My dear readers and brides. I have a new couple to introduce to you. They came from Canada where they live and work. Sandy and David found my articles with tips and advice for brides, who plan to have engagement in Italy and fall in love with the photos. So as a result we spent together an incredible warm day in May enjoying the beauty of Rome and taking pre-wedding photos.
The idea of my new friends’s was to make some lovely engagement pictures and also they wanted me to be their family photographer in Rome, since brides were traveling together with their parents.
There were really many locations in the wish list of the couple, therefore we decided to split the shooting into several parts. After the planning meeting in one of the restaurants we made the following plan:
- to have two days of shooting;
- to eat ice-cream;
- to have fun;
- to discover the city;
Day 1: family photography
For Canadians any European City is something very extraordinary, because of very pure architecture in their country. Therefore there were a lot of emotions both for the couple and their parents. The first day of the pre wedding photo shooting in Rome we spent in expanded company: the couple and David’s parents. As a result we managed to create uniques family photos. Among the locations to go we the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and some more interesting places.
And of course I brought the family to a “Blue Ice” Gelateria, which is considered to be one of the best cafes where one should try true Italian gelato.
It is hardly possible to find a person in the modern world who does not like ice-cream. I like it very much, but after my first visit to Rome I became addicted to it. I am absolutely sure everyone will share my passion to ice cream after the first taste of amazingly fresh and sweet yummy they sell in Blue Ice Gelateria. There are about 20 different tastes and it really puzzles, you need to choose. Usually I take 2-3 out of 20. But if you feel like trying them all it is ok. The price is more than reasonable — about 2 Euros for portion.
How hard it was for Sandy to choose the tests. She is also a big ice cream lover, therefore I fully understand her. I did my best to capture these precious moments for my lovely and sweet couple.
Pinocchio shop in Rome
While touring Rome and taking family photos we came across a very interesting place. Somewhere in the tiny streets is hidden Pinocchio shop. I do believe that most of you remember this interesting fairytale written by Carlo Collodi. Personally I like this book as well as the cartoon very much. As you can see in the pictures Sandy and David also like it. We are grown-ups, but still kinds in our souls.
Day 2: getting engaged
The engagement photo shooting in Italy for Sandy and David was planned for the day time around the place beloved both by locals, for example Villa Borghese. But also there were several traditional must see locations such as Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo. I was very pleased with the fact that my couple was well-prepared for the trip to Italy. They knew all the attractions and of course they new what they wanted to have in their engagement photos from Rome: feelings, emotions and lovely looks in front of places of interest.
My dears, I am absolutely sure that you have see several post in blog about Villa Borghese in previous pre wedding photo sessions. It is not because of lack of places or my laziness. Look at this issue from the other side. This Villa is such a lovely place where lovers, brides and just couples spend much time enjoying the views and each other. I would tell you honestly, that it is not a piece of cake to write and find words to describe one and the same location, but I always do my best to find new facts and of course as a back-up I will show lovely engagement photos of Sandy and David in Rome.
This very pre wedding photo session was a special one. Due to tough schedule of mine, we could start shooting only after the midday. It was pretty a task to find a place in Rome without people, because there are too many of tourists and romans around. But I know that coming to a far destination couples expect their wedding photographer to make photos of them two and not crowds of people. Therefore I had to think not only about catching moments and composition, but also to have my eye on people around in order to predict the following moment and not to put them into shots.
Working with couples from all over the world I need to provide them with unique and original pictures. This is my basic principle — no patterns. But, frankly speaking, there are sometimes conditions and locations where one can take only alike photos. It is a petty, but it is true. And it is not because of me, but because of the location. Such an example is Colosseum and wedding or engagement photos in front of it.
Another fantastic area of the city —Jewish quarters. There are a lot of impressive ancient buildings and hand over you with tall walls. Again I should mention the fact, that we had great luck that day, to be able to make such engagement photos in Italy as the ones below. These venues are usually overcrowded, but when we came no one was there.
We were passing an amazing yard that is usually hidden behind the fence. But the gates were open and we came in. The was a guard who immediately approached us, congratulated on the event, although Sandy was not wearing a wedding dress. The man was speak very pure English, but we could understand him perfectly well, because he was speak from the bottom of heart. Then, he closed the gates in order other passers-by did not interrupt us and we could make some lovely shorts. All Italians like weddings and such kind of events. They are open people and always congratulate newlyweds in the streets, encourage them and wish all the best.
Evening photo shooting
This shooting day in Rome we ended with some night views. Any European city changes greatly after the Sun is down. This is just the best time to start night and evening photo shooting, because the light and air are very suitable for it. If you study the photos carefully you will see the deep blue colour in the sky. Such colour composition can be achieved only one hour after the sunset.
On the river side there is a very romantic attraction —.ole style Marry-go-round in Rome. I do believe that many couple would like to have some romantic engagement photos like the one below. Merry-go-round in the capital of Italy is already 125 years old. But despite the age it works properly every day.
Sandy and David decided not to miss such a chance and to have some photos from Italy there as well. As a result we spent half an hour making circles and taking evening pictures in Rome. And then we set off for the Castel Sant’Angelo.
Today inside the fortress there is a museum and from the top of the tower opens a panoramic view over Vatican and other parts of city. As it occurred Castel Sant’Angelo is beloved attraction for Sandy and David. Therefore this place was postponed until the very end of our engagement photo shooting. With help of my student and assistant Kate Pavlovich we managed to make really snapping and gorgeous shots.
This impressive building has five-mete-high walls and very profitable location — just at the riverside. It is a massive and huge construction used to serve as the fortress where in case of any danger the Pop could find protection
Below I share with you the slide-show with best photos from this photo shooting. Enjoy!
To my lovely David and Sandy I would only address the words of gratitude for choosing me as a Rome photographer and letting me tell you engagement in Italy love story. Your couple is fantastic and very beautiful. Wish you all the best and see you one day in Europe again!