One of my favorite quotes, “The days are long, but the years are short” is perfect for this type of portraits.  As the Mom of two teenagers myself, I simply cannot believe how time has flown.  During different stages of their childhood, I felt like they would never sleep through the night, be out of diapers, stop holding my hand when they crossed the street… but in time all those milestones did happen and here you are with a Senior in High School!  Yikes!!  I know you can’t possibly feel old enough to have a Senior or quite imagine what it will be like next year when they are off on a new path at college or out into the real world.  Life will truly be different after graduation!
Senior Portraits with Mary Ebert Photography are about capturing this last year at home.  Your child’s personality and style.  Do they play a sport?  Love the violin? Love fashion? In the theatre at school?  Love to read or love their car? This is all about capturing what makes your child unique.  It’s not the yearbook photo, although that is a wonderful memory too.  I hope you will check out the images in my Senior Gallery.  They will give you an idea of the style of a Senior Portrait Session with me.  You will see several images of each of the seniors I have worked with recently. I love to get creative and customize a session that will capture just who they are right now. The beach?  The field?  Mudding in the woods?  My studio? A cool coffeehouse or bookstore?  The possibilities are endless but your time is not.  Soon they will be off and I promise you, you will cherish these images for years to come!

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Are you expecting a little addition to your family?  Do you want to find a newborn photographer but are unsure of what to ask?  Well, don’t worry! I’ve put a few tips together to get you started.  Read on….

Tip One- Start Early! 

The best thing to do is start early!  Ideally you would have your newborn photographer selected by the beginning of your 3rd trimester.  You’ll want to look at their website & blog, their style, how they process their images and start thinking about what type of photography appeals the most to you.

Tip Two- Lifestyle versus Posed Newborn Photography

There are two main types of newborn photography- lifestyle and posed. Lifestyle photography captures newborns and their families in an artistic manner and the art of everyday life.

Posed newborn photography is much like the title.  Photographers will work with positioners, props and backdrops and pose your newborn for their portraits.

Many times a newborn photographer will focus on either lifestyle or posed photography, but not both. Choose the style that most appeals to you & your family.

Tip Three- In Studio or In your Home?

Some newborn photographers work only in their own studio, some work only in your home (even for posed photography) and some give you the option to choose.  Make sure to ask your photographer how they work and if they give you a choice, the pros and cons to each.

Tip Four- Safety!!! 

Be sure to ask prospective newborn photographers about their experience.  Newborn photography is special because the photographer is handling and caring for your baby for hours at a time.  You want someone who is experienced in caring for, posing, and photographing an infant.

Tip Five- Pricing and Products

It’s likely that you will find many different pricing structures when speaking with professional photographers. Make sure you understand what their session (or creative) fee does and does not include. Some photographers offer just the newborn session while others offer a baby plan that covers this first year in several sessions.  Ask for a complete pricing guide and most photographers should be able to give you an average price range for investment in their products.

Tip Six- Timing for the Session 

Most babies don’t arrive on their due date, so how do you schedule a session in advance?  Well, most newborn photographers leave room in their schedules for these sessions.  Once you select a photographer, they will most likely “soft schedule” your session and request that you put Dad or another family member in charge of contacting them once your little one arrives.  Newborn sessions are best completed within the first 10 days, so it’s important to hand this task over to someone else as you will be consumed with your new bundle of joy!

I hope these tips will help as you start your search for a newborn photographer.  There are many factors in choosing the right one for your family.  Having a baby is a important event and you deserve to have it captured with quality photography.

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As a family photographer in Tampa, I love working with little ones & seeing their personalities! Recently, I had the pleasure of working with this sweet family at the University of Tampa.  It’s one of my favorite places for sessions in South Tampa. Plant Hall and the grounds of the University of Tampa campus are always beautiful! It was an absolutely gorgeous day & Mom did a great job coordinating the family look!

At the start of all my sessions, I spend a little time talking to the kids so they get a little more comfortable with me, look at my cameras if they want & break the ice a bit.  Big brother was talkative and ready to go, but his little sister was a bit more serious.  At 18 months, she was ready to move and explore.  As a family photographer in Tampa that specializes in working with little ones, I know they have short attention spans and don’t always want to stay where we’d like them to pose! At this age, moving quick and giving lots of breaks is critical!

South Tampa Children Photographer of 18 month old girl

This cutie’s older brother loved exploring the outside of Plant Hall and had the sweetest smile for the camera.

Portrait of Young Boy at Plant Hall at the University of Tampa

He even convinced his little sister to sit for a quick moment which allowed me to capture this adorable shot.

Sibling portrait at University of Tampa, Plant Hall

Having Mom & Dad close by always helps when working with very young children.  They can coax a giggle and a laugh or give a quick tickle.  The pathways at the University of Tampa are so perfect for capturing these moments.

Family Photographer in Tampa, portraits at University of Tampa

By far my favorite part of the session was when the photo shoot was supposed to be over.  With 10 years in the portrait business, I know some of the best, most relaxed expressions can come when the kids think they are done.  Mom brought along some gifts for behaving- superhero capes and masks.  Well, let me tell you those kiddos faces lit up and they couldn’t wait to put them on!  My absolute favorite image from the session is this one below.

Halloween costumes at University of Tampa

Holding hands walking back to Mom & Dad after exploring the University of Tampa grounds, such sweet expressions. Capturing this moment for Mom & Dad is what just part of the reason I love being a portrait photographer.

Would love to know what you think! Feel free to comment and share!  If you are looking for a family photographer in Tampa, I would love the opportunity to work with you!



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