A Guide on
How to Plan the Perfect Photo Shoot
in Rome

How to Plan for the Perfect Rome Photo Shoot with ShootRome

Here's a tried-and-tested process that will get you ready and confident for your proposal photo shoot in the Eternal City.

You've come this far and you definitely want to know more about the process of confidently getting ready for a photo session in the Eternal City. It obviously pays off to be prepared and this section aims at giving you all the necessary info to plan for the perfect vacation photos in Rome.

We have outlined a sure-fire process to help you maximize the return of investment on your Rome Vacation Photo Session, so that we can deliver timeless images.

Whether you're still searching for your Rome Vacation Photographer, or you have already booked your Rome Photo session, You'll find the following section extremely useful.

"All things are ready, if our mind be so." Shakespeare


Book your Photo Shoot in Rome ASAP

The process of booking your Photo Session is super simple.
Here's how it works.

1. Browse our gallery page to get a feel for our signature-style to see whether it fits your expectations.

2. Proceed with requesting a quote and checking our availability and pricing for your preferred date and starting time. Our business operates on first-booked-first served basis.

3. If you find our offer agreeable, proceed with finalizing the process by filling in the contract in all its parts and by making a deposit. Note that all deposits are non-refundable.

4. Schedule a call or a video chat via Whatsapp or Google Hangout to talk to your photographer face-to-face and to receive all the photo shoot details, including contact details, meeting point, starting time.

Inspiration Board ( Mood Board )

It's absolutely paramount that you share and communicate your ideas to your photographer and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure you gather all images you would like your photographer to take during your Rome Vacation Photo Session and share them as an Inspiration Board, for instance through Pinterest.


Get Ready for your Rome Photo Session

The process of booking your Photo Session is super simple - Here's how it works.

Preparation goes a long way and the devil here is really in the details. This is the most important stage of the process, where you choose the time and locations of your photo shoot and the style. Our topmost priority is your experience, thus we ask you to consider the following elements for the perfect Rome photo session. This is also the stage where all your expectations should be effectively communicated to your photographer for your vacation photo shoot to run smoothly and be fun.

Recommended locations for a Rome Vacation Photo Session

The choice of locations — the spots you have chosen for your photo shoot in Rome — will set the tone, energy, and variety of your shoot and ultimately your images.

Rome offers several iconic locations for the perfect vacation photoshoot, with all having their own merits depending on the time of day, and the style of the photoshoot. Our Gallery Page features our latest photo sessions, and should guide you in selecting the locations that most resonate with the couple for the photo session they have in mind. For your Rome Vacation Photo Session you may want to consider the following:

  • the Colosseum
  • the Capitoline Hill
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Venezia
  • the Pantheon
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Piazza Navona
  • St Peter's Square & Via della Conciliazione
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • the Pincio Gardens
  • Villa Borghese
  • Janiculum
  • Trastevere

Best Time of the Day for your Rome Photo Shoot

No such thing, I am afraid. Which is a good thing really, because the best time for your Rome photo session is when it best suits you, your taste and your style. There are however some considerations to be made for each time of day if you're booking a Vacation photoshoot with a Rome photographer.

Ultimately it's all down to your style, expectations, and vision, and it always helps to communicate those effectively to your ShootRome photographer to make sure they are met to the last detail. Consider using some sort of Inspiration Board when you discuss your ideas with the photographer during the initial contact.

Sunrise / Early Morning

Rome in the morning is just magical. The city wakes up at sunset and you have it all to yourselves, or something like that. Sunset and early morning are indeed great times to enjoy the city without the crowds, and a great opportunity to be photographed at iconic landmarks with virtually nobody in the proximity, so with plenty of privacy. Under certain circumstances, a touch of flash may be necessary to compensate for the lack of light, but just a kiss of extra light, only to complement the existing one. Please note that depending on the season and the time, there may be surcharge for the early hour start. Furthermore, this slot is highly requested, so make sure you enquire about availability for your date.

Daytime - Mornings and Afternoons

This is indeed the busiest time of the day. Privacy is an abstract concept during the day, after all Rome attracts millions of tourists each year. Lightwise, the morning and afternoon sun can be a little too harsh at times, but it can be tamed too. With the aid of our assistants and the use of reflectors, diffusers and a kiss of flash we can make beautiful portraits at all iconic locations in Rome. Expect to elbow your way through the crowds at times.

Sunset / Blue Hour

This is without doubt the most romantic time of the day, and also the most dramatic. You get to experience both the most flattering light and the blue hour ( after sunset ), all within the space of an hour. This also means it's second most popular slot of the day and goes very quickly. Note that given the nature of low light conditions an assistant may be required to operate lighting equipment.

Evening / Nighttime

Rome at night is absolutely stunning and after sunset is when Rome is more alive and fun. The compulsory use of flash, when used creatively, can be fun and make your images truly unique. On photo sessions by night one or two assistants may be required to guarantee that the flow of the session runs smoothly. Please note that the total net photography, as in the number of final images produced, is much lower on evening and nighttime photo shoots.


When it comes to attire for your Rome Photo Session, much depends upon the nature of the photo shoot, the season, your style. As long as it reflects your personality both individually and as a couple, there are no hard and fast rules. There are however a few considerations to be made regarding comfort and attire:

  • Respect the season and the weather of the day of the shoot. Bring an umbrella if rain is to be expected.
  • Dress in such a way that you feel confident and comfortable. Bring a pair of flat or comfortable shoes along too.
  • Be bold in choosing your colours and style, make a statement. However, make sure that you complement each other in your attire.
  • In cold weather, dress in layers, for maximum comfort.
  • Accessories, Accessories, Accessories.
  • Dark clothes are great for silhouette images.

On the Day of your Rome Vacation Shoot

The time has finally come and you're almost ready for your Vacation Photo Session in Rome. Here's your checklist before you meet your photographer.

  1. Check the Weather Forecast for the day - Dress accordingly.
  2. Your photographer will meet you 10 to 15 minutes before your Rome Photo Session. Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare (10 to 15 minutes), so you can relax.
  3. Leave everything of value back at the hotel or apartment, and only bring the strict necessary. You want to be able to move freely during the photo session and not have to worry about your belongings. Your photographer cannot carry your belongings with him.
  4. Pack a pair of flat shoes to move from one location to the next, for maximum comfort.
  5. Whenever you have an idea for an image, do not fail to tell your photographer.
  6. Bring the balance of photo session fee in cash.