Holiday Sessions are here!

Tampa Christmas photos

This year I have 3 Holiday Specials to choose from, all include 1 hour of shooting time. I have VERY LIMITED session dates available till 2017!! Please contact me ASAP so you don't miss out! 

Package 1: Pick your favorite 3 digital images for download with personal printing rights $275

Package 2: Gallery of Images for download with printing rights (at least 25) $450 

Package 3: Gallery of Images for download with printing rights (at least 25) and $75 Print Credit $500 

Contact me asap: Melissa@contemporarycaptuers.com 

Check out the free session I'm giving away on my facebook page! 

https://www.facebook.com/MelissaKortaPhotography/

 

TAMPA PHOTOGRAPHER {TWELVE BY TWELVE BLOG CIRCLE: CELEBRATE}

If you've been following along my rarely updated blog,  :), you know that I've been participating in a 12 month project where a group of photographers from all over come together and share their viewpoint on a singular topic. This is the final topic of the year and how appropriate that we end with CELEBRATE!! 

So this month is another personal post because nobody can celebrate like my little brother Andy. He is always full of such joy and love and always is down for a good hug. He visited me here in good ol' Wesley Chapel for Christmas and showed us all how to celebrate even the little things! 

Here are a few photos of him opening his Christmas presents this year.. If you know me, I am NOT a raver, so his reactions put me to shame. We should all be so free with our feelings! and ps... clearly I keep the air conditioning on too low.. hence the blankets haha 

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Wesley Chapel Photographer
Wesley Chapel Photographer
Wesley Chapel Photographer

 

Head on over to see Jen of Shooting for Keeps Photography for her  take on Celebration and keep the circle going! 

 

Tampa Photographer "EYES" {Twelve by Twelve Project}

I am so excited that its my turn to host this month's Twelve by Twelve Project. The theme this month is eyes and because its October and Halloween, I can't wait to see what everybody comes up with! 

Check out  Rita, one of Tampa's Amazing Newborn Photographer Infinity Photography who's next in the circle and follow along! 

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Tampa Child Photography {Nostalgia} Twelve by Twelve Projects

I can't tell you how excited I was about this month's topic! I knew exactly what I wanted to capture. When my mom died of cancer 6 years ago, when my sisters and I were cleaning out her things, we found a garbage bag with 2 outfits and a pair of heels that belonged to my great grandmother. I have imagined shooting my daughter in these outfits since that day. This topic was just the kick in the pants I needed. 

Tampa Child Photographer Vintage
Tampa Child Photographer Vintage

These pieces remind me of my mother and where I came from. They make me feel closer to my mom, and bring back tons of memories. They've also inspired me to share more with my kids about my past and my "story" so that if anything were to happen to me, they would have these memories to hopefully comfort them. 

Tampa vintage child photography
Tampa vintage child photography

Gracie wears a size 9/10 little girls clothes and a woman's size 5 shoe. The dresses were only slightly too big for her and the shoes were VERY snug. The tags in the clothes say size 6.  Boy were clothes (and people) smaller back then! 

Tampa vintage child photography

Get out there and capture your loved ones, family, and YOU get in those pics too.  Please continue on our "Twelve by Twelve Project" journey and check out Kristie Serra Photography! They will be cherished.  And if you ever need a Tampa Photographer, give me a call! 

Free Halloween Mini-Session! {Free Photo Session}

Halloween Tampa Photo session

We're bringing back our Fall Food Drive this year! Session and 2 digital images are free to those who bring in 10 cans of food or a $10 donation. All proceeds will be used for Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in need!

Bring your kids by in costumes or come as you are!

Drop in, no appointments needed.

*Because of the small time frame for each session, please limit to immediate family only per donation.

*Sessions to be held in Wesley Chapel. You can choose studio or outdoor shots.

*Image downloads will be sent to your email address with print release

Holiday Sessions are here! {Tampa Photo Mini-Sessions}

tampa christmas photo sessions

Yep! I can't believe it either! Its already that time of year! Time to book those Holiday Portraits! Whether your sending out cards, or updating the family canvas, now is the time to get on my calendar!

-Details-

All sessions also include an in-person proofing and ordering appointment scheduled a weekday within 2 weeks of session where we will sit together, reveal images, choose your 5 files and 11x14 print. Other prints, packages and gifts will be available to order at that time.

-Session fee is due in full to secure your date and time for booking and is non-refundable.

-Immediate families only. If additional family members would like to be included, please book an additional time slot.

-All print and artwork orders must be received by December 15th to ensure Christmas delivery or pick up!

NOVEMBER 13th (Friday) | Philippe Park

4:00pm |

5:00pm |

NOVEMBER 14th (Saturday) | San Antonio

4:00pm | BOOKED

5:00pm |

NOVEMBER 15th (Sunday) | Redington Beach Pier

4:00pm | BOOKED

5:00pm |

NOVEMBER 27th (Friday) | Ybor City

4:00pm |

5:00pm | BOOKED

NOVEMBER 28th (Saturday) | University of Tampa

4:00pm | BOOKED

5:00pm |

DECEMBER 5th (Saturday) | TBD

4:00pm |

5:00pm |

Wesley Chapel Family Photographer {Comfort}

If you've been following my blog you know I've been participating in the Twelve by Twelve Project, which is a blog circle with some amazing photographers. This month's topic is comfort. 

Wesley Chapel Family Child Lifestyle Photographer

I remember as a child that there was no place like my mom's comfy bed! And its so fun to watch my kids feel the same way. Whether mom and dad are in bed or not, for some reason their mattress, pillows and blankets are just so much softer!

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We just recently moved from Tampa to Wesley Chapel and making sure my kids find comfort and security in a new place is so important to me! Bringing along our well-loved "stuffies" certainly helped!

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As we are adjusting life in a new city and a new home, I'm trying to find time to photograph more of "us" and who we are on a daily basis. I'm also doing more of that in my work. Its got a cool hip name  Lifestyle Family Photography, which basically means capturing who are are, where you are! 

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Wesley Chapel Family Child Lifestyle Photographer

Contact me if you want me to capture some moments of your own and continue on to the next in our "Comfort" series by visiting Infinity Photography by Rita 

Home is Where the Heart is | Tampa Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This month I'm continuing to participate in the Twelve by Twelve Project Blog circle and the topic is "Home is Where the Heart Is." 

I just recently started accepting limited clients for newborn lifestyle photography and I think I'm in love. I stopped shooting newborns as posing babies and lugging tons of equipment to clients homes just didn't feel natural to me and wasn't where my heart was. But I've discovered that photographing newborns in their home environments surrounded by love is EXACTLY the kind of shoot that fills my heart. 

There is just something special about being allowed to be an intimate part of a new family while their hearts grow and welcome a new baby into their home whether its their first born or tenth! I'm so excited about offering newborn photography again just in a different way. 

I don't think there is a better example of "Home is Where the Heart Is" than this gorgeous family and their newborn! 

 


Don’t forget to check out  Athens, GA Baby Photographer, Yvonne Niemann  for the next story in our circle.

Personal Post: My brother Andy {Lakeland Senior Photographer}

 

This is a personal post from me and one I'm excited to share. Meet Andy. He is my little brother who is 19 years old. He this past year graduated from George Jenkins High School in Lakeland. He was born with Down Syndrome and is the sweetest guy you'll ever meet. He and my Dad have had to learn to live life without my mom after her passing a few years ago. Not an easy task as she was the center of their universe. He is now gone on to a technical school and soon will have a job. I'm so proud of you Andy and I know you'll go on to do some amazing things! 

 

The gorgeous Anderson Family {Apollo Beach Family Photographer}

 

I often say I get really attached to my clients, and its true. But I felt a particular kinship to Julie and her family after I met her for this session. (yes its been almost a year.. I'm a terrible blogger what can I say)

We have so much in common! We have a love for family and friends, put Christ first, homeschool, politics, you name it we agree! 

 I loved spending time capturing her family in the comfort of their gorgeous home setting in Apollo Beach. I look forward to many years of watching her gorgeous children grow up. 

 

University of Tampa Family (Tampa Family Photographer)

 

I met this cute little family at University of Tampa for their family photos. Super sweet and super stylish, we had a great time exploring all the beauty the campus had to offer. 

If your looking for a Tampa Bay area photographer, give me a call! 

 

A Special Family {Tampa Family Photographer}

 

This family was so special and I was honored to capture their family photos. They have an amazing story of cancer survival and adoption. What beautiful souls that I am grateful to have met. 

If you need a Tampa Family Photographer, give me a call! 

 

Amanda {Apollo Beach Tampa Senior Photographer}

 

This is one of my favorite locations and it was only made better by the gorgeous Amanda. Beautiful girl, beautiful light, it was an amazing shoot. 

If your looking for a Tampa Senior Photographer, give me a call! 

 

Flashes of Hope {Tampa Charity Photographer}

 

I am privileged to be a part of a fantastic group of people, Flashes of Hope, who photograph cancer patients and their families. In December I was honored to meet so many special families at their Holiday Party. Despite their hurdles, these children and their families were full of smiles and reminded me to be grateful for every moment. 

 

Addis Family {Apollo Beach Family Photographer}

 

What can I say? There are a few families that I photograph that really hold a part of my heart. This family is one of them.  I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the littlest Addis' beautiful home birth and will forever feel like I'm part of their family.  When their extended family came to town, I was so happy they asked me to capture a small taste of the love they all share!! You'd be hard pressed to find a happier bunch! I look forward to the years ahead watching these lovelies grow! 

 

*If your looking for a photographer in the Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel or surrounding areas, I'd love to photograph your family!

 

Caleigh Sweet 16 {Tampa Teen Photographer}

 

For Caleigh's 16th birthday her mom hired a fabulous makeup artist Sherry Restifo  to teach the girls how to apply their own makeup. She also invited me over to capture the girls in all their beauty! I had so much fun with these girls! (and their mama's aren't bad either) :)

 

Sneak Peek Miss C {Tampa Child Photographer}

Sneak Peek of my new favorite location tonight.. sigh.. who wants to go there and play?


Time for family photos? Give me a call! Serving the Tampa, Lakeland, Wesley Chapel, Apollo Beach and surrounding areas. 

 

Win a Holiday Photo Session! {Tampa Holiday Photography}

Here’s how to win!! 

All 3 steps must be followed to be eligible to win!!  

1. Be a fan on my Facebook page – click HERE  and make sure the “LIKE” button is checked. Then, click on the “LIKE” button and change the “settings” to “all updates” that way you won’t miss any of my posts.

2. Click HERE to go to my Facebook page and then click "share" to share that picture on your Facebook timeline.  

3. Leave me a comment on this blog post with your name and email address so that I can contact you when you win! One name will be randomly chosen on Thursday, October 31st! If you have already purchased a spot or plan to purchase one and win, then your session fee will be refunded. 

To be eligible to win, you must complete all 3 steps above. Get 2 extra entries for each client you refer who books a session. 

Winner can be anyone, a new or current client and includes one family and any of its immediate members.  $300 value. Session to be held in the Tampa Bay Area or travel fee may apply. Session cannot be traded or transferred to another person. Newborn sessions and weddings not aplicable. 

"As You Wish" Princess Bride Shoot {b. retreat photographer}

 

Here is a peek at some of the GORGEOUS styling  Diane Marie Events  put together for our Princess Bride shoot at Fiddlers Green Ranch.  Our Princess Buttercup and Prince Wesley Models were the stunning Taylor Hill and the handsome Cameron Bigelow.  The MAGNIFICENT hair and makeup for the bride were done by Michelle Renee The Studio. This was the finale shoot after an amazing weekend of shooting, teaching, and networking with the talented ladies who attended our first annual b. photography retreats

Feel like you missed out? "Like" b. retreats facebook page to hear us announce details  of our next retreat in January! 

HERE is a link to another TDF shoot from that day!  

Seniors! {Tampa Senior Photographer}

Did you think you were going to see a 17 year old high school student?  I got you! I mean an entirely different kind of senior!!  These cuties are the best kind of seniors! They are still in love after all these years and are beautiful to boot!