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    I'm Dana, a natural light photographer in Tampa, FL (and the surrounding areas). I'd love it if you stayed a while, clicked around the website, and check out my work in families, children, maternity, and lifestyle newborn sessions!

    The D Family at Redington Beach Pier

    Tampa Family Photographer

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    This was my first session back at the beach since the dreaded Hurricane Irma hit our side of the state.  I was anxious all day to see how to storm affected my beloved pier and beach.  When we arrived, I saw that not only was the pier closed, but some of the support beams had fallen over.  Also, the beach was very eroded which made an amazing sand bar that we took full advantage of!  We danced, twirled, and jumped in the water.  This is was one of those families who I just can’t get enough of.  You can tell that they truly enjoy each others company.  They had so much fun together and I was just there to document it!  Thank you for being so awesome, D Family (even though you’re a bunch of Gators!  LOL).  I hope to see you all again next year!

     

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    Tampa Family Photographer

    The C Family at Mullet Creek Park in Safety Harbor

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    A Dana Nicole Photography session that isn’t at the beach?!  Say it ain’t so!  Well, believe it!  Today is literally the first day of Fall and I’m celebrating by posting a non-beach session from this weekend.  We were originally supposed to shoot this at Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, but we learned upon arriving there that it was still closed due to Hurricane Irma.  Boo!  So as a last resort, we googled “parks near Philippe Park” and found this little gem called Mullet Creek Park. As my client said “A little accident ended up being awesome.”  I mean….look at this place!  It offered so many little pockets of beautiful landscape.  Bonus- it had a playground that the kiddies played on too!  This session was shot to celebrate not only one, but both of their birthdays!  Henry will be having his first birthday soon and Scarlett will also be turning three!  We played with bubbles, balloons, and picked some beautiful lantana flowers that were swarming with butterflies.  I think it’s safe to say that I will be returning to this little jewel of a park to do some future sessions!  Happy Birthday kiddos!

     

     

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    The B Family

    Tampa Family Photographer

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    This seems like the perfect first session to blog after Irma the terrible hurricane has devastated our beautiful state of Florida. This session was shot after a loooong day of storms, but we took a chance anyway because you know what happens after a stormy day: a rainbow!  We rolled the dice and drove to the beach and our gambling worked completely in our favor.  We arrived to a rainbow!! (Now please don’t take this post as a sign to start gambling and then go to Vegas to play some craps…When you lose, you may NOT come and complain to me and say “Well, you gambled and it worked!”  NO THANK YOU  😉

    Anyway, I digress…back to this session.  Kudos to mom for putting together an amazing wardrobe for her family.  (I love when moms read my What To Wear Guide!)  I mean, look at little mans suspenders!  They are adorable! We were able to capture some really fun family moments and ended our session with little missy modeling the most gorgeous dress from DollCake.  So incredibly perfect for a beach session. Swoon worthy for sure.  Just as we shot the last picture, a wicked storm began to roll in and we literally had to run for our cars.  We made it just in time to keep everything safe and dry.  Whew!  Thank you, B Family for gambling with me and making this one of the most gorgeous sessions of the summer!  Now, I’m off to Vegas…  JK  😉

     

    Well instead of Vegas, I’ll virtually travel across the country to California to check out what the beaches look like on the other side of the country.  I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine.  We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they’re up to. This month, I’m linking to my friend K.C.  Click here to check out her blog post: Lifestyle Child Photographer in Orange County, California

    Oh and don’t forget to follow along the blog circle.  There’s a group of five of us this month from all over the country!

     

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    The G Family

    Tarpon Springs Family Photographer

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    Waking up at 6 AM definitely has its perks.  There are no people on the road, I get to drink my coffee to my favorite music in the car, and the sunrise is AMAZING!  We ventured to Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs for this sunrise session.  I was a bit nervous since I’ve never been there for the sunrise but all I could say is WOW!  The sunrise is equally as beautiful as a sunset except we got to enjoy it by ourselves.  There are no people there that early which is all kinds of awesome in my book.  No one to photoshop out of the background!  Woohoo!  We had so much fun at the beach.  We chased birds, we splashed, and the girls even took a bit of a swim in their pretty dresses.  I will definitely be scheduling more sunrise sessions here in the future!!

     

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    Chellie and David

    Tampa Maternity Photographer

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    I cannot say enough how refreshing it was to shoot a maternity session!  For months I’ve consistently shot families with young children.  While I absolutely love to capture the innocence of childhood, it’s also nice to be able to give direction to my subjects without jumping up and down or making obnoxious noises to get them to look my way.  When Chellie contacted me to shoot her maternity session, I could not have been more thrilled for them!  I actually shot their engagement session a couple of years ago.  I love being apart of families lives and watching them become engaged, married, and then expecting!  It’s the circle of liiiiiife <—- insert Rafiki holding up baby Simba here.  LOL…  We were blessed with pink cotton candy skies this evening which are totally my jam as you may know.  Swoon! And I also have to point out that Chellie is literally a glowing mommy-to-be.  She has the cutest little baby bump!  Why couldn’t I have looked like that when I was pregnant?!  Haha..  Chellie and David:  I’m so excited for you both and I can’t wait to meet your little guy!

     

     

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    The G Family

    Redington Beach Family Photographer

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    Another fun session with some kite flying!  This beautiful family came to vacation here in St. Pete and brought their best friend and her son along.  They were so much fun!  We got a seriously gorgeous sunset that evening, especially when we decided to take the kite out and fly it.  And how cute is the baby’s headband?!  So perfect for a beach session.  If you’re wondering where she got it, you can find it at Birdie Baby Boutique. I’ve been having such a blast with my vacationing clients, probably because they’re in a Florida state of mind.  Amiright?!  Enjoy these pictures, G Family!

     

     

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