Elegant pastle wedding in Sorrento

A wedding in Sorrento is something that you can not forget so easily, especially when the venue is such a wonderful Italian villa like Villa Silvana and the bride is getting ready at the Hotel Bellevue Syrene, while the groom’s preparation is at the beautiful Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. I must admit, I’m really like to do a job like that that takes me in the most beautiful and charming places all around Italy. But I’m also lucky because everytime I discover beautiful people that beyond their good taste and their style are united by a great sense of connection and love. Beautiful soluls with whom I proud and honored to work with. This time I met Maricel and Mark from the United States, and I could be witnessof their love and the love they are surrounded by family and friends. A special thank you to Emma of Emma Events for designing and planning this beautiful wedding and to Pierpaolo and his fantastic Lumina Film Lab for being my second shooter. The images that you see are taken with both digital and analogue cameras.

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Eloping in Sicily – A sneak peek

Sicily could be a very passionate and sweet land, especially when you choose it as your destination for a secret elopement. Natalie and James decided to get married in Sicily from Australia, and this was a real surprise for both their families indeed. First they got married in Sicily and then having another celebration with family and friends in Australia. They’re keen traveller, and this time they was impressed by the beauty of Sicily, by its nature and its art – here you can find art everywhere, especially in antique palaces, in the alleys and in all the wonderful churches. The wedding style of the couple for the day was elegant but simple, in a perfect Sicilian mood. I loved the bride’s dress made in Sangallo lace and groom’s jacket in a beautiful and original blue tone. They looked like a couple of strangers in Sicily in a old movie, and they was a beautiful Australian couple of spouses in Sicily indeed!                           taormina-wedding-elopement (3) taormina-wedding-elopement (10)taormina-wedding-elopement (11)taormina-wedding-elopement (21)taormina-wedding-elopement (32)taormina-wedding-elopement (34)taormina-wedding-elopement (50) taormina-wedding-elopement (53)taormina-wedding-elopement (61)taormina-wedding-elopement (60)


Elegant Tuscany elopement | Wedding photography Tuscany

An elegant and also natural wedding in Tuscany is something beautiful and easy to have. It’s easy because in Tuscany you find everything you need for an unforgettable wedding: art, history, nature itself. This is the elopement in Tuscany of an Australian couple, Dianna and Matthew. They came in Lucca with the purpose to getting married and meanwhile discovering and enjoying the beauties of the place. Lucca offered them some jewels like churches and ancient palaces and beautiful alleys – and the famous Torre Guinigi, from which you can see the town in all its splendor. We walked to the very top of the tower, having a fantastic view of Lucca’ antique skyline; we also walked through the Tuscany countryside, having the most beautiful and classic view for a really amazing elopement.       wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (13)wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (12) wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (14) wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (18) wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (20) wedding-photographer-in-tuscany (25)


Eloping in Europe – Vintage style elopement in Capri

Eloping in Capri in October means to find sunny days a go-go and tourists from all over the world. I’m always lucky because my couples that come to Italy for weddings are usually happy to follow me through not-so-conventional paths, far from the crazy crowd. This time, with Christine and Domenic, was my time to follow them. After the getting ready we have gone up to Anacapri through the narrow streets of the island with a crazy taxi driver, and then to the Solaro mount, up with the chairlift (amazing stuff, I have to repeat it one day or another). It was a beautiful and moving wedding ceremony, celebrated by Rosa, one of the sweetest women on Earth. Seeing that panorama while the spouses were getting married, swearing and sharing eternal love on the top of the world, has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my whole life. Details and expressions of two gentle and particular souls with a very vintage mood.

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Why I shoot on film

A declaration of love to film photography

There’s a reason why I shoot on film, a very particular reason to me. I really don’t know if film photography is better than digital, I only know that I love to shoot on film. If you’ve ever seen a photo taken on film, you’ve probably noticed that film photography has at least two special, concrete “features” on its side – the same old story that every film photographer will tell you again and again. Everybody knows that film handles lights exceptionally well and that color looks great with film – every film has its own particular way to make colors vivid, or bright or special in any way – perhaps these are the reasons why film photography is so trendy these days, especially in wedding photography.

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Film photographers – and some clients as well – know that there are A LOT of other reasons why film is a great choice. For example:
* (You already know that) With film, post processing time is halved. Shooting film, my life has improved both as a professional photographer and as a human being. I can spend my time doing real important things for me and my clients, not staying all day long in front of a computer trying to be up-to-date with my editing.
* Another old (but true) story: film forces me to be a better photographer. I have to better understand light, I have to better compose/select in camera and not on a computer screen, I have to choose when to shoot, not spending all the time doing click, click, click, trying to find a moment.
* Moment. Yes, moment. This word reminds of another word: present. With film I have to stay present. I have to live in the present moment, with my eyes and all the senses wide opened. No better way to go mindfulness, to enhance intuition. A real way to concentrate and to meditate. Zen experienced in everyday life.
* Film photography enriches my life, because it allows me to improve a series of personal qualities. I have to be patient. I have to stay concentrate and look before I take every single shot. I have to feel and empathize with my subjects, whatever they are. I have to slow down. I have to stay ready and, at the same time, remain calm. Film is an exercise for the soul.
* Film comes with a special mood, a more complex feel, to discover little by little. Is a way to honor time and memories and all the important things in life.

Mostly, I shoot on film because of my great love for that little bit of imperfection and that kind of surprise that makes every photo unique. Not to mention the mood that is a blend of joy, nostalgia and splendor. But, most of all, I shoot analogue because I love that film is something definitive. Let me make a sort of comparison in order to explain my thought. With digital photography, I edit my raw files using presets, gradients, effects, changing the colors and post-processing. It’s like an obsession: it almost seems that we (photographers, but also clients) have to change our mind depending on the season and on our tastes in that particular moment. Today is dark and moody, in two months the same photo looks better with a light and airy look. Today color, then black and white. All is fluid, all is too way relative and virtual, like there is no memory, like there is nothing made to last. Instead, I want something made to last. I don’t want to change the same photo every time. I don’t want to follow trends, changing my mind with the wind. I want something that is already perfect with its inner, beautiful, imperfection. I shoot on film because, to me, is a different way to conceive photography and life. Is something definitive, something that you can’t change, something that is really “forever”, really timeless, in many ways. This is what I love most in analogue photography: is definitive, timeless indeed. And in that specific “time”, I can find everything I need.