Girls living in Eastern Europe call it Love Story in Tuscany. It is a sort of engagement session to do after the wedding, with calm, once the excitement of the event has faded and the things to do are finally over. Almost a honeymoon session, but with a typically romantic flavour. A snapshot of the life of the couple, in their happiest moment. An opportunity to meet again two people who have remained in my heart, after almost a year from their beautiful wedding.
However you want to call it, Tuscany is the perfect place to take pictures. It is a dream to plough dirt roads and yellowed hills walking with the love of your life, under the warm sun of September. There are plenty of spots in this region, and picking one is not easy. I needed a private place, quiet and beautiful; these two guys had spent nearly three hours to reach me from Milan, and everything had to put them at ease! I realise that there is nothing worse than the embarrassment to ruin an otherwise perfect photo shoot. Intimacy is an essential requirement to create great portraits and images that speak for themselves.
Certaldo is just beautiful, not touristy, a perfect place to spend an hour or two, eat well and have a glass of wine. You can easily reach it by car, or by direct trains from Florence. Entirely built with red bricks, Certaldo is a great little hilltop castle with splendid views. The medieval town centre is an easy walking area with friendly people and a handful of fantastic restaurants. It’s like taking a few hundred years step back in time. All around, there are fields and pristine hills. Within a few minutes, you can reach the beautiful park of Canonica, known almost exclusively by the inhabitants, where we took these pics.
Nearby there are many farmhouses and estates away from routes of mass tourism, where you can spend a few days relaxing, enjoying local products and great wine. The couple, with the excuse of the photos, spent a few days in Tuscany after the photo shoot.
The love story is a beautiful tale of your life in any place and in any way you want to call it. But Tuscany offers everything you need to create pictures that you will remember for a lifetime.