Baby Girl Turns 1 { Tampa Bay Childrens Photographer }

Late afternoon. University of Tampa. Fall in Florida. Crazy green still!

Meet Bobbie, Robert and the beautiful Abby.

What a laid back, totally relaxed and ready to just enjoy a shoot type of family:)

This was a shoot/ private photography lesson all wrapped into one since Bobbie had already been through my DSLR class and is also a part of the Female Factor Project.

( we still need 4 more ladies for this so please contact us if you think you would like to be a part of 2014  project. )

Baby girl was REALLY not in the mood for anything but mulch so we just let her be for the most part, and just hung out and talked while Abby explored.

The greatest lesson here is that you can pose while not actually posing. You can get great shots even with a child not interested in you AT ALL.

And you can meet the GREATEST people when you least expect it. Bobbie and Robert you guys just plain ROCK.

I have NEVER had a man say after a shoot “that was so fun”. EVER. Until Robert ! THANK YOU !!!

Please get to know Bobbie much better below and let the family know what you think by leaving comments for them underneath this post:)

 

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What do you do for work / and or what are you trained in?

“I am a professional musician. I completed my doctorate in French Horn Performance in 2010 and now work as a teacher and freelance musician. Locally, I sub with the Florida Orchestra and Opera Tampa. I am also an adjunct professor at Polk State College where I teach Music Appreciation and Horn lessons. I think I have the most fun, though, teaching private lessons to my middle school and high school Horn students. I have about a dozen students and I really enjoy working with them and getting to know them. Sometimes in our lessons we end up talking less about music and more about life.”

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What female inspires you now? Why? 

“My undergraduate horn professor and now friend, Amy Jo. I was so in awe of her when she was my teacher and I remain in awe of her to this day. She’s talented, smart, and a beautiful person both inside and out. She exudes confidence and has this deep inner strength. She’s both a highly accomplished musician and an amazing mom. I don’t know how she manages it all so effortlessly! I don’t get to see her very often but when I do, I always feel re-inspired by her and her life.”

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What female impacted/inspired you most as a child ?

“My mom. She was only 19 when she had me so she had to grow up quickly! She was a pianist and had just begun her Music Education degree when she got pregnant, so she ended up putting her degree on hold until many years later so that she could raise me and my sister. I don’t think I fully understood until I became a mom myself just how many selfless decisions like that she probably had to make. As a young child, I used to fall asleep listening to her practice and she started teaching me to play the piano when I was 3. I know I would not be a musician today if it weren’t for my mom.”

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What’s your greatest dream?

“To make a difference! To make someone’s life better. To make the world a little better, even? Perhaps that sounds simplistic and naïve, but I want my life to have purpose. At home, my dream is to be the best mom I can be for Abigail. I hope to raise her to be a loving, generous, and compassionate person. My faith is of upmost importance to me and I pray that Abby, too, will grow up to have faith with deep roots. Outside of our home, I hope I can make a difference in my Horn students’ lives. Middle school and high school, in particular, can be some of the most difficult and challenging years for many kids. I hope to be someone my students can trust and depend on. I also dream of returning to Africa someday. I took a trip to South Africa years ago and the experience left a huge impression on my heart. My husband and I sponsor a young girl in Ethiopia and it would be a dream come true to meet her someday.”

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What is your greatest accomplishment?

“Completing my doctorate. I was completely discouraged and beaten down by the end of it, but I stuck with it and never gave up.”

What is your biggest fear?

“I have a huge fear of failure. I’m not proud to admit it, but there have been times when that fear has been strong enough to keep me from even trying to do something. I struggle with worry and anxiety and while I know it’s wasted energy, I have yet to learn how to turn those negative thoughts off! I tend to doubt myself a lot and I know that holds me back from living my life to the fullest.”

What is your biggest fear?

“I have a huge fear of failure. I’m not proud to admit it, but there have been times when that fear has been strong enough to keep me from even trying to do something. I struggle with worry and anxiety and while I know it’s wasted energy, I have yet to learn how to turn those negative thoughts off! I tend to doubt myself a lot and I know that holds me back from living my life to the fullest.”

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What do you love most about your children? Tell us about them!

“Abigail just turned 1 so I am a pretty new mom. I love the way she crinkles up her nose when she giggles. I love her long, dark eyelashes. I love her goofiness. I love how she has learned to blow kisses and give me hugs. I love that she loves books. In fact, when I put her down for her naps I usually just leave her with a board book and she turns the pages – intently studying the pictures – until she finally lays down and falls asleep. It’s crazy, I know. I love her chubby little legs! I love how she “dances” to music by spinning around in circles, arms outstretched, until she gets dizzy and falls down. I love how she is already so friendly, strong, and beautiful.”

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What do you hope to do different for her than how you were raised?

“I think I would like for Abigail to be able to talk to me more freely and openly. While I talk to my parents about anything and everything now, I don’t remember having many real, honest discussions with them while I was growing up and I know there were some times when that would have been helpful.”
What do you want to do the same?

“My mom came up with the most creative and imaginative activities for me and my sister when we were growing up. She let us drape sheets all across the living room furniture to make giant forts. If our Barbies were having a wedding, she would obligingly play the piano for the processional music. I hope I can be a fun mom like that, too! I also hope to create family traditions like the ones I had growing up. My dad made birthday pancakes for us every year and he would make as many pancakes as our age. (By year 18 they were basically silver dollar size.) Abigail turned 1 this year I made her her first birthday pancake in honor of Papa.”

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What is your greatest advice based on your experiences to the young females of today?

“Look for opportunities to connect with other women. This past year I met an incredible group of women who are all new moms, and I honestly can’t imagine my life without them. We learn from each other, we encourage one another, and we have tons of fun playing together with our babies. Each mom is unique and special and has so much to share and offer. Consider being the person who reaches out to someone else. Invite them to join you for a walk, meet up for coffee, anything!”

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Tell us about random act of kindness.

“Actually, just yesterday at the post office two people let me ahead of them in line because I was carrying Abigail. It was a little thing, but that simple act of kindness stuck with me all day.”

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What’s your statement?

“Be true to YOU. Stop worrying about trying to impress everyone else! (I’m definitely still working on this myself.)”

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