's why we talked to our favorite South Florida photographers to narrow down your options. Whether you're looking to hit the beach or want more of an urban vibe, we've got you covered -- plus what you should know before you plan a session there.
Colee Hammock Park
"I love to shoot at this beautiful park right in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. Trees sit on lush grass, and the entire park is completely open to the water. It's a public park, so it's free. The best time for shoots here is about one hour before sunset, which allows for some great lighting because the sun casts warm, golden tones all over." -- Chelsey Boatwright, Chelsey Boatwright Photography, Deerfield Beach, (954) 242-9070, ChelseyBoatwright.com
Sheraton Yankee Clipper Beach Hotel
"Behind and just to the south of the hotel is a combination of sand and tall grass. Because the area is elevated, you can have the ocean in the background, or you can have the skyline in the back with tall grass in front. Pull up behind the hotel to the service entrance, and then walk through the back part of the hotel to get to the site." -- Jonathan Scott, Jonathan Scott Photography, Boca Raton, (561) 750-7006, JSPStudio.com
The River House Gazebo
"This beautiful wooden gazebo is just off the river -- a perfect setting for a more traditional bride. It's cozy and charming, with a Key West feel to it. Plus, it's 10 steps away from the sidewalk, so it's very easy to get to." -- Tina Roberts, Captured Emotions Photography, Inc., Weston, (954) 559-0873, CEPhotoInc.com
The Beach at Sunrise Boulevard
"The sand at this beach is a lot nicer and softer than in Miami, and the beach is less crowded. Other than paying for parking, it's free. Take your photos one hour before sundown so you're not sweating in your gown. The crowd in the photos' background is cool -- the people staring and clapping make the bride and groom feel like celebrities -- or you could pose with the water in the background." -- Alex Fagundo, Candidly Elegant Photography, Miami, (305) 600-0627, CandidlyElegant.com
Outside of the Museum of Discovery & Science
"The museum has unique artwork set up outside, and the bold, primary colors make a nice backdrop that you can't find anywhere else." -- Tina Roberts, Captured Emotions Photography, Inc.
Storefronts in the Riverfront Area
"Many of the streets here are brick, and some of the buildings are old with great architecture. Sometimes I walk around with couples, and, if we see any especially cool stores, we ask the owner if we can drop in and take photos. It works about half of the time." -- Alex Fagundo, Candidly Elegant Photography
"A shoot in the Everglades makes for great sunset shots and offers a really organic feel. It's west of the Sawgrass Expressway off of Alligator Alley. Follow a session up by going to some of the sugarcane farms for that old-Florida look." -- Wayne Labush, EOEP Studios, Tamarac, (954) 722-2223, EOEP.com
"There aren't too many places left in the metropolitan area that show off the beauty of the past, but this area displays Florida's old charm. This century-old house is never crowded and is very easy to get to. It has rocking chairs on the front porch, and it's just off of the winding walkway next to the river." -- Tina Roberts, Captured Emotions Photography, Inc.
The Railway Tracks Near Las Olas Blvd.
"Down here, most people shoot on the beach, so the railway tracks are a nice alternative. This spot is for brides who are looking for something more urban." -- Trevor Goldsmith, Trevor Goldsmith Photography, Cooper City, (954) 662-6135, TrevorGoldsmith.com
The Waterfall in Esplanade Park
"Hidden in the Riverwalk's tropical landscape is a small, manmade waterfall. You can sit on top of the rocks, or just put your feet in. You'll feel like you're out in the boondocks when you're actually just in downtown Ft. Lauderdale." -- Tina Roberts, Captured Emotions Photography, Inc.