Italy {Part Two}
September 26, 2017

Our first day in Italy was a full one! We had a lovely breakfast and then headed up to the old part of the city for an entire day of shooting. Castellabate reminded me of a fairy tale… so incredibly beautiful and so hauntingly old. This town was founded in 1123. No big deal. I like to think my studio is old because it’s from 1879. Europe is a whole other level of vintage.



First things first, of course, and that meant a little stop for coffee as the cutest outdoor cafe. In Italy all the coffees are small, espressos. It felt like quite a change from my giant cold press life back in Minnesota.

{Little baby coffee that I had about three of 😉 and then darling Anna, my Polish bestie!}

{I loved this walled shrine. What a beautiful, Holy reminder.}


One of the biggest perks of this entire experience was the opportunity to have some professional photos taken of me. I think it’s challenging sometimes for photographers to get in front of the lens, but we need to. I felt so beautiful this day despite feeling homesick and a little anxious. I love this photo– it’s a reminder that I can be a risk taker and that God is keeping me in His perfect peace.


{The titled rooftops below our coffee spot & darling Joyce!}

After coffee we broke into small groups for shoot outs. There were two sets of wedding models, an English couple and an Italian couple. We were given free reign over a gorgeous villa courtyard {Palazzo Perotti–the private home of Baroness Roberta Perotti}, and the surrounding area including the front of a lovely old church. Each team was given a short period of time to capture each couple. It became an incredible way to get to know each other, share favorite settings-tips, and for me– to grow in the arena of posing.

{Our Italian Couple: Sissi and Antonio}





{Our English couple: Chole and Michael}


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{I just couldn’t get over how beautifully this table was set! I will be dreaming about those linens for years to come…}


{I loved working on a team with these ladies… we learned so much from one another. I wish I could do shoot outs like this more often, it’s so beneficial and a great way to grow your skills!}




{After our sessions we headed down the hill to check out the little shops and grab a drink. Delicious!}




Stylist – Mandy Beck (Saddleworth Shindigs)
Flowers – La Maison Marie, Santa Maria di Castellabate
MUA – Costabile Pascale, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Hair – Anna Capazuto, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Models – real couples (Michael & Chloe Kenny, Antonio Brunetti & Sissi Carrino)
Sissi dress – ASOS
Sissi shoes – Kurt Geiger
Antonio shoes – ASOS
Antonio jacket – Top Man
Michael & Chloe outfits – their own

After our shoots and a cocktail we gathered back inside the villa courtyard for a divine, candlelit dinner. It felt like a fairytale. I just love how LONG dinners are in Italy.



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