Archive for October, 2011

City Center, Las Vegas Engagement Shoot | Matt & Jennifer

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I met up with one of my couples recently on my travels and here are some highlights!  Enjoy.

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Tuscany, Italy Wedding | Bridal Portrait Shoot | Antonio & Shelley

Friday, October 14, 2011

Artistry and luxury from the 1600’s run deep here.  These hilltop towns contain secrets of lives that are rusting away, and the paint from the walls thats hundreds of years old creates a fascinating backdrop that is impossible to duplicate.  The authenticity of a tuscan villa built in 1697 was a perfect place for our shoot.  This region has so many interesting and enchanting stories to tell if you are looking for, and take the time to slow down and experience them. Shelley & Antonio the following day dawned their wedding attire and we headed out for a sunset session.  We explored the diverse areas around this property and could have shot for days without duplicating anything ,I know you will enjoy these images.

Villa Catignano caught my attention 5 years ago when I was commissioned photographed an american italian wedding there in the spring of that year. Located just outside Siena and one hour from Florence, its easy to get to, yet tucked away in the heart of the Chiante region of the hills there.  We had taken the train up from Rome and fell in love with this countryside region.  It was such a private place for the family to rent out the entire 30 room villa for their family and friends to come and enjoy their wedding!  As you can see from some of the scene setting shots within eyeshot of the property as well as the view overlooking the town of Siena, this is a spectacular spot. One of the highlights of the villa are the ancient historical frescos painted on the walls and ceilings of the Villa.  This was once a working olive oil farm with a chapel, pool, vineyard, cellars and production barn.  As I was exploring I found the ruins of an old greenhouse where they kept their citrus trees in the winter.

Enjoy this collection of images from Antonio and Shelley.  They were a sweet couple with equally as much interesting history together as the villa, and yet down to earth. My favorite images are the ones with the row of hedges that were almost a quarter mile long.  Only in Tuscany.

Tuscany, Italy Engagement Shoot | Antonio & Shelley

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Every time I travel back to Italy, this is my favorite region.  Something about meeting the farmers and picking up food to take back to the villa to cook.  The way the beautiful tuscan light wrapped around everything at sunset reflecting off the olive orchard leaves.  The perfect humidity and warm nights.  The hilltop towns and listening to the passionate stories from the owners of the castles and villas tell the tales of how the turks were stopped at the city gates nine hundred years ago on the very location your sitting on.  This region has so much fascinating and enchanting stories to tell if you are looking for, and take the time to slow down and experience it.  Shelley & Antonio live in this region and his father owns a stunning Italian Castle called Castello Del Le Serre dating back to the 1100’s.  I could have listened to the stories about the property and the region for hours.  Antonio is from Rome originally.  Shelley is from Santa Barbara.  These two lovers met, wed and are such a fun couple.  I recently caught up with them and captured this two part series of a casual portrait session and a day after wedding session.   We explored some amazingly beautiful areas of this northern Italian region, and I’m excited to share these.  Thanks to Ben with CanaVP for connecting us with Shelly & Antonio.