Surprise engagement photos and video in Florence

“Proposing to your girlfriend is a once-in-a-lifetime event”, Brady said when he contacted me. On such an occasion, everything needs to be perfect – and it’s even better if the moment is cherished with a full service of surprise engagement photos and video. Get inspired by this couple’s love!

Brady’s request for surprise engagement photos and video

Brady, a young man from California, was looking for a photographer for his proposal in Florence. He wanted to surprise his girlfriend Susy kneeling in front of the best view of the city and of its Cathedral, for a guaranteed wow-factor. 

He didn’t wish only for surprise engagement photos, but for a complete service that included also a short film of it. That’s the hardest part when it comes to unexpected proposals. The photographer and videographer need to coordinate with the guy, and he has to be very good at keeping the secret until the very last minute.

In this case, Brady left Susy alone at San Miniato al Monte for a few minutes to “have a quick stop at a bar nearby” – that was the official excuse with her. What actually happened was that we hid the microphone in his jacket, in order to record the audio of the proposal for the video. Everything was carefully planned and went smoothly: Brady went back to the terrace…

A special day to cherish forever 

…and he suddenly kneeled in front of the astonished Susy, who was moved to tears and then couldn’t stop smiling, overjoyed. 

After the proposal itself, it was time for the surprise engagement photos: we started where we were, overlooking the beautiful Florence, for one hour of photo and video shooting. Then we moved to the heart of the city to continue the session in the locations desired by the couple, including the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Vecchio. We took the last engagement photos after sunset: an extremely romantic conclusion of a special day. 

This session with Brady and Susy was a pleasure: they are extremely fun and they were very spontaneous in front of the camera, so we took some truly nice shots that will allow them to cherish this event forever.

If you’re also looking for surprise engagement photos in Florence, get in touch with me.

Italian creative and modern wedding photographer in TUscany based Florence Gabriele Fani

I’m a specialised Tuscany Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Florence but operating in Italy and worldwide.

I focus for capturing real, authentic and genuine emotion. I love to capture happy people, their stories, their adventures and I can’t thank them enough when they hires me for this honour and privilege.

When someone books me and order my services, they are inviting me to live and share some of their most intimate and important memories. It is an incredible honor and privilege to be trusted like this, not only to share in the memories but also to have the great opportunity to document them as well.

I really enjoy getting to know my clients and their needs and desires so that I can tell their story through my eyes. I am a storyteller with a mix of portrait, candid and reportage photography style and I love to capture life in all its beauty.



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