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.
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.
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.
Shooting the couple under a Venetian porch
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.
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.