Behind the scenes video from a photo session in Santorini

A million thank you’s to photographer Alex who made a “behind the scenes” video for me. Just a little insight into a photo shoot on the streets of Santorini island, Greece.

Thank you to my amazing couple Adam and Danielle for such a pleasant evening.

Credit to Alex: https://www.santorinitravelphotographer.com/

 

 

Santorini honeymoon photographer Anna Sulte

Columbian couple photoshoot in Santorini

 

Columbian couple photoshoot in Santorini

Santorini is a place to which all the lovers of the world flock every summer to enjoy some special days on it’s small town and beaches. But some are more rare than others. This time I got the wonderful chance to meet and photograph Nancy and Juan who came all the way from Columbia!

Nancy and Juan have been married for 20 years, but you cannot tell when you meet them – they’re so loving and caring, no sight of this love burning out. They’re full of sense of wanderlust and positive emotions all the way!  They had come to the island to celebrate Nancy’s birthday, so we headed out in the lovely streets of Santorini to make some great memories from their trip :)

This is why taking photos is so special, you capture a moment in time of someone’s life – it’s a great rush and great responsibility and I hope I managed to capture at least a part of their special energy.

Photographer Anna Sulte (me) – https://www.santorini-vacation-photographer.com/ 
Venue – Canaves Oia hotel – https://canaves.com/ 
Dress- Silvia Tcherassi – https://www.silviatcherassi.com/

It was nice meeting you and who knows, maybe we meet again someday?
Love,
Anna

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

 

 

Boho chic style adventure in Santorini

Boho chic style adventure in Santorini.

 

Santorini is a place known for its scenic landscape with traditional Greek buildings on the Caldera and it attracts thousands of tourists every season. With that comes some pretty standard ways of enjoying what the island has to offer. But there are alternatives.

If you’re looking to strand off the beaten path a bit and do things differently and are looking for more of the authentic island life, this is for you. Tourists usually flock to Oia and that’s for a reason – it has most of the scenic architecture and little churches that couples love. It’s a great place to visit, but the crowds of tourists might ruin your vibe a bit in the busy season.

What you can do is to look at smaller, not so popular villages like Emporio and Pyrgos – these are places where you will meet locals more frequently and see people living a simple and sincere life – if you visit a cafe, you can be pretty sure that it is frequented by locals. Or you can set on your own little adventure equipped with fresh Greek produce and wine (of course) and head to a spot on the Caldera and then end the day with a magnificent sunset view from one of the rooftops in Akrotiri just to meet the sun early next day on a peaceful beach walk.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always find ways to enjoy places a bit differently than the crowd and find your own little diamonds on the island and connect with locals and your fellow travellers on a different level. And above all, remember:

”The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  (Marcel Proust)

Photo from photo shoot with Danielle and Keith.

 

 

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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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

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

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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

 

 

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!

santorini post-wedding session

 

Santorini photo session by Anna Sulte, photographer based in Santorini

 

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS – WHAT A GREAT YEAR IT HAS BEEN!

2016 HIGHLIGHTS – WHAT A GREAT YEAR IT HAS BEEN!

We’re well on our way in 2017 and I’ve been busy with shooting and planning to make this year even more awesome than the last. Today I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my growth journey on this small Greek island in the Aegean Sea- Santorini.

Each opportunity to photograph an amazing couple is a chance to perfect my skills, make other people happy and soak up the love that surrounds you! Thank you for the unforgettable moments and kind words, I promise I will not let you down in 2017.

Have a great year and remember to laugh and love often and a lot!

Anna Sulte Santorini based vacation photographer.

 

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.

 

 

Photo shoot in Oia. Amazing Sherri and Frank.

Photo shoot in Oia.
Amazing Sherri and Frank.

I was very pleased to have been invited to do a couple photo shoot to try to capture the beauty of them two and the beauty of the island in September. Serri suggested we spend the evening in Oia and her loving man agreed without hesitation. I was blown away by their harmony and the way they complimented each other in every way.

We started our walk at the Canaves Oia Suites and moved on to the Oia village where we explored the seaside and caldera views as the sun set in the background. Afterwards we moved on to capture some shots capturing the village itself — the blue domed churches, the romantic little houses with blue and white doors and the pretty pink bougainvillea flowers that have the best growing conditions here. Of course, the flowers could not be compared to the beauty of this pretty couple. :)

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Santorini portrait photographer Anna Sulte.

WEDDING CHAPELS IN SANTORINI

WEDDING CHAPELS TO CHECK OUT IN SANTORINI

Hi, all! This is just a quick list of some of the wedding chapels you absolutely must check out before making your final decision about getting married in one of them! First of all, you should probably decide if you’re going to have a Greek orthodox of catholic wedding. Here are some great Greek orthodox chapels that will amaze you:

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. This is the most widely known church in Santorini, which is located in the centre of the island. It has an incredible view of the caldera, the landscape is really special there.

Santa Irini Chapel. It is said that the name of the island originates from the name of this chapel — when pronounced fast, it really sounds like “Santorini”. The chapel is amazing night or day. Chapel is located near the Fira town,

Panagia Katefiani. This church is located in Perissa. It is very tiny but it has its own unique charm.

Panagia Episkopi Church. One of the oldest chapels in Santorini. It really stands out in terms of size and authenticity.

If you’re catholic, your options are limited:

St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral in Fira. This is a really grand church and definitely one of the best choices. I have to say that there have been some rumors circulating that it is planned to limit or prohibit foreign couples from getting married there, due to commercialization.

You should definitely enquire about the possibilities before planning something serious in any of these chapels. I hope this list is a good start :). Good luck with planning and see you in Santorini!

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Santorini post-wedding session in Santa Irini Chapel.