"The San Domenico Palace is a romantic paradise carved into the steep cliffs that overlook the Ionian Sea. I look out from my balcony, captivated by the snow capped tips of Mount Etna. Vast corridors filled with antiques surround a central garden, jewelled with juicy citrus trees. I feel a sense of peace that has lived in this haven since it's time as an ancient monastery.
The precious garden is a painters playground. An eclectic mix of rare plants in flower, blissfully enjoying the salty, warm Mediterranean climate. I sit spellbound by the monstera deliciosa, giant palms and my latest crush, the lemon trees.
This beautiful location for this Spring shoot, has hosted everyone from Audrey Hepburn to King Edward VII, I pinch myself and awaken my senses.
Harley begins her magic behind the lens, and we experience sunshine, showers and rainbows, all within the first 15 minutes - I take this as a sign of good luck!
We explore Taormina, taking in the beautiful scenery and steep cliffs which drop to the sea forming caves with sandy beaches.
The next day we start at sunrise in our bedroom, to capture the soft morning light. The balcony terrace beckons for us the bask on the sun loungers but we save ourselves for breakfast.
Breakfast does not disappoint in the Michelin star restaurant, served on a grand terrace we devour the Sicilian pastries underneath the pink bougainvillea.
We discover the colourful Bam Bar off of Corso Umberto and throw on our best Dolce and Gabbana to celebrate capturing a beautiful new collection!"