As I landed in Venice yesterday, I could see Saint Marks square from my window on the plane. I am in Italy, shooting my second destination wedding of the season.
I have shot some unbelievable weddings, but I think this one takes the cake. 60+ people were flown eight hours around the globe, whisked off to a luxury cruise ship and now cruising the Mediterranean Sea. I am REALLY loving my job right now!
After we arrived yesterday, I acquainted myself with the group and started taking a few candid shots. Today was a different story however. The ship arrived in Bari, Italy and this is the location I had selected to do the engagement shoot. I could not ask for a more perfect location. There were old forts, cathedrals and narrow European streets. There were literally hundreds of beautiful backdrops to choose from. I only had about 2 hours to work with the couple, but I think I could have gone on for nine or ten. It was 32 degrees and a not a cloud in the sky. The light was a little harsh, but there were ample shady spots to use. I found a gorgeous park with a long line of mature trees. This engagement will be hard to top, that’s for sure.
Bari is a great place for many things. They are known for their impressive selection of cheeses and local wines. If you remember from a previous post, I am mere weeks away from my competition so I am still on a diet of egg whites, oatmeal, broccoli and chicken breast. I had to watch as the bridal party consumed mass amounts of thin crust margarita pizza in the piazza of Old Town. A tough moment to say the least!
This has been the hardest I have ever had to resist the temptation of food in my entire life. If you have been on a cruise before, you know it’s all about the food! In order to stay away from the opulent buffets and a la carte restaurants, I have been spending most of my spare time in the gym at the front of the ship. I wake up before the sunrise, take a jog around the upper deck to warm up and then watch the sunrise through the panoramic glass as I work though my circuit. Then it’s off to “work”. I love that I can call this work, as I have found a way to morph my two greatest passions into my career.
Tomorrow we dock at Katakolon, Greece for an excursion to the original site of the Olympics where I am planning a group shot of all 60 guests. It’s just another day at the office!