Yesterday marked the third anniversary of my marriage to this hunk! One of the places we considered getting married was Positano, Italy. Ultimately we determined it wasn’t logistically going to work for our family and friends so we got married on the beach in Naples, Florida instead.
(Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered with details on my look. Keep reading to the end!)
Fast forward three years and we found ourselves in Positano for a brief vacation after my husband attended to some business in Rome. It was every bit as beautiful, magical, and romantic as I had dreamed it would be.
We never had engagement photos taken and find it difficult to get good photos together especially when traveling alone. Oh sure we get a few from the random stranger or waiter but they are rarely something we are both happy with. We decided it might be nice to get some professional photos taken on this trip during our anniversary month.
A friend gave me a recommendation for a photographer that wasn’t available. I began my research to find someone else and stumbled across a company called Flytographer. They have photographers all over the world with a set fee for photo shoots or various lengths to capture your vacation or special moments. You are able to view the bio and portfolio of the photographers that shoot in the destination you are traveling to.
Flytographer has 3 photographers that shoot in the Amalfi Coast. I ended up choosing Chiara but all three had similar styles. I was looking for someone who could capture candid moments and help direct those to happen. I wanted to capture the scenery but also wanted the shots to be tight enough to show our expressions.
I spent some time creating a Pinterest board that showed the types of shots I was looking for and included it in the info Flytographer requested. My contact confirmed the information but when we met the photographer she didn’t seem to have reviewed the photos I had sent. I briefly tried to explain what I was looking for but honestly was a little flustered.
I had also requested our shoot be at sunset or right before. Flytographer actually even suggested that most photographers like that time. Our shoot was scheduled for 4:30 which I thought was a little early. As a result, I feel like a lot of the photos are a little washed out in the background due to the brightness. I would have like to showcase the vividness of the beautiful colors of the Positano buildings and houses.
Don’t get me wrong, Chiara was as sweet as can be and I do like some of the shots. I didn’t want a ton of photos of us staring at the camera but I feel like majority of the photos are of us staring at each other. I had hoped to get other types of candid photos as I had provided in my examples on my Pinterest board. Overall I’m happy with the photos and they are growing on me. They aren’t exactly what I envisioned but we really only need a few good ones.
You might be surprised but I would use Flytographer again. I think the rates are reasonable and it’s a great idea. However, there a few things I would do differently. I would probably go with a half hour instead of the hour we chose. I didn’t want to be rushed and it wasn’t that much more. But, I think we probably got what we needed in the first half hour.
Also, I would insist upon the time slot right before sunset. Lighting is so important. Lastly, based on our experience, I would not assume that the photographer is reading everything that is sent to them through Flytographer regarding our wishes. I would email them directly to make sure they have a clear understanding and copies of the examples I had provided.
Chiara did take a few individual photos of us, which I didn’t request, but will help me showcase my look for you! Scroll down for shopping links.
Express Dress, similar HERE // Catherine Malandrino Shoes, similar HERE and HERE // J. Crew Earrings, similar HERE // Kendra Scott Bracelet, similar HERE // Stella & Dot Choker
I didn’t really plan on buying a new dress for this shoot but when I came across this cold shoulder maxi dress and I just HAD to have it! I’ve been eyeing a similar style for about a year now that is more than double the price! I thought the color would look great with the buildings in Positano but ultimately I love the flowy romantic feel to it. It was a tad long on me and if I were wearing it for anything else I might have had the hem taken up in the back. I just let it drag and flow behind me for the photos. I did get a little dirt on it but it came out easily in the washer when I got home. This color is currently not available but comes in a few others and a print. Also, HERE is a similar style.
My husband was panicking about what he was going to wear because of how “dressy” he thought my dress was. Guys! Just because it’s long doesn’t mean it’s formal! Stilettos would have made it seem even more dressy but to keep it more casual I went with these block heel lace-up sandals. A stiletto would have given me more height which I could have used but I also knew we would be walking hundreds of stairs (literally!) so these were the obvious choice. HERE and HERE are similar styles.
I kept my accessories simple with a gold choker, crystal cluster earrings, similar HERE and a dainty rose gold bracelet, similar HERE.
You know that if I got married today my wedding dress would be some variation of the cold shoulder or off the shoulder look! I recently saw a tv segment on wedding dress trends and, big surprise, these were two of them! Mine was strapless, which I really didn’t intend to have, but even three years ago there weren’t many other options.
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