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!
Lots of changes are going on here at the TGP studio this month! I am in for a studio make over (follow along on Instagram). Working hard on creating a new product line (can’t wait to show my new and existing families). Looking forward to giving out newly designed materials that will help my families prepare better for their sessions. However, the BIG news is…. that in honor of Mother’s Day we are giving away 1 complimentary “mommy and me” session. We are looking for all of you to nominate your friend, co worker, anyone you know that you feel is deserving and would appreciate capturing memories of themselves with their children. Although you are super special too, please do not nominate yourself :). This should be a mom that has a wonderful spirit and would appreciate and LOVE to capture these moments with her children. PLEASE read the requirements and thoughts for nomination below:
–This mom needs to be incapable of paying for the session herself
-Prefer early elementary aged children or younger but not a must.
-Works really hard away from or at home.
-Maintains a positive attitude.
-Might be a single mom supporting kids (doesn’t have to be, just a thought).
-She might take care of someone with an illness.
-She might volunteer her time to take care of others or help in charity events or contribute to the community.
-May have come upon hard times -LOVES her kids (I know we all do) but really cherishes them and enjoys spending quality time.
-You KNOW she would be blessed to have this opportunity.
-Must have ability to get to the studio for the session.
How to nominate:
Send an EMAIL to [email protected](please no FB or instagram messages, phone calls or texts) with the following information:
YOUR email address:
NOMINEE’s Email address:
YOUR phone number:
How many kids does nominee have and how old are they?:
How do you know this mom?:
Why are you nominating this person (as much detail as possible ):
*Nominations will be accepted today (4/25/2017) through May 10th, 2017. The session will take place at the TGP studio in S. Clearwater. The Give Away Photo Session will be in May but after Mothers day. This is NOT a family session. This special session will be only for mommies and their children.
Ahhhh… the ever challenging question for clients and photographers. I am sure that this question has been addressed in many blogs and articles over the years. But I am going to make a few blog posts over the next few weeks about prints vs digitals (and maybe some other things also) addressing many issues, good and bad. I want to chat about the costs of prints vs digital files, the technical side of purchasing digitals, ideas on what to do with your digitals (yes it will involve printing :)) and why you should or should not just purchase just the digital files. I will share pictures of my home and even other photographers ideas and posts on different things and thoughts and maybe even some clients’ homes that have some TGP art around their house. So I hope you follow me through this for a few weeks as I express some feelings, bring some things to “light” and explain some of the answers to questions that you may be thinking about. I am not organized enough to promise you a post on a certain day… you will just have to follow along as they come. I am going to be totally honest and I am not trying to sway you one way or the other. Just presenting the facts 🙂 as I see them at least!
So- back in the “old days” (really just a few short years ago) it was not even a question about digital files and printing rights. Photographers sold prints. That’s it. There was no question about which digital files to purchase. It was not even an option. However, as the world around us changes everyone wants digital images for many great reasons including preservation, sharing on the internet and social media, printing quantity prints yourself for lesser of a cost, etc…. These are all valid points and even I like to have the digital files from my sessions. HOWEVER, I think MANY of us (not all) still have those digital files sitting on the computer. They probably looked amazing on FB and you probably got the most comments EVER which is rewarding, I’ll admit BUT did you ever print them? Are they hanging on your walls? Are they framed sitting on shelves? Do you enjoy them around your home or office. I have a few large prints and canvases in my home and although not super current, every time I walk by a little smile sneaks out as I look at my “babies” and my family and my kids love looking at them as well. Here are couple iphone pics of some of the protraits I have hanging on my wall an on shelves. There are few more things as well but this is the majority. These are compliments of myself www.tracygabbard.com and one of my favorite photographers www.alycialalvarez.com (thank you Alycia, you will be happy to see some of your art work still hanging in my home! :))
But I am just as guilty as the next person… I have hard drives full of pictures of my kids and family that never get printed. It really does make me sad. I feel as overwhelmed as everyone else about what to do with the amazing pictures of my family. I will admit, it is easy to just buy the digitals. It is super easy, I don’t have to make any decisions right now. I can let them sit for years and never have to make any decisions about how to frame them, where to hang them, what size to print them in. I can put that off as LONG as I want to, forever even! That is a project I can put on hold and deal with later when I am not as busy (yea, right… not as busy! LOL!). But the consequences of just buying the digitals and not doing anything with them are real. We spend a lot of money to have our computers hold our pictures for us. We spend money on digitals that we hardly ever look at (well, maybe they pop up on our screen saver). We spend money on digitals that we will cherish forever but yet we never get to see them the way they were meant to be seen. I don’t know about you but I just don’t get the same feeling from the things that are actually hanging around my home and on the shelves. I mean, the plants on the shelves (fake of course) look nice but I don’t really ever get a warm feeling from them and the big screen TV on my wall, I like it and use it but it doesn’t make me smile each time I walk by. Even the “fine art” hanging above my fireplace (some abstract thing we picked up at a home show) looks nice but honestly, I don’t know the last time I even looked up at it and I certainly haven’t smiled at it… I don’t think ever. If I am true to myself I would definitely say that I wish I had some framed prints or canvases of my family in these places. Here are a couple pictures of the “cherished” (just kidding…. not really!) things I have around my home…..
I will forgive myself for this “crime against pictures” for now, but will I be able to forgive myself later? Not sure… I don’t know, those plants just don’t hold the same memories for me that my pictures do. So, I am not trying to convince you to purchase prints over digitals, I am not trying to tell you that you shouldn’t purchase the digitals and I am certainly not saying not to have plants or decorations in your home. I am simply saying that whether you purchase prints from your photographer or have your digitals printed and displayed, for your desk, for your shelves or for your walls is something you will NEVER regret! I have NEVER regretted the decision to hang portraits on my walls. I have regretted a few electronic devices that were not needed, clothing purchases that I ended up hating or never wearing, certain toys for my kiddos, the food purchases I make each week at the grocery store that ends up not eaten and thrown away and I am sure I could go on and on. I have made many regretful purchases in my life and probably will make more but I have never regretted spending money on pictures of my family and then actually hanging them up!!!
What will my next post be about?? Even I am not sure yet… but I have a list of things having to do with prints, digitals and custom photography to chat about and lots of thoughts to share. Feel free to share this with friends and family or anyone you think might be interested!!! See you soon….. 🙂
Tampa Newborn Photographer Flash Back Friday is back on the blog today as we continue with our Best of 2014 series! So excited to feature just a few of our TGP newborns on the blog today! As a Tampa Newborn Photographer, I loved this year of all the cute little noses, wrinkly toes, and SUPER sweet smiles. Love this Flashback Friday of 2014! Take a look at the blog next week for our LAST Throwback Thursday of the year! You won’t want to miss it! 😉
Tampa Newborn Photographer Just wanted to feature this ADORABLE family today on the TGP Blog 🙂 As a Tampa Newborn Photographer, I loved seeing big sister shower her new little newborn baby brother with constant kisses! Mom, Dad, and big sister were all so in awe of their new addition to the family! Tampa Newborn Photographer
Tampa newborn photographer This sweet baby boy LOVED to be swaddled, and was happiest when he was wrapped uptight. Even though this family moved away to another city, as a Tampa newborn photographer, I am SUPER excited that they will be driving back for his other 2 sessions! Mom and Dad are BIG FSU fans and Dad is a recent graduate from medical school. This precious baby boy also gave some awesome awake photos during his newborn session! You might even be able to spot a smile in one of them! Also! Check out photos from this family’s maternity session here. (Tampa Newborn Photographer)
(tampa maternity photographer) So I have to say that these two were absolutely adorable during their maternity session on this warm summer afternoon. I was so happy that the weather worked out for us! We were at a local park for this one and the sunlight was awesome! As a tampa maternity photographer, I can still remember how thrilled mommy and daddy were for the soon expected arrival of their sweet bundle of joy. Also, they love love love FSU (if you couldn’t already tell 🙂 Can’t wait to share their newborn session soon ! Stay tuned! (tampa maternity photographer)
(Tampa Newborn Photographer) This was a recent last minute session and I just happened to have an opening so it worked out perfectly. Especially since mom was a referral from another photographer and as a tampa newborn photographer, I was honored since the traveled all the way from Valrico. I knew that the most important thing to mom were the sibling shots and the kids were awesome so we were able to get a nice variety of images. Mom also REALLY wanted an outside newborn swing picture. But this particular morning it was storming. And I mean really really storming. It was so bad that at one point I took out studio lights because the clouds were so dark. (You could tell I was determined to make her dream come true!) It was really dark outside so the swing situation was NOT looking good but thankfully, I didn’t end up having to use the studio lights. Towards the end of the newborn session, the rain took a small break AND this sweet baby boy stayed in his deep sleep so we were able to pop out in the yard and get her swing pictures! This family was amazing! (Tampa Newborn Photographer)
(tampa newborn photographer) I am so excited to share the new TGP promo video for newborn’s! A special thank you to Freddy with Final Shot Studios for the AMAZING job! I was dreading being interviewed and being on camera but he made it easy and smooth and I love the results! I would highly recommend him and Final Shot Studios for any type of video you are looking for. I am planning to do a few more in the future to give more info on other types of sessions and the New Beginnings Plan as well. We had a perfect little model for this special day and special “shout out” to her family for participating! I hope this video gives a little insight on how a newborn session goes at the TGP studio. Leave some love if you like it… if you don’t keep it to yourself LOL! 🙂
What can I say… I was so honored to photograph this little guy and he will hold a special place in my heart forever. MANY years ago when I was 18 I started working at a preschool as a one year old teacher. The first little face I saw was quite possibly the cutest little girl I had ever seen in a yellow tutu. Oh how she captured my heart! I became friends with the little girls mom and stayed close to the little girl throughout the years. Our families shared many memories as the years went on, weddings, celebrations, birthdays, etc… Those memories hold a special place in heart and when the little girls mom passed away many years later I was heartbroken not only for the loss in my life but for the little girl as well. But NOW, the little girl in the yellow tutu has her own new baby and I was honored to capture his first few days of birth for her. He was truly so precious and I know his grandma is looking down from above with the most love in her heart keeping watch over him and his mommy.
BRRRR! But she ROCKED it! You would never know that it was windy and COLD on the beach this night! This high school senior was SO much fun and so was her family that joined us to keep us company! She was willing to do anything and in between warming up in a jacket braved the cold in short sleeves and tank tops! She even got a little wet in the water… just a little but I know it was SO cold! And a shout out to the class of 2011…the end of the year is fast approaching so if you live or travel to Tampa, Clearwater or surrounding areas…. get your groove on and schedule your Senior sessions with TGP NOW! 🙂
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa High School Senior Photographer
I try not to blog to many holiday sessions since I know many of the images end up on Christmas cards and I certainly don’t want to spoil any of those surprises. So, after I am sure everyone has received their cards I like to post a little preview of some of the holiday sessions I was lucky enough to photograph. There were lots of mini sessions and full family sessions and there is no way to share all of them but here are some fun ones that I thought you might enjoy.
What better way to say Happy Halloween than with a little pumpkin like this! Just a quick sneak peak for a mommy who I know is dying to see her pictures… they are coming, I promise! Happy Halloween everyone! Have a safe weekend!
This lovely family traveled all the way from Tennessee just for me! Well, maybe not JUST for me but pictures were definitely in the plans! I am so honored to photograph this young lady at this special time in her life as she enters her senior year of High School. They even brought “Gigi” for the fun. Love the generation pictures!
I found this awesome website (www.iheartfaces.com) that gives a theme for the week and a photo competition with it. I thought I would try it just for fun! This weeks theme is PLAY…. I thought this photo of my kids was a great visual of that!
Did the leprachauns visit your house today? For whatever reason they always visit ours when the kids are at school! They sure leave a mess but they make up for it with fun treats! Happy St. Patty’s day everyone!
Since almost every family member I have lives up in the cold artic of Minnesota and all my cousins have new children and families I LOVE it when they come to visit and I can capture some family moments for them. I watch all their “babies” grow up via facebook and am always wishing I was able to help capture their memories through the camera! You might have seen a few more sneak peaks of this session if you are a TGP Fan on facebook but here are some new ones for “the blog” 🙂
Leslie! I have been getting my hair done by Leslie for many years now. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to tell everyone about her. Her salon is awesome and she has the best web site www.got2haveglam.com. I mean really what hair stylist has their own web site. There are few coupons on it under “specials” . Anyway, she is AWESOME with color and styling and is always on the “cutting edge” (like that:)) of all the new styles, colors and products! Make an appointment and tell her I sent you!
A special thank you to my wonderful clients! I love seeing all the repeat clients and meeting new ones each year! It was a great season for Tracy Gabbard Photography and I look forward to growing this year with lots of new clients. January is already starting to book so if you are having a baby or want “milestone” pics for those little ones be sure to call and schedule soon! I am looking forward to photographing for some local charity events this coming year and would like to add a few more to my schedule. So, if you know of one coming up that needs photographer send me an email with the info and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Here is a quick recap of the literally hundreds of holidays cards that went out by TGP and a few more peaks at some of my favorite holiday images that I couldn’t share in blogging as I never know what ends up on holiday cards. Have a great holiday everyone!
I am sad to say that this is this Seniors last session with me! She has been such a blast and we have some amazing images from her sessions. She will have a beautiful album in the end with images that she is proud of and loves. And look at her adorable dog! Senior sessions are always best when you bring something you love that is personal to you, a pet, a collection, trophies… anything that represents what you love and who you are during this special time. Get creative… I love it! Here are some fun images from her in studio session…
What was the most difficult thing about this session? Trying to narrow down the images and choose a just a few to blog! This little guy is the big ONE and he and his precious sister joined me for a fun smash cake date! Some of you might remember him from his newborn session. He has officially competed the New Beginnings Collection and has grown more than enough to prove it! Here is one from his newborn session just for fun and then a few to “oh and ahhh” over from his one year old session! Enjoy mom and dad…I am glad it is not me choosing from this gallery! 🙂
So, I officially have a first grader and although it was DEFINITELY easier than the first day of kindergarten I was still sad! It just goes WAY TO FAST! Our tradition every year, first day of school is to take “sign pictures”. Yes, even at first grade he already hates it but still allows me to capture a couple quick shots… Taylor on the other hand started having a fit when I asked her to stand somewhere else (not in the camera view finder) and I had to get daddy to come help out as she screamed her way inside the house! FUNNY! You think that will last? I kind of think not! I am so proud of my “guy” as he just adjusts to all situations and seems to just jump right in as new experiences come his way. Here are our yearly “sign pics”… they get less and less every year. Hopefully, I can get at least one every year! You think it is unrealistic to try to get them through high school (ha!ha!)
Wow- what a display! These portraits were in my home for a week or so because they came in while the family was on vacation. I honestly didn’t want to give them up! They look incredible! The family one is a 30×40 with out the frame and the other one is 24×30 with out the frame. Gorgeous!