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Riverview Motherhood Pictures: Flower Field Session

Motherhood and Milestones

First of all, this is one of my all time favorite families so I am so thankful they contacted me this year for a special motherhood session. To be sure, the Riverview motherhood pictures this year among the flower field were so fantastic. Every. Single. One!  So perfect.

 

Not to mention, we had an extra beautiful evening for their session. How gorgeous is this light? And the family? I mean come on, the cutest! If you have seen photos of our own boys, you know I am a sucker for a boy in a bow tie, too! Add a couple more boys to the mix, and it doesn’t get sweeter.

 

Also, this session was about documenting their youngest baby boy’s first birthday. I cannot believe it!  See more of his Tampa newborn session back on the blog here – http://hamiltoncreekphotography.com/fishhawk-ranch-baby-photographer-newborn-pictures/.

 

Above all, I love that we captured a similar pose between mama and baby at this session, similar to the gorgeous photo of her holding him in front of his crib. I mean, cue the tears!!!  Check out the photo in the blog post linked above and check out photo on the lower right, pretty much the same picture, just a year’s difference. Certainly, the days feel long but looking at these snapshots freezing time in photographs, it is clear how much can change so quickly!

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Additionally, this mama said this photo below spoke to her. She didn’t know why, but it did. I say, this image personifies motherhood. Momming four boys and every one of them doing their own thing, and you being the glue that holds them together. Loving them all equally, and just as fierce as the next, while trying to balance all of that love. No matter what you are doing, you do it well and beautifully, mama!

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Happies birthday baby P! I can’t wait to see how much you grow this year and how much you change in the years to come!tampa family photographer, flower field pictures tampa, riverview motherhood pictures

 

 

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Riverview Mother’s Day Pictures: Tampa Flowerfield Sessions

Motherhood Mini

These Riverview Mother’s Day Pictures were the spark my creative soul needed. I just can’t get enough of them. The tampa flowerfield sessions for 2018 are better than any expectations I had. I only hope these April showers we are getting today end with some more May flowers! Let’s all do a little flower dance, okay?

I met this family years ago and was so glad to do some updated motherhood pictures for them, and was also thrilled to see they added a new baby boy to their delightful family. It was so fun to see how much the girls had grown, but also see their personalities were much the same. They were still so fun and so free and lovely to photograph once again. We could not have asked for a more gorgeous night of photographing amongst the flowerfield. The sun was a welcome change after a few sessions there in some cold weather! I loved the simply white and blue colors to let their connections stand out more than the clothing.

 

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I love the connections of these sweet sisters with their baby brother. How adorable are they? Just the smallest details, like little fingers on his toes, and kissing his feet. I can’t stand their sweetness! Oh, and just check out those baby thighs! I mean, I literally die for those baby thighs. These are the details I want mamas to remember.


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Tampa Mother’s Day Photo Session: The Perfect Gift

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Seriously, dads, take note. The best way to a woman’s heart may just be through photos. Trust me. Mamas are generally the ones documenting our days. Dads may be in more photos just because we see you being sweet with the kids and take a quick snap withour cell phone. Vice versa likely isn’t as true. I don’t want to get into gender generalities or wax poetic as to why that it, but most of my friends, and through years of talking to clients, many would agree with that dynamic. That is why I am so happy to share this Tampa Mother’s Day photo session featuring the perfect gift by this hubby! We did get dad in a few shots at the end, too, but for the most part, it was about mom and her delish babies!

 

The sweetest thing happened when dad snuck in behind me when mama was holding her youngest baby. You can see how she just lit up, right? The simple sound of dad’s voice, and this baby would light up brighter than the most powerful lightbulb! The kids were amazed at how much fun the photo session was. I love when sessions are fun for everyone. Trust me, I don’t expect perfect children, or perfect anything, but I do want you to have fun soaking up time with your babies and family. So relax. Enjoy the moment! Trust that I will photograph you to show you are loved.

 

Lastly, take a look at their outfit choices. I love that nothing was too matchy. There was plenty of color, different textures, yet, they all worked together. Their faces, their connections, the setting, all worked together! Take note if you are planning your own family photo session! These outfits work really well for any season in Florida!

Spring is almost fully booked as I only have two dates open for May. July will be the first available time frame for Tampa family photo sessions. Soon enough it will be fall again. Are you looking for a different way to capture your family this year? Let’s do a fun summer session instead of waiting until fall! Contact me using the form above to start planning your summer sessions!

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Perhaps this is a bit of why they had so much fun, too! You know I love to feature a bit of dirt spakles and real moments in the sessions. Mini-sessions and full family photo sessions alike, let’s have fun during your Tampa family pictures! Tampa mother's day photo session, tampa family photographer

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Travel Blog: St Maarten Airplane Beach

 

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If you have followed me for a while, or have known me for any amount of time, you probably know our family loves to travel. We took our twin boys to Australia when they were just eight months old! We have since taken them to over 10 countries and we will hit four more this summer. It is in our blood and what we basically live and work for. Most of the time when we travel, I am documenting every step of the way. Here is a short travel blog post about St Maarten Airplane Beach and our island visit. It includes some insight on the island after Hurricane Irma left devastation behind. Many times I never share the images from our vacation because work gets too busy to really dive into the pictures. Our special trip to St Maarten airplane beach was too beautiful not to share.

 

This trip, we surprised the boys for their tenth birthday with a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Even more surprising was that their grandparents surprised the boys and my husband on the ship! It was the best moment ever. Here is a cell phone clip of the moment!  Enjoy my annoying Wisconsin accent, too 🙂

 

We left our plans very loose for all the islands we traveled to on our cruise. We knew many were still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma. One place we really wanted to see was the famous “airplane beach” on St. Maarten. Otherwise known as Maho Beach, on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. That is the one you can basically reach up and touch the planes as they land at the airport. We really just got off our boat, headed for the taxi stand and told our driver where we wanted to go and were there less than thirty minutes later.

Our taxi drive just happened to be one of the nicest, most sincere, amazing gems on the island. Alfred, in taxi number 444 was PERFECT! He took us to the beach, but also gave us a guided tour the entire ride out. He told us about the history of the salt pond, and about the lives of the salt pickers. Then he told us about the recent hurricane and showed us much of the devastation and improvements they were still working on. We were dropped off to a perfect paradise spot, with the most amazing blue skies and blue sea we had ever seen. The hotels around the beach were still closed and many will need to be rebuilt, but the beach was still gorgeous and the sand had regenerated on it’s own after the last month before our March 2018 visit.

The Sunset Beach Bar (Beacon Hill Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten) right next to the beach was unbelievable as well. Oh my lanta! Seriously, it was all delish! It was my father-in-law’s birthday that day, so he shared the fresh lobster with my hubby. Oh, we all took a bite or two as well. Check that baby out in the pictures! They even got to pick it out themselves. Pretty fancy stuff for a simple beach bar and restaurant! Many guests we had seen at the beach earlier were spotted in the pool inside the outdoor area as well. We didn’t spend time there, but it was nice to know if we came back. You couldn’t get me out of the ocean though! Pools I can do at home!

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We spent the money and rented beach chairs and umbrellas as well. I highly recommend that if you can get there early enough to grab one or two! The money getting back to the island people rebuilding after the hurricane was so minimal to us, but you could tell it meant the world to the people knowing tourists were still coming to see them!

After we had enough sun, we called Alfred back to take us to the ship. We had planned on him taking the trip around the island so we could see both the French and the Dutch side while we were on St. Maarten. He did so for an additional fee. It was relaxing and with a helpful tour guide like him, it was worth every penny. He even stopped at the local nudist beach, which was pretty entertaining with two almost ten year olds! Honestly, it was probably the most lovely spot we saw on the island, too. Maybe next trip we will stay longer, ha!

Keep in mind, you can also set up more in depth tours with travel tour companies before you go. Or, do an excursion from your ship if you are cruising in. We are just not usually tour people. We don’t like to be stuck on a specific agenda when traveling. I will; however, suggest you to make sure you ask your taxi driver if they can give you the history and highlights of the drive while they transport you before you book with them on sight.

Learn from our mistake when we booked a cab on the next island, St. Thomas. It was NOT the same experience at all. In fact, it was pretty awful! Our driver on St. Thomas sold us on an island tour, with stops at pirate haunts, and then drove by them, saying they were closed due to the hurricane. It should have taken way more time than it did, but we were so over his “tour” we just wanted off when he got back to the downtown area on St. Thomas. We should have just gone to a beach when we went there! Live and learn!

Here are a few favorites of our day. I did NOT take my DSLR on this trip. So, these are pretty much shots you could get from your own point and shoot camera. My camera, a Nikon 1, does shoot in RAW format, and I do edit these using Lightroom. So, if you expect your shots to come out of camera like these, well, that is probably not going to happen, but I did prove to myself that I don’t always need to carry my big camera to get the shot. I am learning to live for the moment more and more, and not live for the “shot” so much.

 

Love seeing the bed hed of Gus as he woke up to check out the island after two rough days at sea. St. Maarten was a welcome sight. The fact that the people were so amazing was just icing on the cake visiting this beautiful island.

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The photos of some of the devastation from Hurricane Irma. The ships that just pushed up to the roads were plentiful to see. Alfred said many buildings, even if they look “okay” from the outside are destroyed inside from water and mold. Many are completely wrecked and abandoned cars are all over, too, just waiting to be scrapped.st maarten vacation pictures, hurricane irma st maarten, st maarten airplane beach

The water, y’all! Can you believe it??? The boys were ready to plunge in as soon as we got there. And with getting thier ASAP off the ship, you can see it was quiet for a few hours!st maarten vacation pictures, st maarten airplane beach

Love that Gus is holding my old GoPro in the top shot. It didn’t last long, holding a GoPro in some major waves is hard work 🙂 One of our guys is a water baby…never wants to get out and slams into the waves all day long, the other, is only happy when he has the comfort of his dad around. Otherwise, you can find him digging.  Oh, and look closely at the beach shots, you can see more planes landing. st maarten vacation pictures, st maarten airplane beachst maarten vacation pictures, st maarten airplane beach, underwater photographyst maarten vacation pictures, st maarten airplane beach, underwater photographyst maarten vacation pictures, st maarten airplane beach, underwater photography

I hope you enjoyed a look at our vacation. If you are vacationing here in the Tampa/Sarasota/St Pete area of Florida, just know, I love to document your vacations, too. Especially if they include an outdoor beach adventure like this! Contact me for more details on a beach session, or lifestyle adventure session by clicking on “Contact” above, or email Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com!

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First Birthday Pictures: Tampa Florida Flowerfield

Tampa Florida Flowerfield First Birthday

Meet P! She is one year old and I can’t handle it. Remember her tiny face on her Riverview newborn blog post here? I can’t believe it is time for her first birthday pictures. No less, we did them in the same flower field I swear everyone has wanted their session at lately. I love it. The light is magic and doing it during the weekday mornings means it is quiet and cooler! Almost too cool! The red outfit was perfect not only for her strawberry eating at the end, but also to contrast against the greenery. I love how tiny sho looks amongst the flowers.

 

My own boys birthday is also in March and we have done their “birthday” portraits here a few times, too, and I love to see how much they have grown up and how the flowers are no where near as “tall” as they once were when we first started exploring in this field. Sadly, it will eventually be developed and this may be the last year here. So sad. But thankfully we were able to capture lots of beauty through the years in this magical little location!

 

 

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I always love when moms are willing to get in the picture for birthday sessions. We are always capturing others it seems, even if it is just with our cell phones. Sometimes we forget to ask to be in the picture! I love that this mama will have a few extra snaps with just her and her baby girl from her first birthday!


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We did an alternative option to a “cake smash first birthday” and ended her session with strawberries! It is perfect for this Florida baby born around the Strawberry Festival and her dad’s line of work! Such a fun shoot, right?

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