To truly capture the beauty as well as the incredible romance of Venice I advise couples to start their day quite early, even before this historic city wakes up. What I have found works best is 90 minutes before sunrise to capture a beautiful set of night images in it's historic canals, plazas and of course in San Marco.
One such couple who heeded this advice is Daisy & Louis who I had photographed a week earlier in Prague. They enjoyed the experience so much that they contacted and asked if I would be willing to fly down and capture a session with them.
To be honest, I would only consider doing their session if we started pre dawn. After having such a wonderful experience with me in Prague - they agreed.
It was quite a stunning morning as we walked around in silence enjoying the beautiful, historic canals where the only noises are the birds above. Knowing how busy Venice would be in a few hours it was truly surreal and an awesome experience having this incredible as a backdrop.
It felt like it was only a few moments later that the rising sun light started finding its way through the canals illuminating the historic walls and reflecting off the water providing us with a very colorful and warmth start to our day. It is hard to put into words just how incredible those quiet moments were and how intimate it was. Though we decided on a very short session (roughly 4-5 hours) it was decided that one final surprise was to be had – a Gondola ride for Daisy. Though by this time (10 am) the city was completely awake and the mass of tourist had already overtook the streets, wading through the canals was still an incredible experience one that should not be passed up when visiting here.
Truth is, we had such an incredible portrait session with Daisy & Louis in Prague and as such these two knew that they were in good hands when it came to simply let them enjoy their day and on their terms – one where capturing a more natural and honest story of their time in Venice was more important than being posed or being camera aware.
I have always loved Venice ever since my first visit many years ago, sharing it with wonderful people like Daisy & Louis as a photographer one where I can capture their experiences and real moments is truly a gift that I will never tire of.
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