The photographic session of engagement before marriage is increasingly popular with couples. I like to set these sessions always in new places according to the couple I have in front of me. Actually, it is one of the services that I like the most because we don’t have time constraints to respect (as it happens on the wedding day) and, consequently, we are freer to do what we like.
We can walk in nature, in an urban environment or watch a sunset on the horizon barefoot on the sand. The engagement session represents an opportunity for each couple to tell a very special moment of their life together: the one that precedes the wedding day. It is certainly a good way to get a first approach with the camera and with the photographer you have chosen to capture the day of your wedding.
Why not take advantage of our beautiful Italy to set these shots? Our country is full of evocative places, landscapes that leave you breathless, places rich in history.
Polignano a Mare seemed perfect to tell the story of Rosa and Daniel, two fantastic guys who would soon be married. Between the stone stairs and the white walls to enhance photographs full of love, intimate, spontaneous. Phrases of poets scattered here and there telling a romantic town. This is Polignano a Mare: a breath of fresh air, in a warm sunset light.
A light that transmitted the atmosphere that Rosa and Daniel expressed in their eyes; Polignano offered such magical views! We have taken care of every detail of this shooting to enhance the beauty of both of them and of the place. The mood is delicately bohemian, with a little white dress and a colorful flower crown for the bride.
A Mediterranean atmosphere has inspired the color palette, which combines white with golden touches and flashes of warm tones such as orange and pink. A boho mood for the bride, wearing a white lace dress and a garland of fresh flowers. Long and wavy hair to complete the look. A tribute to the typical “tamburino pugliese”, which Rosa created with her hands.
Photographs that express so much simplicity, naturalness, complicity and that bit of madness that every couple in love should have. What anticipates every shooting is a good coffee. I like to chat about this and that with the couple before starting to photograph it. What really matters to me is the relationship that is created with them; talk about what they expect from the photo shoot, what their tastes are, what they care about most. It is not enough to show up with a camera to make good pictures.
It was about 4.30 pm when, through Porta Grande (the monumental access road to the historical center), I started taking pictures; the first shots were born walking through white houses and stone houses. Among the colorful pottery shops and taverns, we had some fun and got inspired by the contrasts of colors that only a charming town like this could offer us.
Usually, every visit to Polignano a Mare begins with a ritual: a picture in front of the statue of Domenico Modugno. On the contrary, I preferred to leave that area for the very last and take a different route. To get to the heart of this very important place, it is necessary to enter the historical center and meet the first square, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Here I took several photographs of the couple, trying to immortalize them in a spontaneous way between the tourist clubs and the artisans.
Taking the narrow streets you can easily get to one of the most beautiful balconies in Italy. There, I took advantage of the fantastic view overlooking the sea and made some shots.
In Polignano there are two viewpoints where you can enjoy a view that leaves you speechless. One is the one that overlooks one of the most photographed beaches in Italy: Cala Porto. Just in Cala Porto I made other portraits of Rosa and Daniel who followed me diligently in every place I’d choose to tell their love story.
A last photograph with the statue of Domenico Modugno, to give a tribute to a great artist from Puglia. But before going down the steps leading to his statue, we stopped on a platform just behind the steps and overlooking the sea. That place really gives a breathtaking view and allowed me to bring home some suggestive and rich images of a magical atmosphere characterized by the colors of the sunset.
I will never forget the views, the stones, the colors, the chiaroscuro and the light of Polignano a Mare.