The Fort Myers Photographer for family sessions and weddings
People often ask me how I get everyone to appear so natural in my photographs. The simple answer is just that – everyone is natural. I use all the abundant light, great landscapes and beaches that Florida has to offer, so that my images look genuine without artificial light and over the top enhancements.
My goal for photographing families and weddings is to produce and capture images of joy. So often I see pictures of people who show fear, or lacking interest in front of a camera. With many years as a photographer of people, I strive to create images of happiness and joy. After all, it is truly what we all want in life.
I’m Frank Simonetti and I’ve been a part of people’s major life moments as a Florida wedding and family portrait photographer for over twenty five years. In addition to Fort Myers Beach photography, some of my favorite shoot locations are on the extraordinary Sanibel, Captiva and Marco Islands near Fort Myers.
“It’s not about the photographs, it’s about how you feel when you look at the photographs”
Wedding and Family Photographer
My photographs capture real people being themselves. I’m not trying to impress you with my Photoshop skills. My goal is to create classic images of true joy that will stand the test of time.
These enchanting islands are a haven of pretty beaches and palm trees with an exquisite quality of light. Visitors may not notice the gentle changing of the Fort Myers seasons, but I can see them reflected in the colors and saturation in my Sanibel and Captiva Islands photography.
Creative Wedding Photography
As you are planning your wedding venue, here are 5 great reasons for a wedding ceremony on Sanibel Island. Southwest Florida is popular with couples arriving with family and friends for fun Fort Myers or Marco Island weddings. Maybe you are not looking for a typical wedding with a reception? Then you might check out my Elopement page which has some details on how to plan a special adventure for the two of you.
One incredible engagement photo session was on Sanibel Island. So the groom had me arrive early and pretend to be taking pictures of birds as they walked along the beach. I was ready with my telephoto lens when he got down on one knee in front of his unsuspecting bride-to-be and I RAN to get close-ups of the unforgettable moment. Her reaction was priceless!
A typical summer storm had just passed the island, leaving the lighting muted without harsh contrasts. I captured their love and excitement in the soft glow of the afternoon light. Recently, I photographed a destination wedding at the Sanibel Lighthouse, this popular location on the island has many photo opportunities.
Joyful Family Portrait Photography
It’s so much fun bringing generations together for a family portrait on Sanibel Island when they are in the Fort Myers area. Visit this Sanibel Island Family Photography post for a great variety of Florida style backgrounds for family photo sessions. Most of the pictures were taken at the Sanibel Lighthouse. Families are so excited and happy on their vacation. Sometimes they are seeing grandparents and cousins for the first time in years. Parents are all smiles and kids are thrilled to be a part of this special family event. Kids are comfortable and creative during family portrait sessions. They have a blast showing their personalities and their excitement brings a lively energy to the whole group. The families treasure these captured family photo session memories of a blissful time together.
Family photography on Captiva Island has quiet beaches facing west for colorful sunset photography. For Marco Island photography, there are great beaches where children play in the sand and parents are relaxed while we capture the natural light photography. Some families I have photographed over the past years, take a look at this Captiva Family Photo Session with photographs from 2007 and recently in 2020.
Beach Photo Sessions at Sunset
Many families want me to photograph their family portraits at sunset. So, over the years, I’ve found how to put together the right elements to make these photos glow. If weather won’t cooperate, I still make it work. Summer thunderstorms bring a level of excitement to the air and I capture some of my most interesting images in the post-rain light. Locations that might have driftwood along the seashore are a great find. Additionally, I see the soft tones of the weathered wood create a rich display of color and texture. The driftwood also serves as a pleasant prop for a family portrait. Vacation time on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach is a great opportunity for a vow renewal ceremony where the children and grandchildren can see your commitment to each other.
With 25+ years as a photographer in Fort Myers area, my passion continues for bringing out your best. In addition to my wedding and family photography, my work includes creating advertising and editorial images managed and licensed by the Getty Stock Agency. To reserve me for your Fort Myers area wedding or family portraits, call or email Frank Simonetti.
Experience: Family in the photography business since 1946
Education: Art Institute of Boston