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.

THE IDEAL SETTINGS FOR PHOTO SHOOTING IN VENICE? FIND THEM IN ‘A PHOTOGRAPHER IN VENICE’ EBOOK

In case you are traveling to Venice and you plan to have high-quality shots of your stay, you might be interested in this new ebook of mine.

It is based on my personal experience as a professional photographer who lived in Venice several years: in these pages I share with you some of the strategies and techniques I use during my photo shootings in this enchanting city.

Venice is described as an ideal setting for different kinds of photos: engagement, wedding and honeymoon photo services, as well as individual and holidays portraits.

You will find professional shots of some enchanting Venetian places, as well as interesting hints about visiting and entertainments in Venice.