October 16, 2019

Sanibel Island natural light photography

Sanibel Island natural light photography

The Duca family called me for a photography session while they were on their Sanibel Island vacation. We met at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island to create some images with natural green landscaped backdrops. The Duca family stayed at this beautiful resort for their summer vacation before one of their daughters’ was leaving for University. I started with a picture of mom and daughters as they were sitting in the well-known Casa Ybel Gazebo.

Sanibel Island natural light photography

After that we used the Adirondack chairs for fun family photographs where they were all close together. The light on Sanibel Island was typically magnificent for natural light photography which I prefer given the new features of digital photography and editing. I recall Sanibel Island before the big hurricane in 2004. There were huge Australian pines which blocked the natural light from coming through. These trees also gave natural light photography a green cast because of their size and foliage. The trees are mostly removed from the island which now provides for an easy and natural portrait session.

Sanibel Portrait Photography

For over twenty years I have photographed on the island. Before digital photography, all that was available to create portraiture were slow films that usually required artificial light. Natural light has a great advantage in portraits since it is true and doesn’t require filters. So I photographed the girls individually and together. We then drove further down West Gulf Drive to catch the sunset. This photo session was in July so the Sea Oats were growing beautifully and served as a backdrop for the Duca family while they sat on the sand for more pictures.

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I noticed the sun was just ten minutes away from setting, so we walked to the water to complete our photo session. On some occasions I use on camera flash for pictures with the sun behind my family photography. But I noticed as the Duca family was walking along the beach that the best portraits in the session were natural light! After the photo session, the Duca family went back to the Thistle Lodge Restaurant to enjoy dinner. Shown here are some of my favorite photographs that we created.

natural light portraits

natural light portraits

natural light portraits

natural light portraits

natural light portraits

natural light portraits

natural light portraits