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Brandon FL Newborn Photographer: Baby R

Meet Baby R

 

Have you ever seen a more beautiful baby?  As a Brandon FL newborn photographer I get to see a lot of babies. So I know I can’t pick the most beautiful baby. Clearly, if you look at the blog, you can see I am lucky enough to meet so many lovely babies. But man, this little newborn girl has to be a contender for the most beautiful baby ever. The whole family is just as sweet as they are lovely. I am so glad they contacted me to photograph their little one.

 

Baby R was a bit older than a typical “newborn” at a newborn photo session, but her time in the NICU meant that was the way it had to be. I am so glad she was able to do these photos. As a NICU mama myself, I know how much stress that time puts on us as parents. Feeling like you can’t do photos after they come home and are older than the typical two week newborn timeframe is an added stress. While we may not be able to accomplish every “newborn” type pose, we can still do photos. This sweet girl dictated when we did the photos and how she much she wanted to pose. Of course, in my opinion, being wide awake, during newborn pictures is not a problem at all. Just look at those beautiful brown eyes!!

 

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The absolutely sweetest big brother ever. You can see the beautiful genes run strong in this family. I loved this sweet and simple sibling shot. We accomplished this sibling newborn pose by simply laying baby on the couch. I had her mama spotting her in the front and side (camera right). Then I had her relaxed big brother lay gently on her tummy. Lastly, the blanket they were lying on was pulled back over the couch. I love the closeness of their faces and the perspective of her tininess that the image gives. 


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Expecting a baby now and want the ease of an in-home newborn session? Contact me while you are still pregnant. The best time set up your newborn pictures is before your baby arrives. I set aside time in my schedule with flexibility for early arrivals and delays, too. I communicate with you about your style and favorite colors to get a plan for your session in place even before your baby arrives. New moms know that sleep becomes even harder to come by after baby arrives!

Are you worried about a messy house? Or not having enough space? Trust me, I can make any situation work. This family had JUST moved in before our session, and it still worked out perfectly. Moving boxes are easy to shoot around and the biggest focus will always be on your connection with your baby. Email me today to find out more about the newborn packages.

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Let’s Talk Tampa Photo Locations, Shall We

Tampa Photo Locations

Medard Park Pictures

It’s Friday!!  Woot! I want to be more helpful for clients and potential clients for 2018. Which means I won’t just share highlighted sessions on the blog. Instead, I will share my photo expertise. Yes, that sounds a bit pompous doesn’t it? But I mean, isn’t that why people come to me? For my photo expertise. I always say before people book me, that I am not the photographer who just clicks a shutter and sends you all the pictures to sit on your computer. I am a photographer who is here for you through the whole process. From start to end, I want to make the process of having your family photos taken easy. Or at least as stress free as it can be. So this blog post will be about one of my favorite Tampa photo locations, Medard Park.

So why do I love Medard Park so much? Well, look at the photos below and you may guess the biggest reason why, the light. These were all taken this past fall, between September and December. I was there weekly, sometimes multiple times a week. I just adore it for so many reasons, but that light is what brings me back. This is the second most requested Tampa photo location, second only to the beach. I also love Medard Park in Plant City for family photos because it does offer a few different looks without going far. Plus, these are all from one spot in the park…and trust me, there are even more spots to explore if you are doing a full family photo session.

I love the park year round, too, but keep in mind, with the dense trees, it does get buggy so I always recommend bringing your favorite mosquito repellant!!

As you can see, the lush greenery makes a great backdrop for you and your family to stand out. These families all went with pretty different clothing options but they all work well with the green. Why? The biggest advice I give clients for Medard Park pictures is stay away from green clothing! I adore the touches of gold against the green,but I also love the jewel tones that many famlies chose. I am partial to the contrast of the plum or fushia color with green, instead of reds, but that is because red is not my favorite color. So if it is yours, red would work, too, but it would make me think of Christmas because of the reds and greens. Mustard is another favorite for this location because it complements the golden sunset that filters through all the trees.

 

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Contact me today to set up your own family photo session at Medard Park! Spring is also a gorgeous time of year to capture your family memories in the park!

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Siesta Key Family Pictures: Extended Family Photos at the Beach

Extended Family Photos at the Beach

New year, new location. Well, new location for Hamilton Creek Photography anyway. I loved, loved, loved shooting at one of America’s best beaches, Siesta Key! Usually, every time I visit Siesta Key there are more people at the beach than I would care for at a family photo session. That is why I never recommend it. However, this particular time of year, being the coldest winter I can ever remember in Florida, it was the perfect beach location for family photos! Check out this blog post about Siesta Key family pictures.

The travel fee for this beach is the same as the beaches in Pinellas County. So, if you live south of Tampa, definitely keep me in mind for your own family beach pictures on Siesta. The sand was so soft, white, and exapansive. Siesta Key Beach made the perfect backdrop for this fun extended family photo session.

Cold, did I already mention the cold? Well, you can probably tell from their hair and the sand blowing that it was also quite windy. That being said, this is definitely one of my favorite sessions. Unfortunately, the cold meant much of the family didn’t want to stay for the whole session. I get that, especially since one of the families lives near Siesta. Beach photos are old hat to them, so why freeze and get tossed by the sand and wind! They can do it again when it isn’t quite as bitterly cold. However, the other family unit was visiting from where they live a bit furhter north where the beach and water doesn’t quite look the same!  They were complete troopers and were much like me in that they didn’t want to leave when they saw the sky that night! The sky was magical.

The family who stayed with me until the end, the mom and I went to the same high school. Small world! All the way up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I love that she is also a photographer and values the stories and moments in between at sessions. I know she will treasure these extended family pictures for always. Especially treasuring the snuggly shots of her family, too.

What also makes this session stand out, in my opinion, is the color pallette they picked out. The soft pink, soft army green and grays just works perfectly. It reminds me of a session I did a few years back with pinks and greens at the beach, but they incorporated more blues, too, and that worked lovely as well (click HERE to see more). This family didn’t bring any patterns into play, but the reason their extended family photos work is they brought in a ton of texture and stuck to three main colors. Gray, green, and pink, and then they broke those up with khaki and brown and creams.

So, here is to oversharing their session and a little video fusion slideshow of the fun, too. It is great to see how windy the day really was in the film clips.  Now if I could start videoing straight horizon’s. Ha, something to work on for 2018 I suppose!

 

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Tampa Family Photographer Year in Review

2017 has come and gone…how did that happen? Happy New Year to you all!!!  This year has been so good. I feel so lucky to do what I do and am thankful for all of you who let me document your families this year. Whether it was the first time we met, or the sixth time, I thank you! This time of year is always a great time to reflect on the year, the highs and the lows. The next few weeks will certainly be setting new goals for 2018. I am not really one for “resolutions. Are you? I like to set goals instead. But before I do that, it is always fun to look back at my Tampa family photographer Year in Review.

Funny thing is my first session of 2017 was also my subject for my last session of 2017. See how much this little one grew in one year if you can make it through the five and a half minute slideshow…

2017 in Review from Hamilton Creek Photography on Vimeo.

 

Last year around this time, I was focusing on putting together my set of images for peer review by Clickin Moms and applying for “Click Pro.” Which happily I made early on in 2017. I spend much of 2017 in “education mode.” This year I learned  from a few other photographers in an online format. In February, I am super excited to be going to Click Away. That will in person learning and meeting many people in my online photography “tribe.”

 

In 2018, I definitely want to get back to me. What moves me? What matters to my clients? I hope to make portaits that tell a story along the way.  A lot of photographers get in this place where there is so much constant pressure to be “liked” or followed, and get social media acceptance by others. I find myself in that same hard place of being part of a photography community, but also still just being me and doing what I love. Not what other people are doing and what other people love. For these reasons, I really think you may see less of me on social media in 2018.

 

I love being connected to others in the social community, but it often times feels like this ferris wheel you can’t get off. Then you do stop and think, why I am I spending so much time wanting to be liked by virtual strangers? It just isn’t me. I am not one of the cool kids, I am not really into keeping up with the Joneses in real life, so I am not sure why I do that in photography. I still love to share the work I am creating, and love when my clients share their images, too. However, I just feel empty when I am focusing on what other people will like instead of what moves me.

 

This year, for 2018, my goal is to stay authentic in my photography. I hope that makes sense and isn’t too personal to share in this upbeat year in review slideshow.

 

Hopefully this step back from social media will help me get back to blogging…which I have failed at miserably this year. My goal for sure is to put together more meaningful content on the blog this year. Not just share sessions, but give some photography experiences that clients can use in their lives beyond pretty photo sessions. What do you want to see on the blog this year? I am thinking of sharing what to wear ideas again, more ideas for displaying your photos, and just some location ideas for around Tampa Bay.  I would love to hear what you would like to see more of, too!

 

With that, I leave you with a few favorites to end out the year in NYC for Christmas. This is the boys in Times Square. Ah, doesn’t get more magical, right? In reality, and keeping to authenticity, the crowds overwhelm me, I stress and panic, I curse, I get angry, but giving them the world through travel is our goal as parents, so I let go of my anxiety in crowded spots for them. I definitely was already focusing on my future plans for less big camera time when with our family. I left my camera in the hotel for over half of the trip. I almost didn’t bring it at all, but being the first trip to NYC for the boys, I am glad I listened to a few fellow photog friends and didn’t do that.

 

Being present and letting the moment go undocumented for most of the trip worked wonderfully for our short family trip. I look forward to documenting our travels for 2018, and hopefully I will get better at editing our own family photos in a timely manner…I am still editing travels from the past four years when I find time.

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Hugs & love to you all for a more peaceful and happy 2018.

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St. Pete Wedding Photographer: Vinoy

Vinoy St. Pete Wedding Sneak Peak for the Robbins

Oh my lanta, what a fun wedding this was. Not short of the unexpected…nothing like your rabbi getting stuck in traffic on route to your ceremoy…but even that panic could not stop this beautiful couple’s love from shining through the entire day! We had the perfect sunset ceremony in the Tea Garden at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida.Then it was off the the Sunset Ballroom to dance the night away.  The band, The Brett Foreman Band was one of the best wedding performers I have had the pleasure of being around at a wedding for sure!  This laid back, sweet couple truly pulled off one of the most beautiful weddings ever. Much more to see when the final gallery is ready for this St. Pete Wedding, but for now, enjoy a look at J&J’s wedding day! If you are here for them, make sure you leave them some love in a comment below, too!

Updated blog post to show their wedding video fusion. My first time really incorporating some video clips throughout the day, and still photos, and although it isn’t perfect it sure shows more dynamics of J&J’s big day, so enjoy it here –

Robbins 2017 from Hamilton Creek Photography on Vimeo.

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