Florence is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Every corner you turn offers views of stunning architecture and art, making it the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. If you’re planning a trip or visiting Florence with your family or significant other, here’s how to pick the perfect Florence photographer and plan the perfect Florence photoshoot.
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What to Look for When Choosing a Florence Photographer
If you’re thinking about hiring a professional photographer during your next trip to Florence, you might be wondering what to look for your travel inspiration. Here are four things to keep in mind when choosing a Florence photographer.
When it comes to finding a great photographer in Florence, experience is key. Look for someone who has been shooting in Florence for a while and who knows the best places in Florence to take pictures. A good way to gauge a photographer’s level of experience is to look at their portfolio and see if their style aligns with what you’re looking for.
It’s also important to choose a photographer whose personality meshes well with your own. After all, you’ll be spending a fair amount of time with this person! Ideally, you should look for someone who is easygoing and good-natured, as this will make the experience that much more enjoyable.
Do you want posed or candid shots? Do you want traditional touristy photos or something more unique? Spend some time looking at each photographer’s profile to get a feel for their style. You should also make sure that their style matches your vision for the trip. For example, if you’re looking for relaxed and natural family photos, hiring a photographer who specializes in weddings or engagements might not be the best idea.
Of course, you’ll also want to consider the price when choosing a Florence photographer. Luckily, Flytographer has set prices that are very reasonable for the amount of time and images you receive. I’ve even hired Flytographer in my hometown because it’s cheaper than hiring a photographer directly. When you book Flytographer you can also get a discount with my code WANDERLUST.
Finally, one of the best ways to find a great Florence photographer is through recommendations from friends or family who have used one in the past. If someone you trust has had a good experience with a particular photographer, chances are you will too. You can also read the reviews on Flytographer to see what others have liked.
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How to Plan the Perfect Florence Italy Photoshoot
Once you’ve chosen your photographer, it’s time to get planning your Florence photo shoot.
Pick a time of day that works best for you
Florence is a bustling city, so depending on when you want to take your photos, you’ll need to pick a time of day that works best for you. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend getting up early in the morning or waiting until later in the evening when everyone has cleared out. However, if you’re looking for that romantic Roman glow, sunset is definitely the way to go!
Decide what kind of photos you want
Do you want posed shots? Candid shots? A mix of both? It’s important to know what kind of photos you’re looking for before you start planning your photoshoot. Discuss your ideas with your photographer. They will probably have some great ideas too. Once you have an idea of the type of photos you want, it’ll be much easier to choose a location (or locations) that will suit your needs.
Scout out possible locations in advance
Florence is huge and there are so many beautiful places to take photos, so it’s important that you spend some time scouting out possible locations in advance. This way, come photoshoot day, you’ll already have a good idea of where you want to go and what kind of shots you can get there. Some popular locations include the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum – but there are endless possibilities! Discuss your ideas with your photographer. They will probably have a preferred route or secret places you might not know about but voice your opinions as well.
What to Wear for Your Florence Photoshoot
But what should you wear? Keep reading for some tips on what to wear for your Florence photoshoot!
Comfortable walking shoes
You will be doing a lot of walking during your photoshoot, so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes! But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. There are plenty of cute and comfortable shoes out there that will work well for a photoshoot. Just make sure to break them in before your trip so you don’t get blisters!
Pick Out an Outfit that Makes You Feel Good
For most people, having their picture taken is a bit of an awkward experience. So it’s important to choose an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself. If you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, it will show in the photos. If you don’t ever wear dresses, don’t feel like you have to wear a dress for the occasion. Pick an outfit for you and your loved ones that looks like you. Choose something that makes you feel confident and stylish—you’ll feel great and that will show through when taking pictures!
Bring Layers and Accessories
Florence can be quite warm during the day, but it can get chilly at night, so it’s important to pack some layers. A light jacket or cardigan is always a good option, as well as a scarf or pashmina if you’re prone to cold hands and feet like I am! Wearing layers also gives you some options for posing – you can take off a jacket or scarf if you’re getting too warm, or put them back on if you need a little something extra for your photos. Hats can also be a cute accessory in photos.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun!
Most importantly, don’t forget to have FUN! You’re here to capture your wonderful trip!
Best Places to Take Pictures in Florence
Great picture spots in Florence are endless so you won’t have a hard time finding something great. You can talk to your Flytographer, they will know the best photo spots in Florence Italy. Locals will probably have a better idea. Here are some of our favorites though:
This 14th-century bridge spans the Arno River and is one of Florence’s most iconic landmarks. It’s especially beautiful at night when it’s illuminated by streetlights. Tip: For a different perspective, stand on the other side of the river and take a picture looking back at Ponte Vecchio.
Duomo di Firenze
You really can’t go wrong with photos with the impressive and iconic Duomo. This cathedral is the symbol of Florence and not to be missed in your photos!
The Florence Cathedral, or Duomo di Firenze, is an impressive Gothic structure that’s hard to miss. It’s the third largest cathedral in the world and its exterior is adorned with beautiful Baptistery doors and Giotto’s Campanile Bell Tower. Climb to the top of the bell tower for 360-degree views of Florence (just beware of the 395 steps!). Tip: Get there early to avoid long lines.
The Boboli Gardens offer a little slice of nature in this renaissance city. You can also try the smaller, but just as lovely Bardini Gardens.
The Boboli Gardens are located behind Palazzo Pitti and offer gorgeous landscaped gardens and fountains set against a backdrop of Tuscan hills. They’re especially lovely in springtime when all the flowers are in bloom.
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella is a church with a distinctive Florentine Renaissance façade that was designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Inside, there are beautiful frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Masaccio. Tip: Entry is free if you visit during mass (which is typically held in Italian).
If you liked this, be sure to also visit San Miniato church for more beautiful frescoes and panoramic views of Florence.
Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most recognizable buildings in Florence—it even served as a model for Disney’s Palazzo Medici! This Gothic palace houses many important artworks, including Michelangelo’s “David” replica and Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Annunciation”. Tip: For sweeping views of Florence, climb up to the second-floor terrace or walk up the stairwell to see Giambologna’s “Hercules and Cacus” sculpture up close.
If you want a gorgeous view over the city of Florence, this is the spot. It’s a bit of a trek to get up here, but worth it for the absolutely incredible site you’ll see.
Piazza della Signoria
Another classic Florenting site, the Piazza della Signoria is a gorgeous setting for photos. Get there early as it can get very busy throughout the day.
Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Republica is always a great spot to photograph the young and the young at heart, with the colorful vintage carousel and beautiful architecture.
This is a gorgeous little neighborhood a little out of the city center. It the perfect backdrop for romantic photos in Florence.
Giardino delle Rose
If you want your Florence photos to have a little more nature in them, the Giardino delle Rose is a great place to go. And who doesn’t love that stunning view of the Duomo in the back!
San Lorenzo Market
San Lorenzo Market is a fun place for a Florence photoshoot if you want some really cute candids. There is an indoor and outdoor section of the market and you can browse while you get your pictures taken.
I hope these suggestions helped and you can find a location and photographer in Florence that you love. Don’t forget to have a good time, you’re here to document your fun trip after all!
Scheduling a photoshoot in Florence can feel daunting, but I hope all this information has put your mind at ease and that you’ll be able to plan the perfect Florence photoshoot. Flytographer makes it so easy to book a great photographer at such a good price. You’ll get your amazing photos back in just a few days and have memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. If you book, be sure to use my code WANDERLUST for a discount. Check Rates
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