I booked a Destination Wedding in Italy and me and my boyfriend decided to add a few days before and after the wedding to travel through Italy. We started in Venice, drove to Verona and then to Tuscany, where the wedding was, after the wedding we visited Florence for a few days.
Italy is amazing. It has so much culture, beautiful landscapes, nice people (especially in the countryside) and great food. In Verona, be sure to book a B&B, it’s so personal and nice. In Tuscany I really liked the agriturismo b&bs / hotels. They offer authentic rooms with nice gardens, great views and personal service. I can recommend Taverna di Bibbiano: http://www.agriturismotavernadibibbiano.com
Camera | Nikon F90x
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab
I am a Fine Art Wedding Photographer from Holland that LOVES to travel.
I document all my travels on film, this trip was photographed with the Nikon F90x, with the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 & the Nikon 50mm 1.8.
I lived with my husband and three boys in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a most beautiful town in the north of Italy, for two hockey seasons. That’s how we measure our years, in hockey seasons, because my husband is a professional coach. Yes, there is hockey in Italy, although mostly in the north where there are mountains and winter sport. Venice is a two hour drive south, so we would go often, eat gelato and enjoy a the view from a vaporetto (public ferry boat). Some people say Venice isn’t great with kids, and I suppose for art museums and fine dining that’s true, but for us it was one of the easiest places to visit because the boys could ride the boats all day and not get bored.
Favourite things about Venice? I love the fish market. And wandering around the not so tourist areas. Markets and getting lost are the two things I always advise when asked about travelling to any new place. Both give you an idea of local culture and there’s always secret unexpected adventures off the beaten track. Restaurants, of course, are one of the best things to stumble upon and I always find the best meals at small joints tucked away in the corners of cities, away from the crowds. In Venice, always drink at least one Spritz. The typical Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and a flavourful orange slice for garnish. But go away from the norm, and try it with Campari or Cynar rather than Aperol, which are less sweet and more bitter. To eat? Fish, obviously. Pasta al nero di sepia, squid ink pasta served with cuttlefish, is a personal fave.
Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab
I’m not a professional photographer. I’ve been a professional mother for the past nine years and evolving for the past twenty some years as an amateur photographer from my beginnings as a teenager shooting scenic prairie landscapes on film, to traveling the world in my twenties with various cameras in hand, to chasing three little boys, taking hundreds of digital photos hoping for a good shot or two. I photoblogged our couple of years in North Italy at www.coribeddoes.com. After one winter back in Canada, we’ve returned to a new town in the north of Italy, and I’ve returned almost entirely to shooting film. My blog is suffering for lack of a scanner on the road, and the fact I tend to shoot rolls and rolls and get behind on developing. I develop my own black and white and print in the darkroom. Fortunately I’ve found a darkroom in Innsbruck. As for colour, I’m working on finding a lab here on the continent. I’m on Instagram at cbeddoes.
Cortona is a ten minutes’ drive from our B&B. The Etruscan town is located on the hill that overlooks the Valdichiana Valley. Cortona has a lot to offer as it is a cultural and artistic centre. Many festivals are held here, centered around dance, art, photography and more. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants (both trendy & modern and more traditional). Cortona has a lot of churches and in the centre of town is the Museo dell’Academia Etruscan about the Etruscan history of the town. Cortona’s old town wall is still intact. The town became famous due to its use as a location in the American film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. It is a popular wedding destination amongst foreigners.
Lucignano is a beautifully preserved small medieval town in an elliptical shape, with a lovely legend about a ‘love tree’ which promises happiness to married couples (which is why many Italians choose to get married here!). It is a gothic masterpiece which took 120 years to complete and can be found in the municipal museum. In 2010 the film “Certified Copy” with Juliette Binoche was filmed here.
Film | Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji Pro 400H
Lab | UK Film Lab
Rosie Reports. I am a 31-year-old Dutch photographer/journalist but divide my time between Holland and Italy (Tuscany) where I run B&B Casa Capanni (which is also a wedding venue) with my family and friends (who also divide their time between the two places). In Holland (Amersfoort) we also run a concept store, called ‘Capanni Lifestyle’, with products inspired by and used in the B&B, such as furniture and bed linen, but also accessories (both fashion and home decor) and clothing by designers such as Magnolia Pearl and Les Ours. We live a bohemian life in Casa Capanni and everything in the store reflects that. We love authentic, handmade, honest products. We also do interior decorating projects. The B&B is a beautiful holiday destination but also like a showroom in which you can spend the night; it was decorated by Capanni lifestyle’s interior designer (who is my mother).
I do the photography, PR, and website design amongst other things for Capanni (and of course I work in the B&B, which includes making beds!). So I also have my own company, which combines photography and journalism (I write for a Dutch magazine). Last year I discovered film photography and have been hooked from the moment I pressed the shutter of my ‘new’ Mamiya M645 1000S. I love the sharp f1.9 80mm lens that came with it. Nowadays, I also own a Mamiya 645 AF. I shoot both digital and analog, but I must admit that I think nothing can compete with film photography, especially when it comes to medium format cameras. I am what they call a ‘natural light photographer’ and nothing captures the light quite like film. I consider myself very lucky to live in Tuscany as a photographer/writer as there is no lack of inspiration here.