I recently had the privilege of being asked to assist my dear friend Chloe for a wedding in Italy this year. I love to travel and although I have done work in India, Cambodia, Iceland and across the US, I had never been to Europe. It was even more than I've imagined. (And if I was 18 again, I would take a gap year and backpack across the continent. Good thing I married a man who loves adventure as much as me...someday, Europe. Ok babe?)
Italy was an experience that I've had a hard time describing. What I loved the most about our time there were the people. I'm always surprised, thinking that it's the place (the buildings, history, food, sights), but it ends up being the people that I remember the most. The Italians we met were hospitable, funny, complimentary and hard working -- from the wedding vendors we served with to the baristas and pizza makers -- I loved them all. (Yes, even the subway station attendant who bossed us in Italian and then quickly said, "Shoo Shoo!" to keep us moving.)
When we weren't working, we visited the Duomo's in both Florence and Milan -- massive cathedrals marking the city centers. We ate our way through the trip with the most wonderful seafood, charcuterie, wine, pizza, gelato and cappuccinos. It was a treat to do a trip like this with another photographer. I didn't have to apologize for stopping to take a picture of, well, basically everything we did. Chloe and I had a great adventure together!!
Since I specialize in wedding photography and portraits...this work was really fun and challenging for me. Here's my attempt at some landscape and architecture photography. It was an absolute blast....
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Chloe Luka Photography for asking me to come along on this adventure. It will forever be an incredible memory -- my first (of hopefully many more) trips to Europe.