An engagement session is meant for couples choosing Italy and Venice as the theatre for their engagement photo session, depending on the situation it may be a stand alone project (save the date images or engagement memories) or it is the second part of any surprise proposal photosession in Venice, after the candid reaction to the surprise there will be a walk with a more traditional but still casual and realizing photography session.
Part of the the session around the city can be made with posed images and part where I will capture and portray the spontaneous feelings of the couple (I prefer this spontaneity but in order to capture I need that the couple focuses on something like the poses so that when they distract I'll be ready to capture candid emotions).
Several couples love water, so a Gondola ride or a water taxi ride would be an ideal option if you are looking to spend 20-30 minutes of your session on the water.
The images can be used for the official announcement of the wedding as a "save the date" or used during the wedding on the day (you can use one for each table and make a theme to fit the theme of the wedding). They will make a wonderful introduction to the family album.
A photograph of the engagement ring may be something that you might want to show off, and if that is the case, the details and the style of the images can be arranged directly with the Venice photographer who will be happy to discuss your engagement photo shoot in French or English with you.
In terms of time of the year I'd only avoid the hottest weeks of August but even then early mornings are usually perfect.
A classic, we would start late in the afternoon and enjoy the transition from day to night in order to have images that are very different.
Although not a great choice during the summer, it is actually the perfect choice in winter and one of the best options in spring and fall as well.
Even though this is the best but most demanding option, avoiding the summer heat and having the opportunity to be alone in Venice is an opportunity we never want to lose, especially in Venice in the early morning. The light at that time of day is absolutely wonderful, and even mist would add a special touch to the images.Early morning may be a good compromise.
I'll be happy to present you with some hair and makeup artists that will be happy to help (even at sunrise).
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