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

A Surprising Honeymoon Photo Shooting in Venice: Dear Bride, Don’t touch the frog!

bride touching frog during honeymoon photo service in Venice
During her honeymoon photo service a bride was reproached by the watchmen for touching the statue at Punta della Dogana

I was lately hired as honeymoon photographer by a just-married Russian couple. The couple was spending a few days in Venice before leaving the city for a honeymoon cruise and wanted to have high-quality pictures of their stay.

We started our informal photo walk in the city, stopping in some romantic spots to shoot the couple and, in some cases, letting the bride posing alone.

Russian couple standing in Venice during honeymoon photo service
During our informal photo walk, I took some shots of the couple in some romantic spots in Venice

We arrived at the Chiesa della Salute and had some shots thereas well, with the couple sitting on the stairs or standing with the Canal Grande on the background.  

Russian couple sitting on stairs at Punta della Dogana
The couple sitting on the stairs of Chiesa della Salute church during their honeymoon photo service

Then, while I was not looking at her, the bride approached the statue of a young boy holding a frog which was standing there and touched the frog. Was she posing as Cinderella and trying to kiss and  turn it into Prince Charming?

In any case, she was immediately reproached by the statue’s watchmen.

As we later learnt, the statue is an important piece of art by the American artist Charles Ray sponsored by the tycoon François Pinault. Some critics find it a very creative piece of modern art, other consider it too provocative; some argue that the statue symbolize a look at the future, others argue that the frog hints to water, a key element in Venice … well, in my client’s eyes, it was just something like a toy to play with!

Russian bride touching frog in Venice
The bride touching the statue before being seen by the watchmen

It is so easy in Venice to let art enter as a key actor in your shots….

For more examples of couple photo portraits in Venice have a look at my web site.

post by Metella Iaconello

Dancing in the high water: a very informal and creative honeymoon photo shooting in Venice

Beautiful Russian bride walks in high water during an informal photo walk in Venice
An informal photo walk in Venice might enclose many surprises: this young Russian bride enjoyed walking in the high water during her honeymoon photo service

As already said in many of my publications and posts, Venice is an ideal location for couple photo shooting, especially in the case of just-married couple portraits . And this is the case not only during sunny days in spring or summertime: Venice is worth a photo service even during rainy days.

Lately I had the chance to shoot a young Russian couple that, after getting married in Russia, enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Venice and hired me for an informal photo walk.

Well, it happened that the city had just been deeply soaked by the previous day’s rain and there were many large paddles in the squares and alleys as we walked by. It suddenly came to my mind that I could make the most of this unique situation, so typical of Venice: I asked the bride if she felt like taking her shoes off and walk barefoot along the road which she did quite gladly…I assume she did not want the water damage her nice shoes!

young Russian couple dancing in high water during their couple photo portrait in Venice
Once we reached Piazza San Marco at the end of our photo walking tour, I asked the couple to dance in the high water

Later, when we reached Piazza San Marco I suggested the couple to dance in the paddles that covered large sections of the square so that I could portray them with this famous background in a very special condition!

beautiful young couple jump in San Marco Square during an inforal photo shooting in Venice
The couple portrait ended up with the couple jumping and having much fun thanks to high water!

Luckily enough, and as it often happens in Venice, in many other areas of the city there was no sign of high water at all which allowed us to take more “classic” and “dry” shot in the rest of the honeymoon photo shooting.

couple hugging during an informal photo shooting in Venice
During our photo walk we could enjoy many “dry” areas with no sign of high water, where I could take some nice couple portraits.

For further examples of honeymoon shootings 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.

HONEYMOON IN VENICE: SHOOTING ON A GONDOLA

  young couple portrait on a gondola in Venice

Natalia and Andrej, a just-married Russian couple, decided to spend their honeymoon in Venice and hired me for a photo shooting, as others just-married couples have done to have high-quality shots of this special stay.

couple sitting on a Venetian bridge
shooting on a bridge in Venice

Spontaneity, curiosity and youthful spirit characterized this couple in their mid-twenties and I was glad to follow their steps and looks during a relaxed photo walk with many steps in romantic spots.

couple hugging alongside a Venetian channel
shooting a couple portrait alongside a Venetian channel

  

They also had a nice idea: why not jumping on a gondola and going on with the shooting session on board? This gave them the opportunity to experience a traditional Venetian transport facility, and provided me with the chance to portray them with the unique background of the ancient Venetian palaces seen from the Canal Grande.

A nice and useful turn of perspective which resulted in some pleasant couple portraits of which you can see on my website.

For more shots of honeymoon photo sessions see my website’s specific section.

For some tips on photo portraits in Venice, see my dedicated ebook on Venice photo settings.

couple hugging under a Venetian porch
Shooting the couple under a Venetian porch