Working as a professional photographer for couple portraits, weddings, engagements, honeymoon and pregnancy portraits, I had several chances to observe how couples hold their hands. This is a sweet habit, very common among different cultures: Russian, Asian and American people hold their hands just like the Europeans do.

At the same time, have you ever noticed that none of them do it in a similar way? I mean, it seems to me that a couple have their own way to hold hands, different from all others.

And there are also thousand ways for brides and grooms to cross and touch hands when they exchange the rings during the wedding ceremony…  

Therefore I like to focus some of my shots during a  couple portrait on this feature, which is so closely related to their personality and feelings, expressing all their uniqueness and tenderness. Two hands holding each other are a very fine mirror of a love story, as you can see from the pictures in this post.


It is definitely exciting to work as an engagement photographer (you can really “smell” the couple’s excitement and surprise) but it has its own rules: you need to be “born ready” and flexible.

I was delighted to be appointed by a couple from London to shoot the man’s proposal to the future bride in Venice. Needless to say, it had to take place and be shot at sunset, the most romantic hour in a Venetian day for a loving couple.

Well, as you might know, train delays are quite common in Italy, which caused me to be in place just half and hour before the agreed time (rather than 2 hours as I usually plan). I was  getting my cameras ready when I saw the couple arriving …Gosh, they were early! I said to myself “Don’t Panic!” but, in the twinkling of an eye, the guy fell down on his knees and took the ring out of his pocket.

I immediately  took my camera and clicked. Everything that really matters was in the picture: the excited man, the amazed lady, the ring, the sunset and the lagoon…done!

In the following shots, I could change perspective and focus on details….in a much more relaxed spirit!

Have a look at the results at https://bit.ly/RFi3c9



Pre-wedding photography  includes photo services carried out before the wedding taking place, when the couple enjoys a photo session at special times or in a special setting.

This trend is especially appreciated by the couples who choose to hold their wedding abroad. While enjoying a tour in famous cities or enchanting environments they take the chance to have a few shots of highly  romantic moments. 

Here is my favourite pre-weeding photo session:

I’m  looking forward to reading your comments on it!


I experienced several young couples preferring a destination wedding to traditional wedding: they get married in an “exotic” context, far away from home, sometimes with just a few guests.

The photographs shot in this cases have a more private, intimate flavor, and a special charm due to the “exotic” surroundings.

Venice is a top destination for destination weddings due to its highly romantic atmosphere and I enjoyed several casual photo sessions with brides and bridegrooms coming from different nations.

In my website www.photographervenice.com you can see some of my pictures of couples choosing Venice for their destination wedding……will your wedding be my next destination?

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