In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here’s what they say
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
—Dean Martin, “That’s Amore”
So, how about a quick little fun family photo shoot?? Well, maybe not a little family – it was a group of 14!! And, why the Dean Martin song choice?? And, what does “amore” translate to exactly? So many questions, and yes — I have the answers. Well — most of them.
Last year, I was thrilled to go to Santa Barbara, CA, to shoot Brian & Rachelle’s wedding! A few weeks back, Rachelle got in touch, telling me she was referring me to her cousins, Julie & Jennifer. Julie lives here in Southern California too, but Jennifer lives all the way over in — you guessed it — Naples, Italy. That’s amore!
A number of years back, Jennifer was in the Navy, which is how she ended up in Italy. While there, she met Cristian, a local Italian man. Long story short: they’re now married and living in Naples with their two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. What more could you ask for? That’s amore!
So, Jennifer, her husband and children, as well as Cristian’s parents, all came over to visit SoCal for about 10 days. Of course, it’s a perfect time for a family photoshoot, so we all met in Belmont Shores — I even got to see family from Rachelle’s wedding at the photoshoot, so it was like a little mini-reunion, too. The time of day wasn’t the best for beach pictures, so we found the BEST tree in front of the Belmont Shores pool … and, what an amazing family! They were willing to climb up into it for a literal picture of their family tree! That, my friends, is amore. (Which means, as you may well know, love!) And I love this family! Friendly and gorgeous (or should I say, bellissima?) and so much fun… amore is amazing in any language, but doesn’t it just seem a little more exotic when it’s Italian? After all, the Italians are known for it!
Many thanks to Rachelle for the referral, and also to the family for being such good sports. With a beautiful afternoon and the sun streaming through the branches, we could not go wrong. Please enjoy!