Hi! My name is Andrea. I am an Italian photographer based in the UK, but working worldwide. I specialise in weddings, elopements and micro weddings with soul and a twist of fashion. I love to travel and shooting all over the world.
I took this shot in the city of 100 lanterns: Hoi An, Vietnam, which is more like the city of 1 million lanterns! I was there shooting an elopement during the Lantern Full Moon Festival, where this historic gem of a city glows with the warmth of thousands of traditional lanterns. It had been in my wish list of destination weddings for years and I wanted a shot which captured the unique atmosphere of the festival and the intimacy of the moment alike.
I shot this photograph on the grounds of Port Lympne Hotel (Kent, UK): a unique country manor with a history of hosting prestigious guests which include the legendary Colonel T.E. Lawrence (better known to some as Lawrence of Arabia) and Sir Winston Churchill. The photograph catches the newlyweds standing under an ancient horse-chestnut tree in the grounds of the manor, enjoying a moment of quiet calm away from their guests just a few minutes after they have made their wedding vows to one another.
This photograph was taken in the loft of a 200-year-old traditional wooden house in the centre of the Vietnamese city of Hoi An during an elopement session. What drove me there was the moody atmosphere of the room and those incredible teal colored walls. The portrait was shot using only natural light, which in this case was a small beam coming in from a small window opening on the roof. I positioned the bride so that the beam would light up her face and left the groom in the shadows to add a level of mystery and romance to the image inspired by the sort of images frequently seen in Film Noir.
This photograph was taken in the breathtakingly beautiful Somerley House (UK), specifically in its majestic private art gallery hall. The way the natural light flowed into the space diffused by the large westerly windows and by the unique frosted panels in the ceiling inspired me to create a bridal portrait in motion fit for the room it is in. In my photographs, I am always interested in playing with the extremes of shadows and light much like in an oil painting by Rembrandt. This location inspired me to push these games to the limit and try to capture the feeling of this magical place through the power light and shadow have in setting the mood.
This photograph was taken in the Italian Dolomites, where I am from, at the end of a valley which leads to one of the biggest glaciers in Europe. During a few days of summer, the temperature difference from night to day is huge, which means that at sunrise, as sunlight hits the frozen grown, the frost on the frozen ground quickly vanished into an ephemeral rising mist.
This enchanting trick of nature is over in a heartbeat, and you have to be lucky to be at the right place at the right time when conditions are just perfect to experience it. I wanted to capture my eloping bride and groom locked in a passionate embrace as this phenomenon happened around them and we only had a few seconds to do this before it was all over. This meant getting up at a ridiculous hour and braving (mainly the bride!) the freezing temperatures and high altitudes, but if you want to capture the magic, you have to get up before it does!
This photograph was taken inside Somerley House's private art gallery hall. The room is adorned from floor to ceiling by life size portrait paintings. In this photograph, I wanted to render homage to Somerley and capture the atmosphere of the space in my very own contextual portrait of the bride and groom, basked in the dramatic light which Somerley excels at, and rendered in my own painterly style.
This photograph was taken during an elopement session in the Dolomites (Trentino, Italy). It was shot in natural light as close to the water as we could get, squeezed between the rocks. I love the way the softness and fluidity of the waterfall are mirrored in the bride's dress flowing in the wind, and equally how the dark imposing rock face in the background is mirrored by the grooms' strong stance and appearance.
I know traditionally Spring is the season of love, but for me, nothing says romance like Autumn. I find that at this time of the year the warm natural color tones and the quality of light you get is particularly tuned to creating evocative portraitures. Add to that my obsession with balancing light and shadows in my personal style to evoke mystery and emotion, and you have the making of one of my favorite times of the year to create soulful painterly photographs.
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