WOW! It has been a long haul with no end in sight! Knowing that everyone has their own struggles through this and I am far from alone! I have watched many others “seem” to thrive with the lack of schedule, extra time and a shift in priorities. I am not one of them. I had GREAT intentions! LOL! But they never quite panned out. I totally lost focus. I am not sad or depressed just all over the place! No clear plan, no clear focus. I realized that even though my kids are older (13 and 17… both celebrating pandemic birthdays) when they didn’t go back to school after spring break I could never get my groove back! For example, no summer camps, canceled vacations, birthday celebrations changed, NO SCHEDULE!
So…. here we are, feeling like this sweet little one! We celebrated her first birthday at the studio during the pandemic but even with a mask it didn’t stop me from loving every minute of it!
What happened next?
Yesterday my youngest went to sailing camp! YES!!! It was like the first normal day we have had since quarantine. My daughter was out for the day. She was doing productive and fun things and I felt like…. NORMAL! I got things done, was motivated, working and staying off social media. It made me realize how much the kids being home and off schedule has effected me. I thought because my kids were older it would be easier. ALL THE COMPASSION for moms at home with younger kids!!!! But I was wrong…. It was hard for me also. Harder than I realized.
Once I had some quiet time I was focused. Just like this sweet baby. She had the BEST time celebrating her pandemic birthday. She wore a sweet little outfit from Lily and Max and the elegant cake was beautifully created bySugar & Bliss . It was so yummy, that mom and dad took home the the remaining parts to take home and eat! This family is (was) a member of the New Beginnings Plan and we are in the final stages of designing her first year album! I can not wait to share it with you!!!
Love this session?
No matter if we celebrate in the studio with a pandemic birthday or a newborn session, we would LOVE to chat with you about it and how special it is!
I want you to know that we take the health of our families very seriously. We are taking all precautions possible to make sure the studio is safe from Covid-19 for all families. Here are just a few of the things we will be doing to ensure safety for our families …
We will communicate before your session about your feelings moving forward with scheduling. We will talk about the below safety precautions in the studio or on location. I will confirm that no one participating in the session as had any viral symptoms in the last 14 days. Upon entering the studio, each family will be asked to sign a form that says they have not had any symptoms of Covid 19.
Upon entering the studio all family members will be asked to wash their hands. There will also be hand sanitizer readily available to be used at anytime during the session. I will also be washing my hands thoroughly before, during (if needed) and after each session.
You are welcome to bring your own masks but Tracy will have them also. She will be happy to wear one during your session if you prefer. She will also have them available for you if you prefer to wear them.
Disposable gloves will also be available. Tracy will happy to wear them if you prefer. You will also be welcome to use them if you prefer.
You will be asked to remove your shoes while in the studio. If you will be wearing them for your session, you will put them on to wear in the shooting area and then asked to remove them for the other areas of the studio. The floors will be disinfected after each session.
Family and session frequency
Until further notice, only immediate family members will be allowed in the studio. Only those participating in the session. ALSO- for now, sessions will be scheduled every 3 days. Although the studio will be disinfected thoroughly after each session this will ensure an extra measure of precaution.
After each session the studio will be disinfected with medical grade disinfectant and all wraps, props or wardrobe clothes borrowed will be washed and disinfected.
I hope all of these precautions will help you feel safe and comfortable before, during and after your session. If you still have concerns and would like to chat about covid-19 or anything with Tracy you are welcome to reach out. She is happy to address your concerns and reschedule or postpone your session if you are more comfortable doing so.
I am so excited to share a real sneak peek inside a session with ME at the Tracy Gabbard Photography studio! It showcases what the real experience when you choose Tracy to capture the most important time in your life. Wether a new baby, a milestone session or a family session Tracy strives to give you not only custom created albums and wall art that will last a life time BUT ALSO an amazing experience. She wants you to walk away with your heart full and with your home full of the joy of your family. It took many hours of hard work, a WONDERFUL family and a talented videographer Shannon Kelly to pull it all off! It will now grace the home page of my website tracygabbard.com. Check it out when you have a chance! But for now… here it is!
*Disclaimer…. we did this peek inside video BEFORE social distancing. So, if you are uncomfortable meeting in the studio for consult we can do it via video until this all passes! :). We are enrolling families, children and babies for summer months. If our situation does not change with the virus dangers all prepaid money will be refunded if cancelled because of COVID-19.
It’s crazy out there! We all want to say “NO Corona“. I understand, we are all concerned about so many aspects of this new virus and how it might effect our lives, health, finances and even on an entertainment level as more and more things are being cancelled we worry about tickets we have purchased and vacations we have planned.
For those mommy’s expecting a baby or with small children they have even one more worry. BUT I am here to tell you… “Don’t worry TGP mommy’s, I have you covered in at the photography studio“! We are taking ALL precautions at the TGP Photography studio. We are stepping up our game even more that normal to make sure that if your baby or children are in the studio we are PREPARED and doing everything possible to ensure your families health.
To Stay Safe
Here are a few things that we are doing (some of them we do anyway, all the time) to help make sure we all stay healthy!
LOW volume! My studio is ALWAYS a low volume studio. I choose to not take on too many sessions per month to make sure I have enough time to devote to my clients and my family at home. I DO NOT have many families in and out of the studio ever! and rarely have 2 sessions in one day (in the studio at least). Right now I will GUARANTEE at least 3 days between studio sessions in order to keep TGP photography studio sessions health. Even if that means pushing a newborn session a couple days past when I would normally schedule them. It looks like many news sources are sharing that this virus lasts up to about 3 days on surfaces. So that will hopefully ensure that any germs that may have been left after disinfecting will also be gone!
2. DISINFECTING everything after every session! We always do this anyway but we will be much more vigilant now. Wiping down furniture and disinfecting floors. Thankfully the studio is VERY simple so there is not much to disinfect! We also use safe disinfectant that is not harmful to the environment to say “No Corona” to the virus! BONUS!!!
3. WASHING all laundry! Again – this something we ALWAYS do after every session. Anything a baby or anyone uses gets washed. We also use safe, non toxic laundry detergent to ensure your baby doesn’t have any reactions to any blankets or wraps that their delicate skin may touch.
4. DOGS – We love to welcome dogs to sessions with their new babies but at this time we will not be able to schedule any sessions with fur babies! It is just to risky to any other families that may be headed into the studio, even if it is 3-4 days later. We will let you know once we are able to welcome them back! We will certainly miss them!
5. PLAY AREA – We have a nice little area with toys and things for children to do in the studio. Until further notice we will remove the toys from this area. We will ask families to bring in some small baskets of toys from their home to help keep the kids busy while they wait. This is just to ensure that children are not playing with toys that other families children have played with. This will also keep us from worrying that we missed something when disinfecting them.
6. GLOVES AND MASKS – We always have hand sanitizer out in the studio and I use it frequently when working with newborns but I will also have gloves and masks (until they run out LOL!) available for myself and any moms and dads that would like to use them. I will also use them during your session by request. I have NO problem doing this to help ensure your confidence!
7. SCREENING. All clients will be contacted with in 24 hours of their session to make sure no one is exhibiting any symptoms of any type of sickness. Most families are very respectful of this normally and reach out to let me know if they or their babies are not 100%. However, I will be reaching out personally just to make sure we are all on the same page.
8. CHANGE – you are welcome to change your studio newborn session to an in home session! This may give you a different look and feel to your session but we can do so and it will be just as beautiful as a studio session. If that is something you are interested in just let me know and we can talk about it!
I hope this helps reassure any families that already have a session scheduled or are thinking about it but are unsure because of any reason or particularly the corona virus that we are taking every precaution to say “No Corona” to the virus, and more to keep our studio a HEALTHY studio! Please reach out if you have any questions!
I have been blessed to see this family for the entire year! They are members of the popular New Beginnings Plan (NBP), the TGP’s 1 year baby plan. We have planned their session for the entire first year. Each of their sessions will be unique with each one including something different. Their fur baby, each set of grandparents at different sessions and I “think” the fur baby will come back for the first year session! The New Beginnings Plan includes a minimum of 3 sessions but more can be added for no additional session fee. They chose to add a 4th session. This session is what I call a “heads up” session. It happens around 3-4 months of age when they are holding their heads up really well on their own and smiling at their favorite people.
They have chosen to do the New Beginnings Plan album. An album that will build throughout the these sessions and will be printed and delivered after the last session. They are also building a wall gallery that will include a favorite wall print from each session. We have 1 more session left and I am excited to design their album! I will make sure to show it to you when it comes in!
Here are some favorites from her newborn session with her best friend and a few more I couldn’t leave out!
Here are a few favorites from her “heads up” session. I am so jealous that I did not get professional pictures of my babies with their grandparents! What a special memory for not only mom and dad but baby too!
Last but not least… here is a sneak peak of her first year wall gallery design on their actual wall! We add a piece to it from each session. I can not wait to see the final outcome!
I adore this family! During their family session their littlest has the most “sassy” (I mean that in a GOOD way!) personality. She is so fun to interact with and she loves to be silly. Just wait until you see the pictures at the end of this post. And a video of the beautiful album they purchased! It. is. to. die. for!
We fought some heavy cloud cover through out this session but the rain held out and we were able to get it done. When I schedule location sessions, I like to schedule them places where we can travel a little bit through the location and use some different spots to create some variety in the pictures. I always get to the location about 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure I can see where the best light will be and where the sun will be shining. We were able to get the most beautiful locations for this session!
I love to get the classic smiling posing images because I know they are important to families but my favorite types of images to capture are the interaction ones where it shows the real connection between families. You can see the love and joy that they have when they are together.
Photos of Little One
At the end of the session I decided to keep taking pictures of her! It was getting dark but she was being so funny I didn’t want to stop. I think these might have been some of my favorites from this session! She CRACKS me up!
This family decided to have me design and create a family album from their favorite images from their session. Many families have albums from each year they have a session with me and they are building their library of family albums! I know their children (and them) love to look at them often!
This little guy decided to make his way into the world a little earlier than expected and decided to have a nice hospital stay! BUT he was soooooo worth the wait! His little rolls are so yummy and those lips….. I loved each moment at this early newborn photography session.
I love all his hair! You never know how long newborn hair will stay but I was so happy he had so much for his photo session! Especially since we scheduled his session much later than I normally schedule newborn sessions.
Newborn Session when?
Newborn sessions are usually scheduled between 7 and 14 days after birth but this precious baby was several weeks old before he was able to come in to the studio for his session!
Big Sister at his Photo Session
His big sister had a special dolly that she brought with her to every session (and still does) so this special giraffe will be what he brings to every session. I can not wait to see how he grows with this special toy by his side!
He is so loved by his family! His big sister will be the best sister! I can already tell how much she loves him! She was such a big helper at his session and always ready to take pictures with her special new baby!
This newborn was such a great sleeper but I loved that he gave me just enough awake time to capture his eyes! He was so comfy all wrapped up and warm and was staring right at me!
I am always excited when a baby gives me lots of good sleep during their session but also a little bit of awake time so that I can capture them awake. Awake newborn images are some of my favorites!
If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation for a newborn session I would love to hear from you! Contact the studio at (727) 491-6476 or fill out the contact form. We take a limited number of newborn sessions per month, it is really never to early to get your scheduled!
Time goes so fast and it is already time to start planning for your holiday session pictures! We are ready to reveal this years set experience, dates and times and registration is open NOW! 🙂 .
Holiday Session sets of this year will not only be VERY family friendly but as always, a fun experience! Great for kids and adults! Plan to get your winter coats, scarves and boots out to have a great time in the SNOW!!! Not only will your kids have fun in what feels like real snow but the portraits created from this set will be one of a kind and perfect for updated holiday pictures and cards.
Limited Edition SNOWFALL sessions!
These holiday sessions are beautifully lit with holiday tree lights, lanterns and SNOW! The set is designed to be simple and classic! All about the families and the winter season! All colors will look great here complete with holiday dress or simple casual looks work perfectly also! Tracy has a Pinterest board with many wardrobe ideas to help out with any questions! (Tracy DOES NOT recommend heels for girls or moms for this set- the snow is slippery, boots or other types of shoes will be best)
SNOWFALL holiday sessions are 20 minutes. The perfect amount of time for dads and kids! LOL! This gives just enough time for family (if all members are participating), siblings and the kiddos alone! This experiences will be for ONE weekend! Early bird special on Friday, Nov. 8th and regular sessions on Saturday November 9th and Sunday November 10th!