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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

 

 

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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.

 

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LUCKY COUPLE PROPOSAL IN FIROSTEFANI, SANTORINI

LUCKY COUPLE PROPOSAL IN FIROSTEFANI, SANTORINI

            The other day I was once again a witness of a truly special event in the life of this loving couple. They were staying at the Alta Vista Hotel in Firostefani, so we taught we need to take the chance to explore the beautiful territory around it instead of going to the Santorini Heart as planned before, and it turned out to be the perfect decision!

            Nitin had prepared the perfect surprise. Although all their bags got lost in the airport, he suggested they forget about it and have a walk to the restaurant. Little did she know that he had kept the most precious item in his pocket all the time. When the right moment came as they were walking along the stunning Santorini views in the background, he kneeled and presented her with the most magnificent sapphire ring.

            The truthfulness of the moment could not be faked in any way. I love how I get to be the witness of such life changing events and document them. It was truly my pleasure!

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Santorini engagement photo shoot in Firostefani.

BOYFRIEND SURPRISES HIS GIRL DURING A PHOTO SESSION

BOYFRIEND SURPRISES HIS GIRL DURING A PHOTO SESSION

            I am always up for good surprises, especially if it involves capturing special romantic moments of couples. This time was really special. I had conspired with Lauren who had arranged a photo session with his boyfriend Jon on the spectacular rooftops of Santorini.

            The session went really smooth and it was great to see such a loving couple sharing their energy with the world. Though Lauren had no idea what is about to happen. We’re approaching the end of what has already been an amazingly romantic walk and photo session on the Santorini background when Jon has a suggestion. “I have another pose in mind,” he says and kneels and presents a ring to Lauren. Needless to say that it was one of the most emotional moments any couple could have and I had the amazing opportunity to be the witness of it.

            These images have a special aura that can be traced throughout the session. Keep in mind that Jon knew very well what he is about to do and waited for the right moment while Lauren had no clue. This special energy makes the images truly unique.

            I wish you both the best and I can surely say that you’re up to an endless shared adventure.

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Santorini portrait photographer Anna Sulte 2016.

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.

HIGHLIGHT of 2015

A Look Back in photos 2015.
So many amazing new friendships with the couples I was lucky enough to capture. A huge thanks to everyone!
It’s all about you!

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We had sessions all around Santorini, at Oia, at the Santorini heart, Firostefani, Fira, Imerovigli and more.

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PLANNING A SURPRISE PROPOSAL IN SANTORINI?

PLANNING A SURPRISE PROPOSAL IN SANTORINI?
HERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CONSIDER!

That’s it — you have brought her all the way to Santorini telling her that this is just a vacation but secretly you’re ready to ask the big question. I’m sure you’re thought this over a thousand times, but here are a couple of final things to consider before your Santorini marriage proposal!
Where will you do it?
In Santorini, of course, we’ve established it already, but you need to consider the place your future wife would enjoy the most. Will she be OK with it if you asked the question in the presence of many people e.g. in a restaurant? Or maybe she does not enjoy crowded places and it would be more appropriate to do it as the sun sets over caldera of Santorini and you’re all alone?
Would you like to record it in some way?
I would suggest you do. Of course, I’ll suggest photographs as one option e.g. an arranged photographer could follow you or wait you in the location to secretly take photographs as you’re proposing or you could do a quick photo session right afterwards to capture your love spark. As always, there are plenty of other creative options. How about a secret GoPro camera somewhere? A camera in your glasses? A drone? Set your imagination free —nowadays the options are endless! No matter what you choose, I would advise you organize a photo shoot in Santorini — you will eventually need some photos for your wedding invitations and this island is the perfect backdrop for them!
What will she be wearing?
Believe it or not this might be the most important thing. We all want to look our best on special occasions and this is one of THE moments of your lifetime! How do you influence wardrobe decisions you ask? You can’t just say “I’m going to propose you, so war something nice”, can you? Well, you have to be a bit sneaky and come up with clever solutions for this one. A good technique is to say that you are going to an event or a nice restaurant, so your loved one will be dressed for the occasion ;)

THAT’S IT! You’re all set — just take a deep breath and relax. Everything is going to turn out fine, trust me.

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One of the funniest and nicest couples from Canada Scott and Nora!
Congratulations guys! :)

Location: Oia

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Santorini surprise proposal and photo shoot by Anna Sulte, photographer on Santorini.

WEDDING VENUES IN SANTORINI

WEDDING VENUES IN SANTORINI

To start off I must say that there are tons of wedding venues in Santorini, Greece. You really can find any type of venue for any kind of wedding ideas you might have. This is just a small list to get you started. So here goes:

  1. First of all, all of the island could potentially become your wedding venue, especially if you’re eloping. Couples who want an intimate ceremony often choose to get married on the caldera or in a remote beach etc. only with a couple of their closest friends or no guests at all.
  2. The second option is to choose one the hotels available in Santorini. Almost every hotel here has a wedding venue offer, so you can really browse around and find your perfect place for the occasion. Here’s my post on the five things your perfect Santorini hotel should have to get you started.
  3. The third option is to choose one of the wedding organisers working on the island. They have years of experience in finding wedding venues to suit every need. If you choose this option, you will only need to know the number of guests and the type of ceremony you prefer (relaxed or formal etc.). These agencies could potentially get you into some private property which would be hard to reach otherwise.

So these are your three main options when it comes to choosing a wedding venue in Santorini, Greece. All in all, it helps if you just ask around and explore your options before settling for a concrete venue, so you could consider all three of these options before your final decision.

Hope this helps to clear it up a bit and good luck with your wedding plans!

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This amazing couple got engaged here in Santorini. He planed to do his surprise proposal in romantic Oia village.
Thank you Jon and Ming for such a joyful photo shoot.

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SURPRISE SANTORINI ENGAGEMENT

SURPRISE SANTORINI ENGAGEMENT

Every once in a while you get to experience magical moments, and I am glad that my job really allows to share the happiness of these beautiful couples I meet. This time was even more special. I got to see the magical shine in the eyes of a soon-to-be bride.

I met Luke and Sarah at their amazingly romantic Santorini sunset dinner. Little did Sarah know that this is not your ordinary dinner. This was already a very romantic evening when Luke asked the special question (and, without doubt, she said yes). The love was in the air, truly, so I did my best to try to capture at least a part of the magic that was flowing around them.

I must say that they are truly a special couple, there’s certain elegance in them that very often people from Singapore have. It’s really something you cannot put in words easily – they’re just so pleasant to be around!

I wish them the very best and I am sure that they will have a magnificent wedding.

P.S. They said they used to be merely colleagues — you never know where you might find your true love.

Love life and see you in Santorini.

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Santorini engagement photo shoot photographed by Santorini vacation photographer Anna Sulte

Surprise Proposal in Santorini.

Santorini is such a romantic place to visit. Little hoses and warm weather makes it easy to have perfect atmosphere for proposal. Even now in autumn,  when days get colder, the magnificent view and quiet streets have so much romance!! :) When Jonathan proposed to Annick I had goosebumps, I love proposals! The new love and new beginnings are exiting! :)Destination Proposal in Santorini. Proposal in Oia village Destination Proposal in Santorini. Oia Engagement session, after surprise proposal. Engagement session, after surprise proposal. Engagement session, after surprise proposal.   Destination Proposal in Santorini by Anna Sulte, photographer located in Santorini. Feel free to Contact here :).