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!
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.
Sweet one year old was in the studio this morning for her first birthday photo session! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this number 1 made of flowers of different shades pink ! Mom brought it in for her 1st birthday photo session! Going to have to steal this idea and have some flower numbers in the studio! She was the sweetest thing ever!
Do you have any new ideas? I have some! Let us share and discuss what should we plan for your baby’s first birthday photography session. Click on Contact Tracy and let us exchange our thoughts. Let us make it a memorable day and birthday photos a precious treasure for years and generations to come.
TGP Style White on White – it is my very favorite color!
I am always drawn to white in my portraits. To me, it is so beautiful, simple, clean and classic. In my eyes it represents a modern yet timeless look that captures the simplicity of a baby, child or family.
The Tracy Gabbard Photography studio is WHITE and it captures the light beautifully. White makes the baby, child or family “pop” because they become the color, they become the focus, they become the memory. Not the surroundings around them.
So in celebration of “white” 🙂 here are some of the many white on white images that I have been lucky enough to capture!
First Birthday – Tracy Gabbard Photography – When is it okay to dig in and really love all that messy cake? At their first birthday Smash Cake Photo Sessions. Listen for the laughter in their bright smiles and sparkling eyes. Look at these delightful birthday performers! This darling girl is dancing to the stars and the boys are birthday cake drummers. Each child looks as yummy as the cakes and I love frosting mustaches! You know what, this pink and blue cutie really did fall into the cake after that last picture. LOL!
Believe it or not! The soft blues and the tie perfectly fit in that one year old young man’s personality. I love how my camera could capture the exact way he approached things – when he first considered the cake with a solemn touch and when he was without his hat ready to dig in. The best picture is the one when he is looking at the camera with a solemn smile, covered in a frosting beard.
(One year old photography – Tampa, FL) So this adorable rascal certainly enjoyed his cake in the studio! He was FULL of energy and happy smiles but his favorite part (besides the cake) was watching me chase him all over the studio! 🙂 The great thing about this session is that there will be another surprise that comes with it in the next couple weeks! I can’t wait to share that but for now here is a sneak peak into his one year session! For more and latest photo sessions frequently visit TGP on Facebook. (tampa one year old photography)