A romantic photo walk with a married couple: Love is not Time’s fool

Russian couple kissing on a bridge during a photo shooting in Venice
This 5-year-long Russian couple treated themselves with a photo walk in Venice and I had the chance to shoot very romantic photographs.

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments

Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an

ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken”

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Churches and worship places in Venice: where, when, how and….how many?

Orthodox church in Venice hosting a wedding photo service
Venice hosts numerous worship places for different religions: here you see the Russian-Orthodox Church of San Giovanni Decollato

There are numerous worship places in Venice: when you walk along alleys and squares (for instance during an engagement, wedding or honeymoon photo service) you will pass by one of them every few minutes. The majority is made up of Catholic churches scattered among the boroughs (“sestieri”) of Venice and open at daytime, usually from 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Shooting a couple in fancy costumes: an informal photo walk during Venice Carnival

Russian couple dressed-up in Cranival costumes in Venice during informal photo walk
Danilo and Mariana chose a special photo session in Venice: they hired a photographer to portrait them strolling in the city dressed up with fancy costumes during the famous Venetian Carnival.

I guess everyone of you has heard wonders about the Carnival in Venice. This is indeed one of the most famous Carnivals in the world due to its unique feature: for a whole week the city goes back to the Serenissima Republic times, people walk along the small alleys dressed up like 16th-17th century ladies and lords and ceremonies typical of the Republic period are performed in many Venetian campi (squares). Italian and foreign visitors crowd the city to enjoy this special atmosphere and the sight of beautiful fancy-dress costumes and masks.

young couple pose along Venetian alley during couple photo service
During our informal photo session, we stopped in several romantic spots to shoot a few nice couple photographs.

I lately had the chance to accompany a couple from Russia Danilo and Mariana during their visit to the Carnival in Venice and shot a special couple photo service with the two of them dressed up with elegant Venetian costumes and masks. In order to get the best of this kind of “second honeymoon”, they  reserved their masks and costumes back last November and hired me as their photographer for a romantic  photo walk in Venice.

couple posing during a photo session in Venice
Danilo and Mariana enjoyed playing and posing with their fancy Carnival costumes during our couple photo shooting in Venice.

We started our informal photo shooting in San Tomà, a square in the Dorsoduro district, not far from Rialto bridge. We crossed several Venetian squares and bridges and squares and stopped in some romantic spots to shoot a few intense couple photo portraits, before approaching San Marco Square where the couple was warmly received by actors wearing luxurious colorful costumes, enriched by precious accessories (hats, masks, feathers and jewels).

couple posing with actors wearing Venetian Carnival costumes during informal photo walk in Venice
Along the way to San Marco Square during our couple photo walk, we met several actors dressed up with traditional Venetian costumes and we stopped for some colourful shots.

Danilo and Mariana enjoyed their informal photo walk very much as it gave them the chance to really taste the Carnival’s unique mood and indulge in jokes and plays as Carnival allows you to do..at least once in a year!

Our photo session in Venice ended with a romantic gondola tour which allowed me to take some photographs of the elegant couple with the background of the Venetian palaces along the Canal Grande.

Russian couple in a gondola during a photo shooting in Venice
The couple treated themselves with a gondola tour and I had the chance to complete our informal photo walk with some couple shots with the background of Venetian channels.

For further examples of informal photo walks in Venice see my website or some posts of this blog.

Russian girl poses in San Marco square during informal photo walk in Venice during Carnival
Our photo shooting ended up in San Marco square where the couple posed with actors dressed up in traditional Venetian costumes.

You might also enjoy some backstage shots of this couple photo portrait taken by my assistant Silvia Poli during the same day.

Post by Metella Iaconello

Pre-wedding photo session under the clouds: love shining despite the rain!

Chinese couple posing in Venice for a wedding portrait
This prewedding photo session in Venice was successful even under unfavourable weather conditions

Edward and Ester are a young couple from China who hired me as a photographer for a prewedding session in Venice last November.

As you might well know, November is a time in the year where the city reveals its most real essence. Rain, clouds and grey skies endow the Venice with a special romantic charm….but you must be prepared to be able to appreciate this special atmosphere.

bride's make-up before a wedding photo shooting in Venice
Before beginning our photo walk in Venice, the bride got ready with the help of an expert make-up artist in her hotel room.

I must say that Edward and Ester were brave enough to have their pre-wedding photo session in this period and greatly dealt with the fall weather which we were not able to avoid (unluckily enough, the day after the sun was shining over Venice). The results were satisfactory for all of us.

bride standing under an arcade during a Venice photo walk
During our photo session we made the most of arcades as shelter from the rain!

They got dressed in their hotel suite where Ester also enjoyed a special make-up session with the help of the make-up expert Ilaria Giani. Ilaria even managed to meet all her requests which drew inspiration from Pinterest boards.

Then we went out for our informal photo walk, with the two of them wearing heavy coats between one shot and the other. They did not lose their good spirit and enjoyed playing with the bridal veil, kissing in the small Venetian alleys, hiding under the arcades, etc.

young couple hugging during a couple photo portrait in Venice
In the course of our photo walk we managed to take some romantic shots in different spots of Venice

They even plaid some jokes, which I dutifully caught in my shots, when we reached a white statue of a young naked boy at Punta della Dogana, one more piece of art most likely belonging to the Venice Biennale of Arts.

In order to warm them a bit, we stopped in a café where they enjoyed a real Italian cappuccino before we went back to the hotel. There they changed their clothes and wore gala suits to have a few more couple portraits in the magnificent lobby of their hotel.

young couple drinking cappucino in Venice during a wedding photo shooting
The couple enjoyed a break in the photo walking tour to warm up a bit in a café with a real cappucino.

The final phase of our wedding photo session included a gondola tour at nighttime, which gave us the chance to make the most of the light and shadow effects on the Canal Grande.

couple standing on a terrace facing the Canal Grande during a photo shooting in Venice
After our photo walk, the couple changed their clothes to have some more shots in gala attire with Venice in the background.

At the end of our couple photo session, they were tired but happy: rain and clouds were not match for their shining love which was evident in all the photographs.

bride on a gondola during a wedding photo session in Venice
At the end of our wedding shooting the couple also enjoyed a gondola tour by night.

For further examples of wedding photo services in Venice see my website.

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Amazing Couple Portrait In Venice: How To Get The Most Intense Shots

young couple posing on a bridge during a honeymoon photo service
Irina and Simon felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward during the first shots of their photo portrait in Venice

One of the most common situation during a couple photo service is that the couple do not feel at ease posing in front of the camera. This is mostly due to the fact that they decided to have a photo portrait for their wedding, honeymoon, or holiday in Venice and this is perhaps their first photo shooting (or one of the first) in their life.

Beside, in most cases, they are not familiar with the photographer whom they just met that day and feel a bit uncomfortable about his presence, glances and work.

Irina and Simon posing in a Venetian alley during a couple portraitMy own strategy to overcome this problem is to spend as much time as possible with the couple and let them relax and get used to my presence. First of all, I propose to meet well before the photo session for an informal interview: while chatting in a café, we can get a bit more acquainted with each other and I can get important pieces of information about the couple’s wishes and personality.

LaterYoung couple enjoying their informal photo walk in Venice , I propose an informal photo walk in Venice which let them explore the city, even its less famous areas, and enjoy the daily life of the city: even if we stop in some of the most romantic spots to shoot the sweetest couple portraits, I spend most of the time portraying what they would do strolling around by themselves, as if I were their shadow.

I used this method with a young couple who lately hired me for a honeymoon photo service: Irina and Simon felt a bit uncomfortable, even nervous, in the beginning, which explains the lightly “stiff”,  almost awkward look of the first shots.

However, the photo walk had a very relaxing effect on them: they enjoyed Venice’s markets and small alleys where I even asked them to dance and jump and, eventually, the last shots managed to catch very intense, spontaneous glances and feelings.

Irina and Simon smiling at each other during an informl photo walk in Venice
At the end of our informal photo walk the young couple eventually felt at ease with my presence and work and I managed to get very intense shots.

For further examples of couple portraits in Venice see my website.

SHOOTING VENICE BY NIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

wounderful Venice setting shot by night
A nice shot of Venice by night taken after a couple portrait photo session

I once heard a renowned professional photographer giving young inexperienced would-be photographers an interesting advice: when you are hired for a photo shooting, first focus on the client, listen to and meet all his or her requests, then, take some more shots just for the fun of it.

In other words, once the work is over, start to work for yourself. In many cases, the photographer argued, the shots of the last phase turn out to be the most beautiful ones and even the clients’ favorite ones.    

I would call this “let the passion work for you”. Needless to say, I have my passion for photography contribute to all my photo services and, when I work in Venice, especially in the case of honeymoon, wedding and engagement photo shootings, the passion for Venice is also there.  

Anyway, I also enjoy shooting some photos just for the fun of it, planning to keep them for myself rather than selling them to the clients. Well, I must say that in many cases I really get great picks which are much appreciated by the customers.

Lately I was hired as a photographer for a couple photo portrait and, as we walked by the Ghetto Vecchio area, we came across some nice views of a Venice channel and bridge which I shot in the picture you see in this post. The photo was much praised by several clients…thanks to the power of passion!

For further examples of photo services in Venice see my website.