Beach Mini Session for J! {Tampa Family Photographer}


When one of my favorite families in the entire world called me to update their photos, of course I jumped at the opportunity! They drove all the way from down from Clermont to Clearwater Beach to see me for baby J’s 14 month photos and to get an updated family photo for Dad’s desk (even though I couldn’t get dad in the photo, ehem).

Even though we didn’t have the best weather, we still managed to get some great shots of the family! I’ve watched baby J grow from when she was  just “peanut”; only a few weeks gestating in mom’s belly to this incredible, full of personality, sweet girl. I’ve also watched young Mr. J grow, no…TOWER to great heights above me from the little guy he was when we first met and turn into a bright and hilarious young man. I love watching my families grow, change and blossom right before my eyes and feel so blessed that they trust me to capture every moment of it!




Lifestyle Session Contest! {Tampa Lifestyle Photographer}


Life. Lived.

Lifestyle photography has always been a passion of mine because of what it honestly captures. It is a true story about life and love. What is documented during a lifestyle session is a narrative of your family being themselves, doing things they normally do. The relaxed and casual pace lends to recording images that are just not possible in a studio or posed shot. I love becoming a fly on the wall, capturing expressions, situations and interactions that are a true depiction of who you are in that moment in time. Lifestyle sessions are planned to a certain extent but as the session progresses, you never know what will happen in the next moment and that is what makes these sessions magical. As the experiences unfold, the photographic yield can be nothing short of priceless!

Now the fun part…THE CONTEST! I want to hear from you, what moment in your life you would like to capture in a lifestyle session and why. Comment below and I will select one grand prize winner on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th for the session PLUS an 11×14 wood print provided by Wood Snap. WoodSnap takes your greatest photo memories and prints them DIRECTLY on beautiful wood canvases, bringing the grain of the wood through your photo. Located in Southern California, WoodSnap provides nationwide wood printing services. Check out some samples of the gorgeous products they offer*. (*Images below provided by WoodSnap and are not created by Stephanie Abeles Photography) Make sure you like Wood Snap’s Facebook Page and tell them I sent you!



********Winner Announced!!!********  Congratulations to Corina S. for winning the Life. Lived. Lifestyle session giveaway! Congrats Corina! Contact me at to schedule your session!


Alona Dauley - The moment i would like to caputre is a family picture with me and my 6 kids. My only son is graduating in May. So i would love to capture a moment with us all because i dont have pictures with us.

Corina S. - I would like a picture of my husband and I preparing for our first child. I am 5 months pregnant and think a photoshoot of us putting together the nursery would be fun. My husband and I are usually fairly silly and playful so I hope this would be a great way to capture the joy and excitement we have for our next chapter. We are doing a feminine jungle theme in the nursery complete with murals that should make for a great back ground.

Carissa Imel - I would love to capture my family and I together at one of the Disney Parks or Sea World! I know that is an out there task, but everytime we go, we can never get photos together that aren’t posed and feel fake, or someone is missing from the photos b/c they are the photo taker! To catpure everyones thrill, amazement of the parades and characters as they go by.. or when we are feeding the dolphins and being soaked at the shows!!!

Debbie Mafra - I would love for our family to be photographed together in a natural setting. Our photos usually consist of posed tripod photos that do not capture who we have become in the last 6 years. It has not been easy to merge an already existing family with a new one, but we have finally reached an union, understanding of each other, appreaciation and love for who we are that I secretly giggle at the possibility of showcasing our joint accomplishment to the world. Not only did my son get a 2nd chance to experience the love of a father but I managed to score a pretty amazing husband who gave me the joy of becoming a mother again. So, I would love to have you capture the happy glow I am feeling right now when I look at my family. <>

Christina Snyder - With 2 dogs and a toddler that just learned how to run, I feel I am constantly chasing everyone. I would love a lifestyle session of my husband, son, and our basset hound and beagle going for a walk. These walks are the highlight of my day, when we put away our phones, turn off the TV, and get a few great minutes as the whole family.

lisbeth - I would love to have genuine smiles and laughter captured. One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the fair. I would love pictures of us enjoying the rides, food, animals, and of course each other!

Grace - Hey Stephanie- beautiful site and lovely work! I’m also a Tampa Bay photographer, so I’m always the one behind the camera. As much as I enjoy capturing other people’s memories, I’d love to finally have some of my own captured as well. It seems like my hubs and I hardly have any photos together, but we are about to head into a new stage of our lives and would love to look back someday to remember things just as they are right now! :)

JEANNIE T - My fiance and I have been highschool sweethearts since 1996 and have been together 16 years this year.
Would I would like to do is a spring training baseball themed photo. We are huge Yankee fans and would love to capture the love we have for each other along with the love we have for the Yankees. We are huge, actually I am obssesed with going to Yankee games when they are here to go hours to try and get autographs.

Amanda Zenner - It would be great to capture the first day of school excitement. Our son will start kindergarten and daughter preschool. I know we live far away but thought I would throw the idea out there. I just love the look in their eyes on that very first day!

See Through the Lens: Tampa Children’s Photographer


I am pleased to announce my first “See Through the Lens” class. Due to so many requests I have received from fans and friends, I have decided to open a beginners class for people just starting out or those who know a bit about photograpahy but would like to take it to the next level.

So join in the fun and come on a walking tour in the North Tampa area to learn the basics of your camera, how to “see” a good photograph before you take it, tricks of the trade to capture amazing photos of your children and cool techniques to take your photography above and beyond a snapshot!

To reserve your spot please call 813-610-6772 or email me Spaces are limited so reserve today!

Get Creative with Your Holiday Cards: Tampa Children’s Photographer


Everyone loves to send out Holiday cards of the family so why not do something creative with them?

My kids and I brainstormed an idea for our holiday cards this year from the concept of “What is magical about Christmas?” Simple and quick answer from them…the moment they wake up in the morning and they realize that Santa has been around to visit!


You can do something creative like this too with a simple concept and a little bit of imagination!:)


Lisa Gilmore-Sarnowski - I LOVE this!!!! So cute and original!

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