(tampa baby photographer) Oh my goodness…this little guy’s images were so fun to edit! His smile is so contagious and his personality so much fun. And to top it all off he wasn’t crawling yet…. so he didn’t make me chase him all around the studio (even though crawling pictures are among my fav’s)! This was his 3rd session in the TGP New Beginnings Plan and he has one more to go before his first year album is designed. Here are few sneak peaks for mom and dad! (tampa baby photographer)
(tampa baby photographer) Another first birthday session! This time mom opted out of the smash cake but we had lots of fun anyway. This set of twins could not be more different in their little personalities. One outgoing and friendly while the other little one was much more cautious and quiet. They both however have amazing images from their session and I can’t wait for mom and family to see their gallery! Coming soon! 🙂 (tampa baby photographer)
(tampa maternity photographer) To go or not to go… to the beach for this maternity session….it was literally up in the air as I was driving to meet them. This mommy to be joined the TGP New Beginnings Plan had her heart set on a beach maternity session but the weather was NOT cooperating. This couple went down early to enjoy a bite to eat before our session. So they were there watching the clouds pour in (literally!) 🙂 Her first phone call was…. “I know it’s cloudy but I think it will be okay”. So, I packed up for the beach. On my way down her second phone call was “It’s raining, I think we better switch to the studio”. So, I slightly changed directions and headed there. Her third phone call was “I think it’s clearing up. Let’s try the beach”! So, I headed to the beach (which is one of my favorite places to shoot)! Well, as we all know, Florida weather is SO unpredictable and as it turned out, it ended up being windy, cloudy, cold AND rainy. But we made the best of it and I must say we captured some of my favorite maternity images ever! The weather made it a truly unique session and we were able to create some images that could have never happened with a perfect sunset. (tampa maternity photographer)
So, I am such a bad blogger, especially during the busy season. But I love to share special sessions and families that I get to meet. I am going to go back, pick a few sessions and share their stories and images. Tomorrow you will get to see this couples newborn session. He is SUCH a doll baby. I can’t wait to see him at his next session.
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.
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa Family Photographer
WOW is all I can say about these images from this fun tampa family! I could have blogged MANY more great images of them but had to stop at some point. I did throw in a few extra because they have been patiently waiting for their sneak peak and gallery! 🙂 I am starting to get caught up from the holiday madness and hope to be back to blogging more frequently. Anyway, this family was SO much fun. They have 2 BUSY boys kept me on my toes but gave me amazing expressions and interactions each other. You would think the location was in a beautiful woodsy area with the sun shining down on the tops of the fall colored leaves, but NO, it was in fact, an area on the side of a side road in their neighborhood! The colors are fantastic and the area was perfect for this family! Anyway, enjoy these fun images!
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa Family Photographer
Wow…it’s been a wonderful, whirlwind of a season and I am so thankful for my amazing repeat and new clients! I have lots of holiday sessions to post but don’t want to ruin any holiday card surprises so I will save that for another post very soon. I think things have slowed down just enough to share some super fun images from this amazing family! What makes them even more amazing than being a family of 5, coordinating their outfits, dragging grandma and grandpa along and doing all this for their session AFTER sitting through the babies christening that morning? Dad serves our amazing country! Yes, he is in the military and they are stationed here, in Tampa, for a bit. I am so lucky they chose me to capture their special day and their kids…. SO adorable and fun. Thanks to this family for all their sacrifices and for being so patient to see their images as your session got caught right in the middle of holiday madness. Your gallery is on it’s way and I hope you enjoy your sneak peak! 🙂
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa Family Photographer
Oh those eyes are so beautiful! This little guy was so easy going. He hung in there and pulled off a great 3 month session. From about 3 weeks until babies sit up (about 6 months) is the hardest age to photograph. They don’t curl up anymore like those first weeks of newborn, they loose control of their arms and legs so they kind of fly around and although they interact with mom and dad and familiar faces they are mesmerized with a big camera lens so catching that charming smile is almost impossible. All that being said…. look at this little one. He was amazing! We even got a quick smile out of him and wow… what a great picture! This clearwater family was so much fun and so obviously smitten with their adorable baby (who wouldn’t be… look at him!).
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa & Clearwater Family Photographer
This mom is “on the ball” she is getting portraits taken as a surprise for dad for Christmas! What a great idea! Anyway, we battled some wind and sand spurs but overall had a great time! The weather (minus the wind) was great and the sun was oh so bright! Hope you enjoy your sneak peak “K” family…. hope dad doesn’t see this 🙂
Tracy Gabbard, Clearwater Family Photographer
What a great family! I love meeting new clients and I really love when the dads (yes, I said dads for all you men who hate going to family photo sessions :)) are totally into it and don’t mind spending an hour or so to capture their family as it is, just like this dad was. I know he is not in a picture but it is not because he wasn’t in them the parents requested for only their precious children to be “blogged”! And precious, the little one is but beautiful describes the older girls I think a bit better! You can only image how the little guy has all these tampa girls wrapped around his finger! The love between them was obvious. To this family, thank you for a fun session and your gallery will be to this week! 🙂
Tracy Gabbard, Tampa Family Photographer
One of my favorite families met me at the park and we had a play date! At least the kids and I did when we left mom and dad on their own for a little bit! Although many many family sessions are held in Tampa, this one was at a local park in Safety Harbor. Here’s a little sneak peak for the patiently waiting family!
One of my favorite families that I have the pleasure of photographing every year! Another wonderful location with great trees, scenery and we lucked out with great weather! Although this was not a Tampa location (more like Tarpon Springs) it was beautiful. Here are just a few (ha!)…
On a side note…. have you received the TGP newsletter via email? If not make sure to sign up here (bottom right hand corner of the screen). It has all the mini session info in it (which hasn’t been blogged or facebooked yet) and spots are already filling up. If you do receive the newsletter make sure to forward it to friends you think might be interested. If you want a quick peak of the mini sessions log directly on to www.tracygabbard.com and see the info there. Families are welcome for the park mini sessions and there is always the ever popular Sneak Peak of Santa for the little ones!
Do I say this about every post? It was SOOOO hard to choose what images to post! This family was so much fun and made my job super easy! I have photographed lots of tampa/clearwater familes and older “kids” lately and I just can’t believe how they stay where you put them! 🙂 Being a family photographer is so much fun but I am usually running around like a crazy person trying to keep kids attention and keep them engaged with me. With “older” kids I just run around like a crazy person for no reason! I must say, the weather is also getting better for the earlier morning and later evening sessions. They are not so hot. Here is a little peak for this patient family! Gallery is following up really soon!
Fun is the word for this session as you can probably tell! This little guy (well I guess he is not really that little) was such a crack up! Being a Tampa family photographer and photographing lots of families I love it when the children are easy going and interactive. They often times are the heart of the session (as children often are the heart of everything!), helping to create timeless portraits. There are so many great places in Tampa for families and this session had sentimental value for the family. That makes the portraits even more meaningful. I met this family when searching for health insurance for my family. Sam has been terrific! I highly recommend him and his services. He is easy to work with and has a wealth of great information for his clients. Check out his web site at http://www.healthlifenetwork.com/. For a little bit more TGP information I am trying to get holiday mini sessions organized so look for that coming soon. And have you signed up for the Tracy Gabbard Photography newsletter? If not, be sure to go to the home page of the web site and sign up! Great stuff in there! Now for a sneak peak for this Tampa family before they get their gallery….
Happy 5th Anniversary to this great couple! We actually had their session on their anniversary, they were so awesome and we had a blast! There was lots of kissing 🙂 and I love how their images show so much emotion, you can “feel the love”! I hope your anniversary dinner was wonderful, enjoy your sneak peak!
Wow- what a session or half of a session I should say! After a mushy, mucky beach, gathering dark rainy clouds, a nice but graceful (ha!) fall from the photographer (yes, thats me!) and then some serious technical difficulties that actually ended the session early and caused us to schedule the other half another day…. I thought this awesome family deserved a quick post of a few of the images we did manage to get!
Welcome to this precious little one to the TGP New Beginnings Plan! Can’t wait to watch her grow this year!
I love when clients can incorporate special “props” into their sessions. Mom made this blanket (below)…. how awesome is that?
Just in the nick of time were we able to squeeze this session in. Can you believe that this mommy is due one week from the day we had this session…. yes, she looks amazing! It was such a fun session and this is a fast sneak peak as I promised one before the baby is born…. I am just making it I think! Can’t wait for your newborn session and I will follow up with a gallery here soon! 🙂
Wow- This was such a great session. This totally in love couple joined their families together on the beach one gorgeous morning. The ceremony was so simple but SO touching! It was just them and their closest family, the minister and me. Their love for their children and each other is so obvious to anyone that is lucky enough to spend any time with them. Not to mention their glowing “beauty” :)…. I could have photographed them all day if they would have let me but for whatever reason the kids were not up for a full day of pictures…. imagine that! 🙂 We had lots of fun though for the time we did spend together. Enjoy your sneak peak “L” family…. I truly enjoyed our session and can’t wait for you to see your gallery. It will be ready soon, I promise!
Nothing like being shot a by a flower! 🙂 He was so funny the whole time and even ended up in the water up to his head by the end of the morning!
Oh he is SO precious! I enjoyed every minute of his session and can’t wait for more as he grows this year!
I often say, one of the best parts of the job is meeting new clients. And it was such a pleasure to meet this “mommy and daddy to be” after several phone conversations and lots of emails! She owns a great local florist shop in Dunedin so we of course had to incorporate lots of flowers into her session…. to many to blog! But check out her web site and stop by her shop in Dunedin sometime wwww.floristofthenorthwoods.com! For now, enjoy a sneak peak!
Whats a maternity session without some the fan and some glamour to make it just that much more fun????
How cool is that to incorporate your logo into your session?
Love the family! Love the outfits! Love the smiles! Love the interaction!
Ahhhh… weather, the topic of conversations these days! It is finally warming up but it wasn’t quite soon enough for this family. It was SUPER windy and cold for these “troopers” but they hung in there and kept it going until the end! I thought about blogging a few outtakes with everyone’s hair in their faces and the kids teeth chattering but I decided to spare the family the painful reminder 🙂 Thankfully we did get lots of great photos and we will just pretend the like the wind was a fan blowing to make everyone look glamorous! 🙂 Enjoy!
Stunning…. the only words to represent this maternity session! See a few more on facebook by clicking here…….
It was so great to be part of this families Florida vacation. Especially since this was their kids FIRST trip ever to the beach! How awesome to be able to be a part of it and capture those great moments! These kids were awesome and even though it was REALLY windy and chilly the boys were so excited. The littlest one (two years old) ended up in the car with dad to keep warm but I think the older boys could have stayed out there all night, even braving the water!
So many beach sessions lately and they are SO windy and cold! 🙁 This particular night wasn’t to bad and we were lucky enough that even though it rained (I mean RAINED!) ALL day, it cleared up just in time to head out to the beach. It was such a fun session even though the littlest member of the family DID NOT like the sand! Infact, he ended up with his shoes on as he basically refused to walk with them off. Hey, when your two years old, you have ways of getting what you want! 🙂 Anyway, heres a few sneak peaks for mom and dad (they already got a quick sneak peak on facebook… join the fan club at www.facebook.com/tracygabbard)!
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” 🙂
I think this session had every type of weather except for heat! It was SOOO cold and windy on the beach on this evening. I would normally have liked to reschedule but part of this family was from out of town so we made the best of it and trudged on! They were all TOTAL troopers for the whole session. Despite the cold wind they all had fun together as a family and made the session a blast! I think that is one of the best parts of my job, getting to meet amazing people and families. So, to my beach family, thank you so much for a fun session! I will get your gallery to you ASAP and thank you for being patient with your sneak peak as it took me a little longer than I anticipated!
And a couple of “outtakes” for a smile… do you think it was a little windy? 🙂
Silliness was just how these kids were! They were full of energy and happiness (as you can tell) for the whole session. I was honored when this mom called from New York and asked if I could fit her in while they were here on vacation during Thanksgiving. Thankfully they came back down for the Christmas because our session was rained out for the first scheduling! 🙁 Anyway, these kids were a blast and kept me hopping the whole time I was there. Their images completely reflect the session and their little personalities, fun, candid and energetic! I love all of the images, it was so hard to choose which ones to post….
This was a family reunion of sorts, although part of the family coming in from Germany was snowed in and couldn’t make it! What could be so special to fly in from Germany? This couple was getting MARRIED! How amazing is that? They were so sweet and totally in love. This session was full of laughter and the families were great to work with! I hope you all had a wonderful ceremony and great sunset dinner afterwards “B” family! Enjoy your sneak peak… lots of fun images in your gallery which will be on its way soon!
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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!
Ohhhh blog…. so neglected! Finally settling down form the holiday rush. I am working on a “recap” holiday blog post that will hopefully come this week! But here is a session I have been wanting to share for a couple weeks and just haven’t been able to get time to do it! I love when I get the opportunity to photograph my friends children! This little one was one of my first babies and she is now a busy two year old! She reminds me so much of my daughter with the curls and the *attitude*! I love being able to capture these images of her for her family!
This has to be one of the best editing sessions… I cracked up almost the whole time I was editing these! See that first image, how the little girl is a little blurry… well that is EXACTLY how this session was…. “on them move” she was a big blur in my camera lens but wow…. what a doll baby! I have to say, it was not the best time for her as it was the afternoon, right at nap time but these two were hilarious! We pulled out all the stops to get them together (hence the fish crackers all over the floor :)) and I think you can tell they had a little fun together and dont worry mom, all those crackers can be edited away if need be :)! There are some beautiful images also but there is no way to post them all so here is a great preview for mom and family….
This was a great session in a small downtown area! This “little man” has been modeling for years and has even been in a national commercial (you can see why!)! Mom needed a few updated head shots and wanted some “mom and son” pictures as it is SO rare for moms to actually be in the pictures (I totally get that one!). I love the setting in these and the night was so beautiful if it wasn’t for the sunlight getting low I could have kept this session going for a long time! Its so easy to work with older children and adults! 🙂 I forget that sometimes! Enjoy your sneak peak mom and your gallery will be there by the end of the week!
Last but not least…. we played a little trick. I counted to three and mom splashed him…. he was a little surprised to say the least! 🙂
A touch of fall… or autumn I should say. That is what I felt like when this family joined me in studio with their awesome clothing colors! These colors look so warm and “rich” I really enjoyed the change of pace! This littlest member of this family was part of my “Littlest Model Search” over the summer (which I plan to have again soon…stay tuned for details!) and now has become part of the New Beginnings Plan which will give him sessions with TGP throughout his whole first year. Anyway, this was his 3 month session and it was decided that we would try for some family photos also. And although, in my opinion 3 months is one of the hardest ages to capture, look at this beautiful family and adorable 3 month old! Why is 3 months so hard? Because they are not sitting yet but they are past that “curling up” stage. They have NO control over their limbs which constantly swing infront of their adorable little faces and although they are super smiley face to face they become mesmerized with the camera the moment it goes in front of them. They are however, super squishy and loveable and that is why I don’t care how hard they are to photograph… I love to do it anyway! Enjoy a sneak peak “L” family! Gallery is coming quickly!
These kids are great! I love getting see repeat clients each year and being able to watch them grow and change. I usually try to stay away from playgrounds for photoshoots because there are always so many kids playing around it can make it difficult to isolate the family/child that is being photographed. BUT going against my good judgment I found this beautiful park/playground that is very near this families home and I just couldn’t resist it. I figured Sunday morning… no one will be there… HA! Jokes on me! It was actually very crowded but we worked around it and got some great results! I think it was worth it! Thanks for a great session “P” family!
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Last but not least I had to share this one… I always like images where the family is looking up at me so I asked the kids to lay down and look up at me… they were so funny! They just couldn’t do it because it was so bright, even though we were in the shade! So I said, “close your eyes and look at me on three, One….two…..THREE”! Oh well, it was a good try!