Family Photographer in Santorini, Greece

Family Photographer in Santorini, Greece

Family Photographer in Santorini, Greece

This summer was very exciting for me as I got to organize my first international family photo shoot in Santorini, Greece, with Leilei and her extended family. I first met Leilei during our London sights baby shoot last year when she visited our beautiful city with her husband and one year old son, Jeremy. However, this year we changed the urban scenery for something more fun and sunnier!

To celebrate Leilei’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, she and her family went on a cruise in the Mediterranean and decided to capture family portraits during one of their stops on the Greek island of Santorini. With the ship due to station half a day in the port, we scheduled an afternoon and evening shoot, hoping to capture family portraits with the warm gold hour light. As it often happens, unpredictable elements got in our way – with the cruise ship arriving too late and not wanting to miss the last call to embark, we had to shorten our session to only one afternoon hour. Normally I do not prefer to shoot in the harsh summer light, but Santorini’s beautiful white architectural elements helped me work with the light in a very creative way. The white buildings and the white pavement in the picturesque village of Oia were used as my “reflector” that would bounce the light onto the subjects and take the edge of the high contrast. It’s always a challenge working in a new location, but when the results turn out great, it’s a very fulfilling feeling for a photographer.

Leilei and her family were so sweet and fun to capture and little Jeremy had nine “babysitters” ready to help him explore the new surroundings. Afterwards, I joined them on their bus trip back to the port thinking that we could still capture some sunset portraits after diner, if time allows. Lucky for me, our restaurant in the coastal village Fira had a scenic terrace overlooking the sea and I quickly “stole” family photos with the famous Santorini sunset. I must admit that I love the rich warm colors during the golden hour, a photographer’s dream!

The village of Oia is absolutely stunning, I can now understand why it is the romantic hot spot in Greece and as it turns out it is also perfect for family pictures.  Leilei, you have such a beautiful family and I’m already looking forward to our next shoot in a new country!

When investing in a family trip, it’s nice to have tangible memories which include all the family members; and people acknowledge that a professional travel photographer comes in handy for that purpose. Usually Mum or Dad are behind the camera and are “missing” from most pictures; therefore it’s a real advantage to have the professional doing their job whilst everybody enjoys the sightseeing together and the family as a unit is having fun around the town.  Whether you’re visiting London or another city, let us tell your story! If you need more details please feel free to get in touch at 44 (0) 7546 604 759 or using the contact form.

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