Welcome to my world, where every click of the camera is a celebration of your love story! Let's create something beautiful together, shall we? Your story deserves nothing less.
BEHIND THE LENS
I'm Carmen Santorelli, a fine art photographer with a heart full of romance and a dash of humor. Born and raised in the picturesque landscapes of Europe, I spent a decade working in publishing in the vibrant energy of NYC.
I now live amidst the sun-kissed horizons of Southern California. But my story isn't just about where I've been; it's about the magical journey of storytelling through my lens.
From a young age, tucked away in a darkroom built in a walk-in closet, I was mesmerized by the magic of film photography. The enchanting process of bringing images to life set the stage for a lifelong love affair with capturing precious moments. My devotion to the art deepened with formal training at The International Center of Photography in NYC, where the gorgeous and unstoppable energy of a wedding day captured my heart. I knew then that I had found my calling.
With over a decade of experience under my belt, I've had the privilege of capturing the most exquisite weddings and events across the globe. My work, a blend of editorial finesse and heartfelt storytelling, has found a home in the pages of the world's most prestigious publications. From the elegant nuances of VOGUE to the romantic spreads of Martha Stewart Weddings, my camera has told stories of love in every corner of the planet.
But what truly sets me apart is not just my love for the nostalgic beauty of Fuji film stock or my ability to speak the romantic languages of love (Romanian, Italian, and French to be precise). It's my unique perspective – a fusion of my background in publishing and journalism, my love for travel, style, and the joy of family with my daughter Zoya and our furry friend Max. My eye sees your wedding day not just as an event but as a living, breathing story, each moment a frame in an epic film of romance and palpable joy.
my APPROACH IS SIMPLY THIS:
My style? Think of it as capturing cinema stills – each photograph a pause button on a moment of pure emotion, a memory etched into the fabric of time. Yet, with every shot, I seek to infuse a sense of movement, a hint that at any second, the scene could burst back to life, laughter echoing into eternity.
To me, wedding photography is more than a job. It's the art of visually narrating your love story, of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, and of making each image a testament to the unique journey you're embarking on. And as your story unfolds, from the whispered vows to the grand dances, know that I'm there, camera in hand, ready to capture it all – with a sprinkle of humor, a touch of elegance, and an endless reservoir of love.
Booping Melanie in Bali
Traveling. It's my number one source of inspiration.
Cooking with my favorite people
Smiling big, always
Hugging my sidekick
Throwing impromptu dance parties
Having Carmen photograph our wedding was a There are truly no words to describe the beauty that she captures in every shot. There is something so special about the way she captures the most precious moments timelessly and ethereally! Not only is she the most talented photographer...she truly cares about what she does. AND the people she photographs.
— hope, 2017 Hawaii bride
Having Carmen photograph our wedding was a
— hope, 2017 hawaii bride
Your wedding is not just an event, but a celebration of your unique journey, filled with moments that are as captivating and intriguing as you are. With me as your photographer, you trust in my ability to capture the essence of your story, knowing I resonates with your interesting, artistic, and fun way of life.
carmen AT A GLANCE
The Amalfi Coast
A Glass of Brunello
A GOOD SPIN
Pickles & Chocolate