St. Pete Beach Family Photography

Once our kids start going off to college, the days that the entire family can be together become fewer and, when they happen, take on a sweeter quality.  When the Blankenship family’s daughter, Ashley, was in town for spring break, I got to capture some quality family time on St. Pete Beach! The love between them is obvious! Here are a few of my favorites …



10-year-old Tristan told me that he misses his big sister since she went to college.  Can you tell?
















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Maternity & Newborn Model Call! St. Pete/ Tampa Photographer

Calling all beautiful mommas-to-be and sweet newborn babies! I’m looking for two women to model for maternity photos, to be done at 30-37 weeks of pregnancy (no modeling experience necessary) and two newborn babies (7-15 days old).*

For maternity modeling, you will receive professional hair and makeup, 1-2 hour session, and 5 high-resolution digital files with print release. Total value is $475.

For newborn modeling, you will receive a 2-3 hour session in your home and 10 high-resolution digital files with print release. Total value is $525*

If interested, please e-mail me at, tell me a little bit about yourself, and attached a photo of yourself.

I can’t wait to get to know you!



*Sessions to be held in the St. Pete/Tampa area. Newborn session will include baby only. If you would like to include mom/dad/siblings, please let me know and we can work out a discounted family session to be held at the same time. We can pencil in a date for the newborn session, but I’m flexible, because I know babies arrive on their own schedule!



Fred & Anik – Sunset Beach / Treasure Island Florida Engagement Session

I had the pleasure of photographing this attractive, fun-loving couple in their element — at the beach, and on the waves! I’ve known Anik for a while, having met her in a business class.  She’s a gorgeous person, inside and out. You may remember Anik from this Day in the Life session with her young daughter.  Well, I was thrilled when I learned that Anik had met her love, Fred, who she spoke of glowingly.  I couldn’t wait to meet this man who had stolen her heart!

Well, Fred is just as wonderful as Anik described, and they’re obviously head over heels in love!  (They’re both the type of people who make you feel comfortable right away, like you’ve been friends all along.)

This was such a fun session!  Here are some of my favorite images.  Leave a comment below and let me know which ones are your favorites, and why!





It was the most natural thing to head to the coast for Anik and Fred’s engagement session.  They not only love stand-up paddle boarding, but they have a yoga/stand up paddle boarding business, Bella Soul Yoga and SUP!  Check out their website here!


I didn’t think there was much in the way of surfing on the Gulf Coast. I learned from Fred, who’s an expert on the subject, that Sunset Beach is the place to be if you want to catch some waves.  Sunset Beach is a beach on the southern tip of Treasure Island, between The Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay.  It’s primarily a residential beach community full of charming fishing cottages.  It was explained to me that this area has waves that attract local surfers because it has a sandbar with big drop-off, which creates a large swell that breaks to the north.  There are also large rock jetties. On any given weekend, you’ll find hundreds of surfers there. Who knew?









I’m looking forward to capturing Anik and Fred’s wedding next year in St. Augustine!




No big story here, just wanted you to see our kitty cat, Bailey!  He’s half Maine Coon, half what we’ll call ‘Street Cat’.  He adds so much warmth and personality to our home.  Isn’t he a beauty?

A Day in the Life Family Documentary Session – St. Petersburg, Florida

Home …. where our story begins.  There’s nothing more important in a child’s life than the home you’ve created for them, and when they’re grown and out of the house, with families of their own, they will think back to those days…

In a Day in the Life Family Documentary session, I spend the day with a family, documenting what happens in their natural environment. I love being a silent observer and photographing authentic interactions that happen when they forget about the camera – not staged or contrived, but natural. Which is why I use only the natural light that gently filters through the windows of their home – so that they can see their lives authentically.

I felt so privileged to spend the day with single mom, Anik, and her 5-year-old daughter, Kyra. They truly have their own little world together, and I loved documenting it.




This type of lifestyle session has become so special to me and to those I work with. Children grow up fast. Documenting milestones is important, but taking photographs of daily life allows us to freeze time in a different, meaningful way.  By spending the day with a family, I can deliver memories of their lives now:  their children’s favorite toys, childhood rooms, their life, and commemorate the fun and relaxed moments with their parents at home.

The playful times…





I can’t help but wonder if Kyra would remember playing ball in the house … in their Christmas dresses … without this photograph?



Anik and Kyra spent part of their day making mint brownies, as Kyra loves to bake. After Mom helped her put on her floral apron, Kyra climbed up on a chair to help. I could tell this is an activity that they do often, as Kyra knew exactly what to do. Anik told me, “We make brownies quite a bit. She wants to have her own YouTube Channel where she can explain how she bakes things.”






I was charmed by Kyra and Anik. They have a gentle relationship, and I think these photographs show the emotional connection between them.

Anik is a Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach and owner of Anik Perspectives. I had the pleasure of taking some photographs for her website, so I am familiar with the work she does — but I loved seeing how she brings some of this home with her.  As part of her job, Anik holds retreats, which is not surprising, as their home life in St. Pete feels like a family retreat.

Lego time!




Anik is also a representative for doTerra oils.  She and Krya use doTerra essential oils on their feet to help them relax. It was sweet to watch this 5-year-old gently massage the oil into Mom’s feet.


Mom has taught her daughter about what oils to use for different purposes, and they each have their favorite scents.






Krya and Anik love crafting together, and making dream catchers has become a hobby recently. When they go on bike rides in the Tampa Bay area, they collect items like feathers, twigs, seed pods, and acorns that they use to make dream catchers.

Kyra has a dream box that her mother bought for her in Utah. In Native American tradition, if you write your dream down, put it in the box, and say your dream out loud each night, it will come true.  Kyra placed a note that said “I am Elsa” (from Disney’s Frozen) into the box.  Then, she hung her dream catcher over her bed for good measure.  The next morning, Kyra ran to her mom and announced, “I had a dream that I was Elsa!”  She likes to say that her dream came true … in her dreams!




As a photographer, these sessions are important to me because I am able to photograph the connections and feelings that families have now, but aren’t able to see. Think about it. When your children are looking through photographs 20 or 30 years from now, they’ll see where their memories came from – how you played with them, held them; how you looked at them … how you felt about them.



Doing an at-home documentary session like this one makes me smile, and I feel so thankful that I get to be the photographer who enters their world.


You can watch a highlight video from my day spent with Kyra and Anik here.

If you are interested in booking a Family Documentary session, contact me here.  I would love to get to know you!

Oh, and Mom acted as Kyra’s film production crew for her very first YouTube video on how to make Brownies!  She’s just too cute!  Check it out here:

Corey & Lauren – Engaged! Downtown St. Pete, Florida Engagement Session

I had the honor of photographing Lauren & Corey in downtown St. Pete to celebrate their engagement!  I could tell that they’re head over heels in love!



We wandered around Vinoy Park, in St. Petersburg, with all its awesomeness.  It’s one of my favorite spots in the Tampa Bay area. It was a humid Florida day, but Lauren and Corey didn’t seem to notice anything but each other 🙂


“From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home.”  ~Dana Marie Bell





What a perfect way to celebrate their new engagement!  I feel honored that Lauren and Corey allowed me to capture this very special time in their lives!

Click here to watch a highlight video of some of my favorite images!



What do you want to remember? Capturing your child’s personality at home. Tampa Bay / Orlando Children’s Photographer

One of my favorite quotes about photography was stated by famed French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson:  “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

Life is fantastic, busy, at times overwhelming, and joyous.  It can get away from us.  There are many activities to consume our days, one after the other, until we look back and realize an entire year has gone by … then two … then 10.  “…and there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

It’s so important to hire a photographer who can capture the emotion of your life.  A photographer who can create beautiful pieces of art that show your children’s true personalities, where they shine the most, in the comfort of the place that they will always remember as “home”.

There are so many details in our daily lives that we will want to remember many years from now … like our child’s favorite toys…




As the days slip into weeks, and the weeks into years, what will you want to remember?

How about the image of your lovely little girl in her beautiful room that you’ve worked so hard to make into her own little respite from the world…


And backyard fun!







Reading time…

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”  ~Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail (1998)


Nap time in Dad’s favorite chair…


And all those loving touches and snuggles!






This big sister’s exact words:  “I wuv my wittle bwudda.”


When your children grow up, will they be able to look at photographs of their childhood room?  I wish I had taken more photographs of my kids’ rooms as they were growing up.  I know that little details have slipped from my mind, and theirs. Capture it now!  The tiny shoes, the books, and stuffed animals…





So, what do you want to remember?  A photograph, when created well, can take you back in time and make you feel the emotion of a moment, like nothing else.



Make sure you hire a photographer who can capture the emotion of your family’s memories.

Contact This Life Photography – Images by Melinda at to talk about your in-home, custom photography session.  (Based in Tampa Bay/Orlando, Florida; available to travel anywhere.)

A recent client said:  “I will never grow old… I will never forget the most cherished moments of my life… There was a day not so long ago that I may have actually believed these things. Today, I know better. The details of the vast collection of blessings our friends and family have bestowed upon us over the years are sometimes difficult to recall exactly. We are so fortunate that one of those many blessings was meeting you, Melinda. Your eye for the world around you allows you to capture much more than just an image.  The depth of feeling and emotion you’re able to enchant each frozen moment in time with, is priceless.  Today, when we look at all the special moments you have recorded forever in time with our family and friends, we are able to not only recall the image, but the full breath of emotion that each brought us long ago.  Thank you so much!”  ~The Sovocools, Orlando, Florida.

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Click here to contact me, or call 727-768-4378.


Client Referral Program!

It’s time to officially launch my new client referral program!  Many people don’t realize that a custom photography business like mine is built on word-of-mouth referrals. I truly appreciate when happy clients tell their friends and families about my services, and I want show my appreciation!  So… here’s how it works:

If you’re a former client, and you refer a friend who books a session, you will receive a $50 print credit on your next session as a thank you gift. It can be applied to any type of session (family, couples, maternity, newborn, engagement, lifestyle, boudior).  And guess what? You may receive an unlimited number of print credits! In addition, your friend who books a session will also receive a one-time $50 print credit. (Print credits expire one year after issuance.)


Make sure to tell your friends when they contact me to let me know that you referred them, so I’ll know who to thank!







Sultry Boudoir Session – Tampa Boudoir Photographer

Ms. M. totally rocked her boudoir session!  This Tampa Bay area lady admitted that she was a little nervous, but she’s a natural beauty in front of the camera!  These timeless images were captured using only the sweet natural light that filters through the French doors of the bedroom that she shares with her husband.


Ms. M. enjoyed a day of pampering and glamour!










Oh, that sparkle in her eye!


This is what Ms. M. said after seeing her photographs:  “LADIES OF THE TAMPA BAY AREA: you need a Boudoir photo session with This Life Photography! No matter your age or shape or size, or whether you are single or a mom or a grandmother… you need this day to be pampered and made to feel like a movie star. They are ALL very tasteful and beautiful. Trust me! It’s an empowering and affirming experience.”

Do you want a very special gift for your significant other, or just a day of pampering and glamour for yourself?  Contact me about your custom Boudoir session, including professional hair and makeup. Contact me at, or click here to request more information.

Ms. M’s hair was styled by the amazingly talented Josh Rodriguez, Master Stylist and Colorist, and color by Randy Gant Colorist, both of Urbanity Salonspa, in Tampa, Florida.

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The Magic of Beginnings – St. Petersburg / Tampa Bay Lifestyle Photographer

I had the privilege of shooting a lifestyle session with this fun couple, Stacie and Steve, who recently picked up and moved from New York City to St. Petersburg, Florida.  Talk about a major lifestyle change!

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”  ~Meister Eckhart

This photography session was a perfect way to commemorate – and celebrate – their new life together in the Sunshine City!


I have to say, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this adorable courtyard in the historic building where they live.  Does it say “Florida lifestyle” or what?  It’s a perfect place to unwind after a long day, with a nice glass of wine.




“Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.” Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun.


Stacie is owner of Stacie’s Cottage Cafe, located at 501 1st Ave North.  The atmosphere is cozy, and the food is fantastic.  Let me tell you, she makes a mean chicken salad!


The cafe is as cute as she is!

We walked around and explored a little in the western part of downtown St. Pete.


There’s a lot of beauty in St. Pete… also some funkiness.  Like this art installation, “Face the Jury” located at the St. Petersburg Judicial Center,  545 First Avenue North.  The art display was created by Boston artist Douglas Kornfeld in 2006, for Pinellas County’s public art program. There are 13 bright red metal chair sculptures that are arranged so that a normal-size defendant’s chair faces and looks up to twelve jury chairs that are at least six-feet high and of varying shapes.  Fun!


And those trees!!!


We’re already planning the next lifestyle session, at Stacie and Steve’s new beach house in St. Pete Beach, which is being renovated.  Stay tuned!

9/3/2016 Update:  Stacie & Steve are staring in an episode of HGTV’s “Beach Front Bargain Hunt:  Renovation”!  The episode airs on Saturday, September, 10, 2016, at 9:00 p.m.  Congratulations, Stacie and Steve!  I wish you many happy years and incredible memories in your new home!