A SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT..UNEXPECTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER HIMSELF!

Engagement photo shooting usually implies a certain amount of surprise: the future bride is not informed about the future groom’s intention to propose. On the other hand, the photographer is usually well aware of it, as the future groom agreed with him or her about the time and place of the engagement shots.
Well, I recently experienced a different, curious situation: I was appointed a couple portrait in Venice by a young Russian couple. We were just completing the first half of our informal photo stroll when the young men told me that he wanted to propose that very day to the lady and asked for advice. I had to think a bit about it and then proposed to use a kind of trick.

We arrived by ferry at the picturesque island of San Giorgio and I took some pictures of the young couple with the Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco on the background . Then I pretended to have to answer an urgent call and left the couple alone. My camera had been set to shoot a video in the meanwhile.

And what did the camera catch? The two young people were hugging and exchanging sweet words when the man suddenly fell down on his knees and took a ring out of his pocket. The lady suddenly broke into tears and cried for a long time. He hugged her again, softly talked to her and, just to be sure that her reaction was due to surprise and joy, asked once again if she wanted to marry him. The lady eventually nodded without stopping crying, as you can see in these pictures.

I entered the stage and took the last few shots in that soft, romantic atmosphere of smiles and tears…

Well, in case you need an experienced photographer and a consultant for last-minute wedding proposals, just email me.

For further examples of engagement photography in Venice see my webiste, or read my ebook on photography settings in Venice.

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.