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.