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.

The proper pair of shoes for a perfect photo shooting in Venice

bride takes off her shoes during wedding photo service in Venice
During the vow renewal photo shooting I did lately, the bride decided to change her shoes to walk on with a more comfortable pair

Most of the tourists visiting Venice are well aware of it: to enjoy a nice tour of the city, you should not forget a pair of comfortable shoes. Since Venice is no place for cars, anyone visiting it is almost doomed to walk along many alleys and through lots of arcades, going up and down many bridges..till your feet are burning!

Now, when I am hired as a photographer for engagement, honeymoon or wedding photo services in Venice, more often than not I meet people enjoying an elegant attire, be it their wedding dress or just a very nice suite. They understand the shooting as the chance to portray a very special situation and want to look as charming as possible.   

lady changing her shoes during a honeymoon photo shooting in Venice
During a honeymoon photo service I did for a Russian couple, the lady only wore her elegant pair of shoes for the best shots

This the reason why I often happen to shoot couple with very elegant shoes which in most cases are not really the most comfortable ones. This especially true as for women, who enjoy wearing high heels and elegant shoes during their wedding, honeymoon photo shooting or even during a simple couple photo session in Venice.  

bride posing with her elegant shoes during her honeymoon photo shooting in Venice
A young Russian bride that hired me for a honeymoon photo portrait, only wore her elegant shoes for some special poses.

Moreover, I like to propose my customers an informal photo walking tour in Venice which let them discover some hidden spots in Venice and gives me the chance to make some spontaneous and lively photo portraits.  Therefore it is not so uncommon that during the photo shootings I make in Venice the lady decides to change the shoes, wearing the elegant ones only from time to time when there is a need of a very elegant look. It also happen to me that elegant shoes were removed and the lady, who had not taken with her another pair, just decided to walk barefoot in the high water.  

bride walking barefoot in high water during honeymoon photo shooting in Venice
It also happened to me to shoot a bride taking off her elegant shoes to save them from high water in Venice and walking on barefoot!

So, if you ever plan to have a nice walking photo shooting in Venice, do not forget to take comfortable shoes with you!

For further example of couple photo sessions in Venice see my website.

A funny honeymoon photo portrait for a funny couple: dancing, posing, playing…

couple dancing in Rapallo during their honeymoon photo service
This young Russian couple enjoyed dancing in Rapallo’s streets which ensured a very lively honeymoon photo shooting

When I am hired a professional photographer to make couple portraits (being them wedding, engagement, or honeymoon photo services) I always try my best to catch the couple’s personality in my shots so that their real nature might be well represented in the pictures and the customers will be satisfied with the final results of the photo shooting.

young Russian couple exploring the seaside in Rapallo during their honeymoon photo service
Exploring and making the most of Rapallo’s landscape was very useful during this honeymoon photo service with a curious young Russian couple

Beside, I try to make the shooting as pleasant and exciting as possible, so that the couple can keep happy memories of the hours spent with me and my camera. Needless to say, couples are very different from  one another and I have to adapt to their personalities and special request to have an enjoyable photo service and beautiful portraits after that.

Russian couple dancing during a honeymoon photo service in Italy
The couple enjoyed acting, posing and making jokes during their couple photo shooting.

The honeymoon photo shooting I lately did for a young Russian couple  in Rapallo (on the Ligurian coast in Western Italy) is a fine example of a nice honeymoon photo service: the couple had a lively and ironic attitude and did not refrain from playing jokes with each other, acting and posing in funny ways.

Russian couple jump during honeymoon photo portrait in Italy
Jumping was also part of this funny honeymoon photo shooting!

That’s why, beside some romantic shots in the narrow alleys of Rapallo’s town centre or at seaside, we managed to make some funny and dynamic shots with the couple dancing, playing piano together, jumping, and gently mocking at each other, which ensured creative pictures to be taken and much fun for the couple and…the photographer himself!  

couple kissing during their honeymoon photo portrait session in Italy
The couple’s spontaneous personality allowed some creative shots to be taken.

For further examples of couple photo portraits see my website.

 post by Metella Iaconello

What do I mean by “a perfect informal photo walk in Venice”?

Yulia’s and Pavel’s photo portrait as fine example for a photo walking session in Venice

Russian couple sitting on a bench during their photo walking tour
Yulia and Pavel enjoyed a perfect photo walking tour in Venice.

Yulia and Pavel, a young Russian couple who hired me for a honeymoon photo shooting in Venice gave me the chance to enjoy a lively photo session which can well explain what I mean by “informal photo shooting”.

Pavel and Yulia discovering Venice in their photo walking tour
The couple enjoyed exploring Venice’s hidden spots while I was shooting original couple portraits

This is the kind of photo service I like to propose to most of my clients asking for a pre-wedding, destination wedding, honeymoon photo service, or just for a couple portrait in Venice. It basically means letting the couple careless strolling in the city, exploring its most hidden alleys, squares, perhaps relaxing for a while sitting on stairs or benches, resting in a café, or kissing under an arcade.

Yulia and Pavel on a dock during their honeymoon photo session in Venice
We also stopped in some romantic spots to make shots with more “classical” Venetian background

In the meanwhile I make the most of my camera, equipment and experience to get some high-quality shots of these moments without asking the couple to pose for most of the time we spend together. I let the couple discover by themselves and admire Venice’s different faces, sometime suggesting to have a look at my favorite secret spots or play with funny poses, like jumping o running towards each other.

Needless to say, we also stop in Venice’s most romantic spots to make some shots with “classical” backgrounds, like Rialto Bridge, San Marco Square or the Academia Bridge.

Yulia posing on Rialto bridge during her honeymoon photo service in Venice
Rialto Bridge was also included in our photo walking tour.

Yulia and Pavel enjoyed their photo walking tour very much, let themselves be amazed by the city and spontaneously played with me and with each other: the result is a series of funny, informal and original shots, alongside some more “standard” couple portraits in Venice.

What about you? Are you ready for your own informal photo walk in Venice?

Russian couple relaxing during their photo walking tour
During our photo walk I gave the couple the chance to rest and relax while I could shoot a nice picture with a great background

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

Post by Metella Iaconello

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.