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Fort Myers Equine Fine Art Portraiture.  SandBar goes horse crazy.



His name is Codigo do Retiro and he is a 7 year old 3/4 Lusitano, 1/4 
Westphalian stallion. He was imported from Haras Villa do Retiro in Brazil in 
October of 2013 and resides at Third Charm Farm in North Port Charlotte now.  
Trainer Linda Oliver.
We had the honor of creating a fine art portraiture for Carla Francheville who is a 
DVM at Sunny Coast Veterinary.

The focus of Dr. Francheville’s practice is lameness and sports medicine, although she has a special interest in theriogenology (reproduction) as 
well. Performance horses, especially dressage and hunter/jumper horses, make up the majority of the practice. In this capacity, Dr. Francheville is able to enjoy her work together with her hobby, which is training in dressage. 

Here's what she has to say about SandBar , In her own words_Dr.Francheville


Codigo is not the only horse in the barn.  We have returned to photograph a few of his friends.

The Grand Champion BSpratlin 
Grand Champion, "Ortello"

Equine Fine Art front

BLS_2048 painting final


A beautiful day with magnificent champions at the barn is better than any day 
in the office.   We love our job!


Worlds Most Famous Person wins SandBar International Merit

SANDBAR wins International Merit for portrait of Santa. ” Nick of Time”

Never Stop Believing in the Magic of Santa
Whoever said that Santa Claus isn’t real has never met Santa Larry.
November 2013 Santa approached SandBar Photography regarding having a formal portrait made.  Even Santa needs professional head shots.
We had the pleasure of meeting Larry and his wife, Eileen, aka Mr. & Mrs. Claus.
While posing for the camera, click after click, the magic began to happen.  With each frame we knew we had something very special.   That ‘something special’ was confirmed
in July as SandBar Photography received prestigious International Merits for “Nick of Time”.
Santa did more than simply pose for the camera, he delivered.  Here at SandBar Photography we do “Believe in the Magic of Santa.
We are including Santa Larry’s information and highly recommend him and his services.
He is kind, sweet, and gentle with children and adults.  It was an honor to be asked to photograph him.
Larry is a real bearded Santa 365 days a year and has been a member of a Professional Santa Claus Association for past 14 years
Mr. & Mrs. Claus are available year round for charitable events, parties, promotions, parades and more.
 He can be reached at:
            Workshop 239-470-4561
            Sleigh        239-470-4823


“In the Nick of Time”







A Saturday in the South

Kreese and Frosty/ Fort Myers Child and Equine Photography

Feeling a bit on the Country side, kicking up our heels and letting the hair down for some portrait fun!

It’s not official yet, but Summer bringing her muggy mornings feels like she is here in Southwest Florida!  That’s how our morning session felt when we met little Kreese and his family. Predicted thunderstorms all day, we were concerned that this beautiful family driving  from Moorehaven, pulling a horse trailer so that Frosty, the family horse could take part in this portrait session, was going to end up indoors without the horse.


As it turns out, it was just as it should be………….. perfect





a little shade time, relaxing.



Couldn’t ask for a better moment than this! Absolutely one of our favorites from this session.


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wrapping it all up on the tailgate, of ole Rusty the truck.

On a Personal Note:

Wiggin’s family thank You again for the privilege to be your family historian.  May God richly bless.

~ Sandy & Barb


Lance’s Senior Photoshoot

South Fort Myers High School Graduate Lance and his Canine Friend,  Heidi



We have photographed Lance and his family repeatedly over the years.

Lance has been a part of the Vet Program at South Fort Myers High school.

He completed a 3 year program starting his sophomore year followed by an  internship during his senior year at the Lee County Animal Services.

While interning @ LCAS  he assisted with delivery of puppies as well as fostered a pup that required hand feeding.


Over the Summer he took Busch Gardens Animal Program Camp



In the Fall,  Lance will be attending Florida South Western College formerly known as Edison Community College.


A personal note:


Because of  the love and care you have demonstrated with your devotion and passion for animals; we know that  you will be successful in any career path you may desire.

May God bless your hands in all that you do.

Go out and show the rest of the world how awesome you are! 😉 ~ Sandy & Barb


Kalli Island Coast High School Senior Portraits





Kalli is just as fun loving as she photographs. She’s quite active at her high school involved in the softball and volleyball teams



one of Mom’s favorites is always her baby girl not so much anymore but always to a Momma is the throw the head back and just laugh.  This one image  above describes kalli without the words.


going outside the studio on SandBar’s property is one of my favorites from Session and that Kalli showing a little bit of country.


and saving the best for last is a moment where kalli is caught off guard between shots.

Thank You Kalli for allowing SandBar Photography capture you at 17. May you follow your dreams and many blessings as you embark on the future.

Wishing you the Best!

Sandy & Barb


Amusing Easter Game for Family

Digital Hot Potato Fun Photo Game

Pull out a camera with a timer for this twist on a classic party game that produces priceless keepsakes.

Hot Potato Digital Fun

Hot Potato Digital Fun

As a Children’s Photographer, I am always looking for creative ways to document family gatherings and capture fun moments.

Many times I  give McKenzie, my 5 yr old granddaughter,  one of my small digital cameras and let her take photos from her perspective.

I found a little camera game that will catch unexpected moments and  wanted to share something FUN to do with Family this Easter Sunday.

The above ‘selfie’ of McKenzie was caught during the game.


Digital Hot Potato - Image Collection

This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine


How to play

  1. To Play: The first player sets the camera timer for the longest setting available and starts the countdown. He points the camera at himself for a couple of seconds, then passes it to the person on his left. The other players do the same until the camera snaps a shot. The person whose photo is taken must share it with the group, then perform a forfeit or tell something funny about himself before play resumes. The last person to avoid having his picture taken wins.


~ Barb