I couldn’t be more excited to share the moments we experienced together during their dramatic and oh-so-romantic Tampa engagement session. So, let’s dive right in and see how we brought their portraits to life!
That’s where Dan and Ireana’s love story began—on the salsa dance floor! Their shared love for salsa brought them together, turning a friendship into a beautiful, blossoming romance. It was evident from the very start that their connection was something truly special, destined for eternity. It’s clear on both of their faces, and how they feel so confident, secure, and loved around each other.
As they carved their way down the snow-covered slopes of Himiny Peak, Dan’s heart was racing with excitement. He kept an eye out for the perfect moment, but he was getting nervous. The snowboarding trip, while it was fun for him as an athletic individual, it was proving to be a painful experience for Ireana. His friends were silently beginning him NOT to propose right now, as she was limping around not having the greatest time! Dan’s patience paid off, and as the last few days of the trip came around, he knew this was the moment—the moment to ask Ireana to be his forever dance partner in life.
The snowflakes gently fell around them, adding to the magic of the occasion. And then, there it was—the perfect opportunity! Dan dropped to one knee, a smile lighting up his face, and in a voice filled with love, he asked Ireana to spend forever with him. Without a moment’s hesitation, she said “Yes!” amidst the snowy embrace of nature. They fell into each other’s arms, completely in love and excited for their future together.
They desired to capture the essence of their love through a perfect blend of city and nature. The choices for their locations were a perfect match—the iconic Tampa Theater, with its timeless drama, and the elegant charm of the University of Tampa. Dan said, if he couldn’t capture their love on a golf course, the city would suffice!! 🤣
Dan showed up with his bright blue tie and shoes, perfectly complementing Ireana’s stunning dress. The dramatic colors contrasted beautifully against the stunning backdrop of the Tampa Theater. Every click of my camera revealed the passion and love they had for each other. I knew they were going to all be breathtaking. I didn’t know how I was going to decide which ones to send them for a sneak peek!
As we moved on to the University of Tampa, Dan & Ireana changed into more romantic attire—sage green and light pink—a perfect match for the soft elegance of the location. The blooming gardens provided a dreamy setting for their portraits, and we focused a bit more on capturing intimate and romantic dancing photos!
Their sweet son joined in on the fun, adding an extra layer of joy to the portraits. As they laughed and joked around, the love that bloomed within their family was evident in every shot.
To make the session even more special, Dan and Ireana incorporated meaningful details, such as jewelry and their shared passion for dancing, to showcase their unique love story. These sweet touches made the moments even more intimate and authentic.
As we planned their Tampa Engagement session over our zoom call, I asked what they love most about each other. It’s honestly one of the most heartwarming aspects of each call I do with my couples!! Dan spoke passionately about how much he cherished Ireana’s understanding, patience, and unwavering support. He was in awe of how they both shared a vision for their future and were working together to make their dreams come true.
Ireana, with a smile that lit up the entire world, couldn’t stop talking about Dan’s kind and hospitable nature. She talked about how she admired how he was always there for his loved ones, providing support and care without hesitation. Their love story was more than just a dance—it was a beautiful symphony of understanding, respect, and devotion.
They worried about posing naturally and avoiding those dreaded double-chin shots. As their Tampa engagement photographer, it was my mission to put their worries at ease. I don’t allow for any double chins, I’ve got your back!! 😉
I was able to assure them that they didn’t need to be experts at posing—I would guide them every step of the way. My aim was to create a comfortable and enjoyable experience for them, encouraging them to focus on each other and let their love shine through. Between Adam’s jokes and easy conversation, I was able to use gentle prompts and genuine interaction, to capture the most flattering and natural poses, ensuring their personalities were photographed candidly!
As I scrolled through the photographs, I was overwhelmed by the sheer love and beauty captured in each frame. Their connection in the portraits was like a dream come true, and I couldn’t wait to share it with them.
When Ireana received the gallery, her heartfelt response brought tears to my eyes.
“I’m speechless. They are perfect! We can’t stop looking at them!Ireana
Thank you so much, Sharon. It’s really a dream come true for us.
Thank you for your professionalism, your guidance, and encouragement during the process. I was so nervous at the beginning of the session and you were able to put me at ease, and Dan, who typically gets bored of taking pictures, can’t stop saying how fun it was!
Now seeing the final product, I can’t help but thank God for putting you in our path
so we can have the honor of having you as our photographer! Thank you! “
Their gratitude and appreciation touched my heart and reaffirmed why I love being a Tampa engagement photographer—moments like these bring so much happiness and meaning to people’s lives.
I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to witness and capture their beautiful love story. From the dance floor to the snowy proposal, their dramatic love story is truly one for the books, and their engagement session was such a fun experience!
As they embark on the journey toward their wedding day, I have no doubt that their love will continue to grow. To Dan and Ireana—may your love always be as vibrant as your salsa dancing!! I am honored to have been a part of this chapter in your love story, and I can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding day.
Here’s to a lifetime of love, laughter, and dancing into forever together!
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