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Fotografia Pre-matrimoniale Umbria: Marco & Giulia’s engagement session

2 weeks ago, I had the honor to join Bob & Dawn Davis and a group of international photographers in order to photograph Marco and Giulia’s pre-wedding session at the Castle of Sismano in Umbria, Italy. They’re such a sweet and gorgeous couple and we had so much fun with them. The castle was amazing and it was my first time in Umbria. I must say I fell inlove with that place and can’t believe I didn’t go there before, living so close. I can’t wait to go back there and photograph another couple/wedding! Here’s a sample of their e-session. Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

2 settimane fa sono andata al Castello di Sismano in Umbria con i talentossi Bob & Dawn Davis e un gruppo di fotografi internazionali, per fare le fotografie pre-matrimoniali a questa coppia eccezionale: Marco e Giulia. La giornata è stata bellissima e ci siamo divertiti tantissimo. Loro due sono bellissimi.Era la mia prima volta in Umbria e devo dire che mi sono innamorata di questo posto. Ancora non lo posso credere che non ero mai stata prima, essendo così vicina. Non vedo l’ora di tornare a scattare un’altro matrimonio in quel bel posto! Ecco alcune foto scattate durante quella bellissima giornata d’estate con Marco e Giulia.


July 12, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Bob Davis - Marian, these are stunning! I love your vision of the world, your style reminds me of me only with a feminine touch. I’m excited to see how much you’ve visually grown since we first met last November. Keep on following your dreams. Looking forward to next time we may shoot together.


July 12, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Dawn Davis - Giulia & Marco are such a gorgeous couple and so gracious! These images are stunning! What a fun day!!!! xoxoxo!!!

July 12, 2012 - 8:14 pm

admin - Ciao Bob! Thank you so much for the beautiful compliments. You made me cry! I must say THANK YOU and Dawn, because a big part of my knowledge was a consequence of your kindness and your teachings. You are an inspiration to all photographers and I am happy to have you and Dawn in my life. I can’t say say thank you enough, really, for being such a wonderful and generous guide. I can’t wait to shoot with you again. The real wedding workshop was amazing and I learned so much by just watching you work!! A big hug for both of you. Love you and miss you both so much! Marian

July 12, 2012 - 8:16 pm

admin - Thank you bella Dawn!! That was truly an amazing day, wasn’t it? You guys made me addicted to flash. Now, who’s going to stop me? LOL. Can’t wait to see you again. Big hug. Marian

July 13, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Ado - stunning pictures!
The locations, the couple and their emotions are beautifully conveyed in your pictures!


About God’s gifts

As we arrived to Montalcino, Italy a week ago with a group of wedding photographers/friends, I stepped away from the crowd for a few minutes and looked at one of the most beautiful and simple things. Just in front of the typical Tuscan landscape, there was a lavender plant, full of white and yellow butterflies. The smell of lavender, the warm breeze, the beautiful landscape and colorful rolling hills… it all reminded me that I was alive. I wanted to share it with you, because God’s gifts are not meant to be forgotten but shared and celebrated.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy from the simple things. God gave them to us as little treasures; to remind us that we must slow down and enjoy every single minute in our lives.

July 10, 2012 - 8:54 am

Dawn Davis - God is always right there for us if we open our hearts and feel His presence. It’s not always easy to let Him led our way as we all feel like it’s our job. It’s always glorious when we let Him led. It’s the simple things in life, as your blog post reads, that are glorious! Thank you for your simple reminder. Love you so much Marian!

July 10, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Ado - thank you for sharing your travel insight and feelings with all of us!
We love to read your experiences and watch your beautiful pictures!
Please never stop!
love you!

July 10, 2012 - 11:19 pm


Elisabetta & Michele: their pre-wedding session in Mendrisio, Switzerland / fotografie pre-matrimoniali a Mendrisio, Ticino

I met Elisabetta & Michele 3 years ago. We were at a wine & chocolate tasting night in Ticino, Switzerland. The instant I saw them, the instant I knew they were meant to be together. She is such a happy and young-hearted person and Michele is so kind and loving. 3 years later, they gave us the big news: they were going to celebrate their wedding in Mendrisio and they wanted me to be their wedding photographer… WOW! (I was so happy about the double news I must tell). Last week, as agreed some months ago, we went around the vineyards in Mendrisio for their pre-wedding photo session and we had lots of fun taking pictures and speaking about their wedding, her dress, their fabulous honeymoon! It was for sure a very nice afternoon and can’t wait to photograph their wedding tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy the fun pictures we took during Elisabetta & Michele’s pre-wedding session.


Ho conosciuto a Elisabetta e Michele 3 anni fa durante una serata di degustazione di vini a Lugano. Non appena abbiamo iniziato a parlare, già sentivo che la coppia sarebbe stata destinata ad una vita insieme, per sempre. Elisabetta è una persona così giovanile e positiva; Michele è un ragazzo così buono e gentile. 3 anni dopo, io e mio marito abbiamo ricevuto la lieta notizia: avevano già fissato la data per il loro matrimonio in Comune a Mendrisio e volevano che io fossi la fotografa: WOW (che emozione!). Settimana scorsa, siamo andati a scattare delle foto nei suggestivi vigneti del Mendrisiotto per una sessione di foto pre-matrimoniali e ci siamo divertiti tantissimo. Abbiamo fatto tante belle foto e mi hanno raccontato dei loro vestiti e del loro imminente ed esotico viaggio di nozze! È stato un pomeriggio molto piacevole e spero vi godiate le belle foto immortalate quel giorno.






May 10, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Darin Crofton - Beautiful photos!!!

May 10, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Angie Garbot - Lovely, Marian!

The path that led to the one I love: MY CAMERA! (honey, don’t feel bad, I love you too)

fotografo matrimonio lugano

Buongiorno!  I’m beyond happy about the news I received on the very first day I published my website and I have to say thank you to people like you who encourages me to keep going with my photography. I still can’t say thank you enough to the Showit community for giving me this very warm welcome and I have to be sincere with all of you: it made me cry!

First of all, welcome to my blog: my new “cyber home” where I will be updating you with news and interesting things about my life as a photographer. Second, let me introduce myself: I’m Marian (as you didn’t know it yet LOL) and I’m 100% venezuelan. I was born in Caracas and lived there for many years after the insecurity in my country forced me to look for a brighter future in the USA.

I lived in America for some years, and enjoyed it until the very last day. I consider America my second home and I will always be grateful about the beautiful years I spent in such beautiful country. I’m an attorney by profession and decided to leave everything -including my career- for LOVE. In fact, I think the only reason why God sent me to law school was the result of it: meeting my actual husband at an anti-money laundering conference and falling madly inlove with him to the point of leaving everything I had -including my profession- in order to follow him (If I only knew that when I was stressing out about my final exams, haha!).

Yes, I followed him, because I am a passionate person. Because I looked into his eyes and I immediately felt complete… and I was right. Same thing happened to me with photography. I spent my life, desperately learning everything I found interesting, trying to find the right path for my professional career. Path that in the eyes of everybody seemed very clear. However, that wasn’t so clear to me. I knew my creative potential was there and I only needed to not worry about the people thinking I was crazy.

The destiny paused that moment for so many years because I wasn’t mature enough to embrace this profession without making stupid mistakes. And then the moment came, and I felt ready so I faced photography without any fears, went to a photography store in Lugano, bought all the lenses I needed, took several workshops, attended conferences in remote places, read, didn’t sleep for a while getting inspired by other photographers’ work… and here I am, completely inlove with photography. Completely inlove with my husband who now supports me (after thinking for several months I was having the middle-age crisis at an earlier age LOL). I took my decision almost 2 years ago and prepared myself exhaustively in order to let you know NOW that I’m ready and that I’ve taken the best decision in my life.

Welcome! Benvenuti!

I’d like to welcome you to the all new marianbaderblog, just as it’s sister it went life just now. I am beyond excited to share with you my work and latest stories at this lovely place. I hope you visit often and when you are ready to book your session do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great day and hope to see you soon!


April 25, 2012 - 8:32 pm

jolie - tanti auguri cara Marian!

April 27, 2012 - 6:57 am

admin - grazie carissima!!

May 22, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Ado - bellissimo il tuo sito, amore!