Based in Italy, but offering service anywhere in Europe and Western Canada

Your dream Italy destination wedding photographer is here to help you.

Do you think about planning your wedding and then feel insanely overwhelmed, like where the heck do you even start?! Not to mention the pressure to have your wedding a certain way. For just a moment, stop, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Where do you see yourself while you’re tying the knot? Are you surrounded by the Italian Alps and the jagged peaks of the Dolomites? Maybe you smell the salty breeze coming off the ocean. Or hear the wind blowing through the majestic pine trees.

I will help you have your dream-come-true wedding, equip with lasting, smile-inducing memories, doing whatever it is that you want to do. THIS IS YOUR CHOICE; march down that isle, up that hill, or through that river to the beat of your own drum!

Italy is my specialty, but I'm available Europe-wide: the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Switzerland...where do you want to go? Pack your bags, get your tickets, and don't forget an extra pair of socks. And get married however you want to!

a traditional wedding wasn't for you.

What is a modern day elopement/
intimate wedding?

you're not alone

All about the 2 of you, instead of being focusing on trying to keep everyone else happy

Sharing your vows much more intimately between you and your partner, without the anxiety of having to do it in front of a big audience.

Either sharing the day just between the two of you or having anywhere from 2-30 guests

A full day adventure spent however you want (the sky is the limit!), instead of being stuck to chatting with your drunk uncle all night.

A stress free day without obligations, instead of nail-biting over whether or not the cake is going to arrive on time and if everyone is having fun.

The part where I come in

The long story short: I'M HERE FOR YOU. There's no better third wheel out there to ride along on your wedding day because I will be there to capture every moment of your eternal epicness.

It's true- I'm Canadian. But since I've moved here, I now know Europe like the back of my hand. Location and activity ideas? I have them all.

I'm not here to guide your elopement or wedding through posed photos, I'm here to join you on your adventure and take pictures along the way

Your guide will be sent your way within the next 24-48 hours!

Planning made easy

Ready to grab your wedding by the bells and exercise your right to do things according to your wildest fantasies?

Imagine your best-day-ever with you and your partner, from the moment you get out of bed until the sun sets- that's where we will start.

Thank you! I will respond within 48 hours. Don't forget to check your spam and promotions folders.

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What others are saying...

Shawna was incredible to work with & we are so happy with our photos! The communication prior to meeting and the chats throughout the day were incredibly comfortable & easy going.

We wanted a fun, energetic photographer to come with us on our elopement in the Dolomites, Italy and Shawna was the perfect choice! Thank you for everything, sending love!

-S + R

We had the most wonderful time with Shawna taking photos all over Paris! Shawna was prepared with a whole list of places she wanted to take photos (and places that inspired her along the way). Some of them were the classics like the Eiffel tower but many were unique ideas that captured the beauty of Paris and made the photos feel more natural and less touristy. Even at the touristy spots like the Eiffel tower, she found a unique space & angle and a way to capture the surrounding area to make the photos unique.

She also gave us lots of ideas for what to do in the photos since we're not great at knowing how to pose. She made us feel comfortable and we spent lots of time laughing and chatting in between spots. Finally, at the end of a long day of photos we stopped into a vegan bakery for treats & lattes (a perk for us as a vegan couple to find a vegan photographer to also give us bakery recommendations!).

Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we loved our photos (even with the grey, rainy weather that is Paris in the Winter). Highly recommend her if you're looking for a photographer

-S + J

I received a family photoshoot for my birthday from my husband, who is very reluctant towards posing. Luckily we did not need to do a lot of it, as Shawna mostly captured our day in the Dolomites in a very natural way. She did gave us some ideas on things to do for the photos but they felt natural as well... and of course leaded to beautiful photos. The moment I saw the preview of the pictures, I was blown away by the quality and how perfect the photos were. Thank you very much Shawna!

-K + A

Reach out

Thank you! I will respond within 48 hours. Don't forget to check your spam and promotions folders.

shawnaraephotos@gmail.com

Send me an email or fill out the form below!

Are you interested in going on a well-documented adventure with me? Then fill out the form with any questions you have or send me an email. I do my best to reply within 48 hours, although I could be out shooting a session or hiking in the mountains with no reception, so I do apologize for potential delays in my response. The best way to get in contact is definitely here or via direct email!