Sorrento, Amalfi Coast Wedding Photographer
What can I say about Emma & Jag’s wedding except for what a day! It was a long day but going to the Relais Blu is always a pleasure and with them having opened their lemon garden for the wedding ceremony I was very happy as the light wasn’t as harsh as it was on the terrace for an afternoon wedding. Emma and Jag hired a videographer, Emanuele Mura who came along with his assistant and a drone too. Sadly it is not cost effective for me to get a drone and insurance in Italy but from what I have seen, many of the Italian’s don’t seem to bother about this and shrug at me when I ask so it is nice to work alongside a good videographer who knows what he is doing and knows that he is also working alongside someone else too with an equally important job. I have been to weddings where my job is so limited because of tripods and cameras everywhere with three or more videographers too. This is what I call hedging your bets. However, I have to say the videographers at this wedding were great lads and I really enjoyed their company and their style. Click here for a beautiful montage of this wedding from Emanuele. When I look at what the videographers present it reiterates to me how difficult a wedding photographers job is because whilst I capture one moment in time, and that is it, when it is gone it’s gone, once the record button is pressed the videographers have thousands of frames to choose from and freeze if necessary and today’s equipment makes the resolution and quality much better. Whilst I don’t have this luxury, what I will say is that using the light and using the scenery and ensuring that the precious and candid moments are recorded is equally as much as a skill for both photographer and videographer alike and Emanuele did this beautifully. My advice to couples reading this would be to book a photographer AND videographer that will complement each other and not present the same thing to you. It is one of the best investments you will make for your wedding.
The set of photos above are from the pre-wedding shoot which I did in Sorrento in the ‘golden hour‘. Look at the amazing light and colours at this time of day (I like blue!). We had a lovely time walking down to the beach in Sorrento and I got some really beautiful shots too. The shots I have selected below show Emma in bridal prep as well as her equally stunning bridesmaids too. Because the videographer had a fine art style I tried to get a mixture of my usual natural shots but also tried to get some of the more posed shots too. My style is usually more natural and documentary but I enjoyed mixing it up with many different opportunities and ideas.
The photos below are a few that I took when I joined Jag in his hotel suite. The boys were busy labelling limoncello bottles up for the tables so it was a hive of activity. The views from the bridal suit jacuzzi of Capri were unbelievable though! Check out my instagram page and scroll through as I am sure you will find the view I am talking about!
Because Emma and Jag had booked a really good amount of time I had lots of opportunities to potter around and capture some great shots during bridal prep. I am pleased that they thought about this as it was such a hot and humid day too so it was nice not to have to rush around. If you are booking your wedding photographer then my advice would be to allow as much time as you can because not only will you get more photos, the style and feel will be much more relaxed and this guarantees better photography in my opinion. Look at the shots below and see what can be achieved with a beautiful bride, an amazing location and lots of time. Sadly the latest trend is now to cram in as much as you can for a small budget, overlooking the photography aspect of your wedding which means that lots just try to book a small amount of time but then expect the same as those who book plenty of time. It is impossible and I will put my neck on the line and say this: the day after, the week after, the year after your wedding day no one will remember the car, the table decorations or any peripherals but they, and you will treasure all of your wedding photographs forever. Have a think about this before you ask your photographer to do half a job in half of the amount of time. The pleasure of most of my weddings abroad mean that couples like Emma and Jag invest in their photography and in my opinion, it shows. I hope you like my quirky take on each wedding I photograph and I encourage you to click a few links to have some fun and receive useful information too!
I mentioned above about booking a good amount of time and investing in your photography. Another aspect of this means I can have a great day and build a rapport with you and your guests. Writing this now, I remember how friendly everyone was at Emma and Jag’s wedding. I had some wonderful conversations with so many people and this made this particular wedding memorable because of the people that were present. My job was easy as there were so many pretty ladies and lots of handsome chaps too! I say that as the way Emma and Jag planned their wedding meant there was no rush for anything at all and they had so much time to mix up their photography and videography with actually mingling with their guests and enjoying their wedding day fully. This would be the way I would plan my wedding (don’t say it……miracles COULD happen!). I do like wedding cake though haha! The shot below is a cool shot of Jag and his brothers walking up to the ceremony. I think the black and white makes this a little more cool 🙂
The above shot is a nice shot of the couple with Capri behind them but my blogs for the Relais Blu always say – think about your photographs when at this venue as after 1pm the sun will bleach out Capri for a great deal of the day until early evening. I think this, and the intense heat is why the venue has now built a lemon grove for the ceremonies. You will see from some of the photos below that the lemon grove is kinder to the guests (as they won’t melt!) and kinder to the photographer as the shadows and intense light are now a thing of the past. The two photos below are of the happy couple saying their vows. Despite the fact that I was limited for space I was respectful to the video guys as I realise that there are important parts of the wedding for the videographer and the ceremony is one of them so I was happy to mill around and take a back seat for this part of the wedding.
The set of photos below are from the ceremony. I tried to get a few different angles and do something different from the videgraphers so everything wouldn’t be the same.
I have decided to use a few shots of the bride and groom in the lemon grove to show you the views….and Emma’s amazing veil too. Wow! I think you will agree that I managed to get a nice variation of shots here and I feel that I used the venue to it’s fullest potential.
I have used the three shots below to show the good nature of this wedding day. Everyone made the most of it and had fun which in turn made my job easier. There were some great characters here and I really did enjoy the company of the guests that I managed to have a chat with.
The last two shots I will show you are two I got on the edge of the infinity pool. The couple were very brave and inched their way on a thin edge to take these shots. I will end my blog post as usual by wishing these two lovely people a happy and fun-filled marriage and send my love and regards to their family and friends. Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post from Lake Garda and pop by and say hello if you are reading this. It’s always nice to hear from you with your comments and feedback.