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