Take what you can from your dreams,
make them real as anything…
Wedding and editorial photographer for over 15 years I am based in Tuscany, my home and heart.
My life is made of open spaces, walking barefoot, day dreaming, books, coffee, spontaneity, and nature, nature, nature.
I am always looking for raw emotions, true magic and moments in between.
Nominated one of the top wedding photographers in the World by Harper’s Bazaar, published on Vogue, The Lane, Brides and others
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
– Henry David Thoreau
This year I will be speaking at:
Working with Lelia
- Cannelle & Yvonnick romantic wedding in Florence
As you know I dreamt about this Italian wedding since I was a little girl, I was sure about a few things, one of them was to hire you as our photographer. You have the most incredible eye and you honestly create magic. We knew from the moment we saw your work that we wanted you to document our special day. From our engagement session, to my boudoir to our wedding day every single pictures you took we will treasure forever.
Thank you for your kindness, generosity and friendship throughout this whole process.
We both felt so at ease with you. I hope we will be able to have you photograph many more milestones of our life as husband and wife.
With all our love,
Cannelle & Yvonnick
- Sam & Danny wedding celebration with family in Tuscany
From the moment we looked at the stunning photographs on your website, we knew we were in love with your talent and creativity, and could not wait to have you take the photographs at our wedding.
On the day you were both like members of the family, and made everything fun and easy. Your energy and sparkle were commented on by all our guests, and my Dad adopted you as his 3rd daughter!
Its been a few weeks now, and we look at your gorgeous photographs every day. You captured the feeling and atmosphere perfectly, and the photographs either make us laugh, or bring a tear… they are all stunning. When we look at them, all the emotion of the day comes straight back, as though we are there again.
We definitely want to have that glass of wine and piece of cheese with you when we return to Tuscany.
Sending you huge amounts of love and a really big hug,
Sam and Danny xxxx
- Louisa & Chris english wedding at Castello di Modanella
*When we first came across your photographs on the internet we knew that we had to have you as our wedding photographer!
A wedding photographer plays an important role in capturing those special moments and we instinctively felt that this is something that comes natural to you.
Words cannot describe the professionalism, talent and passion behind you work.
We both feel truly blessed to have had you and Natalie as our wedding photographers.
The photos really captured the spirit of the day! They were natural, beautiful, inspiring, artistic, emotional… need we say more.
Lelia, you are a massive talent and a wonderful person. We hope you continue to bring happiness to many other people through your work.
Louisa and Chris
- Kelli & Gabe wedding at villa Cicolina
*We just received our photos in the mail….each photo is an absolutely beautiful piece of art. You are truly talented and we could not be happier that you were able to share our wedding with us and help us to remember it forever. You are amazing!!!
Kelli & Gabe
- John & Maggie winter elopment in Florence
*So you get your wedding pictures and you post them on Facebook, send them to your friends or just pass them along and you expect the same, “oh, they look great, what a wonderful wedding”. But that’s not the reception we received when we passed along the coverage of our special event. What we received was overwhelming. “Blown Away”, “This looks like a magazine cover”, and “Stunning”. The thing is, it wasn’t us, it was the photographer, it was all Lelia Scarfiotti, and she is so wonderfully talented. From start to finish she exhibited both a professional side, which created a sense of security, as well as a side that became friendly, which put us at ease. And we think the friendly side is what you see in the pictures, a natural side that only a few people can produce. Lelia simply put, made things easy. She was easy to work with, she was easy to speak to, she was easy with suggestions, she was just easy, and I can’t imagine a better compliment. Well, that is until we received the photos and then the compliment of easy transformed into artisan. The photos were amazing, breathe taking, and somehow natural. Yes, in an environment that is so forced, she not only made us feel at ease, but had the ability to capture our comfort and true happiness. It was not only a pleasure to work with Lelia, but it will be a pleasure for the next 50 years to view her work and get lost in the joy she captured.
John & Maggie
- Sarah & Fraser wedding at Vignamaggio in Tuscany
*WOW…I cannot express to you the surge of emotion I felt on Saturday morning when I was looking through the photos. It totally blew me away and I was in tears looking through them all. We absolutely adore them! I can’t stop looking at them and showing everyone! You captured the whole day perfectly and I love the ones of Fraser and I, the lighting is just beautiful. All the engagement photos are stunning as well! Just all of them are perfect!You are so talented and creative and I knew as soon as I saw your bio and website that you were meant to be our photographer.
The parents did really love them too and it was very emotional taking them through them!
Huge thanks and love for capturing our day so wonderfully, we really can’t thank you enough.
We feel so lucky to have met you and shared such a great experience in our lives and yes please let us know when you are in London as we would love to meet you for a drink and catch up.
Enjoy your summer and your little oneJ xx
Sarah & Fraser
- Luiza & Juao bohemian wedding at castello di Vicarello in Tuscany
I really couldnt find no words to describe how you were amazing and so lovely! You look to me like an old and loved friend… really! I’m so happy to see All this pictures! Thank you with all my heart, my dear!
And please, keep in touch!
All my love,
- Rox & Scott destination wedding in Canada
I think I’ve used all the superlatives I can find to talk about your photos.
Rox and I sat down last night and went through all of them, one by one, reliving the whole day with huge smiles on our faces via your glorious glorious photos. I thought we would have seen all the best photos on your blog, but there was so much more depth beyond that (and it was lovely to see the parts of the day that I wasn’t privy too, like Rox’s preparation).
These will be with us for the rest of our lives, so I’m thrilled that you were the one to document that day for us. Just truly stunning Lelia – you have a beautiful and unique eye. Thank you.
Scott & Rox
- Hattie & Will intimate wedding at Villa Cicolina in Montepulciano
*Good Morning Lelia,
We have just sat down and looked through all the wedding pictures and OH MY GOODNESS. Thank you thank you thank you. They are just PERFECT. We cannot believe how perfectly you have captured the day. There were tears as you could just imagine being back there! Your photography is incredible and you have a picture for every moment. We are so grateful!!!!!
They are utterly beautiful and I cannot wait to get them printed.
Thank you ever so much, we loved having you at our day, what a total joy you are to have around and the pictures as a result are just incredible.
Thank you for giving us such dreamy wedding photos.
Love your favourite ‘closer closer’ couple!
Hattie and Will
- Karen & Chris organic destination wedding in Tuscany
What can we say that hasn’t already been said? Not only are you an incredible photographer, you’re an amazing person too. We are so blown away by our wedding photos. The pictures perfectly reflect the emotions and beauty of our day, as well as all the fun, laughs and smiles. You are truly an artist! We want to get married again just so you can take more photos for us haha.
xx Karen & Chris