Rome is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Every corner you turn offers a new and beautiful view, making it the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. If you’re planning a trip to Rome with your family or significant other, here’s how to pick the perfect Rome photographer and plan the perfect Rome photoshoot. Our family uses Flytographer to book photoshoots in Italy and we’ve always had great experiences.
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What to Look for When Choosing a Rome Photographer
If you’re thinking about hiring a photographer during your next trip to Rome, you might be wondering what to look for. Here are four things to keep in mind when choosing a Rome photographer.
When it comes to finding a great photographer in Rome, experience is key. Look for someone who has been shooting in Rome for a while and who knows the best places in Rome 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 can find that in their online gallery. Usually a vacation photographer or a personal photographer is what you need here. 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 professional photographer who specializes in weddings or engagements might not be the best idea.
But if you ARE searching for a destination wedding photographer, then that should be the style to look forward to. There are many pre wedding photoshoot spots in Rome, and if you ask me, I’d take advantage of that.
Of course, you’ll also want to consider the price when choosing a Rome 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 Rome 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.
How to Plan the Perfect Rome Photo Shoot
Once you’ve chosen your photographer, it’s time to get planning your Rome photoshoot.
Pick a time of day that works best for you
Rome 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 beautiful 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. Also talk about whether how long you’ll be receiving your digital photos, some may take days, weeks, and even a month to complete.
Scout out possible locations in advance
Rome 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 Rome Photoshoot
But what should you wear? Keep reading for some tips on what to wear for your Rome 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 in the pictures!
Bring Layers and Accessories
Rome 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.
Best Places to Take Pictures in Rome
Great picture spots in Rome are endless, it’s known to be the “Eternal City” they say, so you won’t have a hard time finding something great. You can talk to your Flytographer about their favorite spots too. Locals will probably have a better idea. Here are some of our favorites though:
The Trevi Fountain
This one is a classic, but it takes a bit of planning. If you want to do a photoshoot at the Trevi fountain, you’ll need to get there at sunrise, otherwise, you’ll be fighting swarms of people in your photos. Even at 6:00 am, I’ve seen it absolutely packed.
If you’re looking for great views over Rome, Palatine Hill is a great pick. You’ll also have some lovely gardens and peaceful walkways that make it a great backdrop. Plus you’ll be fighting fewer crowds, so this is a good option, especially with kids.
This is one of my favorite areas in Rome and it makes for amazing photos too. The houses are old and charming and you can picture Rome looking like this 300 years ago. The neighborhood is colorful and full of beautiful doorways and cute shops with lots of laundry hanging above the streets.
The Colosseum From Via Nicola Salvi
The Colosseum is a no brainer when looking for the best locations in Rome for photos. The best way to avoid crowds and cars is to head to Via Nicola Salvi, an elevated road that allows you to be above it all but still have a great view of the ancient structure.
The Spanish Steps
This is close and walkable to the Trevi Fountain, so you could combine these, but get here early to avoid crowds.
Other places to also include in your photography sessions are the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica and more!
Scheduling a photoshoot in Rome 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 Rome photoshoot. Flytographer makes it so easy to book a great photographer at such a good price. You’ll get your 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