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2021 Fall Mini Sessions | Tampa Family Pictures

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2021 Fall mini sessions are now live for booking. Locations span around Tampa Bay, with a few different options. Film hybrid sessions are the only beach sessions on The Gulf of Mexico this year and are limited to two spots. Otherwise, weekday minis will be offered for a slightly lower cost on Tuesday nights in Riverview. Thursdays will be at my favorite locations around Tampa. Weekend dates are two dates in October and November and full sessions are still being booked through December! Health screen required before your session and any reschedules may result in an alternate location.

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2021 Fall Mini Sessions: WEEKENDS – BOOKED

COST $200: Weekend dates/times will be listed below. These 2021 fall Saturday mini sessions offer a lower cost option for families looking for updates to their family photos without the full download of all the images.

You pick your favorite FIVE MEDIUM RESOLUTION DIGITAL NEGATIVES TO DOWNLOAD, from a gallery of about 15 edited images. This option is great for families looking for a few new photos to update on their Christmas cards or just print a new picture for their ever growing gallery walls of family photos!

However, you can always upgrade to the full gallery download for $150, or the digital gallery download is included when you purchase $150 in artwork (medium resolution to print up to 11×14 inches).

Saturday, October 2nd | EVENING Medard Park Plant City | 4:25, 5:00, 5:35, 6:10 pm | BOOKED

Saturday, October 9th | MORNING DAVIS PARK Brandon | 8:50, 9:25 or 10:00 am | BOOKED

Saturday, Ocobter 16th | MORNING Julian B Lane Park Tampa | 8:00, 8:35 or 9:10 am | BOOKED

Saturday, October 16th | EVENING Rivercrest Park Tampa | 4:30, 5:05, 5:40, or 6:15 PM | BOOKED

*SUNDAY, October 24th | Evening LAKE PARK Lutz | 5:00, 5:35, or 6:10 pm BOOKED

Saturday, November 6th | MORNING University of Tampa | 8:00, 8:35, 9:10 or 9:45 am | BOOKED

Saturday, November 6th | EVENING Hillsborough River State Park | 4:35, 5:10, 5:45 pm | BOOKED

Saturday, November 13th | EVENING Swann Circle Park | 4 or 4:35 pm | BOOKED

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30 minute on location, dates and times listed below with a choice of green space or town center area. 15 hand edited images in your online proofing gallery, and you will be able to download your gallery and print on your own up to 11×14 inches. A la carte custom artwork and larger sizes may be ordered through your proofing gallery and my professional print labs.

Tuesday, October 5th | Winthrop Area 5:30/6:05 PM | BOOKED

Tuesday, October 12 | Winthrop Area 5:15/5:50 PM | BOOKED

Tuesday, October 19 | Winthrop Area 5:15/5:50 PM | BOOKED

Tuesday, October 26 | Winthrop Area 5:00/5:35 pm | BOOKED

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Total cost: $300 – 30 minute on location, dates and times listed below around Tampa. 15 hand edited images in your online proofing gallery, and you will be able to download your gallery and print on your own up to 11×14 inches. Additional custom artwork and larger sizes may be ordered through your proofing gallery and my professional print labs a la carte.

Thursday, October 7, Swann Circle Park Tampa | 5:30/6:05 PM | BOOKED

Thursday, October 14, Rivercrest Park Tampa |5:30/6:05 PM | BOOKED

Thursday, October 21, Davis Island Beach | 5:45/6:20 PM BOOKED

Thursday, October 28, Water Works Park Tampa | 5:15/5:50 PM BOOKED


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Interested in a special and unique family session this year? I am offering two hybrid film and digital family sessions at Ft Desoto Beach on Saturday, October 9th. These are my only beach sessions on the Gulf of Mexico during the busy fall season unless you book a full session. The hybrid sessions offer a bit more time. So if you know that 30 minutes just isn’t enough time for your family to warm up in front of the camera, these are the sessions for you! This is also the session to pick if you want the largest gallery without purchasing a full session. Keep in mind, the film will take an additional two weeks of processing time, so these sessions are done earlier to allow time to use for holiday cards. The back up date for bad weather is the very next day, Sunday, October 10th.

This special session costs $350. Session time of 45 minutes and thus includes a larger online proofing gallery of approximately 30 images in your gallery. These will be a mix of film scanned shots (meaning they are available as digital copies even though they are taken on 35 mm film) and digital negatives to choose from in your final edited online proofing gallery. When the digital and film scans are ready, you pick your favorite fifteen images from your online proofing gallery. These will be downlaoded as digital negatives and print up to 11×14 inches for personal printing.

You have the opportunitey to upgrade your full gallery download for $200 more, or included with the purchase of $200 in artwork (includes holiday cards and any printed art). You can make these lifestyle and documentary in nature, with playful beach time, or more relaxed family photos with a few more posed shots, too.

WHEN: Saturday EVENING October 9th 5:00 pm or 5:50 pm at Fort Desoto North Beach BOOKED

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Alafia River Photographer: Riverview Florida Pet and family photographer

This sweet family recently moved to the area and was looking for an update to their family pictures. Family always means pets are welcome, too. These pups were all ready for their close ups. A sweet session in their own neighborhood along the Alafia River provided the beautiful backdrop for these family photos. There are other locations for Alafia River as a photographer, too, that isn’t private like this one. So make sure you mention that if you are looking for a different look this year. I love the lush greenery and pop of color from the pinks and blues. Without being too matchy with their clothing, everyone came together perfection for the family photo session. Even the pups with their sweet bandanas. I mean, can you even handle the cuteness? I know I could barely handle it!

While we did this session in the heat of summer, their clothing colors are really perfect for year round in Florida. As we are about to start our crazy busy season of fall family photos, this is a great blog post to save or Pin to Pinterest for what to wear ideas. The pink and blue combination works with lush greenery and at our beautiful beaches around Tampa Bay. Of course, as you can see it works along the Alafia River, too.

Sunset sessions with me as your Alafia River photographer and then a dinner out on a local dock, sounds like a winning way to set up a photo session! One weeknight of mini-sessions will be set on the Alafia River this Fall, as well as the Hillsborough River. Trust me, classic colors like blues and whites, or blues and pinks will never get old in the colors of Tampa Bay!

My mini-session schedule is going out to clients soon, but if you want to be added to my newsletter listing, just email me and I will send you the latest copy. Fall mini-sessions fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Plus, pets are welcome at most lof the mini-session locations this year, too.

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Tampa Family Pictures UT: University of Tampa | Tampa Photo Locations

I adore this family. Literally, they are both the sweetest and most photogenic. Not to mention that baby boy, I mean, he could be the Gerber baby! Am I right? Additionally, we have had lots of photo sessions together since announcing their pregnancy. We all know each other so well and that makes it so much less stressful on them. I know family photos shouldn’t be stressful. But I know a lot of the moms out there in particular know it is a bit of stress picking out what to wear, the right locations for what you are wearing and what age/phase your kiddos are at. Then we all want our kids to be perfect angels at photo sessions, too. Keep in mind, I am a mom and there is nothing that I haven’t already seen from my own kiddos and over ten years of family photography experience.

Here is a look back at their past few sessions with me. Their pregnancy announcment on the BLOG. Then their gorgeous in-home newborn session HERE. Then, their fall mini-session, which I sadly didn’t blog because it taken in the midst of crazy fall family photo session season, so below you can get a glimpse to see how much this cutie has grown since November!

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These Tampa family pictures taken at UT was a breeze. Thanks to our planning and our past sessions together, I know what they like in photos, and can help put them at ease. They know the drill, and that just makes it a time to cuddle, laugh, play and overall, just relax. This was a mini-session. However, we had lots and lots of shots to chooose favorites from!

While we had lots to deal with beforehand, from weather to red tide and a few sickies, it all worked out. The University of Tampa was perfect on this overcast and humid night. We had the porch as a back up plan if we weren’t getting storms. The storms stayed well to our north this particular night and we even managed to stay dry. I loved the overcast soft light. It works particularly well in black and white with all the brick at this location, too.

The soft light also meant we could play all around the Plant Hall area of UT for some iconic Tampa family photo location pictures. I think you can see they all had fun, too! If you are looking for family photos here, the best part of UT is that it works well in the morning and the evening. I hopefully will see a few families here again this fall for my fall mini-sessions. Those will go live for clients first, starting next month. Want to be added to the HCP Newsletter? Happy to hel! Sign up on the website home page, or email me at Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com. Both of these locations – the one featured in their mini from fall last year and UT should be on the fall 2021 schedule, too!

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These shots above look like they should be in a magazine. I loved the grand feeling of the stairs and framing that the greenery gave on a few, too. I am sure I looked a bit crazy shooting through the bushes for anyone on campus that night. Worth it, 100%

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Tampa One Month Photo Session | Family & Pet Portraits

A few years back, I photographed this family as an extended family session. A lot has changed. They got their own fur baby almost a year ago. Moreover, a month before this session, they welcomed their daughter to their sweet family. They asked me to document their first family photos. I was absolutely thrilled. This Tampa one month photo session proves that newborn photos don’t have to be done the first two weeks after babies are born to be just as gorgeous, right? Furthermore, I do love a squishy newborn but any age and stage is fun to document as babies grow up so fast. “Babies don’t keep.” Honestly, those may be the rawest words ever spoken to me. Raising two boys who are now thirteen, I can say they don’t keep and it just flies by.

Besides, I love how their fur baby was just as photogenic as baby C. I mean, can you handle his fur face? Their home definitely played into dramatic black and white imagery. For artwork, they choice this first family black and white image as an extra large canvas. Clearly, it will be another work of art to hang on their walls. The canvas makes it easy to hang and transport without adding extra framing. The 40 by 30 inch size will look just as striking on their wall as the artwork behind them here.

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After a few more indoor photos while baby C slept, we headed out to their little outdoor area after we documented her nursery and a few more family photos inside. Moreover, I love how we can do outdoor photos all year long in Florida. Additionally, the lush setting just outside their home provided shade and a gorgeous backdrop for their summery clothing colors. Plus, getting outside helps capture her first home and those details that may change as she grows up and moves on to new adventures.

Certainly, I loved this Tampa one month photo session so much. Honestly, I don’t always get to document this age. I look forward to seeing them again at 6 months and hopefully again at one year, too. Undoubtedly, the first year goes by in a blink of an eye. If you are expecting, definitely contact me to talk about how to set up some milestone mini-sessions if you book a newborn session or full family session with me. Additionally, I had another client session this week that I photographed several times last year. Their little guy is now about to walk and just gets cuter and cuter, too. I didn’t think that was possible. I can’t wait to put together his first year blog review!

Do you want to be added to the newsletter list? Click HERE. I send my fall family mini-session schedule and booking links going out to clients and newsletter friends first, in mid-August.

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Tampa Family Portraits: Tampa Photo Locations

I loved meeting this gorgeous family this past month. Lettuce Lake Park is actually one of my favorite Tampa photo locations. I love it in the morning and well before sunset, or even at sunset. It really was the perfect spot for this young man’s graduation pictures and Tampa family portraits. Getting photos done even when your children are grown is so important to your family’s legacy in photos. You can’t just stop at kindergarten. Family memories happen all the time, not just when the kids are little. I always welcome high school seniors to incorporate family photos at a portion of their photo session. It gives them the option to celebrate their achievements, but also have lasting photographic memories of this time before their adult lives really begin.

Here are a few of my favorite Tampa family portraits from this Lettuce Lake Park photo session:

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One of my favorite colors to photograph families in is royal blue. Set against the greenery, the royal blue definitely pops. Whereas, I feel teals and turquois and any blue with green undertones gets lost againse the greenery. Even worse, it can really make your skin tones relfect all the greenery, too. However, every skin tone looks great in that jewel tone as well. The complementary blue and gold in the saris this lovely mother and daughter are wearing is about the most beautiful clothing I have ever been able to photograph as well.

This session was so fun and relaxed. While the wanted traditional portraits, the few images of them just connecting with each other have my heart. Even older children need to be photographed, so don’t stop the annual photo sessions after your kids are in kindergarten. Celebrate the milestones in between, too. What a treasure for this family and in particular for their grown children to have these Tampa family portraits to hang in their own homes some day, too! If you are looking to update your own Tampa family portraits, let’s talk. I am now booking August and beyond for 2021!

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