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Motherhood Portraits: Tampa Mini Sessions

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Calling all the mamas! You know Mother’s Day is right around the corner. The best gift you can ask for is the gift of sleeping in and coffee in bed, and then second is a photoshoot capturing your bonds with your children, or child. Announcing the motherhood portraits for 2018 for Tampa Bay!

I cherish the motherhood sessions I am able to document every year. There is just something so beautiful of capturing moms and children; all the snuggles, the fun, smiles and love you have for each other. Girl, you know the saying, “I know the days are long, but the years are short” – I know you do. I feel you, I see you. Those long days, I get it. However, if you are like me, you still struggle seeing your babies grow up every year. Or maybe you are just starting out on this journey we call motherhood. The days may feel sleepless and you may not always feel pretty and want your picture taken, but trust me. You see, not only are you going to want those pictures to look back on, but your children will cherish them just as much one day.

 

Here are the details for motherhood sessions in Tampa this year!

 

Two Petite Packages: Limited Edition Motherhood Sessions 2018

 

  • $200 select your favorite 10 digital images to download & keep personal printing rights to (print up to an 11×14).

 

  • $300 download your entire edited gallery with personal printing rights to (print up to an 11×14) as well as a video package including a short 60 second film clip from your session.

 

 

Dates & times:

 

  • March 9th – Morning 8 am

 

  • March 22nd – Morning 8:00 am
  • March 22nd – Evening 7:00 pm

 

  • March 27nd – Evening 7:00 pm
  • March 28th – Evening 7:00 pm
  • March 29th  – Morning 8:00 am
  • March 29th – Evening 7:15 pm

 

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South Tampa Engagement Pictures

Three locations for one engagement photo session? Yup, we sure did it! Check out how we got to three locations for these South Tampa engagement pictures.

What a lovely couple; inside as much as outwardly so. They met me a month ago to discuss wedding photography needs and I immediately felt like I knew them for years. They are so down to earth and so in love. Like so.in.love. I loved watching them talk and look at each other. It reminded me of when I met my husband so many years ago. We talked about “just knowing” it was going to be for forever almost immediately. I felt the same with my hubs, too.

 

We started at Fred Ball Park just off Bayshore Avenue. I knew the light would be perfect for starting a bit early and then we could quickly walk across Bayshore Avenue for the quintessential “Tampa Bay” shots on the bay and the gorgeous backdrop of the city.  I loved their clothing options so much, it worked so well for the city vibe and then beach, too. Shortly after Bayshore we headed over to Davis Island Beach. This is one of my favorite Tampa photo locations ever. I wish I would have started going their sooner. But I also wish I could keep it secret for forever! I don’t ever want to show up and be fighting for space like we photographers have to do at Redington Pier!

 

Lastly we finished up at dusk down in Hyde Park Village. They met close by and it was great to do a quick change and a wrap up with a few more South Tampa engagment pictures in a location that work great for evenings.

 

Looking for your own Tampa engagement pictures? Click on the contact form above and I will follow up with a short questionnaire to get to know you better! If you are here for this lovely couple, don’t forget to leave them a comment below to help them earn a gift print on me!

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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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