My dear readers and brides. I have a new couple to introduce to you. They came to Italy from Canada where they live and work. Sandy and David found my articles with tips and advice for couples, who plan to visit Rome and Italy for their engagement trip. After several e-mails exchanged I booked my tickets to Italian capital.
The idea of my new friends’s was to make some lovely engagement pictures around Rome sights and attractions. But also they wanted me as a professional photographer to be their family cameraman, since brides were traveling together with their parents. Therefore the project seemed to be very interesting for me. And to tell the truth it was amazing. I was already said, that the pictures of their engagement photo session in Rome will be used as decorations in the wedding day, that is planned to be held in Toronto.
What are we going to have today? A sweet couple, gorgeous Rome views, lovely photos (I do hope) and some words about an amazing spring day me — Artur Jakutsevich a professional wedding photographer spent in Rome.
This is the plan:
- Why having an engagement trip to Italy?
- Pinocchio shop in Rome
- The most delicious ice-cream in Rome
- Day 2 — engagement photo shooting
- Villa Borghese in pre wedding pictures
- Colosseum in professional photos
- Jewish quarters
- Evening photo session in Rome
- Castel Sant’Angelo
Why having an engagement trip to Italy?
Several years ago when I just started to travel around the world making new friends and finding new destinations for wedding, engagement and honey moon photo shootings, one of my old friends suggested going to Polish Krakov and Czech Prague. According to his words, these two cities are unique examples of ancient architecture with extremely huge variety of sights and attractions, interesting and must see places. I made a note in my to-do list with no certain date and time.
After several years of going here and there I managed to visit both Prague and Krakov. The latter was the first city that impressed me greatly, but the former is city where I live at the moment. You know, Czech Capital is a very inspiring city with amazing views, red roofs and lovely atmosphere. I do like working with couples at wedding or engagement shooting in Prague . But for last two years there has been one huge but. I fall deep in love with a new city on my personal map — Rome.
It is very complicated for me to shape at least several reasons that made me love Italian capital so much. May be it is because of the cuisine, that is considered to be one of the best in the world; may be I was hypnotized with incredible atmosphere or the climate. I do not know for sure. The only thing is that I am convinced at: in September 2013 I move from Prague to Rome.
But let us go back to my sweet couple Sandy and David and their engagement trip to Italy. 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: couple plus parents. That was quite new format for me as a professional wedding and engagement photographer. Am I a success? Together we visited Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and some more locations. The following day was devoted only to Sandy and David.
Pinocchio shop in Rome
While touring Rome and taking engagement picture 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.
The most delicious ice-cream in Rome
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 cafes around Rome. 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.
Day 2 — engagement photo shooting in Rome
The basic pre wedding photo session 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 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.
The brightest example is the Colosseum, an impressive and very ancient construction that has survived until out times and now it is one of the most popular attraction in the world. It was build 73 before AD. Is not it amazing? Yes, it is. Therefore every couple during their engagement and honey moon trip to Italy and Rome wants to have at least several photos in front of the Colosseum.
Therefore I have nothing to do about this and takes alike pictures, because my skills of a professional wedding photographer are strongly limited with the location of the attraction. Though, the brides always love these snapping shorts. The first Colosseum and me photo I made for Valentina and Oleg during their honeymoon trip to Rome. Several weeks after there was a very dear couple: Elena and Denis and their wedding in Rome.
Just round the corner from Colosseum there is interesting area that served as Jewish Ghetto. Today there are no visible and things that can remind you of past events. It is just a district with lovely houses and tiny streets. Everything looks very oldish.
Here I need to give you another reason why I decided to move to Rome. These are the people who made me love Italy. Here is a short story about what happened during the engagement in Rome of Sandy and David.
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 in Rome
This shooting day in Rome we ended with some night views and engagement photos. Any European city changes greatly after the Sun is down. This is just the best time to make evening shots, because the light and air are very suitable for it. If you study the photos carefully you will see the deep blue color in the sky. Such color composition can be achieved only one hour after the sunset.
Merry-go-round in Rome
This is a very romantic attraction. I do believe that any couple willing to spend some days in Rome and to have some romantic engagement photos is sure to like it. 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 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.
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.
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 Rome. 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.
For further information, please contact me and we will discuss your engagement or wedding project.