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The minarets of the University of Tampa (UT) are perhaps the greatest iconic symbol of the city of Tampa. Plant Hall, formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, was a grand 511-room, five story hotel built by Henry B. Plant between 1888 and 1891. Famous guests who stayed there include President Teddy Roosevelt, the Queen of England and Babe Ruth. Today, Plant Hall serves as the main academic and administrative building for the UT, a private university with over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As you step onto the grounds of the campus, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful brick buildings, Victorian gingerbread architecture and the Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas. The lush grounds of Plant Park extend from the Henry B. Plant museum to the Hillsborough River, with downtown Tampa visible just across the river. All that being said, it’s no surprise that UT’s Plant Park is a popular spot for portrait photographers. I recently shot a mini-session for the Martell family there. Here are a few of my favorites from that shoot.