Xristos & Dimitra

Η φωτογράφηση του γάμου του αγαπημένου ζευγαριού μας Χρήστου και της Δήμητρας με πανέμορφο day after στην παλιά πόλη του Ναπλίου.

Σύντομα κοντά σας ολόκληρο το blog. Εδώ βλέπετε ένα μεγάλο μέρος του Day After στην παλιά πόλη του Ναυπλίου.
Αν και ήταν φθινοπωρινός μέρα ευτυχώς είχαμε φανταστικό καιρό και μία πόλη σχεδόν άδεια από κόσμο αυτή την ημέρα. Αυτό δεν συμβαίνει ποτέ, άρα ήταν λαχείο να το εκμεταλευτούμε.
Να ζήσετε Χρήστο και Δήμητρα. !! Απο τα πιο χαμογελαστά ζευγάρια.

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Beck BBC4

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Writing to inform my blog readers about my long fascination with Nordic noir drama. It appears the stories and acting appeal to me. But what really brings me in is their cinematography. Check out some frames from the Nordic TV drama Beck (1997-)
Notice the use of backlighting and side/rim lighting, the monochromatic blue frames, leading lines and frames. Just finished watching the pilot and am looking forward to completing the rest of the series.

Πρόσφατα σε ένα από τα blogs για το σινεμά τα οποία παρακολουθώ ενημερώθηκα για την ύπαρξη της τηλεοπτικής σειράς Beck, νορβηγικό δράμα με φοβερή φωτογραφία. Βραδυνές λήψεις, χρώματα, σκοτεινό φόντο και ατμόσφαιρα. Δείτε μερικά δείγματα απο φωτογραφίες απο την σειρά για μία γέυση της φωτογράφησης της σιεράς.

 

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Nikos & Katerina

Nikos & Katerina contacted me via their hometown of Trikala Greece. They came all the way to Nafplio to get married at the beautiful church of Agia Kyriaki in Tolo. I absolutely love that church and father Mixalis, I even had my son baptized there.
Their preparation and reception took place at Iria Beach hotel by the pool and candle lit tables.
They were a very laid back and modern couple and Katerina tutors in a private school as I once did many years ago.
Their great wedding was followed by a wonderful day after session that started from the ancient town of Epidavros. We had tried to get a shooting permit for the theater as our background but we were denied due to the antiquity of the place. It was strange because I have seen many Italians photograph their wedding couples right inside ancient greek theaters. I guess Greece is the only one disallowing this.
Either way we found even better locations in the surrounding fields and I think it was for the best. I always wanted to shoot with a shepherd and sheep in the background and open space around us. It was a lucky break for me. Goes to show you why you should never give up as many more opportunities will show up during a photo shoot when something becomes unavailable.
“Na zisete” Nikos & Katerina.
By the way this under the veil shot became such a favorite of mine that I am starting to incorporate it into my future work if give a nice location and lighting scenario.

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Nafplio Museum – Portrait

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Had a great chance to photography Xristo and Dimitra’s next day session in a sunny Nafplio in the early part of the day.
It is fall and the sun was coming in at an angle even at noon, and I had a chance to shoot a clear bacground of the Archeologial museum in Nafplio.
Great light and great background added to this image.
I was excited and fortunate, because that sun lasted only for that morning and it has been raining ever since.
A full blog post will follow on the weddings page with a set of images for their wedding and their day after. Just wanted to pop a quick photo out there to share my excitement.

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Nick & Jay | Spetses Wedding

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Here is the complete blog post from Nick & Jay’s wedding in Spetses island in Greece this summer in 2017!
Whatever I can say about this wedding is not enough. It was wonderful !!  I am very gratefull to both Nick and Jay to giving me the opportunity to photograph their wedding in Spetses. I had always wanted to photograph a wedding on this island as it so close to me and I knew I wanted to showcase the beauty and colors of their multicultural wedding in the wonderful blue backdrop of the Greek island.
We had great skype chats with both Nick and Jay from their home base of Johannesburg.  Nick was Greek on his father’s side and British from his mother’s side and Jay was from the exotic island of Sri Lanka with a home in London. They had met in Italy and had their wedding in Greece. Wow, that was a cross of countries and cultures that I always found fun. Coming from Chicago myself, I was raised on many cultures on my street and always loved the mingling of people of many backgrounds.
I felt right at home with this couple reminding of my friends that I had left behind  in Chicago.
Jay’s preparation took place inside the Nissia hotel whose entrance and decor reminded me of a Hollywood studio/set or Cinecitta with its great facade entrance.
The civil ceremony took place in another graphic location, the ancient style theater of the Anargirios School on the island. A horse and carriage brought them there and the reception took place on the exotic beachfront bar Kaiki beach club. This is where I had my first Aperol spritz and fell in love with the drink.
Rather than exhaust you with my descriptions I leave you with the images that captured these moments and locations below.

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Jo Nesbo in Athens today !!

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jo nesbo athensI am so excited!! My wife and I love Jo Nesbo’s books. I admit I got her hooked on him after “Blood on the snow”, then she went off and read most all of his books.
Turns out the local publisher here in Greece “Εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο” has invited him today at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens Greece.

Its an hour and a half drive but I am trying to make it out there today and see our hero!
Cant wait to see the “Snowman” movie that was based on his book of the same title.

Seems like this is becoming a Nesbo year.
Hope to make it out there today and present some photos here. Its tough to get in as there are a limited number of seats!

wish me luck 🙂

** UPDATE

After a 2 hour drive to Athens and all seats being taken with people waiting outside in case there is an extra seat I felt discouraged. Thank God there were tickets waiting for me as I had called ahead and said I would be driving there from far away.
The place (the Onasis Cutlural Center) blew my away with its design. The convenient parking underground saved us as we didnt have time to look for street parking. Plus it only cost 5 euros for 3 hours. The scary bit was going down 6 levels. I had never gone that far into the earth to park 🙂
The conversation was an eye opened as we discovered how laid back and casual Jo Nesbo was and that he was in Greece for the past 3 weeks doing rock climbing in Kalymnos (greek island). Turns out if you google it they are famous for rock climbing down there.
Enjoyed hearing his thoughts on morality and what we consider good and evil as justified by social mandates and not true absolute God given codes. I would have liked to personally ask him if this negates evil then, and if the driving engine behind all his books is not to conquer the evil doer. Is Nesbo a nihilist perhaps?
It was a very philisophical conversation from a person who seemed to be very psychologically balanced who was done his soul searching in life.
Norway he also explained was fair to all its citizens and shared its wealth equally to its citizens. Even unemployed people in Norway can survive just fine so there is no real reason to commit any crime. Maybe thats why there is a rise in crime fiction writers in Norway, it only exists in the fantasy realm.

One thing is for sure, having lived in the US and Greece myself, I felt envious that in 2017 neither of those 2 countries offer me any kind of security in the future in terms of employment, health insurance, food and board or survival for that matter. I felt envious that I was not born in Norway….

Photos from the event follow.

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Wedding photography training ?

If you are like me you are constantly trying to up your game and improve, but are you finding that there are more wedding photography tutors out there than there are clients with inquiries.
It seems that for every pound of knowledge  I work hard to digest an ounce of improvement shows up in my work. And I guess that;s the case wih education, you can cram so much education into your memory cells but unless you actively train and apply those techniques they seem to be lost in some dark corner of your brain. That knowledge usually shows up in your memory when you recognize one of those techniques in someone else’s work.”Oh yeah thats a reflection shot with an archway as a frame and some bokeh xmas lighs in the foreground” etc. But unless you do a dozen of those that knowledge will be inaccessible it seems.
So getting back to my original statement, the weaker I feel the more tutors and educators appear online, making it seem so easy to attain a higher level. And you go to seminars, and watch so many hours of youtube videos, and ebooks/paperbooks, blogs, following your hero photographers. And you see so many photographers in those seats next to you, excited. Dont get me wrong, its great to network and share the knowledge. The only concern I have it seems alot of this bettering ourselves doesnt necessarily translate to more clients, or even  people who connect with our work.
So the latest in the education series is the marketing techniques.  They tell us all the aesthetic stuff is good but if clients dont book you are not working on your business, your SEO, your marketing  etc.

I guess what I am saying is its hard to keep working on all of these skillsets, and the money we spend is never seen by our clients who I assume think we only bought a camera and that was it, 🙂

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Bobby & Sotiria

Bobby and Sotiria’s wedding took place during the day in Nafplio, which is a rarity for Greece. Weddings usually happen late in the evening in Greece and by the time the ceremony is over we are rushing to catch the last rays of sun for some nice backlit sun drenched photos.
Their wedding was at noon which was great for me as it gave me an opportunity to shoot during the day and not have to worry about not enough light.
I also had a chance to photograph the ceremony in a church that I had never visited before St John Theologos in Nafplio, which was right under the Palamidi mountain near the park.  The reception took place at the Epavlis on the seashore drive towards kios.  They were a great couple happy to be with each other giving me lots of smiles.


Ο γάμος του Μπάμπη και της Σωτηρίας έλαβε μέρος στο Ναύπλιο στον ιερό ναό του Αι Γιάννη του Θεολόγου, έναν ναό που πάντα περνούσα μπροστά αλλά δεν είχε τύχει ποτέ να φωτογραφίσω. Κάποτε ζούσε κοντά εκεί η σύζηγος μου και περπατούσαμε τα απογεύματα μπροστά του με τις πόρτες συνήθως κλειδωμένες.  Είναι κάτω απο το Παλαμήδι πριν την πυροσβεστική κοντά στον χώρο που γίνεται η λαϊκή αγορά. Πρωτιά επίσης σε αυτό τον γάμο ήταν ότι για πρώτη φορά είχα πρωϊνό μυστήριο. Το άπλετο πρωϊνό φως ήταν όνειρο για μένα σαν φωτογράφος χωρίς να ανησυχώ εάν θα τελιώσει το φως και δεν προλάβω να βγάλω πορτρέτα με αρεστό φωτισμό.
Η δεξίωση έλαβε μέρος στο Έπαυλης στην παραλιακή του Ναυπλίου με ζωντανή μουσική και πού χορό όπως μπορείτε να δείτε και στις φωτογραφίες που ακολουθούν. Το ζευγάρι ήταν από τα πιο χαμογελαστά και τους εύχομαι να ζήσουν !!

 

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Spetses wedding

spetses wedding

These are the first couple portraits I was able to process from Nick and Jay’s wedding in beautiful Spetses a few weeks ago.
Nick’s family and friends arrived from the UK and Jayiani’s  from Sri Lanka. It was a wonderful and colorful wedding!
Stay tuned for more to come.
The reception took place at Kaiki Beach Club.

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10 basic wedding poses

These poses here I have learned from posts from slrlounge. They are mostly used by everyone and have existed for a long time but that group did a great job in identifying them   and giving them some cool names to remember them by. I may have modified 1 or 2 as going from memory here.

These poses are described in terms of the body positions and how they relate to each other, or how the feet are positioned.

  1. The V-up (couples connect at back shoulder)
  2. Closed (basic, face each other)
  3. Opened (stand next to each other)
  4. Stacked (one is behind the other, also the reverse)
  5. Reversed
  6. The Walk
  7. The Swing (Lift)
  8. The Dip
  9. The Carry
  10. Staggered ( on in front of other apart on diff. planes)

The first 5 poses are intimate and where most of our work is done. On those you can add kisses, hugs, involved hand placement for more contact points, gazing, laughter, rub noses etc.

The last 5 are more kinetic and involve physical movement or dynamic placement.

So the first 5 are based on Emotion and the next 5 on Motion.
They set the groundwork,  you still need to position the heads the hands and mostly elicit an emotional reaction (expressions). All these will add variety.

 

One more pose that I will that I like and will  start  adding into my own work is DANCING. It either involves the groom holding the bride and she rolls away and back (swooshing the dress) or the bride dancing along in front of the groom

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