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

PHOTO SHOOTING IN VENICE: ARCADES, NOT ONLY BRIDGES AND CHANNELS

couple kissing under a Venetian arcade
Arcades are interesting elements for photo portraits in Venice

Everyone knows that Venice is an ideal setting for photo shooting, especially for couples’ photo portraits.

This is obviously due to the city’s highly romantic atmosphere, the light effects created by water and its typical architectural elements such as bridges, narrow streets (called “calli” by Venetian people) along the channels and squares (“campi” in venetian dialect),

Needless to say I make the most of these elements on my shots when I work as a portrait photographer, especially in the case of honeymoon, wedding or engagement photo services.

A typical Venetian architectural element which is often ignored, or at least undervalued, by may photographer is the arcade (which is called “sottoportego” in Venetian dialect). Venice is full of small or big short or long arcades, which in most cases were built to offer a shelter from rain to passers-by.

couple hugging under an arcade in Venice
couples hugging under an arcade are fine subjects for photo portraits in Venice

I used arcades several times during my photo shootings in Venice and found out they gave me a lot of setting possibilities, which were much appreciated by the couples I had to shoot.

In many cases I asked the couples to hide or kiss, or even to run towards each other under the arcade and they had a lot of fun!

couple hugging under an arcade in Venice
couples might play and even jump under a Venetian arcade

I have my personal favourite arcades in Venice…let’s meet in Venice to show you them!

couple running under an arcade in Venice
I even let the couples run under an arcade in Venice!