From Australia to Santorini – Natalie and Lewis in a lovely honeymoon shoot

From Australia to Santorini – Natalie and Lewis in a lovely honeymoon shoot

I keep being blessed with meeting people from all over the world and hearing their stories. This time we met up with Natalie and Lewis all the way from Australia. They had engaged in Santorini and now they were back once again for a honeymoon getaway.

It seemed like they were made to come back. The magical aura around them radiated pure love and joy of life. The pull of this small Greek island is truly great, and it always attracts the most special people, and this was no exception.

We met up and decided to go pay a visit to the blue churches and the beach. The island cooperated and offered some of the most magical light. I just hope I did them justice and managed to capture some of that special aura around them :)

Santorini honeymoon photographer Anna Sulte

 

 

Highlights of 2017

Hello dear friends,

Thank you for being together with me in this journey. This has been an exciting year both professionally and personally – I have had the chance to meet so many of you from around the world and have learned a lot and enjoyed every second. Doctors, teachers, artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, you name it – seems like everyone has flocked to this small Greek island. Santorini has been the destination for Japanese, Canadians, Americans, people from virtually all European countries, Brazilians, Swedes, South Africans, Singaporeans and many many more.

 

You chose me to capture your moments here, for which I am immensely grateful. And I feel that we are more than just a photographer and clients.

I wish you the very best for 2018 and hope to see you here again someday!

 

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Joan and Anthony – a dreamy Santorini photo session

Joan and Anthony – a dreamy Santorini photo session

Joan and Anthony is an amazing couple all the way from Vancouver, Canada. Freshly married, young and deeply in love, they came to Santorini for their honeymoon. And boy am I glad they chose this island – amazing couple that radiated love and warmth even in this windy day.

Speaking of wind, we managed to use it to our advantage. These kind of days are the best for dreamy photo shoots. It might have taken more attempts but I feel that the pictures do justice to the dreamy aura that surrounds Joan and Anthony wherever they go.

I’m glad and grateful to have been a part of their story. All the best and hope to see you again soon!

 

Santorini honeymoon 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.
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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

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

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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!

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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.

INTIMATE WEDDING VOWS AT THE FOOT OF THE SKAROS ROCK

INTIMATE WEDDING VOWS AT THE FOOT OF THE SKAROS ROCK

This adventure began with the kindest words any photographer could receive. Melorie and Michael were going to have an intimate wedding vow exchange here in Santorini and wrote Both of our families have been all over your website, telling us how beautiful your photos are! They are so excited that you are taking the photos! It makes them feel better about not going with us. Well, after this I knew I had to put all my effort in. Just the kind of thing I’m working for – saving precious moments and memories for relatives, couples and the generations to come. It was really an honor to be chosen to be a part of this special moment.

Before the big day, they also wanted to explore the island and get some photographs out of it. Could not be more perfect. They were really excited about two locations in particular – Oia Village & the Skaros Rocks. Not only was this a good way to relax and get to know each other a bit, the images turned out great!

Our adventure began next to their hotel Alta Mare. After a short conversation it was clear that this couple has a special creative spark and I had the feeling that this is going to be a great. We had a small walk in Oia and then headed to take some first look shots on this gorgeous balcony. Then it was time to visit the Scaros Rock and have some other shots along the way.

Then they saw the spot, it was like an instant connection – they knew they wanted to exchange their vows at this exact spot. So they did. And I had the joy and responsibility of capturing it. Only wind, mountains, nature and the two of them. It was magical.

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Santorini photographer Anna Sulte. Elopment and post wedding photo shoot

SONIA AND TIM – ROMANTIC MEETING AND PROPOSAL OF A COUPLE LIVING IN TWO PARTS OF THE GLOBE

SONIA AND TIM –

ROMANTIC MEETING AND PROPOSAL OF A COUPLE LIVING IN TWO PARTS OF THE GLOBE

            The modern lifestyle has its ups and downs, but as we all know love has no obstacles. The modern era of the internet has opened new possibilities for love to connect two people that cannot meet in person that often.

            Oh boy, this couple is something special – they’re taking long distance relationships to a whole new level of romance! Sonia is from Malaysia and Tim is from Canada. They meet each other every day on Skype and organise various trips to destinations in the middle of them. You can really feel the love energy vibrating in the air when being around them!

            Tim had a surprise both for me and Sonia. As we walked along the pathway from the Oia church where we met up to the place they chose, he pulled out a tablet and started remembering the difficulties they had in the beginning, their shared struggles and then… he kneels and proposes!

            Sure, internet has played a big role in their relationship, but they have a connection of their own that does not need any electronics. Thank you for letting me be a part of your inspiring and romantic adventures here in Santorini!

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Santorini photographer Anna Sulte besed on the island of Santorini/ Thira.

JOCELYN AND CHRIS – THE SWEETEST COUPLE!

JOCELYN AND CHRIS – THE SWEETEST COUPLE!

            Recently I had the opportunity to work with yet another sweet and loving couple. And they chose the 90 minute photo session so that we could walk to all the most iconic landmarks of Santorini bathed in the warm sunset light. What a treat for the photographer and the couple alike!

            They had eloped in Spain in July and chose Santorini as their honeymoon destination! Plus, they had found a place on Airbnb. Your European dream is possible with a bit of planning!

            As we were not in a rush, we managed to get the iconic shots in the bright Santorini sunlight as well as more laid back and moody ones as the sun set. We took photographs next to the Blue Church, Caldera view, Skaros Rock, volcano view and the path next to the Caldera.

            Here’s some feedback that brought immense joy to me,

“We just looked at them and oh my! They are gorgeous. Thank you so much for your wonderful work. It’s hard to believe that’s us.  We love them so much. We want to thank you for making it such a fun shoot! We were both nervous and you made us feel at ease. So thank you!! It means so much to us.”

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Santorini photo session by Anna Sulte, local photographer based in Thira.

JAPANESE HONEYMOON IN SANTORINI

JAPANESE HONEYMOON IN SANTORINI

Santorini is truly the place to be for all lovers around the world. The island is like a big magnet of the most loving couples and newlyweds, and that is why I get to work with beautiful loving people that have come from the other side of the globe!

This was the case with the beautiful Yusuke and Misa, who came for their honeymoon all the way from Japan. I saw the light in their eyes as they walked around the most iconic sights of Santorini that they have previously imagined seeing in person… the 90 minute photo shoot was the ideal choice for them!

Oh boy, they looked so good together! She had this amazing dress designed by Jenny Packham  and he was ever so handsome in his classic suit… as I walked along the streets of Santorini with this couple, I felt grateful to be a part of something truly special.

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Santorini based photographer Anna Sulte

 

Stunning newlywed photo session in Santorini

Stunning newlywed photo session in Santorini

            This was a special one. I met Sarah and Maurice – a wonderful and loving couple from Germany – when they came for their honeymoon in Santorini. They were willing to go all the way so they brought their wedding garments with them! I think the result speaks for itself. They were one of those magical couples perfect for photographers – loving, understanding, positive and beautiful. They cheered me up even more when I received their message that read:

Thank you thank you thank you, the pictures are absolutely astonishing.
We just looked them through 10 times in we love them. You really made an amazing job!

Find more photo shoots here.

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Amazing wedding gown from Madame Shou Shou- http://madameshoushou.com/

Couples photo shoot on Santorini with local photographer Anna Sulte.

 

 

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BRIDE REVISITS SANTORINI FOR A MAGICAL HONEYMOON PHOTOSHOOT

BRIDE REVISITS SANTORINI FOR A MAGICAL HONEYMOON PHOTOSHOOT

Recently I had the opportunity to capture some photos of the amazing newly-wed couple Jen and Rory who had decided to come to Santorini for their honeymoon (the island is the best honeymoon destination if you ask me  :) ). Jen had visited this place 10 years ago and it seems that the beauty of this magical island had astounded her that she wanted to show it to Rory as well.

The day of the photo shoot was rather windy, but actually we could really use it for our advantage, wind give some dynamics to the images and it seemed to complement this adventure loving couple well – both great explorers who love history and architecture and share a passion for hiking as well. They were so loving and caring throughout the whole process that it was clear that they share a very special connection.

It was supposed to rain on that day, but it seems that Santorini weather had changed its mind and decided that such a lovely couple does not deserve to have rain during their photoshoot.

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Local  Santorini portrait/vacation photographer Anna Sulte