The Mackall Family: Tampa Family Photographer

Session April 15th 2012

What a beautiful afternoon, Mom, Dad, Payton and Benjamin and I had in Downtown Winter Garden a few weeks ago. We went exploring around town which is what I like to do with my urban family sessions, looking for exciting architecture, artwork or anything charming that will give us great photo ops during our time together. 17 month old Payton was absolutely in charge and had very strong opinions on the sights that we would see.  I do love the challence of photographing toddlers though! There is nothing more rewarding than capturing that moment when they are still and happy in the moment.  Big brother Ben was awesome and totally knew how to pose and was such a big help with his sister!






The Levitt Family: Tampa Maternity Photographer

Session: April 14th, 2012

Laura and Michael are expecting their first child (a little girl!) in a few short weeks. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely couple in the early morning hours at The University of Tampa. The immaculate grounds of Plant Park is one of my favorite shoot locations. I love the mix of urban and natural landscape found on the campus. And just across the river is a wonderful view of Downtown Tampa that is the perfect backdrop for family portraits. Laura and Michael were such a cute couple and are sure to be amazing parents. I am very much looking forward to meeting their new little one at our next session. Oh, and they did not disclose any hints on baby’s name since they decided to keep it a surprise until after her arrival. I cannot wait to hear!


Christmas Creativity!

This time of year always sparks an extra edge of creativity in my blood. It must be something about the hustle and bustle and the excitement I see in my own kids’ eyes as the season approaches. Right now, I am obsessing over Christmas Lights and the beautiful colors and sparkle it creates in my photographs. One of my favorite techniques I use in almost all of my portraits is something called Bokeh which in layman’s terms is the blurry background and soft muted colors that blend almost like an impressionistic painting. It’s the part of the photograph that is outside the depth of field and it is achieved by using a wide open aperture on my lens, something along the lines of f/2.8. This lets in the most light and helps me achieve the desired look and makes my subject in the foreground stand out and shout “Hey I am here, look at MEEEEE!” Combining this technique and my newest obsession, Christmas Lights, I have a few images that I would like to share. Naturally my models include my children Sammy and Cody, my best friend Patrice who is about to give birth any second, and we don’t want to leave out Alfie our Elf on the Shelf!

Thanks for taking a peek at all the Christmas Creativity I have been dreaming up. I must now go to work on some more images that I thought of as I was writing this blog post (hehehe).

Stephanie Abeles is a Tampa Florida Photographer who specializes in custom portraiture of any and all member of your family. From Maternity, Newborn, Pets, Tweens and Teens to the entire family Stephanie Abeles Photography can capture all your special moments. Contact me to schedule your family session today!

“Furry Faces” I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

      This weeks photo challenge over at I Heart Faces is on a subject that is one of my favorites to capture (next to kids of course!). Furry Faces can be so expressive and well, they kind of have to be because they can’t speak to us in conventional terms so they have to let us know what they want in other ways.


        This one makes me smile every time I look at this picture. I met Gus a few months ago on a trip to New Orleans visiting my best friends’ relatives who live in the Garden District. They found Gus in an ally in uptown New Orleans with a dollar bill ducked taped to his head. Maybe a homeless person was doing what they could to try to help their dog find a new home, no one knew for sure but this wonderful family took Gus into their home and he is about as sweet a dog as they come. I think that rescue dogs can be the best dogs to have as part of the family. Maybe it’s because they are so grateful to have the love and caring of a family and not have to worry about life on the streets. Whatever the reason, Gus touched my heart and hopefully will touch yours too!

                    “The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue”

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                            Tampa Photographer: Shoots for a Cure

                            Stephanie Abeles Photography is excited to announce a partnership with Shoots for a Cure (formerly known as Think Pink Photography). Think Pink Photography was founded in October 2007 to support individuals and their families who have been touched by breast cancer. We are a charitable organization that serves two main purposes – celebrating life and supporting the cause. Recently, we changed our name and our support. We now want to support ALL cancer patients, not just breast cancer.

                            Through our professional photographer network, we are helping cancer patients to celebrate life with charitable photography sessions. Individuals may choose to document their fight against the disease before or during treatment, or prefer to capture their victory by scheduling a session within 12 months after treatment is completed. Photographers world-wide are now available to donate time and talent to celebrate life and support the cause. There is no cost or obligation to the cancer patient. Clients participating in a Shoots for a Cure session will receive a complimentary photo session, as well as a set of 10 small prints from the session. They will also receive a discount on any additional portraits they wish to purchase, although there is absolutely no purchase required at any time.

                            To support the cause, we donate and fundraise for The American Cancer Society and the Susan G Komen Foundation. All funds generated through donations and various fundraising efforts are paid directly to The American Cancer Society, the Susan G Komen Foundation, in our name, or used 100% for marketing and awareness of our program.

                            Please subscribe to our blog (on the Shoots for a Cure website) and tell your friends and family about Shoots for a Cure. Awareness is everything and we can’t be successful without you.

                            I encourage you to view our website, make a donation, or hire a photographer that supports Shoots for a Cure! If you hire me, mention Shoots for a Cure and I will make a personal donation to the organization. If you, or someone you know, would like to schedule a Shoots for a Cure session, please contact me for details.

                            I am very proud to be a network photographer with Shoots for a Cure, and am anxious to get the word out about this amazing program. For more information, you can contact me, or you can visit the Shoots for a Cure website at

                            Shoots for a Cure - Network Photographer

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