Every time I went to London during the last few years, I wondered how magical it would be shooting would be in the city. London is an incredible city, modern and lively. It maintained its style and its authenticity, although it has young guys renovated in recent years. Many friends of mine live and work here. Visiting London is an opportunity to embrace and greet them, as well as to do some shopping! It’s the dream of every respecting photographer to be able to combine work and travelling.
Although I have often been busy with weddings all around Europe, taking photographs away from home is an experience to be repeated several times. I do not mean traveller’s photos or reportage of the city: I’m talking about pre-wedding photos, then real work in an environment entirely different from the usual.
A couple, the background of a new city and the photographer who takes care of relating the two elements; all around people who speak another language, with their habits and their customs. Cool. Not knowing the location perfectly, I realise that it is not particularly difficult to plan a photo shoot. As a ” foreigner” I can be amazed by scenarios that the locals, accustomed to so much beauty, believe as granted. I am convinced that the Golden Eye, the huge Ferris wheel symbol of the city, is now a trivial background for any photographer in London. So forgive my banality, but in front of its majesty I could not resist!
And then, last year, who would not have liked to identify with the atmosphere of the wedding of William and Kate? I’ve always wanted to have a couple of newlyweds available in London! Not that they lacked photographers, mind you!
But I would have liked to take pictures of them along the River Thames, in front of Buckingham Palace or in the lovely mood that you breathe along the streets of Soho. The right opportunity came thanks to a young couple, Virginia and Franz, who have decided to take the pre-wedding pictures in the British capital.
The pre-wedding photo shoot is an idea that comes from Asia. For some years now we’ve seen young couples twirl in the cities of our beautiful Europe. In fact, these guys are not married, or better …. not yet!
Despite being portrayed as newlyweds, the official wedding will be celebrated a few months later, in the company of friends and relatives. However, the pictures taken will enrich their wedding album with beautiful shots in particular and unusual locations for them, and they can be used for invitations or thank you cards or at the Franz, reception. This trend is quickly taking root even here in Europe. But what’s the difference compared to an engagement session? In the case of pre-wedding, the couple wears wedding clothes.
Think about it for a moment, there are many advantages:
- shots in different locations;
- no wedding stress;
- perfect light and weather;
- hair and makeup always in order;
Thanks to all this, the photos will be absolutely more beautiful and exciting than those achievable on the day of the wedding. Franz and Virginia have chosen London because it is the place where they’ve met. Virginia is a beautiful and sensual girl. We were literally kidnapped by her elegance. It happens a few times to photograph girls with such a royal gait! Franz instead has the classic charm of a Mediterranean man: tall, broad-shouldered, with his dark eyes he enchants and hypnotises. The success of this photo shoot is due in large part to the beauty of these two young guys, who let themselves be strolled around in order to take the photographs. The last ones, at night, were taken on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Golden Eye and the Big Ben, icons and symbols of the English city.
I must thank those who assisted me in this adventure. Silvia Gerzeli, as usual, was a perfect makeup artist and hairstylist. I had no doubts, but this time she exceeded herself. Rubina Marchiori, a talented fashion stylist in Milan and London, has assisted me in finding the clothes for this young couple. My Eden of London is the stylist who designed and created the talking. dress of Virginia.
Last but not by merit, Virginia and Franz, for their patience and availability.
Enough talking. Here are the photos!