RESILIENT. A word that is spoken loudly by both Sanibel Island residents and those who have come to love all that she is. This morning was the lighting of the Sanibel Lighthouse, restoring more hope to the island.

While Lighthouse Beach will remain closed for some time, I wanted to share one of the last sessions I photographed before Hurricane Ian devastated the island. This mother-and-daughter duo has been coming to Sanibel for years. It was a sweet gift to surprise her mom with photos to remember her favorite place. She only knew about the session once she met me in the parking lot at the beach. She couldn’t have been more excited, now, they will cherish these images even more. This beach was one of my favorite locations to meet families for their photos on the island. The lush greenery and low tide pools were so dreamy. The path with the coconut palm is no longer there, with the waves now crashing just feet from where I took these photos. Although it may never be the same, new memories will be captured again. I look forward to photographing families returning to Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian.

Visiting Sanibel Island

More and more restaurants and shops are opening daily, and plenty of accommodations are available. While you may hear mixed reviews about whether or not visitors are wanted yet, I can assure you that all the business owners will welcome you with open arms. Helping support the island will only benefit the rebuild. Be respectful, and do not drive around to check out the destruction and damage of those on the island. Don’t take photos or videos of homes and businesses lost. Enjoy the food, shop, walk the open beaches, rent a kayak or bike, or even take a sunset boat tour. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty Sanibel Island will never lose.

Beaches Open

Blind Pass Beach 29 parking spots

Tarpon Bay Beach 76 parking spots

Bowman’s Beach 220 parking spots

Gulfside City Park 46 parking spots

*$5/hr payable with phone.


Island Inn

Jensen’s “On The Gulf”

Sea Palms Estate

Periwinkle Campground

‘Tween Waters Island Resort

Cottages to Castles

Sanibel Vacations

Royal Shell Vacations

Sanibel Captiva Island Vacations

Things To Do

YOLO Watersports

Sanibel Sportfishing Charters

Sanibel Island Golf Club

Tarpon Bay Explorers

Sea Oats Day Spa


Rachel Pierce Art Market – I have some of her work and it’s beautiful!

CROW Gift Shop

Whitney’s Bait & Tackle

Sanibel Surf Shop

Beach Stuff – Captiva

The Gold Parrot – Captiva

Barracudas – Captiva


Island Store

Jerry’s Foods

Timbers Fish Market

Island Pizza

MudBugs Cajun Kitchen

Tutti Pazzi


Sweet Melissa’s

Blue Giraffe – Food Truck


Doc Ford’s Sanibel

Gramma Dot’s – Food Truck

Starbucks – Captiva

The Green Flash – Captiva

The Mucky Duck – Captiva

Old Captiva House – Captiva

There are many Sanibel Island businesses that are temporarily located in Ft Myers

Adventures in Paradise Outfitters

MacIntosh Books

Pinnochio’s Ice Cream

Bubble Room

Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises

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Amy Weiler Photography is a Cape Coral Florida Family Photographer also serving the surrounding areas, including Sanibel, Captiva, Sarasota, Boca Grande, Fort Myers, Naples, and Marco Island. 

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