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Vintage Shoot at Gold Coast Railroad Museum

The history of today's Gold Coast Railroad Museum is rather unique. The coming together of persons and events in a rare mix that helped shape today's premier railroad museum in the state of Florida and one of the finer rail museums in the United States.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers a variety of different scenic backdrops for filming all located on its 50 acre site.  The Museum, which is located just over a mile off of Florida’s Turnpike in South Miami-Dade County has historic railcars, a railroad yard, operating rail equipment, pineland forests, industrial-looking brick structures, and open fields. 

We will have access to the entire facility and we have been allowed to take a few models with us.  I have been able to secure at the present timw two models dressed in vintage inspired clothing from the 50's to accent the photo shoot.  You have the option to just shoot the trains or structures or if you want to add that vintage look we have the models available.

I invitie all of you to participate and if you are really daring dress up in 1950's clothing and be part of the shoot.  Let's have some fun!!!!

The cost to the members will be $20, this will give you access to the entire facility.  Normally they charge for a model shoot up to $125 per hour minimum 4 hours and maximum 4 photographers so this is a great opportunity for us.

Hope to see you all there.

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  • Venj R.

    I'm up for round 2! vizcaya museum&gardens would be a great location to have a photo shoot; Its mansion and gardens would be a great backdrop. =)

    July 13, 2011

  • E. G.

    One of the best meetups I've been to. Just wanted to thank Juan for coordinating such a fabulous Meetup, and Daisy for keeping us all in line, lol. The location was perfect and made for some pretty amazing photography. The models were very friendly, professional and knew exactly what to wear. You really felt the love from all the other Shoot Miami photographers.

    July 11, 2011

  • Marcelo S.

    Perhaps a round 2 could be somewhere more visually interesting? Old trains don't do it for me at all. The RC Cola abandoned plant in Wynwood is great, lots and lots of visually interesting graffitti, lights, spaces... I've done a shoot there and loved it. I know they rent it, so I can find out if you like.

    July 10, 2011

  • Roldan T.

    Sign me up for a round 2. It was great. I would love to see how the images would look if everyone had a second go at it. How about some dry ice or a smoke machine to give us the look of steam on that black locomotive?

    1 · July 10, 2011

  • Juan P.

    If everyone is up to it I will start thinking of round 2. Any ideas thoughts are welcome.

    1 · July 10, 2011

  • Bone J.

    This was by far the best Meetup event I've been to. The location was amazing and everyone was very nice. Can't wait to attend another shoot.

    July 10, 2011

  • ZiZi

    Glad to hear everyone had such a great time. Thanks Juan for organizing this event!! Let's do round 2 ;-)

    1 · July 10, 2011

  • Venj R.

    Thanks juan for being a great organizer.! It was my first time to attend a shoot miami meeting, and it didn't disappoint me at all. All the members were courteous when it comes to taking photos. The models were awesome and very patient too.

    1 · July 10, 2011

  • Monica W.

    Wow! I wish I could have been there!!

    July 10, 2011

  • Juan Jose R.

    I thought it was a great experience. The organizer, Juan, did a great job in getting the location and the models for us to shoot. All we had to do was show up and have fun, I really liked that. There was good communication from Juan to all the attendees, he was there to answer questions and help out, in other words it was good to know that someone was "in charge" and ready to help with anything we needed. I would definitely attend another meetup where Juan Pena is the organizer.

    July 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jenifer and I had a great time, thanks!

    July 9, 2011

  • Carlos E.

    Great job, Juan!! Thank you!

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan P.

    Great Meet Up. The Shoot Miami group were very cooperative and made for a smooth execution for the event. Looking forward to setting up more events like this one in the future.

    Thanks guys.

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan P.

    Thanks you guys for the comments. It was really a lot of fun to put this meetup together and to get the perfect execution of it. Kudos to the models, Natasha, Melissa, Sabrina, Alexandra, Jenn, and Allen. They all did a great job I could not be more proud of them. Crystal thank you for bringing Jenn and Raul for bringing Alexandra. Even a greater thank you to the Shoot Miami family for making this such a fun event. Anybody for round two.

    3 · July 9, 2011

  • Roberto O.

    I have to agree with Joe, well organized photoshoot, it all went smooth, everyone got their shots, great job by Juan. A+

    1 · July 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Juan...great job organizing the shoot at the Railroad museum. Aside from the skeeters and the humidity (which were the few things out of your control), everything else was first-rate. A big thank you needs to go out to your daughter, her friends, your God-son, and the other models, for doing a super job. Even those that said they had never modeled before were incredible.

    1 · July 9, 2011

  • Paulo J.

    Hey Juan, thanks for the treat... beautiful shoot out. Thanks!

    1 · July 9, 2011

  • Marcelo S.

    Very well organized. The models were very nice and hardworking, the place was big enough so as not to trip over each other and people were super nice. ONLY drawback: mosquitoes, mosquitoes, mosquitoes! But Juan can't be faulted at all for that. Pero, wow, que mosquitos!!!

    July 9, 2011

  • Roger A.

    Had a great time!

    July 9, 2011

  • Ted

    The weather is clearing up down this way. Temps in the high 80's to low 90's

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan P.

    Hilda I do not know what the weather is like there. I will be heading out soon to get things set up but most of the trains that we will have the models set up are covered. There are some great trains to shoot in the ope air and I am sure that we will get some good times to shoot there the chance of rain at the museum at 11:00 am is set at 30%. See you.

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan P.

    Juan Jose I believe that will be ok.

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan Jose R.

    I'm planning to bring a stand where I can set the reflector on, hope it's ok.

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan P.

    You can bring a tripod, you can bring your speedlight flash just as long as you are going to have it mounted on your camera, you can take a reflector. No other lights unless they are battery operated.

    July 9, 2011

  • Daniel K.

    You can bring them all.

    July 9, 2011

  • Juan Jose R.

    What's the latest about tripods/lights/reflectors etc.? Can anyone post an update ?

    July 9, 2011

  • Paulo J.

    It will be hot and humid, but it will be fun. :-)

    July 9, 2011

  • Sandra D.

    temps near 100 tomorrow, bring water!

    July 9, 2011

  • Sandra D.

    Hi Juan, just want to be sure I'm counted in. I paid, through Roger at the last meeting, my fee for this event. And are we able to bring external lights? Tripods I can't see why not, I've used them there before. Please advise. See everyone Saturday!

    July 7, 2011

  • Bone J.

    Just sent the payment! Can't wait to meet everyone. Making a special trip down just to do this shoot! I will have one model with me.

    1 · July 2, 2011

  • Mileidy

    Hi Juan, I don't see where the instructions are in order to send the money for the trip???

    June 30, 2011

  • Juan P.

    As Daniel said there is plenty of shade there, I know that 11:00am is not the ideal time but that is the opening time of the museum. When I go take the payment I will ask if there is any way that it can be earlier but 11:00 am is the museums opening time.

    June 30, 2011

  • Daniel K.

    There are plenty of areas under roof, you also have outside, so coming earlier will help a lot, but you can still have lots of fun in the covered areas, there are plenty of trains under roof, but is open on the sides, so there is light coming in....

    June 30, 2011

  • Julio de la N.

    I agree absolutely with Juan José, at noon is not the most appropriate time to take pics, I haven't been there before, but I guess they have shaded areas.

    June 30, 2011

  • Bone J.

    Got the e-mail to pay for the shoot but not sure how to send a payment. I am in Central Fl.

    June 29, 2011

  • Juan Jose R.

    Hey Juan, is it possible to be there earlier than 11? The light at that time or around noon is really not the greatest for pictures.

    June 29, 2011

  • Venj R.

    juan, I also sent you an email on how can I send the money to you. I didn't make it to the meeting last monday. thanks.

    June 26, 2011

  • Paulo J.

    Hey Juan, I didn't understand one thing... I'm alowed to bring my strobe, but I have to share it with everybody else? It just make no sense. I have seen other events where the organizer provide strobes to people to share, but not asking other photographers to do that so.

    June 24, 2011

  • Ailyn

    Juan, I was unable to make the meeting. How can I send you the money for the shoot?

    June 24, 2011

  • Bone J.

    Are allowed to bring a model with us that wan't to do the shoot?

    June 22, 2011

  • Juan P.

    You can use an "on-camera" flash with no problem. I am going to confirm if they will let us take other lights, softbox or tripod until I visit them next week.

    June 21, 2011

  • James K.

    Bummer! I'm going to be out of town otherwise I would positively be there. I did this shoot a few years back with another group and the only difference was our theme was the 1920s. It was quite a shoot with that vintage train station populated with flappers and gangsters.

    June 10, 2011

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