Senior Photography … Highlight on FSU bound – Reagan Wimberly!

Senior Photography Highlight of the week!

A Senior photography session is a great way to capture this moment in time and really focus and celebrate all of the graduates hard work and success. It is certain that this teen has a lot to celebrate! As you can see she is not only gorgeous, but has such a sweet, calm, soul and demeanor. Not only that but she is the oldest of one of my favorite families ever! I am highlighting these senior photography sessions to give these seniors a little bit back from the rest of the senior year that was lost due to this pandemic. Teens are such an inspiration, I hope these bring joy to others seeing that life is still moving forward in a positive direction.
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Oh the places you will go!

Reagan wanted a session that was in somewhat of an urban session and also beachy. For that reason, Dunedin was the perfect spot! Reagan choose 4 looks, casual, dressy, cap and gown, and FSU college shirt! I always suggest at least 4 outfits and props if you were in a club or an activity.  Some kids even bring their car as a prop! To see more senior portrait session tips click here!

At Sickles Reagan had 8 AP classes, an A average in all her honors classes, honor roll all the way through. With all of these accomplishments she was awarded an AP capstone diploma!

All these hard classes didn’t stop her from being extremely active. She was in Interact Club for 3 years, American Sign Club, PTSA Club, Kids First Club, and National Honor Society.

This girl is so well rounded! Sports are one of her passions as well! Juggling all of the above plus was captain of the Lacrosse team, Varsity Soccer Team at Sickles and also was team captain for Tampa Bay United Soccer Club.

Volunteering also kept her busy with a total of 114 hours through various mission trips, homeless meals, 5k’s and more!

Florida State University is lucky to have this top notch kiddo! With out a doubt, she will knock her pre-med studies out of the park!  Eventually, Reagan wants to go to PA school. This well rounded girl is also looking forward to tailgates and sorority life ❤️💛❤️💛!
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Tampa senior pictures Bella Class of 2020 from Alonso High School

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Tampa senior pictures Bella- Alonso High School, Class of 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus, tampa senior class of 2020 and all over the world are not getting the send off that every senior dreams of. They have put in hard work, loads of time and their blood sweat and tears into getting to this point that they should be painting the town red! But now with the home lock downs, they are far from that. Without a doubt they deserve some recognition! Robin Reiss Photography has done tampa senior pictures for some amazing young adults and will be spot lighting some of our very special seniors that were born in the year of 9/11 and now graduating during a pandemic.

Meet AHS Class of 2020 Senior, Bella!

With spring upon us, hers is a gallery to inspire you for your spring or summer senior session with Robin Reiss Photography! If you live in Tampa, you know how well Alonso’s girls flag football team did last year! Obviously, with the state title win Bella had to include her uniform, football and even her ring and medal as part of her senior pictures! I always encourage seniors to bring as much as they can to tell their story. Bella did a great job in bringing lots of props to incorporate into her shoot! For more ideas for senior pictures check out this recent blog post!

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Alonso senior is more than just an athlete and a pretty face…

Yes, she is cute as a button and all in all a skilled athlete. Bella is also a very well rounded student. She will graduate as an Honor Grad and is Secretary of the Senior Class, President of the Key Club, 2 -year Editor in Chief of the Yearbook, Captain of the Alonso Girls Varsity Golf Team, Secretary of FBLA, member of the girls Flag Football team, Beta Club, NHS, Rho Kappa, and Environmental Club. As a result of all of her hard work she was accepted into every Florida School she applied to. She will be a welcomed addition to FSU in the fall where she is going to study Journalism, communications, and marketing.

Personality Plus!

Above all, Bella is outgoing, with a sweet personality, kind heart, positive attitude, and is accepting of everyone. She is the total package which is going to take her far in life!

Best of luck to you Bella! We can not wait to see how your life unfolds! I’m so thankful I was able to spend time with  and was able to get to know you and your mom!

Westchase photographer photographs families on their doorsteps. #thefrontstepsproject

Westchase photographer offering doorstep shoot to support local businesses.

It’s a really perplexing time for makers, restaurants, service professionals, small business owners and event professionals so it’s time to get creative on how to help one another during this coronavirus pandemic! At this time, I think we all feel a little (or a lot) stressed out, giving back to others will help. As a westchase photographer I wanted to give back to my community, but how? Then I had several of my friends tell me about #thefrontstepsproject.

As a photographer I capture moments in life. Creating a few more smiles and laughs during this crazy time will help overall anxiety. Robin Reiss photography is doing something a little different during the next few weeks. In other words, I am offering front porch photo session while keeping a distance. Obviously social distancing is so important so we will not making direct contact. You will have a time when I am coming and we will spend 5 to minutes capturing your families portrait on your door step! Afterwards, I will send you the digital copies of what we capture.

Contact us to schedule your time.

This is a pay what you can opportunity- buy any denomination gift card from a local business in the Westchase area. Then give it to someone who works in either the events, hospitality or service industry. As a westchase photographer this will help business in the westchase area where we live and also help those who are in the same industry as I am the wedding and events industry. You can choose to give the gift card directly to someone who you know personally. In addition,  I can take the gift card and give it to the people I know who are affected. Or Waterchase resident Stephanie Wilson had a great idea! She asked me for the name of a person and she is personally going to mail the gift card with a note of encouragement. Just love this extra step to give an extra does of love and support!

I will be doing these sessions in the Westchase area for the next few weeks.

Do you feel like a bum and need an excuse to shower and get ready? Great! If you are hanging in your jammies, and kids are in dress up outfits? Even better! This is to capture this moment in time as we are.

It’s a win win, you help businesses in the westchase area and those who have lost their jobs! Ready to sign up? It’s easy! Click the link to contact me to set up your time… www.robinreiss.com

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Westchase family photographer is offering doorstep photo sessions to raise money to those in the hospitality industry who have lost their jobs.

Senior portrait session

What are Senior Portraits?

A senior portrait photo session is very different than your average yearbook session. And yes- you do have a choice in your senior photography session! You do not have to use the photographer who does your year book pictures for all of your senior portraits! You are unique and different you should have a true artist capture the real you for your senior portraits! What is your passion? Let’s get creative and include that in your senior session! Lets have some fun and celebrate this special moment! I want your images to scream out “This is so me!”. Let’s get your session to really come to life!

Where to take your senior portraits?

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DOWNTOWN TAMPA– Several of my favorite spots to shoot senior portrait sessions are all with in walking distance of Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa, Florida. There is a great mix of graffiti and grunge buildings that seniors love.

YBOR CITY– Other senior portrait ideas are in Ybor City where there are brick streets, interesting architecture, the trolly, and many more unique areas all make Ybor City a great backdrop for photography.

DOWNTOWN SAINT PETE– A very popular spot with urban flair and some natural spots is going to downtown St. Pete. You can even grab a brightly colored Hyppo Popsicle or an ice cream cone with sprinkles to add a splash of color and fun to your session.

SAFETY HARBOR and PHILIPPE PARK -These two spots are close enough together that you can get the old Florida natural vibe of Philippe Park, and an urban feel in the quaint streets of Safety Harbor.

ODESSA FARM– There is something sweet about the Odessa Farm. Bring your family, dog, car, truck or any other prop that you can think of! This is a great location that is all in one place with a lot to offer!

WESTCHASE- Right in the heart of Westchase is West Park Village. It has a great combo of greenery and brick. Great place to do a cap and gown or your favorite college T-shirt session! A few miles away is also Highland Park which is featured at the end of this photo gallery.

DUNEDIN and HONEYMOON ISLAND At last, if you are looking for a more beach vibe for your senior portrait session why not try this cute little town and beach? Lots of options at this cool spot!

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What to wear wear for your senior portrait session?

It is always fun to bring out your personality in your senior pictures!

Bring as many outfits as you want! I can help you pick what will look best on you or at a certain location. I say to bring at least 3 outfits. You can choose any combo of-  Dressy, Medium dressy, casual, really casual, themed. We want the focus to be on you! Stay away from busy patterns, big logos, white shirts. Try to go with classic clothes that will not go out of style, colors that complement you, clothes with textures and layer clothes. Below are some ideas to get you started in picking out your wardrobe for your senior portrait session.

Dressy- Most of the time new college student will have to turn in a head shot image for something. Either for rush, a club, applying to collages, etc. Hense it is nice to have a professional head shot. It is also a great time to capture that expensive prom dress, or homecoming suit as well! I like to start with the dressiest first since your hair and make are fresh.

Medium dressy- This outfit should be along the lines of what you would wear to brunch at Oxford Exchange, or to a wedding, baby shower, etc. Pant suits, cute skirt outfits, button up shirt for the guys, etc.

Casual– This outfit should be something that you would feel comfortable in an but a little less formal than the medium dressy outfit.

Really Casual– This is wear you can wear your ripped up jeans,  vans, Birkenstocks, flip-flops, etc. Maybe even your bathing suit! And let’s jump in the ocean!

Cap and Gown or Collage shirt- We can get some really fun shots with you jumping for joy that you are finally finished! Show off your new college by sporting a t-shirt or bringing a pennant. What about bringing your kindergarten picture and we will get a picture of you with it now!

Themed– What activities do you love? Some ideas are:

Sports– Bring uniforms, medals, trophies, equipment, balls, etc. Or if you have a favorite professional sports team, wear one of their jersey’s.

Activites: Instruments, books, camera, your car, pointe shoes, favorite food, records.

Fun props: Balloons, balloons that have the year you are graduating, bubbles, bubble gum, glitter, hats, sunglasses, etc.

Loved ones: Your best friend or boy/ girl friend, your family. Or bring that friend to your senior portrait session that will really make you laugh!

Theater: Bring your playbills, props that were in your plays, microphone, your costume, etc.

Animals: Horse, turtle, dog, cat, pet rat? Well… I would stay far away from that one!

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Tips to remember for your senior portrait session…

For girls:

  1. Try to not bring all skirts. It is hard to do some fun posing if you are wearing a skirt.
  2. You can quickly change your look look by: Bring extra lipsticks (hot pink, bright red, can really add to the look of a picture and make you pop!), jackets, sunglasses,  your glasses, bobby pins, or scrunches to quickly throw your hair up. Hats frame your face and tend to be some of my clients favorite images!
  3. Bring a brush, make up for touch ups, have your nails either painted, or no polish at all. As well as, don’t forget jewelry for all outfits.
  4. In brief :), make sure you bring the right under garments for all of your outfits.

For guys and girls:

  1. Iron your clothes and keep your clothes hanging, to avoid being wrinkled. Also, make sure they are free of lint.
  2. Eat before you come. You will have a lot more fun if you aren’t starving! In addition, bring water and maybe a little snack, some shoots can go a long time.
  3. If you wear glasses try to have the lenses removed before your session.  There will be a glare on them, and transitions are really hard to photograph in natural light.
  4. Also, don’t forget different types of shoes for all of your outfits.
  5. Stay away from tanning- Spray tans or in addition, laying out with out enough sunscreen and getting tan lines.
  6. Practice your smiles and expressions in the mirror.
  7. Shave! And yes, this includes you to girls!
  8. Bring a speaker with your favorite music.
  9. Above all, have fun and work it! Consequently, this will really show in your images. After all, you have worked hard it is time to relax and as I have said have a great time!

Guys:

  1. Of course- don’t forget to have a fresh shave!
  2. If you bring your car… unquestionably, make sure it is washed and looking pretty too!
  3. Lastly, make sure you have a fresh hair cut.
With out a doubt, senior portrait sessions are SO much fun.

Moreover, mom and dad love having something to look back on when they are missing their baby! Besides that, you will get amazing images that capture YOU! Therefore, let’s get this party started! Would you like more information about high school senior portraits? Click here!

Event photographer capturing Oldsmar Cares Gala

Event photographer catptures Oldsmar cares 10th annual wine and food gala.

As the event photographer for the evening, I was able to capture all of the fun from the food, the costumes, and the items that were up for bid for the auction. You’ll feel like “the big cheese” at this year’s Oldsmar Cares Gala as we celebrate our 10th anniversary 1920s style. Oldsmar Cares had their 10th Annual Wine & Food Gala on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 6 to 9:30 pm at the Nielsen Ballroom (1 Nielsen Way, Oldsmar). This year’s theme was “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and featured plenty of 1920s themed entertainment; flappers, fedoras and pearls on strings. The event also included the Bee’s Knees Live and Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, photo booth, best dressed contest and delectable dishes from ten (10) area restaurants as well as all the beer and wine they could pour!

I was lucky enough to be the event photographer for the evening to snap pictures of all of the fun! Live Music to put us all in the roaring 20’s mood was provided by Get Up to Get Down Elite Entertainment and by The Blend Jazz Duo.

Oldsmar Cares is proud to announce the 2020 Oldsmar Cares Wine & Food Gala raised $149,246 for the local community.

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Food for the event was donated by 10 different restaurants.

Mother’s restaurant, Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Casa Cosenza, Catch 23, Chantilly Cakes, Cracker Barrel, Cuban Foodies, Desi Tadka, Ed’s Fine Wine, Hot Tuna, Rumba Island Grill, Small Cakes, and Zapata’s.

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Best-selling author and public speaking expert Topher Morrison will preside over the Gala this year as the Master of Ceremonies. His extensive speaking schedule, spanning over the past 25 years, has taken him throughout the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore and has earned him a global reputation as a mass-communications influencer. Topher has spoken for top executives with American Express, Microsoft & Google, just to name a few.

Robin Reiss Photography loves to capture corporate events! Be sure to check out our online gallery at https://robinreiss.com/galleries/portrait/corporate/