Tampa Wedding Photographer

Hello!

I'm Alicia.  Mother to the stunning Sadie, sweet Jax, mischievous McKay, and baby Andi.  Wife of patient, perfect Ben.

I'm a native of Seminole, Florida, but I currently live in beautiful Tampa, Florida.  I love Florida's sunny skies, warm evenings, and wacky residents. I spend my days jumping on the trampoline and making PB&J sandwiches for my four crazy children.  And I always have a camera handy to capture life's moments!

In my past life (pre-children), I earned a B.S. degree in Exercise Science at Brigham Young University.  Shortly thereafter I began teaching middle school science in Tampa and earned a Master's degree in Teaching from the University of Tampa.  I "retired" from teaching when my oldest child was born, 9 years ago.

MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY..... 

Eight years ago, Sarah, my photographer sister-in-law, convinced me to explore photography.  I will forever be grateful!!!  It was love at first click!  Since then I've read, researched, and been mentored by some fabulous photographers. 

While I initially started in the wedding photography industry, I stepped back from it and pursued family and portrait photography while I was actively growing my own family.  Now that our family is complete I'm thrilled to be photographing weddings, elopements, and couples again! 

MY PHILOSOPHY......

I love pictures that evoke emotion and capture memories - playful interchanges, laughter, and connections. My goal is to get a great mixture of posed and playful pictures with a casual, comfortable feel. I believe every picture you receive should be frame-worthy. Each photograph is edited and enhanced before you receive the finished product.  And I believe  every client should have ownership of all their edited pictures, so I include that in every package.

Life is too wonderful not to document!

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How to prepare your child for a photo shoot

Sarah was her normal, wonderful self and offered to take our family pictures. She had no idea what she had signed up for though!

As a photographer I know it can be challenging working with kids.  We have a lot of tricks up our sleeves including singing their favorite songs, doing goofy dances, letting them scream (it looks like a smile in the photographs), bringing a fun toy, tickling them, asking them questions to get them comfortable, playing chase, telling jokes, saying silly things like “Daddy has stinky feet” and whatever else works.  Never ever have I had so much trouble getting kids to cooperate as I did on my own family photography session.  So embarrassing!

Truthfully it was just poor planning on my part though. These are the things I learned from this session that parents can do to help their kids be happy so we can get stellar photographs.

  • Make sure the kids are well fed beforehand.
  • Bring snacks and drinks.
  • Make sure the kids have had good naps.
  • Make sure the kids are a comfortable temperature.  We were dying of heat in these pictures.
  • Don’t schedule the photo shoot at or past their bedtimes.  Work around their schedule and plan the photography session during their happiest time.
  • Be in a happy and playful mood during the photo session and don’t let the stress get to you.  My kids really mimic my mood and I was feeling rushed and worried to get us all ready on time.  Consequently they were feeling nervous and crazy because of me.
  • Start getting ready loooonnnng before you need to leave so you won’t feel rushed or anxious.
  • Explain to them ahead of time what will happen and the behavior your expect from them.
  • Let the photographer be the photographer.  Don’t try to micromanage the photography session.  Let the photographer tell the children how to sit and where to look.  Actually, as a photographer I find the more I direct kids the more stressed they become.  If they are getting too many instructions and from multiple people it gets overwhelming and kills their happy mood.  Chose wisely what instructions you give and keep it at a minimum.
  • Let them know there is a reward at the end if they behave properly….ice cream, popsicles, a trip to the park, a toy they’ve been wanting, or the like.
Anyways, I made every error possible.  Miraculously Sarah was able to get a few good ones, but after about a half hour we all decided to just give up. We’ll try again soon.  And next time will be different!
how to prepare your child for a photo shoot tampa florida

In the picture above, I was demonstrating to the kids what I wanted them to do. It turned out to be my favorite picture of the night!

jumping off chairs

These pictures were taken in our neighborhood of Watersedge in New Port Richey, FL. We often take nightly strolls to this spot and watch the sunset together.  I love that our pictures are at a place that’s meaningful and special to us.

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