A few tips to plan your surprise proposal photoshoot in Venice!
– 3 CLEAR IDEAS AND PLANNING!
If you are an exuberant couple, extroverted, with the right touch of madness and you don’t feel embarrassed to be the center of attention, he/she will be happy to see you suddenly kneel in the middle of a crowded St. Mark’s Square among dozens of curious stares, amused or moved tourists from around the world, with probable final applause!
If you are more reserved, he/she would certainly prefer a more intimate situation, discreet and romantic. This solution is definitely the preferred one for the moment of the surprise proposal, because it means less embarrassed and does not necessarily imply the renunciation of a typically Venetian setting. Venice offers plenty of cozy corners that allow some privacy.
If you have never been to Venice, the help and suggestions of a photographer who knows the city will be invaluable for planning the photo session that suits you. If you have opted for a surprise proposal, I’ll give you the instructions to reach the secret meeting location away from your hotel, on foot or by water bus. We will establish the most appropriate time according to your needs and to the light conditions in different seasons of the year. I will propose the best paths to go along, after the proposal has taken place, to explore and document your Venetian adventure. If the time available allows to, and if the idea excites you, we could catch a gondola ride to enjoy Venice from the unique perspective of the water canals.
– 4 THE SECRET SIGNAL!
Once the time and place where you will pop the question is fixed, it will be important to establish a secret signal that makes me realize that you’re ready to do it! Do not worry that he/she might get suspicious of the presence of a guy armed with large professional cameras: even though at that place we were present only three of us (unlikely occurrence), I will remain at a safe distance and pretend to be just another tourist interested to take picture everything of the surrounding beauty except you! Out of the corner, unnoticed, I will keep you both under constant review and when you will send me the signal I’ll be ready to get into the action. She/he will be quite surprised and confused when you kneel at his/her feet, wholly enthralled by what’s happening between you two and most certainly not aware at this time of my telephoto lens now focused on you!
-5 EASY GOING!
Let’s take our time, let’s enjoy the moment.. You’re lovers in Venice! Just a relaxed stroll in San Marco square to take some pictures usually takes quite a bit of time. Then we will want to get away from the crowd and “get lost” in the maze of streets, bridges and small canals to discover the most hidden and charming areas of this lovely city? A relaxed walk, enjoying the beauty that awaits around each corner, takes some time. Then we will probably want to take some photos in more open spaces, rarely visited and fascinating, perhaps with the backdrop of larger views of the sea? We could take a water bus to reach these less visited places and take some more time. If you’re a romantic soul who doesn’t want to give up a gondola ride to delve into otherwise unreachable areas of the city, enjoying a unique point of view? The minimum duration of a gondola ride is half an hour.
It’s not possible to think of spending less than two hours for a photo shoot in Venice (unless you only wish for a small souvenir of a single specific area of the city). Most routes involve long walks and frequent, quick stops that allow me to picture you among the most picturesque corners. The photo shoot will be the documentation of your romantic trip to Venice and you should almost forget about having a photographer in tow, so I need your cooperation to let it happen in the most comfortable and natural way possible. Avoid, for example, to start from the hotel with a backpack or a shoulder strap: the pictures do not like the presence of these appendages: it sounds silly, but it will turn out to be uncomfortable and irritating having to place the backpack out of the frame for each photo, holding it under control for fear that – in the confusion of the crowded areas – someone might just walk away with your property! Before leaving the hotel to go to the meeting secret location for the proposal, if he/she is blissfully unaware, make sure you’re not carrying unnecessary accessories: leave your pricey reflex camera behind, because you’ll take photos of the town at another time; if she is short-sighted, but he/she does not like to be photographed with glasses, tell him/her to wear contact lenses and a favorite outfit because it will be a nice excursion to document with a few nice phone selfies; if, on the way to get to the place of our appointment, they fall in love with lovely pair of shoes on display in the showcase Gucci, tell her that you left the credit card at the hotel, otherwise we would have an unnecessary shopping bag at your feet for the entire shooting time: you know your lover and you’ll know how to find the most suitable excuses! Our photo session will be much more enjoyable and successful the more lightweight and comfortable you will feel!