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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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!

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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 🙂

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“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

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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!

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Email: melinda@thislifephoto.com

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!

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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.

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

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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!

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The cafe is as cute as she is!

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

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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!

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And those trees!!!

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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!

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