Photo portraits: are you a color or black-and-white type?

 

photo portray of a tv moderator Italy
Black-and-white photos get rid of the ‘noise’ of color and focus on the subject’s body shapes with a kind of ‘out of time’ flavour.

Photo portrayals are more than images: they are mirrors of a person’s distinctive physical characteristics, personality and feelings in a given situation.

Photo portrait of a tv moderator in Milan
The body’s and garment’s shades are used in color photography to mirror the subject’s look and personality.

By using different photographic techniques one can portray a person’s unique traits while meeting his or her own taste.

 

 

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Couple photographs for scholars: love to the second power!

couple kissing at Sunrise
couple kissing at Sunrise

As a wedding, engagement, and honeymoon photographer I meet different kinds of couples. When I met two young scholars for a photo walk in Venice I immediately had a the impression of refined, peaceful and intelligent persons making up a passionate and solid couple: their feelings looked as deep as their knowledge.

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Honeymoon photo shooting: a dancing bridal veil at Garda Lake

bride and groom playing with veil during honeymoon photo session at Garda Lake
During this honeymoon photo service at Garda Lake the bride and the groom accepted my suggestion to play with the bridal veil.

Last September a nice just-married Russian couple hired me as a honeymoon photographer to shoot them on the background of Garda Lake in Desenzano. Since the wedding had already taken place in Russia, they just wore their wedding dresses again in their hotel room, walked along the lake and posed for some shots in some romantic spots.

just-married couple shot at Desenzano at Garda Lake by honeymoon photographer
This honeymoon photo service enclosed some shots in romantic spots at Garda Lake

In order to make the photo session more dynamic and funny, I suggested the bride to play with her veil and let it dance in the air: she was glad to do it and her husband contributed to the dance. The dance began at the hotel and went on during the whole session: at the lakeside, at the lighthouse, in the gardens, etc.

Russian couple kissing at Garda Lake during a couple photo portrait
As a honeymoon photographer I enjoy enlive my photographs with creative ideas and suggestions.

This is a nice example of how a little detail and a creative idea can turn a common couple photo session into some really pleasant hours and unique shots.  

bride and groom walking along Garda Lake while posing for honeymoon photographer
The young couple I shot at Desenzano enjoyed very much my idea of playing with the bridal veil during our honeymoon photo session

On my website you can see some more examples of honeymoon photo sessions.

A Colorful Photo Portray in Venice: Shooting a Jewish Couple in Traditional Attire

One of the most exciting thing about working as a photographer for couple photo portraits, honeymoon, wedding and engagement services in Venice is that it gives me the chance to work for different kinds of clients, coming from different countries and sharing different cultures.

couple hugging on Ponte di Rialto during an informal photo walk in Venice
The first phase of Irina’s and Simon’s couple photo service in Venice enclosed shots in some romantic spots.

It was a real pleasure to hired by Irina and Simon, a young Jewish couple, for shooting a photo portrait during their honeymoon in Venice.  While we were walking along alleys and squares to get romantic as well as informal shots, I enjoyed their sensitivity and refined taste, as well as the chance to learn a bit ore about their culture.

young couple posing in a café during a honeymoon photo shooting in Venice
I had the couple relax during some breaks in our informal photo walk in Venice to get them at ease with my presence and work.

In the first phase of our informal photo walk in Venice, they just behaved as most young couples in love: I had them hug, kiss, and dance in many nice Venetian spots, giving them the possibility to get familiar with my presence and work.

In the second phase of the couple photo shooting, they changed their attire and wore traditional Jewish suites which added a touch of color and a special exotic flavor to my shots.

Jewish couple in traditional attire posing during their honeymoon photo service in Venice
Irina and Simon changed their attire and wore tarditional Jewish dresses for the last part of our informal photo walk in Venice

In the meanwhile they had relaxed and were eventually feeling at ease in front of my camera and even felt confident enough to start dancing in a square. That’s why the shots of this phase look so intense and even a bit “exotic”…don’t you think?

Jewish couple in traditional attire dancing during a honemoon photo shooting in Venice
At the end of the couple photo shooting, Irina and Simon eventually felt at ease with my camera and even enjoyed dancing in a square.

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

Post by Metella Iaconello.

A Surprising Honeymoon Photo Shooting in Venice: Dear Bride, Don’t touch the frog!

bride touching frog during honeymoon photo service in Venice
During her honeymoon photo service a bride was reproached by the watchmen for touching the statue at Punta della Dogana

I was lately hired as honeymoon photographer by a just-married Russian couple. The couple was spending a few days in Venice before leaving the city for a honeymoon cruise and wanted to have high-quality pictures of their stay.

We started our informal photo walk in the city, stopping in some romantic spots to shoot the couple and, in some cases, letting the bride posing alone.

Russian couple standing in Venice during honeymoon photo service
During our informal photo walk, I took some shots of the couple in some romantic spots in Venice

We arrived at the Chiesa della Salute and had some shots thereas well, with the couple sitting on the stairs or standing with the Canal Grande on the background.  

Russian couple sitting on stairs at Punta della Dogana
The couple sitting on the stairs of Chiesa della Salute church during their honeymoon photo service

Then, while I was not looking at her, the bride approached the statue of a young boy holding a frog which was standing there and touched the frog. Was she posing as Cinderella and trying to kiss and  turn it into Prince Charming?

In any case, she was immediately reproached by the statue’s watchmen.

As we later learnt, the statue is an important piece of art by the American artist Charles Ray sponsored by the tycoon François Pinault. Some critics find it a very creative piece of modern art, other consider it too provocative; some argue that the statue symbolize a look at the future, others argue that the frog hints to water, a key element in Venice … well, in my client’s eyes, it was just something like a toy to play with!

Russian bride touching frog in Venice
The bride touching the statue before being seen by the watchmen

It is so easy in Venice to let art enter as a key actor in your shots….

For more examples of couple photo portraits in Venice have a look at my web site.

post by Metella Iaconello

Photo Portraits in Venice: Shooting from Above

just-married Asian couple shot from above
Shooting from above is a nice way to make wedding photo portraits more dynamic

In order to offer my clients original shots when they hire me as a photographer for wedding, honeymoon or couple portrait photo services in Venice, I often enjoy changing the perspective of my shots.

As already said in other posts, this might happen by chance thanks to the clients’ ideas, like the day a young Russian couple wanted to continue their informal photo shooting on a gondola.

In other cases I have to use all my creativity to find new ways to make the shots in some way different from the postcards’ ones and able to be appreciated by the clients.

young couple shot from above in Venice

One way I found out is shooting from above. This gives the picture a new perspective and allows me to focus on the subjects’ faces and expressions which in most cases show surprise and amusement.

This means I have to climb on the most wired structures to gain some height: stairs, bridges, buildings and even trees!

When I work as a portrait photographer in Venice I have my secret spots where climbing is not that difficult…just come to Venice and I will show them to you.

For further suggestions on Venice’s most interesting shooting settings see my e-book.

For some examples of photo portraits in Venice see my website.

HOLDING YOUR HANDS..JUST THE WAY I DO: SHOTS OF COUPLES HANDS

Working as a professional photographer for couple portraits, weddings, engagements, honeymoon and pregnancy portraits, I had several chances to observe how couples hold their hands. This is a sweet habit, very common among different cultures: Russian, Asian and American people hold their hands just like the Europeans do.

At the same time, have you ever noticed that none of them do it in a similar way? I mean, it seems to me that a couple have their own way to hold hands, different from all others.

And there are also thousand ways for brides and grooms to cross and touch hands when they exchange the rings during the wedding ceremony…  

Therefore I like to focus some of my shots during a  couple portrait on this feature, which is so closely related to their personality and feelings, expressing all their uniqueness and tenderness. Two hands holding each other are a very fine mirror of a love story, as you can see from the pictures in this post.