Prague wedding photographer & pre-weddings portrait photography by  Kurt Vinion

A Natural Light pre wedding photo shoot in Rome with Hannah & Mark (Singapore) followed by a lit night portrait session.

I was very surprised when Hannah contacted me as there are so many talented photographers in Rome. But she told me she loved my emphasis on creating more natural styled images instead of the overly posed lets build a portfolio type of shoots that is all too common. As they were from Singapore they wanted a more American styled lifestyle session and asked if my crew was up for it. And of course with this session being in Rome both myself and my crew were more than happy to fly down and spend an afternoon and early evening with two very warm, fun and happy go lucky people. 

The location Rome, Italy:  Monti, The Colosseum, Capitaline Hill / Campodoglio, Forum, Il Vittoriano, Pantheon, Sant' Angelo

1 lighting assistants /  hair & makeup entire session  / 2-outfits / session duration 7-8 hours  

pre wedding photo shoot in Rome, Italy with H&M
pre wedding photo shoot in Rome
H&M during their intimate pre wedding photo shoot Rome
pre wedding photo shoot in Rome Capitoline Hill
pre wedding Rome, Italy with Hannah & Mark
pre wedding photo Rome, Italy with H&M
Rome pre wedding H&M (Singapore) Capitoline Hill
Rome pre wedding photo session
Rome pre wedding photo shoot


Hannah & Mark dreamed of having a simple and elegant portrait session at the Colosseum and so when they contacted me I was totally game.  After all Rome has that magical sunshine, beautiful ancient monuments and stunning locations that photographers worldwide can only dream for a stunning backdrop to a pre wedding portrait session. Combine that with a young, hip and happening who are very fun you simply cannot go wrong. Truth be told, we were lucky as it had rained for three days prior to our session but on our day – nothing but glorious sunshine.

We took in Monti foverlooking the Colosseum and then walked to the Capitaline Hill(Campodoglio). This is the smallest and yet the most politically important of the 7 hills that comprised ancient Rome. It is also a truly visually breathtaking location. At the Forum we soaked in the history of the place where the only sounds were of the birds chirping and of course a few car horns were the only thing to break the silence. As the late afternoon sunlight lit up the famous frescoes and historic columns – it was a moment that cannot be described in words.

We then walked to the “Il Vittoriano” or as we Yanks  like to call it – rather embarrassingly ‘The Wedding Cake Building’.  Afterwards it was time for a quick dinner and an outfit change before heading out. During dinner one question remained; where to go for our evening session? Trevi was covered in scaffolding and the insane crowds at the Spanish Steps did not look appeasing either. In Rome you really do have many choices but the insane amount of tourists can be a limiting factor when creating an intimate portrait session.  We opted for amazing and historical Castel Sant’Angelo. But first we took a quick detour (with racing taxi’s) to the Pantheon as they had not seen this incredible monument yet. It was quite worth it to be honest.

For Hannah & Mark, the most beautiful place in Rome that evening: atop the bridge at Castel Sant’Angelo as the sunset peaked above St. Peter’s basilica. As the sky flared its last gasps of color, Hannah & Mark venture down to the historic Tiber to seek out the peace and tranquility of this truly historic place. Those are some of my favorite images of them as they were so very happy as the river ebbed nearby.

So how do end a wonderful nite in Roma? With Gelato near Piazza Navona!  And damn – was it good.