The mom: East Passyunk resident Tammy Bradshaw grew up in New Jersey, but has lived in Philly for roughly a decade now. The lifestyle photographer—and mom to Rayna, 3, and Ember, 4 months—has been taking pictures for 15 years, and shooting kids for almost 7. “It wasn’t until my daughter was born in 2011 that I really fell in love with documenting pregnancy and motherhood,” she says. That’s when she decided to turn her part-time biz into a full-time gig. “Now I get to spend my work days photographing the beautiful connections between parents and their little ones.”
Favorite local park: Columbus Square Park. There are two playgrounds (basic, but fun), bathrooms that are (sometimes) open, a water spray in the summer, grass to picnic on in the warm weather, and a huge open field to run through and get nice and muddy after a rain storm.
Kid’s haircut: A family friend cuts my daughter’s hair, but we have also taken her to Fringe on Passyunk a few times and love it there!
Special snack: Grilled cheese sandwich from Black & Brew or a gelato from Capogiro.
Cold weather outing: We like having friends at our house to play when it gets cold outside. We also hit up inMovement for the open play in their gym or one of our local library story times.
Warm weather outing: We often head to one of the local parks with water sprays in the warm weather, and if it’s blazing hot we sometimes hide out in the kids area at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Kids’ class: Creative Dance and Movement at Philly P.A.C.K. (Ms. Jess & Ms. Leslie rock!)
Date night spot: We honestly don’t get out as often as we probably should. But when we do, we like to head to Stateside or Noord.
Hidden Gem: Bartram’s Garden. We absolutely love it there and spend a lot of time enjoying it as a family. It’s a break from the concrete, but still close enough to enjoy a view of the Philly skyline.
Rainy day go-to: Philly Zoo. It’s practically empty on rainy days and there are a few indoor areas that can easily kill a couple of hours with the kids.
Place for baby/kid clothes: I’m lucky enough to get a lot of hand-me-downs from friends whose kiddos are older than mine.
Toy store: Mama May i. We love these handmade learning toys, created by a local mom.
Kid-friendly restaurant: Cantina and Birra, both on East Passyunk, and Frankford Hall in Fishtown.
Best advice for Philly moms: Get out there and enjoy all that our fabulous city has to offer. There’s fun to be had practically everywhere. And while you’re at it, be nice. Motherhood is the loveliest and most difficult job on the planet. We need the camaraderie, mamas.
Summer find: All these years and I just recently realized that you can rent a surrey behind the art museum. It’s on my summer bucket list!
Preferred mode of city transport: Car, train, bus or stroller? We do it all, depending or where we’re going!
Exercise class (for you): Yoga at Mama’s Wellness Joint. A class with Paige is the perfect way to recharge and reset.
Place for baby/children’s gifts: We typically head to Cloth on Passyunk for birthday gifts for friends – we can walk there and Rayna loves the play area.
Favorite toy in your house right now: Our dress-up box. It’s filled with everything from tutus and wands to pirate hats and alien masks. It’s constantly in use. Second in line is the air mattress that my husband set up as a rainy day trampoline in our basement playroom. Six weeks later, and it’s still there and getting daily use to burn energy before bedtime!
One thing you wish Philly had that it doesn’t: A fun waterfront area that can be easily accessible by public transportation. I think we’re making progress, but not quite there yet.
My favorite part of living in Philly with my wee one is: All of the incredible families and kids we have met along the way.