Nick & Jay | Spetses Wedding

φωτογραφος γαμου σπετσες

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.

spetses port nissia hotel spetses nissia hotel spetsesspetses wedding nick jay Θέατρο Αναργυρείου Σχολής

 

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Παιδική χαρά στο Ναύπλιο

nafplio swings

nafplio swings (photo by the swings in nafplio)

nafplio swings, παιδικη χαρα ναυπλιο
Φωτογραφία από βόλτα στις κούνιες με τον μικρό στο Ναύπλιο.

Μαζί μου κουβαλώ πολλές φορές την μικρότερη κάμερα canon 550D με τον δικό της ζουμ φακό 18-55. Αν και το ελάχιστο διάφραγμα είναι μόνο στα 3.5 και αυτό για τα ευργώνια μόνο πλάνα καθότι δεν είναι σταθερό σε όλο το εύρως του φακού, βρίσκω ότι με βοηθάει να συνθέτω περισσότερα κάδρα στο ευρυγώνιο και να σκέφτομαι περισσότερο πως θα γεμίσω το κάδρο και πως θα πω την ιστορία.
Εδώ τραβήχτηκε σε ασπρόμαυρη κατευθείαν μέσα στην κάμερα, κάνοντας σε να δεσμευθείς σε αυτό το look και να μπορείς να σκέφθεσαι σε αυτό σε αντίθεση με ένα look που θα φορούσες μετά στο post.

 

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Adding variety in your photos

Today I want to talk about the need to add variety in your portolio when handling a photo session.

Some ideas on how you can achieve variety that come to me are:

  1. Changing your scene. Simply moving to another / better room.
  2. Vary the 3 S’s Subject, Scene, Situation (whats going on in scene=actions, emotions, secondary people, props etc)
  3. Stage/Direct your actions once you get there. You can get some canding moments but its best you try and direct something you have previsualized
  4. Art Direction. Mostly means cleaning up the clutter of the scene and selecting a smaller area of the scene to work in. Better Light & Background.
  5. Lenses. Wide or Tele
  6. Depth of Field on coltrolling how much is in focus.
  7. Angles. Perspective and Viewpoint. Low, High, Behind stuff, On ground, etc
  8. Add a secondary subject for story, Balance. Context. Wider
  9. Lighting. High key, Low, Backlit. Off camera flash, Silhouette.
  10. Movement that we talked about in our previous post
  11. Emotion
  12. Far and Near
  13. Placement in frame. Left, Right, Middle, upper left, lower right etc.
  14. Find your scene, find an open shape/space in it and stick them in there
  15. Crop size. Full, MS, CU, no head, feet, hands, half face, etc
  16. Frontal, 3/4 face, Profile, From the back
  17. Single, Double, Group shots
  18. Details and Establishing shots
  19. Graphical: Frames. Shapes, Lines, Color, Layers, Shadows, Texture, Pattern etc
  20. Posing | Body: Chest to chest, her back to his chest, apart, her behind him. (+ walking shots)
  21. Posing | Eyes: Both look at me, both look away, at each other, one at me one at the other etc (combos)
  22. Microposing: Head Eyes Hands
  23. Featuring one with parts of the other
  24. Go in Close for their headshots
  25. Natural poses by eliciting geniune feelings. | Whisper, Sniff the other, (=laughs), Dance
  26. Backlight and Shade
  27. Neutral Flat Perspective – Fer Juaristi type
  28. Skies, Trees, Walls
  29. Standing, Leaning on Wall, Sitting on chair/sofa etc, Lying on floor/ground
  30. Reflections
  31. Add something in the Foreground
  32. Off camera flash
  33. Subject and Scene variation (Content)
  34. Crop slices of same scene. Mini scenes
  35. Simplification & Negative Space
  36. Add seperation between them. Front person Back person

Scenes – Photo Ideas

  1. Open field.
  2. Flat against wall with some color or texture. Light must be good (shade)
  3. Thru slit-opening.
  4. Bride: dancing, chin to shoulder, half face…
  5. Doorways, entrance to building (rectangles)
  6. Windows
  7. Walking, kissing, laughing, emotional
  8. Focus on guests reacting
  9. From behind
  10. Small in frame
  11. Only heads (in hands kissing etc)

Create subscenes (light/background) within the same location

Many uses of the window/door light.
Subject facing the window light, side, 3/4,  backlit.
Their pose can be square at you, chin to shoulder, arms away etc.
Your shooting angle can be, frontal, profile, side etc

Every location you should try and get Details-Establishing-Portraits.

Emotion trumps composition.

Go wider and include context for story, balance, contrast.

 

BRIDAL TORSO

  1. Flat to us
  2. Shoulder pointed at us (open or close it a bit or up or down)
  3.  Over the shoulder (we are at her back)

HEAD

  1. Flat to us
  2. Turned , Chin to Shoulder
  3. Tilted to or away from us

HANDS

  1. Down but away from body
  2. One hand cusping other arm low or high
  3. Crossed arms low or high
  4. Hand on dress, chin, hair, cheek, top of heat etc etc

EYES

  1. To us
  2. Off camera/frame
  3. Down
  4. At groom next to her
  5. Closed eyes

Head and Shoulder (waist up), 3/4 and Full

 

Shooting Down at her (from a higher position or she could be seated)
Shooting at eye level
Shooting below eye level. Epic Hero shots usually with a Wide lens. Full body or 3/4 size pointing at ceiling or sky as b/g

 

IMPORTANT

The LIGHTING, the POSE, the EXPRESSION, the EYELINE (look direction) and the COMPOSITION should all match to the MOOD of the specific image.!!! ***

 

More tips June 2017 addendum:

Outdoors with great blue skies and white fluffy clouds go low and wide angle lens (15mm t0 30mm) with off camera flash.
I have seen Ryan Brenizer do this as well as Jason Lanier alot.

Devise scenarios for them to act upon and catch them mid action. (ie Jumping from one rock to another)

Hold hands apart and look at each other. ( They will laugh or smile with emotions on their own)

Use windows, walls, mirrors, stairs

 

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Roula & Giorgos

φωτογραφηση γαμου αγια μαρινα κορωπι

Ο Γάμος του Γιώργου και της Ρούλας στην Αγία Μαρίνα στο Κορωπί. Γνωριστήκαμε στο Ναύπλιο σε σπίτι κοινού φίλου και έμαθα πως η Ρούλα ήταν παλιά κάτοικος του Ναυπλίου και πως κατεβαίνουν συχνά για να επισκεφθούν την πόλη και φίλους. Η ζωή τους είναι στην Αθήνα όπου και εργάζονται και έτσι ο γάμος τελέσθηκε στην Αττική και συγκεκριμένα στο ναό της Αγίας Μαρίνας στο Κορωπί. Ήταν πανέμορφη εκκλησία, περιοχή, με όμορφη παραλία που για να πας περνούσες κάτω απο μία σήραγγα για να περάσεις απέναντι απο τον δρόμο.

 

 

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Lina & Vasilis

φωτογραφηση γαμου ναυπλιο

Μερικές φωτο απο το γάμο του Βασίλη και της Λίνας. Ένας καταπληκτικός γάμος με πολλά χαμόγελα και ένα φανταστικό Day After στο Ναύπλιο.
Γνώρισα την Λίνα σε προετοιμασία της νύφης Βούλας, (blog αυτού του γάμου εδώ: Voula & Petros). Ήταν η κομμώτρια της Βούλας. Με συγκίνησε όταν με έκλεισε σαν φωτογράφο για τον γάμο της από τον προηγούμενο χρόνο. Ήθελα να της προσφέρω τις εικόνες που της άξιζαν για τον όμορφο γάμος της με τον φίλο Βασίλη. Βρεθήκαμε αρκετές φορές πριν την ημέρα του γάμου για να συζητήσουμε την κάλυψη που προτιμούσαν και τι τους άρεσε στην φωτογραφία γάμου. Το θετικό ήταν ότι αγαπούσαν πάρα πολύ την δουλειά μου οπότε ήξερα ότι θα είμαι ελεύθερος να δημιουργίσω κάτι ξεχωριστό.
(Wedding photographer Nafplio)

One of the sweetest weddings I have had the chance to photograph in the Nafplio area in Greece. Lots of smiles and beauty from the couple. Their was so much chemistry between us and each other I feel I could photograph them all the time and we would have a blast doing it. When you have couples like this our profession becomes so much easier, even when time delays hit (like in this wedding). Thanks for the great images guys!

Δειτε και αλλους γάμους εδώ.

Θα χαρώ να ακούσω και για τον δικό σας γάμο.
Τα στοιχεία της επικοινωνίας μου είναι εδώ.

Would love to hear about your wedding plans. You can contact me here.

–  wedding photographer nafplio

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Helga’s mood

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

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Weekend in Amsterdam

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Vestibulum sed lacinia diam. Morbi varius augue quis fringilla molestie. Etiam eget mattis dolor. Pellentesque porta metus dolor, eu pretium felis sagittis ac. Phasellus tortor nunc, porttitor viverra lobortis ac, tincidunt nec ligula. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam quis sapien pellentesque dui accumsan ultrices non eget velit. Fusce eu aliquam lorem. Pellentesque vel tellus enim. Ut sapien elit, dignissim ut ornare vitae, viverra ut nisi. Morbi quis sagittis velit.

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The bridge

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Vestibulum sed lacinia diam. Morbi varius augue quis fringilla molestie. Etiam eget mattis dolor. Pellentesque porta metus dolor, eu pretium felis sagittis ac. Phasellus tortor nunc, porttitor viverra lobortis ac, tincidunt nec ligula. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam quis sapien pellentesque dui accumsan ultrices non eget velit. Fusce eu aliquam lorem. Pellentesque vel tellus enim. Ut sapien elit, dignissim ut ornare vitae, viverra ut nisi. Morbi quis sagittis velit.

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How to create photo like this

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Vestibulum sed lacinia diam. Morbi varius augue quis fringilla molestie. Etiam eget mattis dolor. Pellentesque porta metus dolor, eu pretium felis sagittis ac. Phasellus tortor nunc, porttitor viverra lobortis ac, tincidunt nec ligula. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam quis sapien pellentesque dui accumsan ultrices non eget velit. Fusce eu aliquam lorem. Pellentesque vel tellus enim. Ut sapien elit, dignissim ut ornare vitae, viverra ut nisi. Morbi quis sagittis velit.

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On the sea

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Vestibulum sed lacinia diam. Morbi varius augue quis fringilla molestie. Etiam eget mattis dolor. Pellentesque porta metus dolor, eu pretium felis sagittis ac. Phasellus tortor nunc, porttitor viverra lobortis ac, tincidunt nec ligula. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam quis sapien pellentesque dui accumsan ultrices non eget velit. Fusce eu aliquam lorem. Pellentesque vel tellus enim. Ut sapien elit, dignissim ut ornare vitae, viverra ut nisi. Morbi quis sagittis velit.

Etiam iaculis lorem sed velit ullamcorper vehicula. Cras consequat tortor nisi, et venenatis metus congue sed. Sed ultricies commodo aliquam. Donec condimentum consequat urna a efficitur. Aenean volutpat nunc urna, eget facilisis orci laoreet ut. Phasellus tincidunt luctus felis, at congue libero vehicula a.

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Use golden section

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Sed pretium mattis enim, vitae porttitor odio egestas nec. Duis placerat blandit eleifend. Nam metus odio, ultrices aliquet ipsum eget, posuere maximus est. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum ultricies, ipsum in vestibulum luctus, ante diam dapibus leo, id placerat odio risus eget dolor. Maecenas in imperdiet ligula. Integer convallis pharetra tortor quis ornare. Sed ac bibendum nisl. Proin dictum lacinia mauris a lobortis. Vestibulum vel elit efficitur, fringilla ex sit amet, lacinia est. Sed a nulla id tellus efficitur malesuada. Mauris eget volutpat nulla. Maecenas ut orci magna. Suspendisse ac felis non elit ornare cursus.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Vestibulum sed lacinia diam. Morbi varius augue quis fringilla molestie. Etiam eget mattis dolor. Pellentesque porta metus dolor, eu pretium felis sagittis ac. Phasellus tortor nunc, porttitor viverra lobortis ac, tincidunt nec ligula. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam quis sapien pellentesque dui accumsan ultrices non eget velit. Fusce eu aliquam lorem. Pellentesque vel tellus enim. Ut sapien elit, dignissim ut ornare vitae, viverra ut nisi. Morbi quis sagittis velit.

Etiam iaculis lorem sed velit ullamcorper vehicula. Cras consequat tortor nisi, et venenatis metus congue sed. Sed ultricies commodo aliquam. Donec condimentum consequat urna a efficitur. Aenean volutpat nunc urna, eget facilisis orci laoreet ut. Phasellus tincidunt luctus felis, at congue libero vehicula a.

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