the experience

LIFE CHOICES...


How do you want YOUR wedding day to go?

Let me give you a quick run through of how the booking process will go. It's important you feel comfortable in making the first step!

so what's the process?

step 1

You're feeling my vibes, liking what you see. You're ready to write me an email that will boost my ego through the roof, hit that send button, and then do a little dance to shake off the tension from making contact with a human you've never met before.

step 2

I'm free for your date (hopefully) or ready to plan a date with you! Freaking awesome! I've sent you my packages, we've had some back and forth about what works for you, and we've figured out how I can help make your day unforgettable. I'll then send you my contract, you read it over and sign it, and send me the retainer amount. Then we pop a bottle of champagne from wherever we are in the world and from whichever timezone (it's always 5 o' clock somewhere, right?!), and toast to another great life decision under your belt.

step 3

The in-depth planning begins! You ask me whatever questions you have, and if you don't already have a location, I help you find one. I start helping you with a timeline since it can make or break the photos (sunrise vs sunset vs when the ceremony will happen, etc). I will walk you through what you'll need for the day and what you should maybe leave behind, and we will have crazy brainstorm sessions to figure out an execution plan.

step 4

GAME FREAKING DAY. Everyone's stoked; you're chugging a morning mimosa, your partner is jamming on his guitar to a song he just wrote about all the feels, and your dog is so excited it's peeing on every carpet it sets foot on. I'm likely glued to my camera in la-la-land, stars in my eyes, loving every moment the two of you are creating. Maybe I've stepped in your dog's pee and haven't realized because I'm too excited to see these photos on the big screen. Or, maybe it's 9AM and we've already summited a mountain for sunrise. Everyone's day is different, but what stays consistent is we all have the time of our freaking lives. 

step 5

Party's over! Now the anticipation game begins. This is the toughest part, waiting to relive the best day of your life and seeing how ridiculously cool the two of you look in your wedding outfits. My turnover depends on your session and the time of year, so could take anywhere between 2-6 weeks. Once it's done, I will send you the online gallery and hopefully the album, prints, and canvas you ordered, although those can take a bit more time depending on the current demand of the print shops. You write me a raving review about how much you're gushing over the photos and what a pleasure I was to work with, and we spend the next few months tagging each other in all the socials. END SCENE.

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Future You does NOT want to be disappointed, if they sense a bad decision they swear to go back in time and shove you in a time loop until you start making better life choices. So make sure you invest in a photographer that's right for you to avoid a scary encounter with Future You.

A few things that are included in every package:

Me and my up-to-date professional gear.

Countless hours spent on culling, editing, album creation, and printing are covered.

Location scouting for destinations; I'm very well travelled, well hiked, and well road tripped. I've even lived in several countries. Hold my beer while I find you your dream spot.

Customized timeline: because let's face it, every wedding is different and everyone wants to do their own thing (as they freaking should)

Gear prep and packing list specific to whatever your adventure is (I’m a self-proclaimed expert on this with years of very legit experience)

Transparency, guidance, and honest opinions, no surprises! And certainly no ragrets, not even one letter. ("Ragrets"? Anyone? *crickets*)

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This is the most special day of your life, and you deserve to spend it however you want to. And with who, or what, you want. Bring your dog (or cat?), that musical instrument you play, your first ceramic pot you ever made that no one has had the heart to tell you how freakishly ugly it is. It's art, ok?! 


this day is about you.

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What's included:
• Up to 16 hours of blissful coverage over two days while you rent some canoes, make hiking look easy, or shred some pow as I lug along an extra 10kg of camera gear, try to make it waterproof, and pray I don't drop anything in the process (I've gotten quite skilled at this)
• Sunset AND sunrise photo shoot (that's right- YOU GET BOTH- don't settle for less)
• ALL travel fees within mainland Europe* (transport, accommodation, food, etc)
• Online gallery for one year
• Help with itinerary, location scouting, activity ideas, plus the many emails and video calls that can go with them
(*Extra fees apply for Switzerland, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland)


THE mountain

Starting at €6400

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What's included:
• Up to 10 hours of blissful coverage during one day while you rent some vespas, have a picnic on Lake Como (maybe George Clooney will join?), or we enjoy a helicopter tour to a mountain peak in the Alps. The options are endless, so get creative.
• You choose- sunset or sunrise?? If you're lucky and it's that time of year, you could get both!
• ALL travel fees within mainland Europe* (transport, accommodation, food, etc)
• Online gallery for one year
• Help with itinerary, location scouting, activity ideas, plus the many emails and video calls that can go with them
(*Extra fees apply for Switzerland, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland)


The ocean

Starting at €5000

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What's included:
• Up to 6 hours of blissful coverage while you say your vows on a mountain peak in the Dolomites, on a beach in the South of France, or perhaps on an island in Greece (Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes are calling!)
• Choices must be made- sunrise or sunset? 
• ALL travel fees within mainland Europe* (transport, accommodation, food, etc)
• Online gallery for one year
• Help with itinerary, location scouting, activity ideas, plus the many emails and video calls that can go with them
(*Extra fees apply for Switzerland, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland)


THE forest

Starting at €3600

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What's included:
This is for Belgium only (late 2023 will be exclusive for weddings within 1 hour of Bolzano, Italy, where I am moving)
• 6-14 hours of coverage for getting ready, the ceremony, family photos, bridal party photos, the reception, and a sunset solo sesh with the two of you!
• 1 hour pre or post photo shoot (engagement, honeymoon, family, boudoir) to be used within one year of your wedding date
• Travel within Belgium
• Online gallery for one year
• I have various other wedding packages, please email me for more very customizable options

local wedding

Please enquire

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You can add physical copies (prints, canvases, albums) to any package. I highly recommend getting tangible copies of your photos, otherwise they may sit on your hard drive forever collecting digital dust. This is one of the biggest days of your life and you're about to invest in some professional photos to make you look your best, you gotta show that off to people! And besides, Grandma wants a copy on her fridge, doesn’t she?

Albums are made with the finest quality materials. Covers are made from sustainable wood or linen and come in a protective box. Your names can be beautifully etched in or printed on the front so even your great-great-great grandchildren will know who you were. They will be in awe over how wild and gorgeous their ancestors were.

Let's get physical

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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!

approximate travel dates

Home base- Italy
January 2023- Portugal
February 2023- Patagonia
March 2023- Bolivia and Peru
April 2023- Portugal
May 2023- Greece
November 2023- Vancouver