Thistle Lodge Sanibel Florida Candid Engagement Photography

Thistle Lodge Sanibel Florida Candid Engagement Photography

It is thought that Craigslist does not have much legitimate content with regards to work.  Yet, I still give a check almost every day just in case there is a legit photo need posted by someone.  Such was the case with Pat who put up an interesting post looking for help with making a surprise proposal to his girlfriend on Sanibel Island at the Thistle Lodge.

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SW Florida Best Sunset Beach Wedding Photography Ft Myers Sanibel Naples Cape Coral Bonita


Romantic -- Fun -- Candid -- Memorable -- Call 813-240-5357 today!

Full-time professional photographer Jason Collin makes the best SW Florida beach wedding photos in the Ft Myers, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Bonita and Naples areas using unique lighting techniques and years of sunset shooting experience.  The results are strikingly vivid images that capture the couple's character, spirit and closeness.  Reserve your candid beach wedding photography today.


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Mother's Day Photography Gift Packages 2016 Ft Myers Cape Coral Sanibel Naples Florida


Available in Ft. Myers - Cape Coral - Sanibel - Naples Florida

Why choose photographs as a present for Mother's Day 2016

  • photographs are an original and unique present idea
  • photo sessions are fun and interactive
  • photographs last longer than flowers!

 Make your Mom feel special . . . reserve now:

Call:  813-240-5357   E-mail:  Contact Page

Give Mom this gift certificate on Mother's Day and book the session at her convenience!


  • up to 30-minute candid photography session
  • 6 professionally edited images 
  • Secure online gallery for quick viewing, printing and downloading

reserve a special mother's day photography session



  • up to 1-hour candid photography session
  • 12 professionally edited images
  • secure online gallery for quick viewing, printing and downloading

reserve a deluxe mother's day photography session



  • up to 2-hour photography session
  • 24 professionally edited images 
  • secure online gallery for quick viewing, printing and downloading

        reserve a grand mother's day photography session

*  $75/$125/$225 special/deluxe/grand nonrefundable deposit required; additional fee may apply depending on location, time & date, number of people being photographed, etc

** Pricing valid only for Mother's Day 2016


Bowman's Beach Rainbow Sunset Sanibel Island Panorama & HDR

Click image for 3000px version -- Bowman's Beach Sanibel Island Double Rainbow Panorama - 5-shot panorama image

Bowman's Beach is a dog friendly (on-leash) beach on Sanibel Island, and one of its best beaches of any kind.  I took a timeout from swimming and running with Kiki to photograph a complete rainbow that had formed to the east.  We had to drive through a powerful thunderstorm and wait out the remnants of it while eating onion rings undercover before it was even safe, never mind dry, enough to head out onto the beach.  Storms always seem to leave good things behind, like this rainbow.  I did not even notice it was a double rainbow with my naked eye.  Only once I brought out some detail in Aperture 3 did I see the upper bow.

Sunset over Bowman's Beach Sanibel Island - 3-bracket HDRThe just passed storm also meant the beach was nearly deserted, which was fine by me and Kiki.  We ran far up the shoreline (see photo above) into the sunset, then swam and jogged our way back.  It was one of the most pleasant experiences in recent memory.

Sunny Florida at f/11 project #05 - Algiers Beach Sanibel Island

Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ f/11 ISO 200 5-bracket HDR (handheld, breaking rules yet again)

Sanibel Island has a number of dog friendly beaches, the above Algiers Beach being one of them.  So after nearly two hours of running and swimming and skimboarding with Kiki, I just plopped down on this soft grass growing at the far edge of the beach with my Nikon D300 and relaxed a bit, and of course also made this HDR photograph to continue my summer long Sunny Florida f/11 project.  Shooting while lying on my stomach on the ground is one of my favorites ways to shoot, and one of my favorite perspectives to shoot from.  First, it is really comfortable because you are lying down.  Second, you can hold your camera really steadily with both elbows planted on the ground.  Third, not many people are willing to get down and dirty like this so you can come away with a unique view of an often photographed place/scene/subject.  

I left some of the highlights blown out on purpose as I thought it added a bit of style to the shot.  Coincidentally, Scott Bourne wrote a blog post yesterday about it being ok to blow out highlights if it is something you wanted to do in your shot.  I will admit it made me feel better about doing so, as traditionally you can get criticized for blowing out highlights.  

I am still not finding the shot I had long envisioned for this series.  I will not describe that vision here, as I will continue to look for it myself, holding out hope that such a scene even exists in Florida.  My Florida imagination may have become too infused with Thai beach memories.


  • Algiers Lane, Sanibel, Florida 
  • 239-472-6477
  • dog friendly means dogs must remain on a leash 

Free Great Blue Heron iPhone Wallpaper


This photograph of a great blue heron was made near Sanibel Island's pier in February 2009. I am providing this iPhone wallpaper for free. It is my way of saying thank you for visiting Jason Collin Photography.

All iPhone/iPod Touch Wallpapers are provided without any technical support. Each image is a 320×480 jpg file. All images are Copyright Jason Collin Photography, All Rights Reserved. You are granted a single use, non-exclusive, perpetual license to install this wallpaper on any iPhone or iPod Touch personally owned by you. This license grants you the right to use the wallpaper for non-commercial/personal use only. You may not re-sell, distribute, print or otherwise publish the image without the express written consent of the Copyright owner: Jason Collin Photography

To Install the wallpaper onto your iPhone:

1. Right-click or control-click on the image.

2. Select “Save as…”

* Mac users:  save the image to a folder or add it to your iPhoto library.

* PC users:   save the image in your “My Pictures” folder.

Connect the iPhone/iPod Touch to your computer and do the following:

1. Launch iTunes, click your iPhone icon on iTunes, choose the Photos tab, and select “Sync photos from:”

2. From the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

* If your using a Mac, choose iPhoto or your Pictures folder.
* If you’re using a PC, choose My Pictures folder.

3. Choose Folder, then choose any folder on your computer that has images.

4. Choose “All photos,” or choose “Selected folders” or “Selected albums” and choose the folders or albums you want to sync.

On your iPhone:

5. Launch the Photos app. Browse through the albums or Camera Roll until you find the picture you wish to use.

6. Select the picture so it is displayed full screen.

7. Tap the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If you don’t see the icon, single tap the picture to display the menus.

8. A menu pops up with three options: Email Photo, Use as Wallpaper, or Assign to Contact.

9. Choose “Use as Wallpaper"

Thanks to Photo Focus and Scott Bourne for the directions above.