Ritz Rivera Childhood Photography
Oct 12
baby milestones – beautiful baby photography, South Florida
There are quite a few milestones babies and children must get through in life; each one just as important as the last. One of my favorite milestones to photograph is the half-year mark. I just love the yummy baby fat rolls, the sucking on the toes, the balancing act of trying to sit up, I can go on and on. What’s not to love?   “All children are born to grow, to develop, to live, to love, and to articulate their needs and feelings for their self-protection.” ― Alice Miller TTFN  ~R
babes, babes and babes – Newborn photography South florida
I just love these beautiful little angels, of course I am a little biased seeing that they are my nieces aka the “babes”. How lucky am I to have such awesome little subjects to photograph? To be honest, I am so grateful and feel extremely blessed to do what I love. To have so many wonderful clients that trust me time and time again to capture their family’s essence. I am one lucky gal. ♥♥♥ “Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.” ~Steve Maraboli TTFN ~R
Nov 12
Little Gem – Lifestyle Baby Photography in Miami, Florida
I just love sessions like this. I always get asked if it’s difficult working with babies, I say absolutely NOT. Babies are so natural and just one of the best subjects to photograph. And this little princess was nothing short of perfect. Look at that face, such a happy little girl. It was a pleasure working with this beautiful family. ♥♥♥   “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” ~Bertrand Russell  TTFN   ~R
Daybreak – Sunrise Beach Session, Miami Beach, Florida
Early bird gets the worm they say. But no worries if you haven’t booked your holiday session yet there is still time. This beautiful family took my up on a sunrise beach session, LOVE IT!! It started off with a little rain before sunrise but it cleared up just in time. And these two little beauties were ready set go. They are definitely well trained I might add,  after all, I have been photographing them since they were in their mommy’s tummy. ♥♥♥   “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” ~Rumi TTFN   ~R
Nov 03
Dancing Beauties – Beautiful Dance Photography south Florida
Holiday photo sessions are in full swing. I am excited to see my regulars and all the new families coming up. Taking a moment to share this session of two very lovely and beautiful young ladies. When two best friends with a passion for dance choose to share a photo session you know it is going to be AWESOME! And that it was. We all had a wonderful time, I know the girls were excited and boy did they BRING IT! ♥♥♥   “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca TTFN   ~R
Little Havana – Miami Lifestyle Photography
I was so happy to meet this beautiful family visiting from Texas. I was even happier when she requested we do their photo shoot in and around Little Havana. Well heads were certainly turning, these ladies showed up beautifully glammed up. When in Miami right? Love it!!! ♥♥♥   “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ~Coco Chanel TTFN   ~R
Sep 25
First Year Milestone – Baby photography Delray Beach, Florida
Look at this little ROCK STAR! He was certainly worth the drive up to Delray Beach. Such a handsome and charming baby boy. He certainly had everyone’s attention at the Delray Sands Resort. I loved the camera as much as my camera loved him. Definitely rock star status. ♥♥♥   “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” ~Freddie Mercury TTFN   ~R
Sep 22
Bright Smile – First Birthday Portraits in South Florida
Have you ever seen a more shining happy little boy? Well this little guy had everything to smile about, he was turning 1 and he was all smiles for the camera. Best part of the session was when it was time for him to smash up his cake. What a mess but I might say it is always entertaining to see these beautiful babies enjoy their cake to pieces, literally. HAHA ♥   “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi TTFN   ~R
Sep 16
Birthday Celebrations – Event Photography Coral Gables Florida
Who doesn’t love a good party? I know I do, I especially love photographing them. This little princess had a spectacular birthday celebration in the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. I have to say, not a single detail was spared for this special birthday celebration. Eye candy everywhere. We even had some time to capture some beautiful portraits around the beautiful grounds.   “Each moment of the year has its own beauty… a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” ~Emerson TTFN   ~R
Aug 26
Pretty in Pink – Baby girl photography Miami, florida
Everything pretty in pink will be what this beautiful family will have in store with not one but two precious princesses. I was excited to hear about her arrival and extremely curious to know if she was going to be bigger then her older sister who weighed a little over ten pounds when she was born. Little Miss L may not have weighed ten pounds but she is perfect in every single way, and quite squeezable I might add. ♥ “Grace was in all her steps. Heaven in her eye. In every gesture, dignity and love.” – John Milton TTFN   ~R
Perfection – Maternity Photography Miami, Florida
Perfection, that is how I define this beautiful maternity session. Not just because the photos turned out FABULOUS but because I have these AMAZING clients that have trusted me over the years to photograph their precious memories. It feels like just yesterday I was doing their little guys newborn portraits. He is a big boy now and handsome I might add. I cannot wait to meet their newest addition. ♥   “A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ~Eda J. Le Shan TTFN    ~R
Class 0f 2016 – Senior Photography Miami, Florida
CLASS OF 2016 MODEL SEARCH I am looking for high school seniors to model for and represent Ritz Rivera Photography to all their amazingly awesome friends Here’s what’s in it for YOU #1 A specially discounted photo session for your 2016 senior pictures #2 A set number of high resolution digital files per session (earn even more when your friend books a session) #3 AND of course some AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL senior pictures sure to make your momma proud Interested and want more information? Email me at info@ritzrivera.com
Little Leaguer – South Florida Newborn Photography
Meet this handsome little guy and future little leaguer. Without a doubt this session was such a joy for me, watching yet another family grow from party of three to now a party of four. And I can’t finish this post without mentioning the princess of the house, little rock star that she is, just one of the best helpers ever. ♥   “If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.” – Maya Angelou TTFN   ~R
Jul 28
Boho Style Senior Portraits, Miami, Florida
Finally taking a few minutes here to post this beautiful boho style senior portrait session. I love love love how this session turned out. This lovely little lady knew exactly what she wanted for her senior portraits and we nailed it. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day, such glorious light to play with. ♥   “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin TTFN   ~R
Planning ahead – Holiday portraits in miami, florida
Summer is just getting started and so many of my regulars are already planning ahead and booking their holiday sessions. I LOVE IT and I am so looking forward to it. If you are thinking about booking a holiday session do not wait until the last minute or it might be too late. I will be offering full sessions as well as mini sessions for holiday photos. So with that I share one of my favorite sessions from last holiday season. ♥   “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein TTFN   ~R
More to love – Maternity Photography, Davie, Florida
Having more to love is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? I think so. Over the years I have enjoyed watching so many of my clients families grow from being a family of two to a family of three, three to a family of four and so on. My gosh I have even seen families of five become families of six. It is a such a beautiful thing to see and most importantly it is a true blessing to be able to photograph such a wonderful memory for them to cherish for years to come. With that said here is a beautiful maternity session of one of those growing families I speak of. I can remember photographing their first baby like it was only yesterday. ♥    “Where there is love there is life.” ~Mahatma Gandhi TTFN       ~R
Peek-A-Boo – Coral Gables, Florida
Peek-a-boo little fella…. The long weekend has come and gone and here we are again it’s FRIDAY. I am sure many of you are ready to enjoy another weekend in sunny South Florida. Thought I’d a few minutes before heading out for another session to finally show off this little handsome fellow. We had a great session documenting his 2nd birthday at Matheson Hammocks in Coral Gables. Look at that swag!!! Love it! ♥   TTFN ~R
Happy Monday – Childhood Photography, Miami, Florida
Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday with your loved ones. It was definitely a gorgeous day in Miami. Just stopping in to share a lovely Mother & son session from a few months ago. I was reminded of this session just a few days ago while I was at Matheson Hammocks photographing a family on the beach. I love seeing the sailboats cruising through the bay especially when it is close to sunset. I have a love for ANYTHING to do with the ocean. So there is no doubt beach sessions are always fun for me. Of course, I’ve worked with duo many times before, always a pleasure. I couldn’t believe what a big difference a year had made since I saw this little guy. He no longer looks like a busy little toddler, he is a growing handsome boy. He reminded me so much of my son at this age. ♥ “Blessed is the boy who begins life with a mom in his corner.” ~ Julie Sanders   TTFN   ~R
Feb 04
Light up the darkness – Miami Baby Photography
“Light up the darkness”…. just one of my many favorite Bob Marley quotes. This quote came to mind as I prepared the images for this post. I guess it is because of the beautiful light that seeped into this clients home despite the gloomy skies outside. Just as I arrived it started to rain naturally it became dark inside my clients home. So the question was do we reschedule the session or just shoot? I usually reschedule photo shoots if it is a dark gloomy day and I am unable to get enough natural light. So of course I was so happy to learn that mom and dad were totally feeling the dim lighting. I was too was feeling the dim lighting because it is not often that I get to shoot in low light unless it is a personal project. The cherry on top was that this little princess was a wonderful model, no complaints not even when we placed her one of dad’s drums. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this session turned out! ♥ “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle”  ~Walt Whitman TTFN   ~R
Happy smiley goodness – Coral Gables, Florida
It’s time for “happy smiley goodness”!!! Yes, my profession is a lot fun and it makes me very happy to do what I am passionate about. Of course, it has it’s ups and downs like any other profession. But come on, when you are working with such awesome, amazing, SPECTACULAR cuteness, how can one possibly complain about that? I know I can’t, not even for a second. Talk about a perfect scenario for a photo shoot; a beautiful Miami day, the beach and an AWESOME family to photograph. And the BOYS, there were THREE!! These handsome little guys put a huge smile on my face. Too much cuteness for one afternoon. Kids will be kids and when you allow them the space and time to do what comes naturally you are sure to capture beautiful expressions. These boys were such a pleasure to work with, kudos to Mom and dad for raising such fine boys. ♥   “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ― A.A. Milne TTFN    ~R
On Point – Family Photography, South Florida
“On point” is the best way to describe this beautiful family’s photo session. They ROCKED their session from the beginning to the very end, including their little fury baby. This pup was not going to miss out on some great photos. I love including family pets in the photo shoots. After all, they are part of the family right? I cannot say it enough, but I truly enjoyed meeting so many new families this holiday season including this awesome trio. Beautiful happy people make my day, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! And talking about beauty, check out this handsome fellow, he needs to be in magazines. Honestly, mom and dad best prepare because the girls are going to be mad crushing. But I am sure they know that already. ♥   “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh TTFN    ~R
chic holiday – family photography, davie, florida
Chic Holiday!!! Who doesn’t love a Chic Holiday?? I surely do. I had so many great holiday sessions but simply did not have enough time to post over the holidays. It was a crazy busy time for me. This session is just awesome, of course I MUST post it. This little princess is growing so fast. She was just a newborn the other day. I know, I know times flies when you are having fun. Check out her newborn photo shoot HERE. She is just darling. We certainly had fun during this session. In fact, we did two mini sessions on two different days. Talk about mixing it up. It was totally worth it, these kiddos knocked it out of the park, pardon the pun, ha-ha. Let’s see if you can spot the two little posers. Those two cuties were not going to be left out of this photo shoot; they are professionals at getting their photos done, I LOVE IT!!! ♥  “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” ~Yves Saint Laurent TTFN   ~R
Jan 19
Hello Beautiful – Newborn Photography, Miami, Florida
Hello beautiful baby!!! I am so excited to announce that we have a new little family member! Say hello to my beautiful little niece. YES, I am a great-aunt once again. My goodness, I have lost count of how many women are in my family. Girls absolutely rule in my family. Family gatherings are a blast but I feel for the boys/men in attendance; they are certainly outnumbered. Ha-ha!!! It is such a joy for me to document these precious moments for my family. It truly is a blessing. I posted images of my niece’s maternity session a few months back, she looked fabulous. You can see her maternity pictures HERE. Little Miss Araya Rose was a perfect little model for me and of course, her big sister Miss Samantha was on point too. I can take pictures of these beauty’s all day long. ♥ “A sweet new blossom of humanity.” ~ Author Unknown TTFN    ~R
Off the grid – Family Photography, Miami, Florida
Off the grid? Yep, that is exactly what it felt like during the last few months. And I am NOT complaining one bit. It was such a pleasure to see some of my regular clients and of course meeting new babies, children and families. Finally back to a regular schedule, it’s only taken me a little over a week into the new year and I am ready. I have so many beautiful images to share:  holiday shoots, new babies, big babies and even an engagement session. How about a happy, cheerful pajama holiday shoot? YES!  Such a beautiful family, inside and out. G, you inspire me everyday with the way you share your passion and love for your family and friends, not to mention your insightful wisdom and beautiful smile. You are truly blessed my friend. ♥ “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust TTFN    ~R
Oct 15
natural beauty – Teen Photography, Coral Gables Florida
If you know me well, you know I am a lover of nature. Anything and everything engulfed in natural beauty. So it is with great love and pride that I share these images. It is not often that I get a chance to photograph my children. Oh the little voice in my head is always yapping, “Ritz, they will not be children forever”. Shoemaker kids right?  I knew exactly how I wanted to capture my girls but days came and went, so quickly. I had these visions in my head since earlier this year, but again days long gone. So things get hectic ya know. Work keeps me very busy as does my three awesome children but on this day it all came together so nicely. It was a beautiful day but I waited. I wanted a sunset and oh it looked promising. And then I just knew, that day was THE day, it was ON. I feel extremely blessed and lucky to be able to capture these images for my family. My children are such wonderful kids. They are smart, caring, funny, confident, social and just genuinely kind. I trust they will grow up into wonderful people. While my daughters may be beautiful […]
Sep 25
just smitten – maternity photography, miami, florida
Just smitten!!! I am gushing over this maternity session, smitten I tell you. Isn’t she just lovely? Talk about a motherly GLOW. We have some more work ahead and I cannot wait to photograph her some more. I love photographing pretty much anything but there is just something so beautiful when photographing an expecting mom. I regret not having my own pregnancies documented this way. Ladies if you are on the fence about capturing this beautiful moment, I promise you will not regret it. ♥♥♥ TTFN    ~R
Sep 12
Happy Friday – Baby Photography, Miami, Florida
Happy Friday everyone! I just have to share a very lovely lovely LOVELY little princess I had the awesome pleasure of photographing. I have so many favorites images from this session so get ready for picture overload. I love when my babies are just the perfect little subjects and of course when mom and dad are too. ♥♥♥ { Posting images slightly larger going forward, new blog coming soon so making adjustments as I go along.} TTFN   ~R
Sep 03
baby blues – baby photography, coconut grove, florida
Yes another summer has come and gone. Well maybe not exactly for us here in beautiful sunny South Florida. I cannot help it, the New Yorker in me always associates the end of summer once Labor Day weekend arrives. I do really love a more regular routine. My growing babies are back in school and holiday sessions are already filling up my work calendar. How is that for a regular schedule?  So forget those summer blues, how about some baby blues? I have been dying to showoff this handsome little guy that I had the pleasure of photographing on the morning of his baptism along with his ever so lovely big sister and their beautiful family. It was a perfect day for a photo shoot and of course a perfect day for this little ones baptism. How could I not be in love with what I do? I love my job!!  ♥ ♥ ♥ TTFN    ~R
a little boy – Newborn Photography, South Miami, Florida
A little boy, that’s what today’s post is all about. Can you hear my ♥ pitter-patter? I love my lifestyle newborn sessions, yeah it’s all about the newly born bundle of joy. But there is something to be said about being able to capture the unconditional love, tender moments and the excitement a family feels. This is baby number three for this beautiful family. I feel honored to have worked with them since their first princess was born. Oh and how lucky is this little guy; he has two very AWESOME sisters to love him to pieces. I recently shared mom’s maternity session which we shot in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, one of my FAVORITE sessions ever. You can see  her beautiful maternity session  –> HERE. ♥♥♥ TTFN     ~R
sweet fifteen – quinceanera photography, miami, florida
So excited to share this sweet fifteen photo session of this very lovely and beautiful young lady. Last time I saw her she was still in the single digits. Times-a-moving-FAST all the time, sheesh. We were lucky to have a beautiful day to work with, thank goodness because I know just how quickly Miami weather can turn on us. So a beautiful girl, great weather and the cutest little brother ever whom I was thrilled he was going to join his sister for some pictures, love love love!!! TTFN    ~R  
Jul 10
Child’s Play – lifestyle photography, key biscayne, Florida
Working once again with these three beauties to create an AWESOME lifestyle photo shoot was child’s play for me. I love this stuff. Babies and children are the just the most natural subjects to work with. Yes I have an infinite amount of patience, for all ages of course. But what really tugs at my heart strings is a child’s authentic demeanor, there is no faking that folks. This session is a perfect example of why I love what I do, it’s childhood lifestyle art that makes your heart smile. I love it! ♥♥♥ “Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” ~A.A. Milne TTFN   ~R
the neatest thing – maternity and newborn photography, south Florida
It is just the neatest thing  when your client calls to book her holiday session and says she needs a holiday card to make a special announcement. So of course I am going to show off both sessions because their beautiful little Princess has finally arrived. Oh and what a wonderful model she was for me. And the cutest thing was watching how mom and dad’s little fur babies took it all in, such sweet little pugs. ♥♥♥ – “Like stardust glistening on fairies’ wings…little girls’ dreams are of magical things” ~Sherry Larson TTFN  ~R
blooming beauties – maternity photography, coral gables, Florida
So when you have nothing but blooming beauties to work with you just know you are going to have an AMAZING photo session. Here is another wonderful and beautiful family I have seen grow from behind my lens. And now baby #3  is on the way, exciting times ahead indeed. I love everything about this session, besides my gorgeous subjects, it was a gloriously beautiful day in Miami. What more can you ask for when you live in Paradise? ♥♥♥ “And so we are like flowers; and bloom only, when the sun, kisses us.” ― sir kristian goldmund aumann, Love Poems TTFN   ~R
sibling bliss – Children Photography, Miami, Florida
Happy Monday!!!! So this post is a little late for “Sibling Day” but I wanted to show off these three little cuties. As a mother of three children myself, I know first hand the energy required to keep up with my own little bunch (although they are not so little anymore). So needless to say, I am always ready. And despite that, this beautiful trio made my job almost effortless. Can you say “SUPERSTARS” ? ♥♥♥ TTFN   ~R
Mar 17
life is beautiful – Maternity Photography, Miami, Florida
Happy Monday!! There is nothing like having a moment where you witness love, beauty and light. First thought that comes to my mind is “Goodness, LIFE is BEAUTIFUL”. I love photography, there is no denying that. But what makes my love for photography even greater is life, people, raw emotions….LOVE!! I take my work very seriously and I consider myself extremely blessed to do what I love. A major perk of course is meeting so many wonderful people that welcome me into their space, their world and I get to capture it all for them…it’s a beautiful experience, always. This session is a great example of why I do what I do! This awesome couple were ready for their session and they brought their ♥’s (and their gorgeous puppy). What is not to love about that? ♥♥♥ “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~Gibran Khalil Gibran TTFN    ~R
smile baby – Newborn Photography, Miami, Florida
This family certainly has something to smile about, a house full of little girls, THREE to be exact!!! Little Miss “Z” is just as beautiful as her older sisters, whom in my mind were also just born YESTERDAY! Time escapes me so quickly. I think I spent the entire session with a smile on my face or in a constant giggle because big sister could not get enough of her baby sister. I can hear her little voice in my head saying “Ohhh, she is sooo cute!”.  Such a girl thing, adorable. ♥♥♥ TTFN     ~R
twinkle twinkle – Child Photography, Coral Gables, Florida
Have you ever met someone that simply takes your breathe away? I don’t know if it was the twinkle in her eye or her genuine smile but she truly is a natural beauty inside and out. There is never a dull moment when working with children, it’s always an adventure. Photographing this little jewel was such a delight, she was ready and eager to work, major ROCK STAR!!!! ♥♥♥ TTFN   ~R
Feb 03
It’s all about LOVE – Beautiful newborn photography in south florida
Happy Monday everyone!!! It’s February, and you know it’s all about LOVE (and chocolate, it’s about chocolate too). So how about something as sweet as can be, even sweeter than chocolate, yes this little princess is WAY sweeter than chocolate. She was a true natural and rocked her newborn photo shoot. I have to mention big brother, my little newborn model, what a little dreamboat. Check out big brothers newborn pictures HERE. I ♥ him!!! I was very excited to see this beautiful family again. And again a wonderful pleasure to work with. ♥♥♥ “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…”  ~Ephesians 4:2 TTFN   ~R  
Jan 27
happy monday – Triplet newborn photography coral gables fl
Happy Monday; time for a newborn photography share!!! I love babies, it’s obvious right? I do, I love photographing them, holding them all of IT!! So of course the more the merrier but I will say the thought of photographing my first set of TRIPLETS made me a little nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well these three beautiful boys made it  effortless. I was OVER THE MOON, they are all gorgeous, including their big brother whom I haven’t seen since his own newborn photo shoot. You know mom and dad have their hands full with a house full of boys. A true blessing. ♥♥♥   TTFN   ~R
beautiful beach maternity – Key Biscayne, florida
I love love LOVE doing maternity sessions! It is such a precious time in a woman’s life. I suppose as a woman myself, I completely understand how a woman feels during the “growing” process. Everything changes, we do not feel the same. Oh I remember like it was yesterday. So it is always my goal for my clients to feel really comfortable during the session. The result? Beautiful maternity portraits with personality. This beautiful couple is a great example of why I love what I do. They were quick to bring it and then some. It was a pleasure working with them on such a beautiful day and on the beach no less, how can I ever complain. ♥♥♥ TTFN   ~R