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Riverview Family Photographer: Motherhood Portraits

Riverview Family Photographer: Simple Motherhood Portraits

Sessions involving moms and their babes, no matter their age, has always been my favorite to photograph. Motherhood sessions that involve play, fun and letting kids be themselves are always a highlight for me. So, getting back to blogging, it is only fitting that this is the first session I am blogging after the incredibly busy last couple of months. I am so lucky to be a Riverview family photographer. A keeper of time. A teller of your story.


But let me tell you, it is exhausting to be creative, and still capture families this time of year for the holidays. I can’t stress enough that family photos shouldn’t be limited to just the fall time.  I know you want a great photo for so you can send a great Christmas card. Truly, capturing your family at any point in the year is amazing. Honestly, the photo that graces your card could even be taken over the summer. Especially as your children get older.


Our own family session didn’t work out this year because first we were scheduled the same day as a tropical storm rolled into Tampa Bay, and then one of sons was admitted to the hospital two days before our reschedule date. After that, I just let go of getting it done in time for Christmas. Sure, I am lucky and can do my own shots for Christmas if I want…which I did end up doing anyway, but we are going to do ours when the sun starts setting a bit later with another photographer, too.


Yet, I digress, back to this sweet session. I mean, redheads, sweet playful kids and a beautifully kind family. It really doesn’t get better for a photographer. Here are a few favorites from the session. Notice the details that I love to document. Their outfits are all different textures. This is something I can’t stress enough when planning your outfits. Don’t all show up in the same fabrics. Incorporate some details, like the lace on this mama’s dress, and the suspenders for her son, and just a bit of sparkle all make these outfits work perfectly. They also have colors that are similar and to keep it a more timeless. Also, the natural feeling is because there are just three main colors and they are more neutral feeling with the combo of navy, cream and gray.


These black and white images would grace my walls for sure if this was my family. I would likely do four matted 11×14 inch prints, with a nice two inch white mat and a frame colro that went with my decor.  I just love freckles and textures in black and white. Especially on overcast days. There is just nothing sweeter than these little moments and details! Nothing sweeter than printing them and seeing them every day on your walls, that is! Don’t forget if you book a session with me, I help you create artwork from your session that fits your style and help guide which sizes will work best, too! Contact me today if you want your own motherhood session this coming spring. Dates are already booking up!


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Fun Riverview Family Photographer: Winthrop Town Center

Tampa Photo Locations: Fun Riverview Family Photographer

I know, I know. I already blogged once this week and here I go again. What is going on? I usually get so busy this time of year that blogging hits the backburner. Usually, I play catch up once I recover from all the Tampa family photo sessions I do each fall. But, not right this second. I am getting into a better routine of keeping up with blogging. For now. We’ll see how long I keep it going. But, with so many amazing families already getting their family photos done this year, I have to share a few of them. As a fun Riverview family photographer, who knows this area well, I love this location.


In fact, I just blogged another session from the same location HERE. Winthrop Town Center is perfect for busy families coming from all over the Tampa area. It is so accessible from I-75, and the Selmon Crosstown that it generally is easy to get to, no matter where you are coming from. Lucky for me, it is super easy to get to!!


Oh, and did I mention the light here? Yes, I am pretty sure I did. This session was actually earlier than sunset and the light was just perfect. I love to create dramatic, light filled black and whites and with this light, well, they turned out to be my favorite images. The different clothing textures this family incorporated also works well in black and white. I love when different textures are brought together. Patterns, yes, textures, yes, cohesive colors that are not exactly the same, yes! All my favorite tips for putting together your clothing for your family photos. Oh, and if you are looking for your own family photos this fall, don’t forget to check out what is still open HERE.

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The color though, is just as yummy! And yes, light can trully be yummy, am I right?

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Winthrop Town Center Pictures: Tampa Mini Sessions

Winthrop Town Center Pictures


I adore Winthrop Town Center pictures. Not only because it is convenient for me to get to, but also because it is such a quaint little spot to capture families. Indeed, the brick buildings, walkways and easy to get to green spaces makes it a great spot to take family photos in the Tampa area.  Setting up Tampa mini sessions in September can mean it is still hot as heck. Yes, but the light!!! You guys, this is generally when the magic light starts coming out. Espcially, in Winthrop Town Center. This location really does have a great glowy light. Moreover, there are fun and unique buildings as a backdrop, too.


Do you get sick of the same spots for family pictures every year? Well, I don’t think you should. Honestly, I love that this family has done their pictures in the Winthrop area several times. Yet, with different times of day and times of year, the pictures generally don’t all look the same! Winthrop Town Center pictures provide so many options! There are even airstreams that make great backdrops for morning sessions, too!


Most noteworthy, this family really knocked it out of the park with their outfits and color scheme! I never have to wonder how they are doing for outfit planning. Certainly, this family always looks perfectly put together. The best part, documenting this family year after year, we get to recreate some of my favorite images as they grow. Oh, and speaking of growing…can I just take a moment to marvel at how much these kids have grown the past few years. Here is a look back at baby P’s newborn session – http://hamiltoncreekphotography.com/riverview-baby-photographer/. I seriously can’t believe how mature they are getting. Undoubtedly, I feel like once I photograph families they become a part of my photography family.


This family is definitely one of my “originals” who are a huge part of my HCP family!  If you are here for them, leave them a comment below to help them get a gift print on me 🙂 Or, if you are looking for your own family mini-session, check out this post for a few spots left! – http://hamiltoncreekphotography.com/tampa-holiday-mini-sessions-2018/.


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I love how they mixed navy, maroon and grays with lots of different textures, patterns, lengths and patterns. Just perfect! Don’t be afraid of putting patterns together. Trust me, the more you mix, the less it looks perfectly matched out of a catalog. The more it looks lilke you are together but not too together.  That’s a thing, right? Do you struggle putting outfits together? Don’t stress! Luckily, my services includes helping you pick the right outfits when you book a session with me!

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Newborn Photography Tampa: Twin Baby Pictures

Tampa In Home Newborn Photos

Newborn photography Tampa, yes please! One of my favorite parts of my jobs is meeting new parents around Tampa. I particularly love when I get to photographrically document twins, being a twin mama myself. I loved meeting these two guys a few weeks after they arrived. Their mama barely looks like she gave birth, let alone gave birth as a super mama of twins! The best part of my job is keeping things simple for my clients and offering in home newborn photos around Tampa Bay. I love that it is a more relaxed environment for everyone. Plus, with their amazing views off their balcony reflected in their sliding doors, it was truly a Tampa newborn photo session with the city reflected. And let’s not forget those clouds that were just perfect additions to the reflection.

These identical twin boys were already over three weeks old when we did their session. They were also full term twins, and just as happy and healthy as they are adorable. How amazing! We captured them alone. Then, together and I think it is clear to see they were happiest in their basket together. I love starting sessions getting awake babies to sleep after being wrapped up snug as bugs in a rug. Then, letting them gently settle into poses on their own. Unwrapping newborn babies so we can see more of their little features and details is so telling. They not only get to relax into poses on their own, but I think some of their personalities come out too. Make sure you play the video fusion below so you can not only see them snuggle in together, but hear their sweet baby noises, too.

Congrats again D&J on the arrivale of L&L! If you are here for this darling family, make sure you comment below. You can help them get a gift 8×10 print from me!



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What to Wear Wednesday: Tampa Family Photo Sessions

What to wear Tampa Family Photo Sessions


Every fall, every photographer I know gets busier and busier as the weeks before Christmas get closer and closer. Well, don’t wait until the last minute to update your family photo this year! You can start now. Yes, it may be hot out now, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning for a family photo session soon. I know I love to update my own family photo every year. Tampa family photo sessions are my favorite part of the year mostly because I get to see so many familiar faces every year! There is still some space for this year’s mini-sessions, so read more about that HERE.


I am betting next year our own kids may be the same height as me! I know their feet will be bigger than mine. Shoot, I can still remember trying to wrangle two year old twins for photo sessions and stressing so much! With this “what to wear Wednesday” blog post about Tampa family photo sessions, hopefully you will get a few simple things can make your pictures go smoother for you. I don’t want you to stress about these photos. This should be fun for everyone. Especially as the end of the year tends to get just as busy for families, too!


When planning my family photos here are a few things that I think of. First, what location am I thinking of doing my photos at this year? Do I want somewhere new? Somewhere we have not done photos at yet? Or, do we want to go somewhere that was a favorite location from years past?


I mean, with ten year olds, we have done photos all over Tampa Bay already. Even the same location can look different each year with lighting not alway being the same. For example, Apollo Beach is where did our photos last year. It was gorgeous, but it was super cloudy and moody. I will definitely want to go back there at some point because in the sunshine it is such a different location look. However, my own husband was much more vocal where we did our session this year. He was adamant that we NOT do the beach this year. So I let him pick a new location for us. We are heading to downtown Tampa for a more urban city look.


Once I had a location in mind, I decided a color scheme based on an outfit I found for myself at Lucky Brand this year. I pulled a few shirts from the boys closets that work well with the blouse I picked out. They don’t match. They aren’t even complementary colors, but they work well with the red because the red is a red-blue shade. So I am pulling some blues into the scheme.


Then, I made sure I had enough visual interest with adding a couple of patterns. I am leaving the final pant decision for the kiddos until we get closer. That is because the weather could still be 90 degrees in early October, or it could be a fluke cooler temperature. Fingers crossed for the latter. My husband is pretty easy, he can put on a solid polo and jeans or a button down shirt if it is cooler. It really doesn’t have to be a big production of everyone getting something new and matching.


Of course, as kids do, the boys grew a ton this summer, so I picked up a few staple shirts that are a bit more than their basic t-shirts at the beginning of the school year. Letting them pick a few favorite new items helps them be more excited to get dressed for photos the day of, too. Giving them too many options can backfire when they pick something totally not complementary to what you are wearing. But, it also gives a great story years from now if they HAD to wear the outfit they wore. So don’t stress too much!


I never did blog all theTampa family photo sessions I did last year. I loved so many of them, but so many families want to use their photos for their Christmas cards. So I tend to hold off sharing too many family photos at that time of year. So instead, I will share a few family sessions that really highlight how clothing can really add to your family photos. Clothing doesn’t have to be the biggest part of your photo though. Remember your family, your story, your connections and your love, or maybe your crazy will come out no matter what you are wearing. But, to add to your story beautifully, you can add clothing choices that add to your images not take away from the love you share!


Lastly, this year I have pinned a ton of ideas from current stores that I love to shop at!  They are all in one convenient location on my Pinterest Board for fall 2018. I pinned clothing ideas for all sorts of ages and both genders. Maybe seeing something will get your own ideas going for your fall family photo plans! Check out the board here – https://www.pinterest.com/HamiltonCreek/what-to-wear-families/fall-2018/.


Here are a few family photo sessions with varied clothing options and backgrounds. This one below works because there is a ton of texture, all the fabrics are different materials (if you look closely we even had an outfit change or two…with layers added or taken away and even a whole dress change). They don’t match completely, and every detail is looked at from shoes, to hair, jewelry, and lots of layers!

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This beach session is one of my favorites. I love that the sisters match. That definitely kept things simple for this family. But there is still texture from the different materials. The mom’s dress is floral which I am a total sucker for. I even did a floral dress for my last motherhood session with my boys. It is a great way to add a pattern easily and keep everyone else in solids with different textures. From the soft tanks, to dad’s more stiff shirt material and then the tulle on the skirts, it all adds visual interest in different textures without adding patterns.
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Another family that coordinated really well, and kept it simple with a couple colors, blue, maroon and touches of cream/khaki. It helped that the location had tones of blues and maroon as well to really just add to their images instead of clashing against them!Tampa family photo sessions, tampa holiday photos, mini sessions tampa

Another fall family that fits in perfectly with the setting is shown below. This is at Lettuce Lake Park which gets amazing morning light. I still have a couple spots left at this mini-session location this year – read more on the blog – http://hamiltoncreekphotography.com/tampa-holiday-mini-sessions-2018/. The blues and reds with gray this time works in this lush green setting. Especially with layers that again you can take off and change out quickly for a totally different look. 
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Contact me today if you want to snag one of the last Tampa mini-session spots I still have open. Email Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com or use the contact form above.

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