Some Florida Beach Vibes

I’ve been looking through my images from the Florida beaches — the one one I most often visit is Anna Maria Island. I’d like to say I’m an “Anna Maria Island Photographer”. I’d really like to say I live there….maybe one day!!! Already in 2019 I’ve had two Anna Maria Island Family Photo shoots. One was super warm and I even jumped in the Gulf with the kids! The other engagement beach session was a ad chilly! I’ll be posting those soon but for now here are a few Florida beach images.

Anna Maria Island Photographer
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Anna Maria Island Family Photographer

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Bringing Yourself -- Tampa Family Photographer

This momma was super excited yet a bit nervous about her Tampa family photoshoot. We spoke on the phone, discussed the plan, decided on outfits and then we waited for our date! It rained - boo! So, we rescheduled and we ended up with the beautiful evening for our family session exploring downtown Tampa. 

When you bring yourself to our family session - when you relax - when you enjoy your family -  and trust I'm there to capture the best moments - then YOU make the best moments for me. You do! Yes, I'm watching the light, looking for interesting backgrounds, have control over my professional gear -- but without your personality -- it's really not that exciting. You have to bring who you are and then I capture your family memories for you to keep forever!

That's what this family did -- all three of them! We moved around all parts of downtown and created this gorgeous gallery of images. Keep scrolling for all the goodness!

(p.s. This is not a mini-session. This is a full family session - I have very few openings for these available this Fall so contact me asap.)

How cute - she wanted to capture the love of reading they have in their family!

How cute - she wanted to capture the love of reading they have in their family!


Tampa, Florida 2018 Mini Session Information!

Limited Holiday Mini-Session
I will be offering a limited number of mini-session. These will be held back to back and the focus will be on group family images and individual children shots. 

Mini-Session Info
$300 Weekend / $250 weeknight
25 Minute Session
25 Digital Images for Download

Oct 3rd: 6pm, 6:30pm Davis Island Marina Area
Oct 10th: 6pm, 6:30pm Fred Ball Park / Bayshore Blvd
Oct 11th: 6pm, 6:30pm Fred Ball Park / Bayshore Blvd
Oct 18th: 6pm, 6:30pm Davis Island Marina Area

Oct 14th: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Oct 20th: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Oct 21st: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Oct 27th: 8am, 8:30am, 9am at N Franklin Street (urban area around Rialto theatre)
Oct 28th: 8am, 8:30am, 9am at N Franklin Street (urban area around Rialto theatre)
Oct 28th: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Nov 3rd: 8:30am, 9am , 9:30am at Eureka Springs Park
Nov 3rd: 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm St. Pete Arboretum Beach
Nov 4th: 4:00pm 4:30pm, 5:00pm Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Nov 11th: 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am at Eureka Springs Park

**Please note if any large public events are scheduled at any of these locations I will choose a new location. 

When you decide on a date and time, please email me your top 2 choices at I will send you a contract that will include the required deposit of 50% which will secure your spot. The remaining 50% will be due at the time of the shoot (through the same payment method).

Below are some examples of previous mini-sessions. 

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

Eureka Springs Park

Eureka Springs Park

Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa

St. Pete

St. Pete

Rainbow Springs State Park and River Tubing Adventure


We adventured 2 hours north of Tampa to cool off from the August heat and enjoy the Florida Springs....our adventure included a 2 hour tube float on the Rainbow River, a picnic, and jumping and swimming in the Rainbow Springs.

With a little planning ahead, we were able to head out of Tampa around 7am, which got us to the Rainbow River tubing location at 9am, before the parking lot filled up. We had 8 families meeting up to do the 2 hour tube float and there was a little confusion within our group of the exact location - the address that will bring you to the correct launch for the 2 hour tube ride is 10830 SW 180th Ave Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432. The website with a bit of info is here. I found I had more questions about preparing for our here goes our summary! The link above does include some rules like kids have to be 5 years old to tube and that no coolers are allowed down the river. There is also an option for a 4 hour trip - different location and different rules apply. 

We headed to the main building to buy our tickets ($20 each, save your receipt), pick up life jackets, and use the restroom. After all 8 families completed the check in process we left all of our "stuff" in our cars, gave our keys to the office and waited for the tram. 

Here were all the variations of what we wore/carried with us:

  • Only bathing suits
  • Rash guards with shorts
  • Hats / Sunglasses
  • Flip flops / water shoes
  • A life-jacket was required (that they provided) that went along with the tube they provided
  • A long rope to attach tubes together
  • Goggles/Masks - kids loved looking into the clear water and seeing fish, turtles, and ducks 

We hooked the life jackets to the tube handles rather than wearing them. Those that brought flip flops also hooked them through. Everyone left their phones behind and I only brought along my Nikon I use for my professional business with my waterproof bag to keep it safe. (This is also what I use to go in the Gulf of Mexico during family beach sessions.)

NEXT TIME - the flip flops / water shoes are not needed. The walk back from the exit point to the parking lot was fine to walk barefoot. Also, the river was fairly deep so my feet weren't touching the bottom at all. While floating, the kids actually liked having their tubes separate - they could jump off, stand up, and enjoy freedom. When they were linked it was more challenging for all of that.

We waited for the tram for 10-15 minutes, then the tram ride was around 10 minutes. We each grabbed a tube and headed to the launch which lead right into the cool, brisk, beautiful water. 


Listening to everyone walk/jump/run into the water was hilarious. The water is a constant 72 degrees which is a bit chilly for us Floridians. With the sun shining on our backs we got used to the temperature quickly.

Here is a snapshot of our first few minutes on the river. I was immediately thrilled by the crystal clear water and the beautiful green colors of the grass on the bottom. 


We had read differing information of the length of the float, which likely varies due to the current. Our trip was 1 hour 45 minutes, but felt like only an hour as we enjoyed every second. The "I'm hungry" cries from both kids and adults started 10 minutes before the end as it was just after noon so our timing was perfect. 

After our tube ride we planned to drive to the main "headsprings" entrance of the park to picnic and swim in the headsprings.  Keep on scrolling for more info and tips on this part of our adventure. 


Exiting the river was obvious and easy with a 5-10 minute walk back to the main office. After depositing our tubes and life jackets we were back at our cars and driving the 10 minutes to the headsprings entrance. 

Still in our bathing suits, we took our coolers, towels, and changes of clothes into the park where we promptly picked a shady, grassy hill to chow down. **Bring your receipt from the tube payment as it will show you paid the $2 entrance fee, otherwise you will be paying again, or walking back to the car.**

The headsprings area of Rainbow River State Park  had so much to offer with pavillions, grassy areas, the swimming area and more places to explore (that we didn't make it to). 

After enjoying our packed picnic lunch we wanted to jump into the spring with the kids....then we quickly burned off some of lunch with the amount of treading water we had to do! The spring is deep with no place to rest -- which is why everyone had noodles. We weren't aware of this, so treading water was our only option! Noodles are the only approved flotation device allowed in the spring and next time we will definitely bring some along.


We were on our way home around 3pm eating the rest of our snacks and already discussing when we plan to return! 

My mini-session registration is open and they are filling up fast. Details here!