Naples, Italy Photography Spotlight with The Backpack Photographer

Location Guides

Hey friend! I’m excited to feature Emily Selph, also known as The Backpack Photographer, in the Location Guides for Milspouse Photographers series! She is highlighting her experience in Naples, Italy. If you’re headed to Naval Support Activity Naples, you’ll want to check out this Naples, Italy Photography Spotlight. (While you’re at it, check out Sarah Peterson Photography’s experience there too!)

What are your top three favorite locations for sessions? Briefly share about each.

Sant’Agata de’ Goti

This is a very quiet picturesque medieval town with cobblestone streets, beautiful doors, and friendly locals. Pay 1 euro per hour in the public parking lot just before the entrance of the town.

Parents holding their two young daughters at Sant'Agata de' Goti in The Backpack Photographer's Naples, Italy photography spotlight
Sant’Agata de’ Goti, The Backpack Photographer

Baia Archeological Park

Walk through an ancient Roman city with the remains of villas, temples, and other structures. Kids love it! Also some stunning coastal views. Cost is 5 euro which includes parking.

Dad with three sons at Baia Archeological Park in The Backpack Photographer's Naples, Italy photography spotlight
Baia Archeological Park, The Backpack Photographer

Lago D’Averno

A beautiful lake with free parking at the entrance. There is a path that takes you around the entire lake where you will find Roman ruins, tall grasses and wildflowers, and pretty views of the lake.

Woman standing on the shores of Lago D'Averno in The Backpack Photographer's Naples, Italy photography spotlight
Lago D’Averno, The Backpack Photographer

Are there any particularly busy seasons for photographers in this area? Any events an incoming photographer should know about?

Naples and the surrounding areas are especially busy in August when the Europeans go on holiday which make for hectic traffic and limited to no parking.

What should an incoming photographer know about permits in this area?

No permits required for public areas but do your research for the tourist sights.

What is the biggest piece of advice you’d give to an incoming photographer?

Public restrooms are difficult to find. Cafe bars are the best way to find a bathroom but be prepared to buy a bottle of water, snack, or enjoy a quick espresso!

Any other local expertise you’d like to share?

Be friendly with the local Italians who are normally warm and inviting!

Where can other milspouse photographers connect with you?


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I've been navigating military life with my family since 2008. In that time, I went from a full-time classroom teacher to an online course designer to a photographer. Actually, I still teach a little math on the side because I just love it too much!

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