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Newborn Rafeal, My Brother, My Friend

Fort Myers, Florida SandBar New Born Photographers and Portrait Artists


Nothing melts our hearts more

than newborn babies.  They are perfect in every way.


We consider it a special blessing when we can photograph someone

as precious as Rafael.


Rafeal brought his big brother, Davee along today.   These are a few

photos that are simply oozing with sweetness.




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Davee introduces Rafael

We found this poem that seems appropriate for Rafeal and David.


Because I have a brother I will always have a friend.

Big Brother, my little eyes are watching all you say and do

When I grow up big & tall, I want to be like you

My little ears are listening to everything you say

I am learning how to grow up & be just like you someday.

So be careful how you teach me to be the person that you are

You will always be my first best friend & the brightest shining star.








Sanibel Beach Generational Portrait

Fort Myers, Florida, Sanibel, Captiva, Boca Grande, Estero Island, Marco Island, Southwest Florida Photographers.



Living in Southwest Florida one of  the many attractions are our beaches.

It is the place where families often gather for vacation.

When you think of it, it is also an opportune time to capture those memories.


Just off the West Coast of Florida between Sarasota and Naples are some of this states’ best islands.

Boca Grande, Upper and Lower Captiva, Sanibel, Estero Island and Marco.

All are quite quaint with different personalities.

Each one unique and some of our favorite spots for photos.


The Plachetka Family scheduled  with Sandy before they left Illinois                     BLS_1201Plahcetka Bc


requesting a Generational Session.

We suggested Light House Beach on Sanibel Island.

We used the Sanibel Causeway as a backdrop

as well as the approaching luminous clouds framed by the lush vegetation.

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No matter the conditions, Sandy can always capture a little magic.

This is the blessing of having a talented artist as a business partner.

Below are some photos from that day.


Creating “ART” from life is our goal with every portrait.

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Time stops for no one but there are moments that

can be caught and will live on to cherish forever.


Planning a photo session might be something to consider for your next family vacation.




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Happy GrandParents Day!

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Today,  as I was working at my desk, I reached for a pen and picked up a crayola.   I chuckled to myself and thought yes, more evidence that I am a Grandmother as McKenzie and Blaise seem to leave behind little reminders that touch my soul.

There is nothing like a grandchild that can put a smile on your face, a lump in your throat and a warm feeling in your heart.

In a matter of moments these precious babies can trash a clean house like little cyclones.  I remember when we corrected our children for doing the same, now we sit back and are enamored with their creativity and play.   When the nail salon gives  a less than perfect manicure I am disappointed but when Mckenzie paints my nails, I proudly display my red and purple fingers with every smudge and smile.

I believe Grandparents day may rate right up there with Christmas.  I’m not sure what we are supposed to do on that day, nor the proper protocol for celebrating, but never the less, any moment spent with a grandchild is the greatest gift on earth.

May your day be beautiful and blessed, may your clean home be noisy &  messed, may spider man action figures trip you at the door, while lost princess Tiara’s keep you searching for more.  May your bed be filled with giggles, snuggles, tickles, and hugs and when they leave may your heart long for the soon return of those little bugs.

Check Out This STUD!

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"

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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