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!!!
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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!
This trend has become a tradition now, Cake Smash Photography is a must!
We teach our kids not to play with food, but for only ONE day, this rule is meant to be broken. During the First Year, babies are growing at the speed of light. And to finish with style, booking a fun Cake Smash Photography Session is the best idea.
Tracy Gabbard is one of the top Professional Photographers in the Tampa Bay area. She offers these creative and colorful Photography Sessions to celebrate the Baby’s First Birthday.
Today we brought you a compilation of the sweetest (literally) photographs captured in Tracy’s Studio. Balloons and colorful outfits are the best props to contrast the white background and natural lighting at her Studio in Clearwater, Fl.
For the Cake Smash Photography Sessions, parents pick the colors to use. Usually going as blue for boys and pink for girls, but some other great options go from blue to purple and orange.
Besides being colorful and fun, it’s a great way to capture their smile. Most babies enjoy smashing the cake and eating it during the Cake Smashing Photography Session, babies love sweets and treats, so this themed session is definitely the most fun for them!
These Photography Sessions are the complete contrast of the usual sessions that Tracy offers. And this is because it’s a very special occasion, especially when it is their first time. It brings a beautiful, organic chaos of sweet cake! It’s messy but fun and memorable.
As you can see, it’s so easy to capture their happy faces, all covered up with cake and icing. It’s almost therapeutic! The babies get to experience a time when they are free to play with their food and have fun with it!
To this day, we have not found a baby resisting the temptation of eating that cake!
It’s that time of the year, that super special First Birthday, and Tracy sure knows how to celebrate it by throwing a Cake Smash party at the studio!
There are many reasons why we encourage our little ones to smash those cakes and it is mainly because it’s fun, colorful and just because we can. It started here in the United States and it has become a trend that keeps growing between families, so much that it is almost a must!
It’s so easy and fun to have the little ones and their favorite flavored caked together in the same picture. And because they are so curious and always craving sweets, their reactions to the opportunity to have the entire cake for themselves is just so interested to watch, capturing their personalities and expressions every time.
It is usually either pink themed for girls and blue for boys, but families can always decide what color they prefer to show off their personality and preferences. Tracy makes sure to match the cake with the rest of the canvas to create the perfect color mix!
It’s so interesting how the little ones react so differently to the cakes, some are very active and don’t hesitate to smash the cake as soon as they can, some others approach it very carefully, but still messy and cute.
One of our cutest girls here, rocking that 1 year old shirt, is not shy at all, she immediately started playing with the cake and spreading it all over the place. It’s just too cute! We can’t help it but smile.
That smile you get when she tastes the sweet cake icing is something special that Tracy wants to capture in these photographs. We are naturally drawn to desserts and treats, and these type of photo sessions are nothing but fun rewards!
And finally, our smashing cake award goes to this little one, for showing us those beautiful while pearls! Contact Tracy today for more information, these sessions can be single sessions or part of a package, feel free to ask her today.
Ohhh, that first birthday in children’s lives is very important! Today we bring you some ideas for the perfect birthday gift, besides the obvious one, a delicious cake. And to make it even better, we got together some of the cutest photos from the famous First Year Plan with Tracy Gabbard.
Fun loving Pony
This lovely toy energizes improvement of your child’s fine engine aptitudes and dexterity. Children love to push and draw the dabs along the runs and curve the handles. You’ll both be pleased by the good times this toy can bring to you and your children.
Traditional Red Wagon
It doesn’t get more conventional than a little red wagon. You and your child will have fun times using this one: You can move her/him around in it on your open-air journeys or she/he can stack it up and take her toys wherever she/he goes. Because of the controlled turning range, tipping is avoided.
Huge Plush Toy
Indeed, for a one year old, almost everything seems huge, and a 3-foot long rhino or bear is the ideal thing for your sprouting zoologist. Other creatures are additionally accessible, including a polar bear, lion, penguin, and for more of a spend too much, a 4-foot tall giraffe. Amazon is a great place to buy these toys.
Here’s a blessing your recently stamped 1-year-old will love for quite a long time to come. Most of these electric “cars” include an intuitive dashboard with lights, sounds, and exercises, it plays in excess of 75 tunes and expressions, has a shape sorter and everything else you have to keep angel involved for a considerable length of time.
A baby’s First Jewelry
All kids love a little shimmer. Surprise yours with precious stones in the shade of her/him birthstone with her/his name beveled. It’s a great gifts for girls, but can also be used by boys.
Tracy Gabbard is without a doubt one of the best well known photographers in the Tampa Bay area, specifically in Largo, Florida.
She offers a variety of different plans for photography, specifically for Newborns, Maternity and Families.
This time we want to show you the story of this lovely family that came in her studio for a whole year and the results is very heartwarming. You can see their little boy grow up so fast.
Every session is different and the result will look impressive by the end of the year. Starting up with incredibly sharp close-ups to capture the baby’s smooth skin and feet, moving on to more creative canvases, to show his personality as he continues to grow, and some classic portraits that make you feel that peachy skin through the photographs.
In the next pictures we can see how he finally starts being more active and moving, crawling and developing flexibility as well as showing his eyes and expression, and finally getting super energetic in the sessions, at this point, it is the most fun sessions, since he is already used to the studio, and Tracy captures that important moment when he starts sitting up and holding himself on the chair, finalizing the session with a cake to celebrate that first year!
Tracy is passionate about creating wall art, legacy albums and personalized keepsakes for her families. Although she believes digital files are important for archival purposes her mission is to guide you through the process of enjoying your treasures in your home and not on your computer. That is why she will assist you at your gallery reveal to help you design the perfect products for your home.
Who are we looking for this month? If you have been following along with our busy summer here over at the TGP studios you know that there have been some super fun “My Stories” over on Instagram and adorable sneak peaks on Facebook. You also know that July is my birthday month so to celebrate that fun fact we are scheduling a Birthday Bash Model Call 🙂 . We are so excited to be accepting applications for GIRL ONE Year olds that turn ONE sometime in August, yes who have August Birthday(sorry boys, you’re adorable also but this one is going to be stylized “girly”)! Applications will be accepted from July 1st- July 14th .
This special little model will have her session stylizedby Tracy herself and will include prints and products from the studio. She will also have a special birthday smash cake and matching outfit to wear for the session! Her outfit will be provided by Girlies Galore, an amazing Etsy store for girls and boys. Just perfect for our birthday sessions!
Directions and requirements for Model Call:
Due to the amount of applicants only applicants that are able to follow these directions will be accepted. The applicants must:
* apply between the dates of July 1st – 14th
* be a GIRL and turn ONE in or close to AUGUST of 2017
* NOT have already chosen a photographer for a first birthday session
* be willing to sign a model release
* be available to travel to the S. Clearwater studio during the week day M-F
* be flexible in August to schedule the session
* have family (at least mom and dad) willing to possibly participate in session.
* email Tracy to [email protected] with the following information- -Snapshot of child
If you would like to apply or know anyone that will fit the requirements for this model Call, PLEASE share this with them:
Please do not send messages through FB, Instagram or any other social media applications will only be accepted through the email provided above.
Can you believe summer is just around the corner? There are lots of awesome changes going on at the TGP studio! Follow along on Instagram to watch the studio make over and on Facebook to see the new product line that is such a great reflection of the modern, timeless portraits that are created in the studio and on location. To celebrate these changes we are going to do 3 amazing model calls that will include some great gifts from the studio and other local businesses. Each model call will have its own unique set of requirements, dates and gifts and will be planned out by Tracy personally. There will be calls for June, July and August. Below are the themes for each month.
June- Pamper Me Maternity
Applications will be accepted from June 1st- June 9th and the session will be held in July. This special mommy will need to be 35-38 weeks pregnant in July sometime.
July- Birthday Bash
It is my birthday month so what better way to celebrate than to schedule a styled first birthday session! This model call will be for girls only 🙁 (sorry boys you will have a turn another time!). Applications for this session will be accepted from July 1st – July 14th and the baby should have an August birthday.
August- Sweet Newborn
Applications for this session will be accepted from August 1st-August 15th and the baby should be due in September. This will be a stylized session that will include new props, new baby items and will reflect the TGP brand.
Don’t worry because there will be lots of reminders as the time gets closer to each session but it’s always good to set a reminder in your phone or write it down on your calendar if you would like to apply for one of these sessions. PLEASE share this blog post or tag your friends. For more info Contact Tracy or Signup for Newsletter, up there.
First Year Photo Album – Part of New Beginnings Plan
Look at all the gorgeous baby’s first year photo albums going out next week! These are part of the New Beginnings Plan (NBP) of Tracy Gabbard Photography (TGP). These albums are amazing keepsakes that will be passed down for many generations!
Can you imagine having one of these to look at of your grandparent or great grandparent? What a lifetime keepsake! Digital images are wonderful for preserving and archiving but there is NOTHING like a quality printed print, wall display or album that you can touch, see everyday and/or share with loved ones. Sitting down on the couch with your child looking through an album is an experience that uses all the senses and that is priceless.
Flipping through some digital files on a computer is different. There is not an experience associated with that. Hence the families who have their baby’s first year photo albums are so lucky! They will all sit on the couch one day and share this with their children!
Please visit TGP’s New Beginnings Plan (NBP) which includes Newborn Session, Sitting up Session, First Birthday Session and this lovely photo album. TGP will hand pick photos from each session for your baby’s first year album to create his/her 1st year story. You can see some video samples by clicking on albums.
If you have any question about the album, or want to join NBP, click on Contact Tracy to send your query or message.