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.
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!
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.
I was invited by some fellows photographers for a Camp in an ancient Italian villa in the Monferrato region, where some friends asked me to share some of my experiences as a wedding photographer. I’ve spent a great time with my friends and colleagues, sharing our days in the villa, having fun and of course photographing and talking about photography all the time. During the Camp (oh, I will tell you more about this Camp very soon!), we took some time to take portraits of each other, so I’m very grateful to Valeria for standing in front of my lens for some shots with my film cameras. It’s always a little bit challenging but also very moving to me to have the chance to take portraits of colleagues, friends or my beloved in general. While taking portraits of Valeria I realized how beautiful and difficult is to me taking photos of someone I already know and with whom I have any kind of relationship. That’s probably because it’s involved to me a high amount of expectation from myself, and a great respect of the person I’m with. Of course I respect all the people I photograph, but it’s something a little bit different. When I take a portrait of a colleague, a friend, a relative, or someone I know in my “ordinary” life, there’s a sort of fighting between what I imagine of the person, what I already know of that person and what that person really is. It’s something beautiful but also a little bit scary… exciting for sure. That’s Valeria, great photographer an friend, in all her beauty and intensity.
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.
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.
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.
Doing some personal or editorial photo session is always something that I love mostly because of the inner freedom in it. I have more time to take one single photo, imagine it, planning it, and also dreaming about the whole story I’m going to represent.
Getting married in Monterosso for Corielle and Glenn has meant for them being barefoot mostly of the day (Corielle even during the ceremony), and being surrounded by parents and a bunch of dear friends. The couple asked me to follow them during their wedding in Monterosso, in Cinqueterre. I was very moved by the love between these two, and the fact that they were so excited about the fact to getting married in this little town with a very private and emotional ceremony even confirmed my sensation about their mutual feelings. I could say that this little town has two faces, like many places in Italy indeed. The first face is the one built around turism, especially in the oldtown. You find good restaurants, lot of cute souvenirs shops. The second face of Monterosso is far more wild, is the one out of the control of the human being: the nature, the sea, the mountains that surround the town, as in the whole Cinque Terre coast. No need to say that Monterosso is a not a big city, so its various sides blen together finally. Monterosso it’s an adorable fishermen’s village where you can find ancient traditions still alive – old and young fishermen are everywhere in town the indeed.
A bunch of close friends and relatives in an eclectic villa on the beach in Italy. This is how begins the wedding day of Corielle and Glenn in Monterosso. No better way to enjoy a relaxed brunch in a beautiful house on the sea. No better way to celebrate their wedding. The quirky villa on the beach of Monterosso has been the right place to celebrate love and friendship before the wedding ceremony – I will tell you more about Corielle and Glenn soon, no worries. In the meanwhile, discover how we spent few hours before they sworn eternal love to each other in front of the Mediterranean sea.
This is only the first part of the story, there are more details about the wedding celebration we spent together in Liguria!
Hours before the wedding celebration in an Eclectic style villa on the beach of Monterosso
When I think of boudoir photo session I always think of a feminine, delicate and sensual moment. And when it comes to a bridal boudoir the first word that comes to my mind is expectatance. Usually a bride has her boudoir session before the big moment, during her getting ready, and the getting ready is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful moments to capture in picture on a wedding day. Is a suspended time, where many different emotions blend. This is also one of the best moments for us photographers to capture and enhance the inner beauty of the bride. Yes, especially when the bride definitely wants a boudoir session. Boudoir photography is a great way to subtle tell a story of love that begins with a man that looks into a woman’s eyes and fall in love with her. the story continue, and is a story of intimacy and kindness, and mistery – I’m sure that no one man can totally know his woman, and of course it’s the same vice versa, and this is part of the beauty of a love relationship. For a man, looking at his woman’s boudoir session could mean assisting to a totally private moment as an external viewer, rediscovering the sacredness and the speciality of this moment as if he were seeing it for the first time. What a wonderful gift of love!