I have my rituals when getting ready to photograph a wedding. I make sure my gear is clean, batteries charged, camera bags packed, directions printed and wedding timeline in hand. Life gets more complicated when the wedding is a destination wedding. I have shot a number of destination weddings in California and elsewhere but last April I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning wedding in Italy. I love to travel so having the opportunity to photograph in Tuscany at a five star luxury hotel, Villa La Vedetta, was an absolute joy.
Anyone who has seen what I typically have in the trunk of my car at a wedding knows I like to bring a lot of gear. I don’t like being unprepared so I have extras of anything and everything I might possibly need. In the weeks leading up to Italy I knew I had to be smart about what I packed and what could be left at home. The number one criteria was that was all of my photography gear had to fit in my carry on and NEVER leave my side. This included my camera bodies, Pocket Wizards, strobes, cords, lenses, batteries, memory cards, power adapters and my laptop. Never bag check anything you aren’t willing to loose.
I flew into Florence, Italy two days before the wedding so I was able to acclimate to the 9 hour time difference from Phoenix. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to walk and Florence is ideal because you can walk everywhere. I could get from one end of the city to the other in 30 minutes at a meandering pace. While walking around I found a ton of cool little alleyways and cobblestone streets off the crowed tourist path that would be perfect later in the week for Carol and Adam’s portrait session.
With travel comes a need to figure the best way to secure the photos after they are shot. I admit that I can get a bit paranoid about digital files so after the wedding I had everything backed up in 3 places while I was traveling- my computer, an external hard drive (that I carried in my purse at all times) and I left all the original images on the SD cards.
I am not going to pretend that photographing an international wedding isn’t work. It is and it comes with its own unique set of stresses but being there to capture the magic was worth all the hours of planning and logistics.
My passport is current and I am ready for the next adventure.
Click here to see more photos from Carol and Adam’s Villa La Vedetta wedding set on a hillside overlooking Florence and the Arno River.
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