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Little Harbor Resort Tampa Birthday Pictures

Little Harbor Resort

Tampa Birthday Pictures

I had the most fun waking up early for sunrise on the beach at Little Harbor Resort a few weeks ago. This client’s heirloom album will be in their hands today! They booked two sessions with me in their short time since moving to the Tampa Bay area. First, I got to meet big sister at the same beach this summer. A few weeks ago, we completed this little ones Tampa birthday pictures at Little Harbor Resort. We wanted to incorporate some of G’s favorites as he turns three, so we brought some trains to play with and he looks so cute in his little engineer outfit. Am I right?

No doubt, the dock is what makes Little Harbor Resort so unique. We were there early and only one fisherman was out. We honestly could not have asked for better sunrise that day. The clouds give the shots a painterly effect. The tones were almost like this straight out of camera and are a definitely unique photo spot in Tampa.

Photographing one child on their own is not common in my photography. Of course, I would love to photograph child sessions more. If you have a moment you want to remember at your child’s age, give me a call! It was so nice to have some time with this guy and just capture him being himself. No one stood over me telling him to smile. That is just not my preferred style.

Instead, I love to capture your kids the way I document and photograph my own children. Which is to let them be, ask them questions and let them play and be themselves. There is less pressure for kids that way, and more of “them” in the photo. Sure, I want a happy smile shot of my own boys. Usually if we are playing and having fun, the genuine smiles will come through. But, you will also get their silly sides. Pictures of their thoughtful moments. The details of “them” in the shots, too. Perfect for this guy and his year three photo album!

 

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Jill - Adorable pictures of such a handsome and cute little guy!!

Joy - These pictures are adorable!

Melissa - Best smile on that sweet boy!

Tina - They are all SO GOOD!!! How do I choose?! Love!

Angie - Amazing pictures of an amazing boy!!!

Vicki Torbert - Too big to be 3. Adorable though!

Tia - Such a cutie!

Vikki - Awwwwww

Jenn - They’re great!!!

Jackie - Awesome pictures. Really captured the beautiful little boy that he is!

Jennifer Hoffman - So adorable!!!

Ramona Carver - Gideon is so handsome! Great pics!

Amber - I love them all! Such a handsome boy!

Laurie Anne - WOW!!!! How precious are these!!!! 💙 Great job!!!

Dan Dobson - Great subjects, make great pictures.

Jamie - So precious so sweet

Kristyn - Absolutely adorable pictures of an adorable boy!!!

Lissa Bradford - Oh my goodness these are adorable!! 😍

Chelsea Carlisle - So incredibly precious!

Ansa - He is so adorable…you can’t help smiling right back to his photos.

Tampa Family Pictures Ft De Soto Beach

Tampa Family Pictures Ft De Soto Beach

Extended Family Photos

The week before Christmas I was so lucky to have a few extended family photo sessions. This is another look at a gorgeous beach session on one of the prettiest skies of  the year. Tampa family pictures Ft De Soto Beach for a perfect setting. This family was celebrating their gorgeous “Nana’s” birthday. I love being able to document families together, and know that these pictures become a part of their story. I loved their traditional clothing options, with fun accessories like a bow tie and differnt colored scarves to stand out a bit!

We started at the fort itself, which I had  actually never been to before. I can’t believe that, after living in the area since college!  Ft De Soto was a great spot to start to allow enough time to get some portraits in before we headed to the beach. Extended family photo generally take a bit more time than smaller family units, so we wanted to start early enough but not blind everyone on the actual beach.  The fort allotted that time to start early enough.  I loved the location so much, I headed back with my own kiddos to explore a few days later!

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The pop of red against the green sea grapes makes a great “non” fully beach look from the same session too! tampa family pictures ft de soto beach, ft de soto pictures, ft desototampa family pictures ft de soto beach, ft de soto pictures, ft desotoOnce the sun was almost down, it was the perfect time to let the family face the sun and the best part of Ft De Soto north beach is that there is an inlet of gorgeous water and natural lands behind them, too. They look sunlit but not sqinty or too hot! This one was a definite favorite of theirs and mine from the night.
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Spring and late fall are a great time to visit Ft De Soto for your family beach session and if you can do a Sunday night or weekday, you are likely to see less crowds! No editing out extra beach guests this entire session! Nice and quiet the week before Christmas!

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Bok Tower Garden: Family Lifestyle Photo Session

Bok Tower Garden

Family Lifestyle Photo Session

This family was a dream to photograph. They knew where they wanted their session. They found me through a good old fashioned “Google” search when they saw a previous ]photo session that I had done at Bok Tower Garden in the past. A hint for families looking for a fun, laid back, and gorgeous setting for their family pictures next fall, this may be your place!

Bok Tower Gardens is gorgeous and I definitely recommend the fall, after daylight savings turns us “back” so you don’t have to be there too late to wait for sunset. The light is spectacular and there are so many niches for great spots. Especially if you are a family that enjoys the outdoors, exploring together and just having fun while taking pictures. Nothing has to be too posed to capture you and your family. I love when family’s just want me to capture them, doing what they love, with the ones they love. To me, that is what family pictures are all about. I am so excited for this family to get their heirloom album of this session and their prints on their wall, and a nice canvas, too. These moments will live on, on their walls, and in their hearts, and every day those babies walk by the pictures, they will know they are loved.

We saw a snake, a big spider, a friendly moth, and lots of gorgeous flowers. Even the biggest leaves I have ever seen. Documenting their wonder, their excitment, and their bonds, best job ever.  So, sit back and enjoy a sneak into our night taking pictures ast Bok Tower Garden. Too many pictures to share, but I don’t care!

Oh, and be sure to check out their fusion of videos and still pictures slideshow.

Bok Tower Pictures from Hamilton Creek Photography on Vimeo.

 

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University of Tampa Pictures: Extended Family Photos

University of Tampa Pictures

Extended Family Photos

I loved working with this family for their extended family photos over the Christmas week. A great week to have your family pictures taken, am I right? Family in town, call me! Large extended family phots are so much fun for me. University of Tampa pictures are usually not what I think of for “me” and my style, but this extended family photo session at UT may have changed my mind. The location gives a traditional vibe, with brick walls, grand stair cases, and the lovely reflective terrazo floors outside of Plant Hall.  However, there are spots of greenery and lovely light to bounce and reflect off the windows in an intersting way, too.

I can’t believe how stinking hot it was the night we met. Especially, as my fingers are slightly slowed as they type by the cold we have right now. The family planned for perfect fall pallette of colors for their session. No one would have though it would be almost 90 degrees that night! They could write the “what to wear” guide for my families for this year. Mustard is one of my favorite colors to photograph. It pops against the red brick walls, and the maroons, and neutrals of the family.

They didn’t shy away from pattern either. Going for the right color theme is one thing. Finding the right pattern mixes will always take your family pictures to another level. Simple additions of scarfs, or a sweater you can put on or off can really change your look. I included quite a few black and white images, which are timeless, and generally go with family pictures from years past so well. Plus, the patterns also create a bit of textural interest in the black and white images that make those images even more my jam.

Thinking of a family session for your extended family for 2017, contact me today to set it up! There is no time like today. The weather is perfect, sun is setting early enough that littles don’t have to stay up late!

D Family {University of Tampa} from Hamilton Creek Photography on Vimeo.

 

The pictures of these sweet grandparents with their grandbabies are some of my favorite “grandparents” shots ever. See more of the session on their video fusion slideshow, included with my “fully digtial” packages when you add that on to your session at booking.

 

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Formal Engagement Session in Tampa

Formal Engagement Session in Tampa

Ybor City Pictures and Styled Wooded Engagement Dream Session

This was a dream session. I am not just saying that. I mean it, I feel it, I breath it. A formal engagement session in Tampa was the best of two worlds. Both urban and rustic. Warning, this blog post is going to be a photo heavy post! The couple is about the sweetest, smartest, and clearly you can see prettiest ever. Their love for each other, their kindness and patience for each other just came naturally.

They had a vision and through our planning the engagement photo session. Her sister and brother-in-laws helped, they even managed to style the “wooded” session of the shoot themselves. It was great it was to see her sister and brother-in-law at the shoot. Not only because they had just as magical of an engagement session (see that here), and wedding (here), but because they were so helpful. They sprayed oils all over so we were not eaten alive by mosquitoes. From helping unpack the vintage couch, setting up the fruit and sweets, each of which has a special personal meaning to this couple. No detail was overlooked.

We started in Ybor, special to the groom and his family’s heritage. Can you believe the fantastic weather, and light we had? I loved the fun print of the gown, and the tux just stepped up the look of Ybor a bit. I loved pushing outside my comfort of shooting at sunset in a green setting. Enjoy the urban engagement photos setting first.

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Then, we set back to the “country” for a more magical, enchanted picnic session. I loved the change of dress, and the gold just worked perfectly against the lush greenery, and the gorgeous sunlight we were blessed with that night. She rented the gold dress from Rent The Runway (www.renttherunway.com) and I highly recommend using that service if you are interested in your own formal engagement session Tampa. Even a formal look for maternity photos would be stunning! I mean, for real, just sit back and enjoy these romatic photos bathed in light and love! I can’t wait to capture this couple’s February nuptials!!

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Doris Yimoyines - Brooke you are magic behind a camera. Both of my girls have such beautiful memories because of you. Alicia and Daniel look so beautiful together.

Jaclyn Hall - Wow! These are the most beautiful engagement photos I have ever seen!!! A highly talented photographer, and a beautiful couple – inside and out, makes for a truly magical combination!

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