our Journal

Engagement Pictures Redington Beach & Pregnancy Announcement

Happy LOVE day! This lovely and sweeter than pie couple was introduced to me by some other lovely and fantastic clients. So, I was thrilled to meet them and help document their engagement and help them get pictures to announce their pregnancy, too. I mean, I think this couple would glow either way, but that pregnancy glow was super real with this mama-to-be! Engagement pictures at Redington Beach really is divine this time of year. Look at the sunset and empty beach? No photoshopping here! I think I may have removed a few fishing pole holders by the water, but that was it!

I loved the quick change of dresses and shirt to give two distinct looks during the full session at the beach. Both dresses were so soft and flowy and have the perfect bit of pattern and textural elements that I am always preaching to my clients about! We talked about wind and the fact that the beach can be a few degrees cooler and a lot windier before the session as well. A bit of planning helped keep her dresses in place because the wind was certainly no joke. I was freezing in pants and a sweater but these two brought enough fire to keep each other warm! We also embraced the windy hair look for the beach. It is a photographers dream really, if you embrace it. If you fret about beach hair, then know a session at the beach probably isn’t for you! I am good either way as long as you do you!

Enjoy this blog post highlighting a fun pregnancy announcement and wonderful engagement pictures at Redington Beach. You can see the dilapidated Redington Long Pier in the background of a few of the pull back shots. Honestly, I still think it is a magical place to do photos in Tampa Bay, so don’t hesitate if you are looking to do a photo session at this iconic spot. Who knows if it will be condemned or destroyed in the comine year.

engagement pictures st. pete
couple at redington long pier
couple snuggling under pier
engagement pictures redington beach
engagement pictures redington beach
announcing pregnancy at beach photo session
pregnancy announcement ideas

Are you expecting? My spring is certainly filling up with maternity sessions. If you are looking for April or May, now is the time to book! I won’t be taking maternity clients for June/July, but if you are expecting this spring, I would love to talk to you! Email Br

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Tampa Spring Mini Sessions: Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Just in time for spring flowers and in celebration of Mother’s Day coming up in May, I am doing some spring mini-sessions for Tampa Bay. The location is limited to one spot in Riverview. This spot currently is a yellow flowers field, for as long as they last. The location works perfectly for morning sessions as well as evening sessions. In fact, this location is the site of my most “pinned” images on Pinterest. Want to see more of that spring mini-session? Click HERE.

The weekday morning times are great for those of you who have flexible morning work schedules. Additionally, these weekday sessions are perfect for babies and toddlers not yet in school!

Or, if weekday evening sessions work for you, those are set up on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings! Most importantly, the time will depend on the date you pick. I am NOT offering mini session dates the week of Hillsborough County Spring Break!

If you missed out on holiday photos, or have a milestone to celebrate these mini-sessions are perfect for you. Additionally, maternity clients, this is a great photo option for you!

family pictures in flower field


Weekday Sessions: $150 includes 30 minute of session time. Plus 15 edited images for your online proofing gallery. You select your favorite five digital images to download and keep personal printing rights to!

Weekend Sessions: $200 includes 30 minute of session time. Plus 15 edited images for your online proofing gallery. You select your favorite five digital images to download and keep personal printing rights to! Date: Sunday, March 8th, 8:15 am or 8:45 am, or Sunday, April 5th, 6:30 or 7:00 pm.

These Tampa spring mini-sessions come with some special priced print and digital options you may add-on after your session, too. Therefore, check them out below this week cutie’s first birthday session.

tampa spring mini session, first birthday photos in yellow flower field

Print & Digital collections:

  • Mini Print Collection 1: small desk print: 1 set of wallets, two 5×7 prints and one 8×10 print and one additional digital negative for download $100 plus tax.
  • Mini Print Collection 2: small desk print add-on with two 5×7 prints and two 8×10 prints and three additional digital negatives for download $150 plus tax.
  • Mini Print Collection 3: Three linen cover mini-accordion brag books with ten additional digital negatives for download $250 plus tax.
  • If you wish, after your session, you will be able to upgrade for $150. That will allow you to download the images and keep personal printing rights up to 11×14 inches to the full gallery.

In order to book your spot, let me know your preferred date. Consequently, I recommend at least one back up date as they may fill up quickly. Email or call me to book. If our session date is open, I will send an electronic booking. Then, half of the payment due at time of booking. The remaining retainer is due two weeks before the session date (or payment in full if within two weeks of your session date).

three kids cuddled on quilt
sisters whisper in field of flowers

As a bonus, HERE is a look back to my blog post about what to wear for mommy & me sessions. I will be updating a new blog post about that subject soon, too! So be sure to check back!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Lettuce Lake Park Tampa Family Pictures

I loved meeting this family a few weeks ago. We met at Lettuce Lake Park for some Tampa family pictures. We had to move up their session when they found out their beloved dog, Rufus, was ill. I am so glad I was able to move things around for them and capture their fun family with their sweet lab. Oh my gosh, he stole my heart! Here are a few of my favorites from their session. I just mailed off the last of their print order this morning and I can’t wait to see all these sweet shots up on their walls. There really is nothing better than seeing your family up on your own walls. It is so great for your children’s self-confidence and as a mama, nothing makes me happier than seeing images as our family gets older and wiser.

family picture with sick dog

This family incorporated some of my favorite color combos in their clothing as well. The classic dress the mom wore in mustard looked great amongst the greener of Lettuce Lake Park. Blue and yellow is a great combo for most family photos in pretty much any location, too. I love that this sweet, active boy wore shorts as well. Truly, letting your kid be themselves and be comfortable and yet stylish, is the best plan of action for family photos! We did lots of running, climbing and playing and the shorts definitely helped. It also was hot and humid this particular January night, so that certainly helped keep him look cool!

lettuce lake park tampa family pictures

I mean, look at this pup. How happy is he being out in the nature of Lettuce Lake Park? Such a fun spot for furry family members and all kids who love a little adventure and exploration during your photo session. Lettuce Lake is also my favorite spot to capture some fun pockets of light. You can see one of my favorite maternity sessions and some fun pockets of light we found that ended up being some of their faves from the Tampa photo session as well HERE.

family portraits with dog in black and white
family photo at lettuce lake park
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Redington Beach Family Photos

One thing that I will never get over about living in Florida is being able to go to the beach in January. Redington Beach family photos are always a good idea! I love when families embrace the cooler weather and still enjoy a family session at the beach. I mean, July is packed with swimmers and mosquitoes and sweat. January is a great time to explore a much quieter beach! Also, this family photo session at Redington Long Pier reminded me of how much I love this location and how much I missed it last year! I only had a handful of sessions there last year. This year kicked off right on the beach after the new year began and I couldn’t be happier.

Want your own Redington Beach family photos this year? Let me know! I have already been out there twice this month and can’t wait to get back in 2020 more! The pier may not be as pretty as it once was after a few storms damaged the wood a few years ago. But, I think the light that comes through under the pier really still makes such a unique photo op in Tampa Bay. Don’t you?

Oh, and the best part of seeing this family is that they did a session with me a few years ago with their extended family. I can’t believe how much the kids have grown. Want to see how much, head over to that fun blog post from their session at the University of Tampa HERE.

I love that this family choose canvas gallery wraps to hang on their walls so they can remember this fun night long after it has passed. They chose two playful shots of the kids, and then a more traditional family smiling photo. A great mix of what most of my sessions encompass. The fun, real moments and a few tradional portraits mixed in.

The best part of doing family photo sessions is helping clients enjoy the artwork afterwards on their walls. To go through all the steps of getting family photos done and then not printing anything is just heartbreaking for me. Thankfully, many of my families leave with tangible artwork after the session is done. If you haven’t hung anything or printed anything from your last family pictures, what is stopping you? There are so many ways to enjoy the photos, sometimes that can be overwhelming. But, just know if you do a session with me, I am so happy to help give you ideas and show you what sizes look like on your walls before you order, too. I think I may have to talk my family into a session at Redington Beach for our family photos soon, too!

family beach pictures in front of old pier
family of four at the beach
family photos at the beach at sunset
family pictures at the beach at sunset
family photos at beach in black and white
fun family photos at the beach
family walking on the beach at sunset
siblings running on the beach at sunset
family playing in ocean at sunset
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Cypress Creek Family Pictures Tampa

Oh my lanta. I could not have ordered a better sky for these Cypress Creek family pictures. Right? Who doesn’t love a moody sky at the beach? The pinks and blues complimented not only the purple grasses of Cypress Creek, but also the moody blue skies. This family is always going to be fun. That I am sure of. Their kids each have such different personalities and I love seeing them interact with each other in their own ways.

Cypress Creek famiy pictures are always popular requests each year with the purple grasses that line the beach path. I had two sessions this particular night and it was insane to see how much the sky changed in the thirty minutes between the sessions. The first one was just a soft light blue sky. Then, the threat of rain came blowing in. The other family is keeping their images secret until the holiday cards are out, but I will have to share that session, too.

If you are doing a fall beach session and you are not afraid of color, I will use this blog post as a what to wear guide for family beach photos for sure! The colors really pop at the beach. Not everything has to be neutral and soft for the beach. A little personality is always welcome. If pink isn’t your thing, then the other color you could throw in with the blues at the beach is easily mustard or maroon. But, this pink loving mama just loved how these colors and patterns came together! What do you think?

family pictures in purple grass, tampa family photographer
sunset beach pictures, family beach photo session
child portraits at the beach
cypress creek family pictures tampa, fun family photos tampa

These last few shots as the rain started to come down are just perfect in black and white. Cypress Creek family pictures are best done on a weekday in the early fall. So, if you are looking for this location for your own Tampa family photo session, contact me in August to set up an October weekday session before the time changes for Daylight Savings for sure! The mood and the skies are just perfect together. If these were my family photos, these two images would be framed together and hung up to enjoy every day in our living room.

family fine art portraits, black and white family photo
family fine art portraits, black and white family photo
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *