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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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Brandon Florida – Motherhood Pictures & First Birthday Photo Session

This adorable little guy just turned one year old. For a special gift, his family was gifted a birthday milestone mini photo session. I love when I get to be part of the gift giving process and my gift certificates are always a wonderful idea for family near or far. I print them in 5×7 size so they look extra special when put into a photo frame, too! Brandon Florida motherhood pictures for the win, am I right?

Brandon Florida motherhood pictures really don’t get much sweeter. We set up a weekday morning in Brandon, for a wonderful and relaxed first birthday and special motherhood session. I loved the location and haven’t been here for years, but I think this park will be on my list for fall family sessions. The morning light was just so gorgeous! I know not every family can hang until sunset, so a morning session is perfect for littles or families with busy activities scheduled every weekend!

I mean, during the spring it really was a perfect spot to stop and smell the flowers, too! How adorable is this little guy? He was so chill and relaxed, and took all the sights in. This mama glowed and her dress couldn’t have looked prettier for this location! Keeping him in a soft t-shirt and simple shorts that allowed him to move and be comfortable and cool is also a win in my book. Kids don’t have to be in outfits that are fussy or don’t allow them to move and groove. That is when things can get tricky and hot, especially in Florida!

My favorite part, besides meeting these cuties, was doing a test for a 60 second film clip of their session, too. I am adding this to any milestone session, big or small as an added service. There is just something about movement and capturing the details of life on films that makes my mama heart soar. Ask me how when you book your next session or mini-session! If you are looking for Brandon Florida motherhood pictures of your own, let’s start scheduling your own session. I am now taking session for September! Use this link to contact me or email me directly at Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com

Watch the 60 second film HERE.

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These details transport me right back to when our own children were this age. The dirty toes, and hanging off the side of mama’s hip. It doesn’t get sweeter than this!
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