I have had the good fortune to meet so many new families this year.  It's funny because first-time clients can be a little unsure if I actually "got anything good" during our walking, romping, shooting, laughing, acting silly, being-themselves-and-loving-on-their-children kind of session together.  I always smile knowingly, because those types of sessions are always my favorites, and I'm happy to show them their images to reassure them.  And probably calm their jitters! Zurman family, I'm pleased to report that I did, indeed, get lots of good things during our time together.  I hope you agree!


These kids (and their 3 children) ;) were a blast to photograph.  It is obvious that they are a family who shares time, hugs, horseplay, and lots of laughs.  What a fun family to be a part of!

blog2I'll be sharing more recent family sessions in the coming days.  I must confess, when I get super-busy, I tend to go into hibernation mode... which makes for lots of galleries cranked out and lots of work done... but notsomuch visibility here on the blog.  ;)  But I'm still working hard, don't worry!  Galleries are launching left and right, and holiday card orders are being filled as you read this.  Well, after I pour that next cup of coffee, that is.

Enjoy!  And Happy December!!


I had the chance to spend the morning with a really lovely family this past week.  They were warm, relaxed, comfortable, and made me feel right at home too.  I love when sessions just play out this way.  It means that they seem to forget a little bit that I'm there, and we capture their true connections to each other.  All those little moments in between that makes their family so unique and amazing. clearwater baby photography

Gorgeous mama, and gorgeous girls.




Her bed was fabulous, and so was the gorgeous handmade piece hanging above it.  "DREAM" really does suit her space, that's for sure.  Although I'm not so sure she gets a lot of actual sleep ~ judging from all the books and flashlights hidden down inside her covers!  ;)



She had such subtle differences in expression that I loved.


I have so many favorite images from this session. . .  but of course I have to save some surprises for their gallery!   ~Thanks so much for welcoming me into your home this week.  I hope you love your sneak peek, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

a bit of vintage | tampa photographer

I don't know about you, but there is something about Polaroid images that just takes me back to my childhood.  They always remind me of my Popaw Deb and his ever-ready Polaroid cameras.  I think half my life has been documented one 3.5 x 4.25" square at a time.  I can remember pouring over boxes and baskets full of Polaroid squares every time we'd visit Momaw and Popaw's house. bikes_willardky-83

I think this photo was taken in 1982 or so... I was about 5 years old here.  This was at the edge of my grandparents' driveway, because that's their camper behind us.  I'm on the blue bike (far right), my sister Amy is riding the CHiPs motorcycle (anyone remember that show?!) and our friend and neighbor is riding my Dukes of Hazzard big-wheel with the hand-brake by the rear wheel (I loved that thing!).  Ahh, good times!  :)  (PS, hey Brandy Johnson, if you ever read this, email me and I'll send you a copy of this photo!)  :)

I got an email several mornings ago announcing that The Impossible Project was releasing their first production of instant film packs. And it's black and white film!  I am beyond excited and ordered a couple of boxes of PX100 to try it out.  I snapped a few of them recently at the Tampa Museum of Art with friends, as you can see below.  The freshly exposed prints are extremely sensitive to light (and are bright blue as soon as they come out of the camera!), so you can see that the one on the right has exposed a little bit brighter on the bottom half, where it exited the camera first.  I love how the edges are all watery-looking and that there are spots and streaks all over.  So much fun!


As some of you know, I've taken quite a love for Polaroid lately, and have a couple vintage Polaroids here at home that I shoot with as often as I can (and when I can keep film in stock!).  It's quite a difference from shooting digitally, but I truly love my little vintage SX-70 and the charming square photographs she gives me.  (These were shot with plain old 600 film + a ND filter taped over the film cartridge.)


"Coming and Going."  Story of a toddler's life I'd say, wouldn't you?  :)



I brought my Polaroid camera to a recent birthday that I photographed for a repeat client, since I knew in advance that they'd have lots of antique toys as the theme of the party, and they might appreciate my newest vintage obsession.  ;)   As I'd hoped, they had a lovely display of memorabilia and toys (most of them I recognized from my own childhood ~ boy does that ever make you feel your age!).  Combine that with some beautiful window light, and I couldn't resist photographing them with my Polaroid as well as my digital (you can see my other images from their session here).


My sweet Chris got me a pack or two of Time Zero film for Christmas, and I've had a blast playing with it too.  Love the cyan tones that are characteristic of this film.



I also just bought a Holga (yes, the $30 plastic toy camera) and some medium-format film, and I can't wait to play with it and discover all its light leaks and vignettes and blurriness. I hope to share those with you soon too, just for fun!

Anyhow, I've been meaning to share these with y'all for the longest time.  My stack of Polaroid prints is getting quite tall, and I've got lots more to scan in, still.  I've stocked up on lots more film and it really helps me to shoot something a little bit different, just for me, every now and then.  Obviously, with its manual focus, it's a lot easier to photograph things that cannot run away from you (ahem) than it is to chase toddlers with a Polaroid in tow.  So although I might not make it to every session with my SX-70, I certainly might bring it to a few sessions and give my clients a little vintage keepsake every once in a while.  :)

Hope you've enjoyed, and Happy Monday everyone!