PHOTO SHOOTING IN VENICE: ARCADES, NOT ONLY BRIDGES AND CHANNELS

Arcades are interesting elements for photo portraits in Venice

Everyone knows that Venice is an ideal setting for photo shooting, especially for couples’ photo portraits.

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!

SHOOTING VENICE BY NIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

wounderful Venice setting shot by night
A nice shot of Venice by night taken after a couple portrait photo session

I once heard a renowned professional photographer giving young inexperienced would-be photographers an interesting advice: when you are hired for a photo shooting, first focus on the client, listen to and meet all his or her requests, then, take some more shots just for the fun of it.

In other words, once the work is over, start to work for yourself. In many cases, the photographer argued, the shots of the last phase turn out to be the most beautiful ones and even the clients’ favorite ones.    

I would call this “let the passion work for you”. Needless to say, I have my passion for photography contribute to all my photo services and, when I work in Venice, especially in the case of honeymoon, wedding and engagement photo shootings, the passion for Venice is also there.  

Anyway, I also enjoy shooting some photos just for the fun of it, planning to keep them for myself rather than selling them to the clients. Well, I must say that in many cases I really get great picks which are much appreciated by the customers.

Lately I was hired as a photographer for a couple photo portrait and, as we walked by the Ghetto Vecchio area, we came across some nice views of a Venice channel and bridge which I shot in the picture you see in this post. The photo was much praised by several clients…thanks to the power of passion!

For further examples of photo services in Venice see my website.

HONEYMOON IN VENICE: SHOOTING ON A GONDOLA

 

Natalia and Andrej, a just-married Russian couple, decided to spend their honeymoon in Venice and hired me for a photo shooting.

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

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.

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