Shawna Rae Photography

Shawna Rae Photography

Based In: Italy
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Shawna Rae Photography

Shawna Rae Photography

Based In: Italy
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

My name is Shawna (she/her) and I am a European destination wedding and elopement photographer. I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada, and that will always be my true home. I have been travelling all across this great, big world, which started as a solo trip, but in 2015 I picked up this crazy Belgian guy along the way and just couldn’t get rid of him ever since. Turned out I had met the love of my life, and he’s put a ring on my finger, so I now live in Europe.

A few things about me: as an outdoorsy person, I love being in nature. I find happiness when I’m surrounded by mountains, trees, and lakes. My favourite drink is green tea. My favourite food is lasagna. I eat (whole foods) plant-based because I am against animal cruelty, for the planet, and want to know I did my best to live a healthy life. I’m a huge environment geek and try to lower my footprint whenever I can (#zerowaste #takethetrain). Some of my favourite things to do are yoga, rock climbing, hiking, and camping in the wilderness with a cozy fire to curl up by.

I’m looking for couples who are FEARLESS and ready to show their vulnerable side. Ones who are not afraid to let the wind blow through their hair and are ready to EMBRACE the mess. I need you to be an expert at looking deeply in your partner’s eyes and letting your knees get a little weak. A couple who wants to nuzzle their faces together while remembering the moment when one of you popped the question, and the other one answered HECK YEAH. Show me some RAW AF kisses like you haven’t seen each other in years! Let me join in on the most adventurous day of your life (the adventure of love is not to be taken lightly) and let’s make people’s jaws drop with your photos.

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Shawna was both very professional and fun during the shoots and wedding ceremonies. She had some great ideas for pictures, both the classic poses that everyone expects and some more original ones that turned out looking great. She made us feel comfortable and gave us good advice to make us look our best. The organisation was flawless, the planning beforehand very flexible and the finished pictures were send very quickly.
Most importantly: the pictures look amazing. We expected some professional shots (and got those), but some pictures are downright pieces of art. We and even our family and friends were amazed, truly, by how high the quality of the pictures was. Both the composition and the post-processing show a real dedication to the art.
Because we will be looking at these pictures for years to come and will be showing them to lots of people, hiring a true professional like Shawna was more than worth the investment

Céline + Simon

My partner and I did a shoot with Shawna on the Belgian coast in De Haan. From the photos on Shawna's website we could see that this is an extremely talented photographer, not one of those that you have a dime in a dozen, but really the best of the best, de crème de la crème. The shoot itself was super fun and not at all awkward. Shawna had original ideas and told us exactly what we could do. The relaxed atmosphere also allowed her to take a lot of spontaneous photos and capture us as a couple as who we really are. It's also really nice to talk to her during the shoot, she has tons of experience and has already been a bit all over the world. Despite the fact that I knew she was incredibly talented, I fell off my chair looking at the photos. Wow. I was going to be happy if there was one beautiful photo, but I got all beautiful photos and believe me, this is completely Shawna's credit. Everyone around me congratulated me with the beautiful photos, from family and friends to colleagues. The photos are an invaluable gift to us, something we will cherish forever. Don't hesitate, book Shawna. You buy something that you can look back on for the rest of your life, beautiful photos that I think you can't find anywhere else. Thank you Shawna for the beautiful photos, we are forever grateful to you!

Liesa + Ivan

When my girlfriend told me she organised a photography session for us on the streets of Lisbon, I was a little bit shocked and quite nervous. I have never done such a thing before and didn't know how to pose or pretend I'm comfortable. Well, no need for that - as soon as we met with Shawna I felt completely relaxed! She is such a nice person and really makes you feel like she's just a friend randomly taking photos. I don't know how, but two hours with her just flew by and now we're left with such a nice experience and even more incredible photos! I can't believe how beautiful we look on them😊 Shawna, thank you so much for this opportunity, we appreciate it a lot, we will be showing these photos proudly to our grandkids in the future😅 Really, we never thought we would feel so comfortable during a photoshoot and that the result will be so amazing! We can recommend Shawna to anyone!

Niki + Eva

Shawna is an awesome photographer and it was a real pleasure working together with her for my surprise engagement shoot in Belgium.

Not only is she easy to work and communicate with, but she also makes sure you feel comfortable and have fun during the shoot (I do not like being in front of a camera at all, but felt very comfortable!). She's also very open to taking into account your wishes/ideas, and builds upon them where possible to create pictures that you will cherish forever.

All in all, my fiancée and I are very satisfied with the overall experience offered by Shawna - from the easy and clear communication to the timely delivery of the lovely pictures. 10/10 would recommend!

Morgan + Ruben

I first got in touch with Shawna through my cousin who knew her in Canada. It turned out we were both about to move to the same city in Belgium! I was preparing for my wedding in Positano, Italy and needed a photographer. My cousin got us in contact and I immediately knew Shawna was the photographer for us. From the very beginning she was so warm, kind, accommodating and professional. What started as Shawna being our photographer turned into her being a good friend. Since she is so personable, she makes you feel so comfortable while she’s taking your photos. I usually hate taking pictures but with Shawna it was so fun and natural, which shows in the photos! We couldn’t have had a better photographer and friend join us on our big day! We will forever be grateful to Shawna for capturing the best memories of our life so far.

Taylor + Oscar

Hiring a photographer for your wedding is not an easy job, that being said we were instantly enthousiastic when we saw Shawna’s portfolio. She has been to the most amazing places in the world to capture people’s elopement, so we hoped she could work her magic in Belgium too.
I can tell you she did an amazing job, the results are priceless!
Shawna made it easy for us to feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were after fun, romantic, in-the-moment shots and that’s what we’ve got.
The language barrier wasn’t an issue at all. The word “kusje” was frequently used ;).

Ann Sofie + Anthony

If you are looking for a good, fun and easygoing yet professional wedding photographer, this girl is just the right person to hire!
It was such a great event shooting our wedding pictures in Germany: she has an eye for beautiful spots to position the two of you so that the light is just right and the surrounding is beautiful and you cut a good figure.
Moreover, her instructions are subtle but direct, so that you are never lost what to do with your hands or face 😉
Even my shy husband was having fun in front of the camera!
Thank you Shawna for those memorable moments caught in film!
I absolutely recommend her work!

Mia + Chris
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