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.

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!

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.