Engagement in San Gimignano
An engagement photographic service is the shooting before the great “YES”.
This practice is still so uncommon in Italy that an autoctonous term which describes this kind of photo session hasn’t been coined yet. You can translate it as “servizio fotografico prematrimoniale” (prenuptial phographic service), provided that austere scenarios portraying couples in classical stiff poses are casted aside. I prefer livelier expressions such as “foto da fidanzati” (engaged couples photography) or even the english term: “engagement” is just fine.
Although it is a real photographic service, one could ask oneself: what use is it?
It is mainly a useful way to have memories of your last few days as engaged couple, but it is also a good way to put the relationship between the protagonists and the photographer to the test: it is the perfect occasion to get to know each other, to unveil one’s personality, to understand which photography genre best describes and satisfies the soon to be spouses. These aspects are of major importance, particularly given the prospect of an emotionally and phisically busy day which requires quick understanding.
Last Friday I went to San Gimignano with Giuseppe and Alessandra, a couple of soon to be spouses whose wedding I’m going to photograph in June 2014: we wanted a striking tipical Tuscan setting for their photographic service and we chose this wondrous town.
We chose this Tuscan town also to combine the useful with the pleasurable: we took time to uncork a bottle of wine and taste some typical products of the Etruscan town.
San Gimignano, in the province of Siena, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site by virtue of the peculiar Medieval architecture of its historic centre.
With its towers, lights and shadows, the town delighted us and inspired this engagement session, one of the first I ever made: in addition to architecture, stairways, arches and striking glimpses, in this occasion I also made use of my D700, recently converted to infrared.
But that’s another story.
I’ll be back soon!