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 aninformal 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!
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!
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.
For further examples of honeymoon shootings see my website.
This is obviously due to the city’s highly romantic atmosphere, the light effects created by water and its typical architectural elements such as bridges, narrow streets (called “calli” by Venetian people) along the channels and squares (“campi” in venetian dialect),
Needless to say I make the most of these elements on my shots when I work as a portrait photographer, especially in the case of honeymoon, wedding or engagement photo services.
A typical Venetian architectural element which is often ignored, or at least undervalued, by may photographer is the arcade (which is called “sottoportego” in Venetian dialect). Venice is full of small or big short or long arcades, which in most cases were built to offer a shelter from rain to passers-by.
couples hugging under an arcade are fine subjects for photo portraits in Venice
I used arcades several times during my photo shootings in Venice and found out they gave me a lot of setting possibilities, which were much appreciated by the couples I had to shoot.
In many cases I asked the couples to hide or kiss, or even to run towards each other under the arcade and they had a lot of fun!
couples might play and even jump under a Venetian arcade
I have my personal favourite arcades in Venice…let’s meet in Venice to show you them!
I even let the couples run under an arcade in Venice!