The Fort Myers Photographer you’ve been looking for
People often ask me how I get everyone to look 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.
The wedding photo above is of Chris and Emily at their May 2016 wedding on Sanibel Island. Below is the family photo of Chris and Emily with Junie at her first birthday in September 2018.
I help people to relax and respond to each other, and let their love and personalities shine through. 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.
“It’s not about the photographs, it’s about how you feel when you look at the photographs”
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 years. In addition to Fort Myers Beach, some of my favorite shoot locations are on the extraordinary Sanibel and Marco Islands near Fort Myers. 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 photographs.
Creative Wedding Photography
Florida Destination weddings are popular with couples arriving with family and friends to Fort Myers or Marco Island. One incredible engagement photography session was on Sanibel Island. 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. Here is a link for this lovely couple celebrating their wedding at the Lexington Country Club in Fort Myers. 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 session when they are in the Fort Myers area. They’re so excited and happy on their vacation, sometimes 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 photo sessions. They have a blast showing their personalities and their excitement brings a lively energy to the whole group. The families treasure these captured memories of a blissful time together.
Many families want me to photograph their family portraits at sunset. 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. 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.
With 20+ years as a photographer in Fort Myers area, my passion continues for bringing out your best. To find out how you can reserve me to capture the heartfelt joy at your Fort Myers area wedding or family portrait photo session, call or email Frank Simonetti.
Experience: Family in the photography business since 1946
Education: Art Institute of Boston