30 miles from Naples and nestling amongst the hills of Benevento, was the setting for Samantha and Andrea's lovely destination wedding. The day was blessed with continuos July sunshine and while this made it very hot to work in, it also meant that I was able to make good use of the beautiful Mediterranean light.
As Andrea was born locally, this was something of a homecoming for him and the welcome that we all received from his family and friends was genuinely warm.
What I do love about shooting destination weddings is the different quality of light that is almost guarenteed. I never leave my couples to bake in the midday sun, even if I have to bear it! I always make great use of the lovely light that bright shade offers. This means no uncomfortable expressions, painful squints into the camera and definitely no perspiration, as I want my couples to look like they have stepped straight from the high end national magazines that I regularly shoot for. Even for the picture outside the church, which I was told later had the thermometer touching over 37 degrees, I angled my couple away from the sun for their comfort and lit them with my location light. In such circumstances it is vital to work quickly, which I am more than used to doing anyway, when given a couple of minutes to shoot an important magazine feature and we were done and in the air conditioned limousine before Samantha and Andrea suffered any discomfort.
Later, when the sun was lower and more comfortable, I used the incredible light to make my couple look stunning, before finishing off with one of my signiture mellow evening images that close my wedding pictures perfectly.
Location: Benevento, Italy