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Double photo shoot in Santorini

Double photo date in Santorini

 

I feel like every time I meet these couples I learn something new. :) This time it was a double date of two best friends – Jennifer and Nina – and their husbands – Michael and Khalil. This whole Santorini photo shoot trip was in great part because Jennifer wanted some photos with her best friend and husband :) And it’s really an honor that they chose me as their photographer.

I hope the images convey at least a part of the huge amounts of love and joy in the air that day. I can honestly say I had a blast.

All the best and hope to see you for some other birthday shoot in future! :)

Best friends photo session in Santorini by photographer Anna Sulte
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Magical loving wanderers stop by Santorini

Magical loving wanderers stop by Santorini

 

Carolina and Arturo are Mexican, but they currently study medicine in Jerusalem. What a combo! They’ve been happily married for 5 years and there’s many more to come. As I met them it was clear that they are truly an adventure loving couple.

We waited for Santorini to do its thing and offer us a marvelous sunset. And it did. When the magic hour struck, it all clicked into place – her pastel dress, his loving look their body language.

It warmed my heart to receive this message the other day, the best thing any photographer could ask really:

Thank you sooo much for such amazing photos! We have no words to tell you how happy and grateful we are about your work!  Is such an amazing work and you’re so talented really! You’re the best! You have the eye to capture an emotion and the perfect moment. These photos are like a treasure for us, we are so happy and we can’t believe are us!  Thank you for everything, during the photo session was really fun.

You’re the best photographer that’s for sure and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity to know you and that you agreed to work with us!

Thank you so much!!! :)

Hugs and kisses

Carolina and Arturo 

 

Carolina, Arturo – Thank you for a truly magical night! Wish you all the best and hope to meet you again soon! With love, Anna. :)

Santorini photographer Anna Sulte

Rooftop couple photo session in Santorini.

Rooftop couple photo session in Santorini.

When you’re in love, you have to do some crazy things. I felt Kerry and Sonny shared this feeling and were ready for something different.

Already upon spending the first minutes with them, I immediately felt like they’re my friends whom I haven’t met for ages. And of course these are the kind of people you can go on an adventure together. Oh, and did I mention that they look gorgeous!?

We went to Imerovigli. This time I was prepared to arrange something different – I was going to get them on some rooftops. Of course there were no guarantees and we just had to get there and see…

I was so happy that it worked! Thank you for a wonderful day, I can honestly say that Kerry and Sonny made me feel just like an island explorer. On top of that, they are seriously one of the most loving couples I have ever met!

Santorini photo session by Anna Sulte

Best birthday gift – magical moments in Santorini.

Best birthday gift – magical moments in Santorini.

Recently I had the pleasure to meet a couple with a special Santorini arrival story. Raouia and Mouez arrived not only to enjoy the magical Santorini views but also to have a very special birthday photoshoot. They came all the way from France and boy, are they gorgeous or what!?

It seemed like everything just clicked in place as soon as I saw them. Oia village had been long waiting for them. Already in a few minutes I felt like having a leisurely walk with friends. And I think the photos turned out great.

It was also nice to receive this email one late evening while I was doing the edits:

 The photos are just GORGEOUS!!! Having the photo session with you was a pure pleasure. Thanks for being very friendly, cool and professional as well.

All I can do is to be grateful for having such amazing people choose me and hope they come back sometime soon. :)

Fun photo shoot
with Santorini photographer Anna Sulte

Exploring characters with SY and Cherie

Exploring characters with SY and Cherie

They came to me through a recommendation from a previous client, which always warms my heart.

SY and Cherie are young and deeply in love, I don’t know if they chose Santorini or Santorini chose them. In this photo session we decided to stay in one village and play around with the visual characters – their clothes, placement and framing – and try to create visually interesting shots that would highlight this wonderful couple and that fuzzy love feeling that is around them.

Thank you for making me a small part of your love journey in Santorini, it was a real pleasure.

Santorini photo shoot by Anna Sulte, photographer based on the island Thira/ Santorini.

THREE THINGS TO MAKE YOUR SANTORINI PROPOSAL EXTRA SPECIAL

THREE THINGS TO MAKE YOUR SANTORINI PROPOSAL EXTRA SPECIAL

 

The proposal is probably among the most intimate and moving moments in any couples life. This time I won’t delve into advice on how to do the actual proposal, because it’s just too individual and special – my only advice is to listen to your heart and trust your gut. What I can help with, however, is pointing out some of the practicalities on what to do AFTER the proposal to make your day even more awesome :). Here are three things that really make a difference.

 

Restaurant WIFI is important (seriously)

When in Santorini, you definitely need to enjoy the amazing restaurants with great views over the Caldera. These are among the best places to have a nice dinner (or breakfast, or supper) after the magical “yes”. This might sound silly at first, but check their WIFI before going, so that you could have a Skype call with all your family and tell them the good news! It’s a good chance to arrange a surprise and have that extra bit of family support in your big decision.

 

Invest in some hotel room prep

The proposal day is definitely one of romance. Santorini is among one of the most romantic spots on planet Earth, so we got you covered. To add extra romance, you can prepare your hotel room with roses, champagne and candles. Pro tip – you can either rent out a different room and prep it before or arrange it to be done by the hotel staff while you’re on a trip.

 

Get some fancy wheels

A special day requires a special way to get around. How about swapping your rental for something a bit flashier? Maybe a retro car? Or even hire a driver? Or go for full on solitude on a Vespa scooter riding the streets of Santorini in moonlight (and champagne on one of the exotic beaches)?

Santorini photographer Anna Sulte
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Exploring the villages of Santorini – Jessa and David.

Exploring the villages of Santorini – Jessa and David.

            Jessa and David came all the way from Arizona, but there’s more than that – their roots are in Europe and actually from the area not far from Santorini. Jessa has some Greek blood and David’s ancestors come from Italy. As soon as I saw them I understood – they have a connection. A connection to this place and even stronger one to each other.

We spent the most magical two hours around the various villages in Santorini. It seemed that we needed to soak in as much of the Greek ambience as possible, so we did the best we could to get a good range of images and feelings. We ended up taking some shots around Imerovigli, Oia and also sneeked in their hotel called Kirini Suites and their spa.

This is one special couple, no doubt and I hope that these images do them justice and convey the unique vibe of love around them.

Santorini photo shoot by Anna Sulte

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Photo shoot with couple from Puerto Rico-Sandra and Ervin

From Puerto Rico to Santorini – Sandra and Ervin

This couple had traveled, for their one year anniversary, all the way from a totally different island on another part of the world – Puerto Rico. Santorini welcomed them with quite the wind. It did not hinder their brilliance though.

We accepted the challenge that Santorini threw at us and went out for a full day of shooting regardless. Yes, it might have taken a bit more shots and walking around, but this helped us really concentrate on the best moments that showed this unique couple at their best. :)

Seconds after meeting them, it was clear for me that this couple shares a special bond. Then my task was to try and capture it (or at least some part of it) in the images we took that day. I was very glad that we could make this happen – as a celebration for our success and hard work, Santorini gave us the most marvelous and majestic sunset.

Photo shoot by Santorini located photographer Anna Sulte
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GET THE LOOK – TIPS FOR PHOTO SESSION OUTFITS

GET THE LOOK – TIPS FOR PHOTO SESSION OUTFITS

 

There is a high interest on what to wear to a photo shoot in Santorini to look amazing. Over the years I have found out some things that work and some things that don’t, especially in couples’ photo shoots. Let this serve as a guide, not a definite road map for your choices.

The basics

Dressing up for a photo shoot is something we tend to overdo, the main point to remember is to stay true to your own style – you will simply look better in clothes that you feel comfortable in. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with dressing up and rocking a cool skirt or dress, but do not overdo it and try too hard. Same goes for colours – wear tones that make you feel in sync with yourself. One thing to keep in mind is that the clothes should fit you perfectly – we’re aiming for the tailored look to underline you personality!

The same is especially true for guys. No button-ups if your significant other usually wears cool brand sweaters. Think about it – if you’re on a couples’ photoshoot already, his wardrobe choices are not so bad, right?

Go easy on the prints

It’s safer not to go overboard with various prints, especially if they are words – if your t-shirt says something on it, it very often becomes the central point of interest in the image. Same should be said for patterns, try not to dress all in patterns, rather use it to accentuate. If you have to match patterns, make sure that they are of different scales.

Crash course in making your arms look awesome

Each of us has that spot on the body you wish could look better. For most of us, it’s just in our head and no one else even notices, but my experience shows that the key of looking beautiful is FEELING beautiful, so this has to be solved. Your photo session can even be a therapy to make you understand your true beauty.

Quite a few of us struggle with the way our arms look in photographs. As this advice shows, most often it is more connected to what you actually wear on the photo shoot – you must understand that some types of clothing just makes your hands look a bit awkward on camera, it’s that simple.

One of the most basic advice is just to choose a dress or top with quarter sleeves – it can be an elegant and stylish way to draw more attention to your face (which makes photographs more personal, in fact). Sleeves also optically make us look taller and slimmer, beware of the effect and use it to your advantage to look your best on camera.

If you still want to show some skin, go for it and uncover your shoulders, off-shoulders clothes are a bit more dramatic on photographs and add a pinch of originality. It’s also a good idea to accentuate the parts of your body you are proud of, like waist line in a tight dress or face with big earrings or an impressive necklace.

You can also dress in layers, which is actually what locals also do to level out the difference of temperature during the day and night. It’s usually done like this – find your favorite dress and combine it with a cute jacket, crop top or shrug. A big scarf that you wear on your shoulders can also do the trick. And of course don’t forget the classics – dark tones make you look slimmer.

 The most important secret

Have fun, really. Don’t overthink this, the main thing is to take as much as possible from this amazing experience of you and your lover being on the island.  Nothing makes you look better than being happy.

Santorini vacation photographer Anna Sulte, Thira Greece

 

 

Organise a classy party in Santorini

Organise a classy party in Santorini

Being classy takes effort, not necessarily bags of money. Let me share some local tips on how to make that perfect occasion to enjoy the company of your loved ones and closest friends in Santorini.

  1. Location

Having an awesome location definitely adds a lot to a party. People usually come to Santorini for two things – the Caldera view and to see the traditional white architecture. Give the people what they want! There are loads of restaurants around that have great views. I have already shared some of the greatest restaurants here  —>  Santorini restaurants with a view (and a great food),
and here  —>  Best Santorini restaurants to enjoy authentic Greek/Santorini food.
Another option is to start with hotels, they also might offer you to rent out their pool for a warm evening dip. It’s also quite exciting if you keep the location a secret to the guests and meet them in the city. That adds that extra wow factor when you arrive and is a good party starter!

  1. Dress code

You might think that this is a bit too much, but believe me – a clear dress code only adds to the ambiance of the location. Santorini is quite warm in summer even in evenings, so you can get inspired from traditional Greek fashion. Long free flowing toga dresses for girls and smart casual in light tones for guys always does the trick. Be sure to include this in the invitations (or messages that you send out).

  1. Entertainment

Music adds the extra cherry on top. Many restaurants and hotels will have their own musicians on offer, but you can also search around. The best thing is that to get traditional Greek music in your party, you don’t necessarily have to hire a professional band. Many Greeks are talented with music instruments, so you can safely get almost any street musician and have the best time!

And that’s it. Simple as that – if you pay attention to these things, your party will be one of your highlights of your Santorini trip.

Santorini vacation photographer Anna Sulte

 

Ashley and Mark’s pre wedding shoot

Ashley and Mark’s pre-wedding shoot

Oh the stresses of a wedding- making guest lists, arranging the venue, and even making millions of decisions like the color of the flowers all add up quickly. But it can be different when you elope. But don’t take my word for it, here’s what Ashley had to say:

The flowers were the wrong color, but when you are in Santorini, WHO CARES :). It was SOOO beautiful!

I’m glad I was a part of their elopement journey. I had the opportunity to see their eyes and hearts light up in their first look. It was amazing how much trust I got from the couple to capture the intimate moments. While Mark was waiting on the roof Zenith Blue Hotel in Imerovigli (http://zenithblue.gr/) I helped Ashley with the dress. When I got to the roof it was a signal to Mark – it was time. He turned away just to see his beautiful bride in front of him seconds later.

To be honest, it is hard to have bad pictures with such a radiant and loving couple. Their energy and love captured me and I just held on to this wave as I captured these. I really feel all the work paid off when I received this sweet email:

I think we definitely did the best thing :) We explored, we had fun, and it was SO romantic. We had the best time, and we still talk about it all the time. Plus, EVERYONE LOVES YOUR PICTURES. People say how they wish you lived here. :)

 Well Ashley, thank you but my heart is still in the magical island of Santorini.
I wish you the very best and I’m waiting for you to come back for your anniversary.

Santorini based vacation photographer Anna Sulte

Santorini photographers tips for travelling with a wedding gown

santorini post-wedding session

Santorini wedding photographers tips for travelling with
a wedding gown

Many of my clients come to Santorini to get married or celebrate their anniversary. What you don’t realize when making this decision is that you most likely will have to travel to Santorini with your wedding gowns. For guys travelling with a suit is not that challenging, but international air travel with a wedding dress can be a challenge.

First of all, let’s begin with a decision that could make your life easier. If you want to travel, you can also take this into account when choosing the dress. In general, a very classical wedding dress with a long lower part and corset. It will be far easier if you go for a Greek style or any other smaller dress. However, I know how it is – you just like the dress and you’re ready for anything to get it to Santorini. If so, then go for it!

OK when you have picked the dress, you can start figuring out how to get it to your wedding. There is no absolute advice for it but there are things you can do to increase your chances. One of the best and safest solutions for this is to get a separate suitcase for the dress only. There are actually companies that can pack your dress professionally into it to minimise creasing. When you arrive you can arrange a steam pressing to make sure everything is OK. Just make sure you are totally confident of the maximum carry on size of your flight operator, make calls to double check if necessary.

There is another, more risky solution. It is just packing your wedding dress as usual in a clear cover and carrying it on the plane. If you do this, it is a bit of a gamble, but it can turn out pretty good. Your wedding dress will of course exceed the allowed luggage dimensions, but most airport workers see the dress and light up. There’s actually a closet in most airplanes or a place to hang it up without creasing. If you’re on a long distance flight, you increase your chances dramatically if you fly first class.

If you have the time and are willing to go on an adventure, you can also arrive earlier and go wedding dress shopping closer to your destination. If you’re coming to Santorini, there are millions of possibilities in Greece before you board the ferry to the island, not to mention some spots in here as well. You can also use websites to plan and preview the dresses you want to try on. This is a good solution if you’re adventurous and willing to experiment a bit.

So there you have it, hope this helps and if you used a different technique, please let me and other couples know!

santorini post-wedding session

 

Santorini photo session by Anna Sulte, photographer based in Santorini

 

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HONEYMOON SESSION WITH WONDERFUL JILIAN AND BRIAN

Honeymoon session with wonderful Jilian and Brian

Sometimes I wonder why  these awesome people keep choosing me as their photographer! This was no exception – Jilian and Brian is one of the most radiant couples I have ever met and they were open for this photographic adventure.

At this particular day Oia was a bit crowded, but instead of getting sad about it, we took it as a creative challenge and experimented with some fresh locations! We just started at Andronis Luxury Suites and explored. This paid off big time. We had the most romantic evening filled with the smell of still blooming Bougainvillea.

It is always a pleasure to work with such a loving couple – they are surrounded by this positive energy and happiness and it automatically wears off to everyone around them.

My only hope is that I managed to capture at least a small part of their vibe in these photographs. They are truly meant for each other. It warmed my heart to receive this email the other day:
         I will be sure to tag you in any photos I share, and will most definitely be recommending you to any of our friends traveling to Santorini in the future.
         Take care and keep in touch!     

I wish you the very best and I’m sure we will meet for your anniversary trips on this small, sunny Greek island :)

Santorini photographer Anna Sulte, photo shoot in Oia 2017

SOME BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY PHOTO SHOOTS

SOME BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY PHOTO SHOOTS

Today I thought I should share some of the information of what to expect when you sign up for a photo shoot and share some of the behind the scenes and give some advice of what to bring with you etc.

Be prepared that your photo session is going to be an adventure and as a real adventure. Santorini summers get quite hot – ideally bring a hat and definitely bring a water bottle. Photo sessions usually involve walking between the locations and you might have to do some climbing as well – it’s all worth it to get the perfect shot! That’s why you should think about an extra pair of shoes (ladies especially, the Santorini cobble stone streets are not perfect for heels).

Usually you’ll have to hold a comfortable pose to get the right shot – Santorini gets really windy (which allows for artistic effect), but some time might be needed to get the perfect whirl of your dress, hair etc. What we’re looking for is that decisive moment where you have the feeling like you’re on top of the world. In the windy days a long dress is the most comfortable and the best option for feeling and looking good. So if you want a short dress for the photo shoot it would be good to have two options in case of those crazy winds.

All in all, if you just prepare a bit and have a relaxed attitude, these photo sessions are a great opportunity to explore some of the glorious sights of Santorini and have a new experience with your loved one.

Anniversary Photo shoot with Santorini based photographer.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY TRIP ADVENTURES

FIRST ANNIVERSARY TRIP ADVENTURES

Santorini keeps on attracting the loveliest couples and I am tremendously grateful for the chance to meet them here! This couple arrived all the way from Atlanta, USA for their first anniversary trip. They said that this was purely by chance, just because they got a great deal on airfare tickets, but I say it was just meant to be – Santorini finds ways to suck in all the lovers of the world.

The plan was clear – Sara wanted all the best Santorini had to offer. Aegean Sea, Caldera, blue and white architecture and cool doors.

So we set a date, they arrived to the Ikies Traditional Houses in Oia to enjoy the island and yet there was a plot twist…the local ferry operators decided to go on strike. What difference does it make? If they wanted to get off the island, we had to change plans and operate on a tight schedule – Sara called me and we came up with a plan, we had to act fast and meet in the morning of the planned date, do the photo shoot and send them off packing before the ship leaves.

Not a problem! We had to hustle a bit to make it to our meeting place, but I would say this might have filled the photo shoot with extra energy and smiles! The result – pictures that illuminate their positive view and never ending love.

Photo shoot on the island of Santorini.