Park + Cookies = Magic. The story starts in a Tampa park but always ends at home. {Tampa outdoor and in-home photographer}

"It's that time of year" is always an email subject I love to read from a returning family photo session client! We did a two part session - first at a local park and then headed to their house to bake some cookies. (And Noah even drank straight from the milk carton like he likes to do!!) Last year we met at a local beach to celebrate Ellie turning one! The ride in between was super fun because the two older kids asked to ride with me! I love multi-location family photo sessions around Tampa or St. Pete - keeps us moving and the kids excited and happy - so don't be afraid to ask me for this type of session!

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St. Pete Beach Family: Extended Family Vacation {St. Pete and Tampa Photographer}

Saying goodbye to the beach....it hurts! It does, but this family has an adventure ahead of them as the move out of state.  So, Sarah asked for us to do her family photo session with grandparents at a local beach in St. Pete and of course I said Yes! 

Our two our extended family beach photo session was full of locations and fun - but of course I'll let the images and a few words do the talking....

While the sun was still high in the sky we started off in a little park which added some mangrove greenery to the first part of our Florida beach photo session. I started with some more traditional portraits so that when we hit the beach it would be all FUN (meaning I could direct less and shoot as things flowed)! These grandparents where super relaxed and love their families so very much! (See another grandparents beach session here)

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On our way back to the beach we needed to cross a beautiful boardwalk, which offered another unique and "florida vacation" type background. The kids were more than willing to run some laps along the bridge! 

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The bubbles came out and you can really tell how windy it was! I love capturing the color and texture and patterns of the florida beach sand and this was the perfect opportunity during this part of our St. Pete Beach family photography session! (see my personal images on St. Pete beach here)

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Look at these amazing grandparents during the family session! These grandkids will cherish these images now and in many years! I think more grandparents should be in family photography sessions!

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Last but not least, we headed to and in the water (it was windy and a tad chilly) so after some fun beach family playing they went inside for a quick change to warm up and then we closed out our St. Pete beach family photography session with guitar playing at sunset. 

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Adventuring Around Tampa {Tampa Family Photography}

A family of six has lots of interests and we hit upon many of them! We played street hockey, rode bikes and scooters, shared sodas, played football, laughed at the monkey in the middle during our Tampa Family Photography session. After all of that we made a dash to another Tampa park where we had the most beautiful golden light and an empty park (gasp!)! They kids offered up ideas (hide behind mom & dad, serious faces, jumping shots) and it was beyond fun for me...and when I received this comment from the mom it made my day! 

"Let me just say, it IS fun!!!! Maggie, your talent to get children (and adults) to relax in front of the camera is amazing - only second to your talent behind the lens! Oh, and the kids think you are their new best friend too😁. So, yes, do it! You will not regret it!!!"

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Anna Maria Island Extended Family Fun {Grandparents Florida Beach Photographer}

While growing up in Tampa my parents would take us to Anna Maria Island for day trips to the beach. I have endless memories of going with my parents, then my high school friends and now my own family.  We were recently on AMI with my parents so I asked to do a grandparents vacation photo shoot with them. We did some pictures in the late afternoon while playing on the beach and then after showers and dinner we did some sunset fun pictures. They played, ran jumped and creating memories that will last a lifetime!! Can you believe they did a pyramid?!?!