PLEASANT BREAKS DURING A PHOTO SHOOTING IN VENICE: ENJOY A SPRITZ IN A “BACARO”

Asian couple drinking coffee during a pre-wedding photo shooting in Venice
Venice hosts many cafés where tourists can stop for a break while visiting the city or during a photo shooting, as it was the case for this Asian couple enjoying a pre-wedding photo service.

There are many places where you can enjoy a break during your visit in Venice, or during a photo service (be it an engagement, wedding or honeymoon photo shooting): the city has many cafés, bars or restaurants where you can drink or eat at any hour of the day and most of the night.

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Photo walks in Venice: shooting or being shot?

Jewish couple shot during an informa photo walk in Venice
The photo walking tours I offer give the clients the chance to enjoy an informal stroll in Venice and be photographed in some romantic and less known spots of the city.

There are many kinds of photo walks in Venice: the ones I propose to my clients are basically informal photo sessions aiming at portraying the customers with the background of such a magic and unique city. My photo walking tours are ideal for couples (being them enjoying their season, pre-wedding, engagement, wedding or honeymoon holidays in Venice) or anyone who wants a special photo portrait.

This Russian couple enjoyed very much the informal photo walking tour I offered them which gave me the chance to shoot some romantic photos with an unique background

In these cases I would walk along the city with them, letting them explore the less famous areas as well as the most romantic and attractive spots and photograph the clients along the Venetian alleys, on bridges, in the middle of squares or under arcades.

Russian couple walks in Venice during couple photo service
I had this Rusian couple explore Venice’s markets and other everyday life’s spots during their photo walk in Venice

Other photographers, instead, specialized in different kinds of photo tours: for instance, Arved Gintenreiter, a German photographer who moved to Venice and committed to travel photography and photojournalism, offers photo walking tours to clients eager to learn more about photography and enjoy a real photo shooting workshop in Venice.

Arved Gitenreiter photographer
Arved Gintenreiter is a professional photographer offering photo walking workshops in Venice

Arved accompanies amateur photographers along the alleys and squares with their own photo equipment, explains the techniques and tricks of this hard yet marvelous job and lets them experience and practice professional photography at least for one day or a few hours. At the same time he provides some information about Venice’s history and art so that the tour gets even more interesting.

It’s funny to notice that Arved and I went through similar professional stories, which included working in fields far from photography then switching to professional photography as a full-time job, in both cases with a strong focus on Venice.

Our offers are quite different, nevertheless: mine focuses on portraying people and feelings during wedding, engagement, honeymoon photo services, while Arved’s one aims at improving the clients’ technical and professional know-how.

Russian couple during a  photo shooting at Carnival in Venice
Photo walking tours might turn into something very special when they take place during Carnival, like the one I shot for this Russian couple

Therefore, you are very welcome to Venice to enjoy the photo walking tour you prefer, either Arved photo walking workshops or my photo walking services.

Pre-wedding photo shooting for an Asian couple in Venice

Asian couple playing during their pre-wedding photo shooting in Venice
Alvan and Joyce, a couple from Hong Kong, enjoyed very much their pre-wedding photo service and tried different poses in many romantic spots of the city.

Pre-wedding photo shootings are getting more and more popular among couples from all over the world and are especially loved by Asian people. To ensure an exotic background to their couple photo portraits, the bride and groom leave their city or country and enjoy a short holiday in a romantic environment. There they hire a professional photographer and have themselves shot in romantic spots, in most cases wearing their wedding suite.

Hong Kong couple shot during a pre-wedding photo service in Venice
The bride and groom played with each other on the gorgeous background provided by Venice’s channels and alleys.

As the couple is shot by themselves, without relatives and friends, bride and groom are usually more relaxed and prone to spontaneously express their feelings. At the same time they are usually very excited due to the new environment and the chance they have to taste in advance the delights of the wedding day: make-up, bridal fitting, photo shooting, etc.

Asian couple enjoying a couple photo portrait in Venice
The couple enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere while experiencing a professional photo service, which might have helped them later during their wedding photo shooting.

A nice example of a beautiful pre-wedding photo service is the one I shot for this young couple from Hong Kong: Alvan and Joyce enjoyed a short holiday in Venice before getting married and treated themselves with a pre-wedding photo service. This allowed them to get acquainted with their beautiful wedding suites, discover the city in both its most romantic spots and less famous areas, try different poses and play with each other. I guess this helped them a lot during their wedding photo shooting back in Hong Kong, making them feel more at ease with the photographer’s work.

Asian couple shot in Piazza San Marco in Venice during a pre-wedding shooting
Alvan and Joyce changed their clothes in the evening and enjoyed some more elegant and funny couple shots in Venice

They also took the chance to change their clothes and wear another elegant suite in the evening. This gave me the chance to shoot some more couple photographs with the bride and the groom looking like much more relaxed in very intense or funny shots.

For further examples of pre-wedding photo shootings see my website.

Asian couple shot in Venice during a pre-wedding photo service
At the end of our photo shooting in Venice we made some romantic couple photographs at sunset time.

Shooting a couple in fancy costumes: an informal photo walk during Venice Carnival

Russian couple dressed-up in Cranival costumes in Venice during informal photo walk
Danilo and Mariana chose a special photo session in Venice: they hired a photographer to portrait them strolling in the city dressed up with fancy costumes during the famous Venetian Carnival.

I guess everyone of you has heard wonders about the Carnival in Venice. This is indeed one of the most famous Carnivals in the world due to its unique feature: for a whole week the city goes back to the Serenissima Republic times, people walk along the small alleys dressed up like 16th-17th century ladies and lords and ceremonies typical of the Republic period are performed in many Venetian campi (squares). Italian and foreign visitors crowd the city to enjoy this special atmosphere and the sight of beautiful fancy-dress costumes and masks.

young couple pose along Venetian alley during couple photo service
During our informal photo session, we stopped in several romantic spots to shoot a few nice couple photographs.

I lately had the chance to accompany a couple from Russia Danilo and Mariana during their visit to the Carnival in Venice and shot a special couple photo service with the two of them dressed up with elegant Venetian costumes and masks. In order to get the best of this kind of “second honeymoon”, they  reserved their masks and costumes back last November and hired me as their photographer for a romantic  photo walk in Venice.

couple posing during a photo session in Venice
Danilo and Mariana enjoyed playing and posing with their fancy Carnival costumes during our couple photo shooting in Venice.

We started our informal photo shooting in San Tomà, a square in the Dorsoduro district, not far from Rialto bridge. We crossed several Venetian squares and bridges and squares and stopped in some romantic spots to shoot a few intense couple photo portraits, before approaching San Marco Square where the couple was warmly received by actors wearing luxurious colorful costumes, enriched by precious accessories (hats, masks, feathers and jewels).

couple posing with actors wearing Venetian Carnival costumes during informal photo walk in Venice
Along the way to San Marco Square during our couple photo walk, we met several actors dressed up with traditional Venetian costumes and we stopped for some colourful shots.

Danilo and Mariana enjoyed their informal photo walk very much as it gave them the chance to really taste the Carnival’s unique mood and indulge in jokes and plays as Carnival allows you to do..at least once in a year!

Our photo session in Venice ended with a romantic gondola tour which allowed me to take some photographs of the elegant couple with the background of the Venetian palaces along the Canal Grande.

Russian couple in a gondola during a photo shooting in Venice
The couple treated themselves with a gondola tour and I had the chance to complete our informal photo walk with some couple shots with the background of Venetian channels.

For further examples of informal photo walks in Venice see my website or some posts of this blog.

Russian girl poses in San Marco square during informal photo walk in Venice during Carnival
Our photo shooting ended up in San Marco square where the couple posed with actors dressed up in traditional Venetian costumes.

You might also enjoy some backstage shots of this couple photo portrait taken by my assistant Silvia Poli during the same day.

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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.

PHOTO SESSIONS FOR DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN VENICE

I experienced several young couples preferring a destination wedding to traditional wedding: they get married in an “exotic” context, far away from home, sometimes with just a few guests.

The photographs shot in this cases have a more private, intimate flavor, and a special charm due to the “exotic” surroundings.

Venice is a top destination for destination weddings due to its highly romantic atmosphere and I enjoyed several casual photo sessions with brides and bridegrooms coming from different nations.

In my website www.photographervenice.com you can see some of my pictures of couples choosing Venice for their destination wedding……will your wedding be my next destination?