Frank Simonetti Photographer

Family Photographer

Family Photo Sessions

For over twenty-five years I have created images as a Family photographer on the beaches of Fort Myers. Nature has its own energy and Florida provides the setting for your Family Portrait Session on Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Breathing the fresh air on the beach, waves crashing all around, makes you feel alive and relaxed at the same time. That’s what makes Sanibel and Captiva perfect for beach portraits. Not only do they help to give you the inner glow of pure energy, but they also provide a gorgeous backdrop for your images.

family photo session on Marco Island beach
Family Photo Sessions on the Beach
Ballet picture on Sanibel Island beach
Moment of Ballet during Family Photo session on Sanibel Island

Fort Myers Family Photo Sessions

The happy family portraits shown here are of families on vacation in Fort Myers or on Sanibel and Marco Islands in the winter months. Many grandparents spend the winter in the Fort Myers area and invite their children and grandchildren to visit during the holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to create a gorgeous family portrait with three or sometimes four generations. We may choose the water as or background, or we might use the islands’ green landscape for an explosion of color.

fun family photograph with grandparents and children
Grandparents photo with children

Engagement photo session
They are Engaged!

My best family photo sessions

I have heard of ‘mini sessions’ which last about 20 minutes. I don’t offer this because over my many years as a family session photographer, I find that it takes at least 20 minutes for the client to feel comfortable in front of the camera. So, my photo sessions last about 1 hour. This includes walking from a nicely landscaped and green background to the beach. The pictures include formal and posed then onto more casual photos. For additional information about Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island family photo sessions, please visit my Fort Myers Beach photography page. There you will see various locations I have used for family portraits. Prior to meeting with my family session clients, I arrive 30 minutes early to walk around the chosen location to find the best backdrops. This eliminates wasting my client’s time.

Sanibel Island Family Photography

For my Sanibel family photo sessions, the islands have gray driftwood and sea oats that give a texture and contrast to the bright beach. Many of my photography sessions on Sanibel Island are of families and romantic couples on vacation in the Fort Myers area. The pristine, shell-covered beaches of Sanibel and Captiva give kids something fun to do while I create portraits of other family members. For additional information, pictures of recent assignments and photo session details, please visit my portrait photography page. On that page you will see natural backgrounds the island offers for family pictures.

family photography with mom and dad holding children
Fun family photo session on Sanibel Island

couple pose at Captiva Island sunset
Family Photo Sessions on the Beach

Some of my favorite places to shoot family portraits, couples’ portraits and high school senior portraits are Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva, Marco Island and Naples Beach.

Family Vacation Photo Session

Many people on a Florida vacation choose nearby Fort Myers or Naples Beaches for their family portraits. Portraits in Fort Myers can be active and busy with crowds blurred in the background. They can also be serene and scenic, alone in nature, or anywhere in between. Fort Myers, Sanibel Island and Captiva beaches face west to catch a colorful sunset. If the sunset doesn’t go as we hope that day, I might switch to black and white or find some other magic to capture the rest of the shoot.

family photo at South Seas Island Resort
Family Photography on Captiva Island beach
family photo session at Miromar Lakes
Photo session at Miromar Lakes

I took the family portraits above on Sanibel Island near the Lighthouse. In addition, I photographed the parents’ wedding years ago and they returned to recapture the magic with their 15-year-old twins. The day wasn’t what we hoped for, as the weather looked gloomy, and we thought we’d have to cancel the shoot due to heavy rains. When I walked out onto the beach, the light was gentle and diffused. I was so impressed with the deep gray colors! The rain discouraged other beachgoers, so we enjoyed having a private beach, all to ourselves!

Captiva Island Family Photography

I’ve photographed the family on Captiva Island beach photos below several times over the years. sometimes with their parents and children. We meet at their winter home and then walk to the beach on 6th Avenue with the Naples Pier in the background. 

As a portrait photographer, I created some joyful images at the Lowe family photo session on Captiva Island during their vacation in December 2018. First, we met on Andy Rosse Lane for a few photographs then traveled to the beautiful beach for sunset. After that, we let the kids run on the beach which brought a beautiful, natural energy to the whole group.  To see more of this session, visit my special Captiva Family Photography post. When you visit that page, you will see nature’s beautiful backdrops.

High School Senior portraits

The islands in the Fort Myers area also provide a beautiful site for High School Senior Portraits. Certainly, it’s an exciting time as seniors are proud of who they’ve become and they’re almost ready to leave the nest. Of course, parents will treasure this moment frozen in time for years to come. Vacation is the perfect chance for families to call and reserve a portrait session for their graduating seniors.

High School senior photo on Fort Myers Beach
School Senior Photo session summer of 2020
Family photo silhouette on beach at sunset
Family photography at sunset