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
Top spots to watch the Santorini sunset
Sunsets in Santorini are a big deal. When the time comes, everyone heads out to their secret spot to watch the sun slide into the Aegean Sea. And it’s totally understandable – the island envelops in the magical golden hour light and it’s truly magical.
Of course, it is beautiful on any corner of the island, but some spots are more beautiful than others in this time. And today is your lucky day, because I have some to share :) Here’s some Santorini sunset spots that I often use for photographing or just chilling with some good wine:
- Amoudi bay
- Santo Wines
- Church of Prophet Ilias in Imerovigli
- Akrotiri light house
If you have the time, why not stop by a new place every evening? Start with these and you won’t be disappointed for sure. Just type this in your favorite navigation device and head on an adventure! As for things to do, some like to do a small picnic, others bring a bottle of wine and that special other (and a camera of course).
The kinds of sunsets here make you appreciate the people you are sharing them with. Because that is what truly matters.
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.
Some Santorini PRO tips from couples
I have shared some tips about staying in Santorini already, but I keep meeting couples for photoshoots and all of them have experienced something nice on the island as well. So today I thought I could give you a roundup of some tips I’ve actually heard from them.
So here are some Santorini tourist hacks:
- They highly recommend the cable car in Fira. I can only agree, one of the best views of volcano and lava rocks on the island!
- Sailing is fun of course! Look for boat trips that have “snacks” on board included in the price. Depending on how lucky you are, these can actually turn out to be pretty substantial Greek meals.
- Buses usually have lines of people waiting for them. If you do not want to be left waiting for the next one, check the departure schedule and arrive around 10 min earlier
- Places to eat: some places I keep hearing again and again from you guys are 1800, Dimitris and Lolita’s Gelato. Also Kapari Wine restaurant, especially if you manage to book one of the limited tables overlooking the Caldera. What can I say, I can only agree – you have good taste :)
- Best places to stay include Astra Suites, Grace Hotel and Kapari Natural resort, especially if you’re looking for that authentic Santorini Greek style architecture.
Hope this helps with your holiday plans. If you want to find out more, just scroll back to some of the older posts where I cover each of the towns on Santorini in detail!
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 photo session by Anna Sulte, photographer based in Santorini
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
PROS AND CONS OF RENTING SUNSET CRUISE IN SANTORINI
Sunsets are a big deal on the small and romantic Greek island of Santorini. It is so much so that people here have figured out various ways how to enjoy this spectacle of nature in various ways. One of them is a sunset cruise.
A sunset cruise is a special boat ride organized right at the time of the sunset. It allows you to get a different viewpoint to enjoy the final minutes of daylight, usually accompanied by dinner on board. This is definitely a good way of taking a look at Santorini from a different angle – not only you’ll be looking at the sun as it slowly dives into the sea, you will also have the chance to see the beautiful villages of Santorini as you’ve never experienced before. Warm evenings with city lights turning on.
As it is with all good things in life, there are some drawbacks. In the case of sunset cruises, it is very often the price or having to deal with the company of others on board. Of course you would like to be alone with your loved one as this magical spectacle unveils, but unfortunately, if you’re not up for paying a fortune, there will be other tourists there.
Regardless, this is a magical experience that should be enjoyed if you visit Santorini.
More tips for Santorini explores here – Santorini tips for travelers.
Santorini holiday photography. Anna Sulte.
How to choose a quiet hotel in Santorini
It’s almost time for your grand holiday and there’s only one final preparation to make. Surely it can’t be that hard to find a romantic, quiet place to stay in Santorini, right? Wrong! You will have to use some inside knowledge to get a real cosy room and hotel if you are coming during the season.
Today I thought I could share some of my tips on how to find the best quiet hotel in Santorini. You have plenty of options to choose from, just remember to stick to these rules to get your dream suite. Here are some golden rules to observe:
- Oia, Fira, Kamari and Perissa are the busiest spots. It’s OK if you like company and people all around you, not so much if you’re looking for a quiet getaway. If you want a quiet place, I suggest you stay away from these locations.
- Contact the hotel you choose in advance. Hotels are really open about their suites – if you want a quiet room, but there’s none available, they will definitely let you know and suggest you try someplace else. Customer satisfaction is key.
- Think twice before booking a sunset view in Oia . I get it, sunsets are nice. What people don’t realise is that sunset views attract large crowds. How about taking a stroll outside and looking at it? If you choose this option, you will come back to much more quiet room afterwards.
- Do not book a hotel near bars. Again, if you enjoy a good night out, this is the perfect spot for you; however, if you’re more of the peace seeking types, you should keep away. You can easily find out the information on the hotel and bars on Google Street View.
- Do not book the first room you find. Explore your options, have a look around. Try calling a few hotels before making the final decision.
This should get you ready for finding your perfect Santorini getaway. And one final thing – just chill out and enjoy the moment, even if you don’t get the quietest room. Sometimes all we need is a change in our attitude to find happiness.
Santorini portrait photographer Anna Sulte
GORGEOUS INTIMATE VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY NEXT TO SKAROS ROCK
Marriages have to be celebrated. Or, even more so, love has to be celebrated. That is what our today’s couple Marianna and Rui thought as well, so they decided to have a vow renewal ceremony. And what better place to have this celebration than in one of the most romantic spots on the globe – Santorini island?
The two of them had arrived from Portugal with no company. They had made special vows to declare their love to each other. I was truly honored to be a part of their special intimate celebration that was filled with laughter and tears of joy – it was one of those one-of-a-lifetime moments that you try to capture in photographs. I hope these images capture at least a part of the special magic between them.