The sweet transition

As you may know (well I hope that you do), I have been working as a full time professional photographer for quite a long time now. And as in any profession, there are certain tools that one uses to deliver specific things. For me it’s cameras and lenses to create images with! When I first started out there was basically one option to choose from, a professional full frame (35mm) DSLR camera with a good few lenses. There were two main brands dominating the market to choose from and so I went with one of them. I started building my kit around the brand’s ecosystem. And I have been using this system all these years without any problems. But then came mirrorless. Although I usually embrace new tech, the first mirrorless cameras didn’t really convince me. But the mirrorless cameras of today and especially the Sony Alpha full frame cameras, have really lucrative specs that make my DSLR look like a toy. So I went for the switch and for the last few months I have been using both systems, my  full frame DSLR and the Sony Alpha Mirrorless system together. You may think but why would you do that, carry two different setups? Well, the answer is simple. When you have been using the same system for years, switching to an entirely new one takes some time, at least for me, to adjust. Some time to feel confident that this new system will be giving you the same – if not superior – quality. I find myself using the Sony Alpha system more and more nowadays, leaving the DSLR behind, feeling totally confident and getting used to the new controls and menu.  This post is about this sweet transition and so I wanted to share a recent on location shoot I did for DE Sunglasses, a fantastic Greek brand for eyewear. The shoot took place in snowy Parnassos and was all done with Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras. I would like to thank all my team for their great work (Yiorgos Mesimeris, Mary Rokkou, Alex, Konos, VW Gratsias, Lush Management) and also for helping me create the video below. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did on this particular shoot!

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Metallic Forty

I have neglected my diary I know. I hate excuses but life happens sometimes and it’s too fast so you have to leave some things behind. I’ll try my best now that I am in my forties to better manage my time. This is a rather unusual post for me but maybe one of my favorites. It’s about my birthday party. I was thinking of celebrating my 40th birthday and I wasn’t sure what to do. Invite some close friends for dinner? Invite more for a fun brunch? An afternoon tea party? No. It had to be bigger and more fun. So then it hit me. A party should be a party and the more the merrier is a rule. It had to be a night club, the music had to be perfect for most guests and I had to have premium drinks, just how I like them. So I started searching and it wasn’t long before I visited the brand new location of Athen’s members club, Salon de Bricolage. It was love at first sight! I knew this was the venue for my birthday party, just like I had imagined it; perfect setting and excellent grooves. Now all I had to arrange was the fine drinking, but that was a no brainer to me, being a member of the Grey Goose family all this time. We discussed my party details and they loved the idea of supporting me in this big birthday bash. So as everything was falling into place, all I had to do was fine tune the not so minor details, like the birthday cake that the super talented pâtissier Ianthi created according to the party theme, that was all about metallics.   You can see some of the photos from the big night below! A huge thanks to all of you who joined me in this unforgettable party, for all your warm wishes and perfect gifts. I am truly touched, feel loved and I am very very happy. Hope I don’t have to wait for another decade to repeat this!

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Flying Satellite 

For those who know me, you are probably aware that I travel quite often for work and pleasure. The Athens International Airport has become a second home to me in a way, I visit it at least 2-3 times a month for the last few years. Although I have flown so many times from the airport, I was not aware that there is a new terminal building, the Satellite building or STB for short. It’s like another autonomous airport within AIA. Complete with all the shopping areas, food and drink options you have in the main building, plus excellent views on the runway watching planes land or take off, something that is definitely missing from the main building. I thought I would make a video about this new terminal, showing a typical day when I have to go and work on location. On some trips all I take with me is my camera bag and a small bag for my clothes. This time I thought I would put the Satellite building’s shopping area to the test and see if I could travel without any luggage (apart from my photo equipment) and buy all I need at the new terminal before flying off to my destination. Check out and see for yourselves on the video below and let me know what you think!

Also included in this post are some making of images shot by Katerina Georgoudis while we were filming this project.

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Vive La Vodka

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you should be well aware of my love affair with Grey Goose. One of those brands that apart from the actual product, provide a rich experience every single time. And this time was no different. I was invited to Spetses island, just in time for the opening of the Classic Regatta. The Grey Goose team had arranged three speedboats for our transportation to the island from Athens and so that’s how our journey begins. Once arrived in Spetses, we were escorted to our hotel rooms where we were treated to a fantastic summer gift pack. From hats to perfumes to beach towels and of course Grey Goose vodka, everything one needs for a careless summer, it was all there. After checking in, we took our bicycles and headed to the Atelier, an amazing house on the island that the Grey Goose team had transformed into an immersive experience! Two days well spent…There were private chefs and bartenders to cater for us and a big pool to cool off, plus we got to collaborate with the bartenders’ team and create our unique summer cocktail! Honestly, the journey with Grey Goose just gets better and better, photos don’t do it justice, but click below to check a selection I made from the images I took while I was there.

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Summer weekend in Copenhagen

Just after I returned to Athens after my visit to Africa on the 7th of June, I made a quick stop home to get ready for a weekend in Copenhagen. I was invited by Toyota Greece for the launch of the new Aygo. I was very tired from consecutive travels but also thrilled at the same time as I had never been to Denmark before. Best part, Dionysis was traveling with me, Sofia from Toyota was incredibly fun and last but not least, Evelyn was also coming along from Cyprus. All the above combined with an unexpectedly warm weather which had everyone out and about enjoying the nordic summer was a great mix for an exciting weekend. Toyota had made all arrangements, from our accommodation to our fine dinning sessions and of course our itinerary for driving around the city with the new Aygo. Check some of the photos I took!

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Weekend in Paris

Just after the Deerupt event was finished (see all about this here) I decided to extend my stay in Paris, just a little longer. Luckily, Divouision came along from Athens, just in time for the weekend. So that morning I said goodbye to the wonderful Adidas team and I went to check in my new hotel for the next days, the super stylish Hotel Square Louvois, located in the heart of Paris’ Rive Droite. I was greeted by the most friendly staff before being escorted to my high ceiling room (insider tip: rooms on the 2nd floor have a higher ceiling). I appreciate good design and I couldn’t help but notice all the small beautiful details in the hotel itself and of course in my room. Loved the Michael Anastasiades Flos lamps all over the interiors and the color palette used throughout the establishment. There’s also a cavernous basement with a small gym and a heated pool to relax after the long hours of walking, exploring the city. So many things to see and do, but so little time. We focused on eating, always a good place to start when traveling. Had delicious lobster rolls at Frenchie To Go, a long sushi tasting menu at Kinugawa in Matignon, a Michelin starred lunch at the Palais Royal restaurant and a super comfort dinner at Jones. Long walks by the Seine, some art watching and lots of window shopping completed the activities list! The final day before leaving we visited the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the snowy Bois de Boulogne. Check out some of the photos I took during my stay!

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Deerupting Paris

March has been fantastic so far and a major reason for this has been my experience at the global launch of Deerupt, a newly designed sneaker by Adidas Originals, in Paris. When I was invited by Adidas Greece to participate in this trip I was so thrilled, firstly because I know Adidas’ events are always perfect and secondly because, well, Paris..! Once we arrived all accommodation and transfer had been perfectly arranged by the Adidas team, the weather was perfect and so after checking in at the hip 1K hotel in Le Marais, I just wanted to go out and enjoy this cool city that I hadn’t visited for almost 10 years. The most amazing part of that day though, was the exclusive private dinner in a secret location, somewhere under the Louvre, for the launch of the brand new Derrupt. The next day it was all about networking with the coolest creative crowd and partying hard with sets from Justice, The Blaze and Brodinski. You can read my interview in Lifo here for more juicy details.  In the meantime check out some pics from the event and from my walks in Paris with Evangelia!

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The appreciation of light

Τhis will be a rather different post than my usual, more travel oriented ones. This post is about my relationship with the sun and the vital importance of light on my everyday life.  After what it felt like a long winter, with the shorter days, colder temperature, rainy weather and long dark nights being the normal, all I wanted to do was to take refuge in my warm home and prepare my self for the coming of spring. This is the drive behind this post; the transition from winter to spring. A major turning point from a time of nesting and preparation, to actually becoming more extrovert and working towards our goals. In nature, we can sense this transition even more intensely. We are taken over by its blossom, swept away by the awakening of plants and animals…The days become warmer, the light is much stronger. That’s when I get this dominant feeling of wanderlust again and I just want to be outdoors, soaking in the warm rays of sun like a sponge. Being a photographer, my appreciation for natural light goes even deeper, a never ending quest for capturing that perfect moment of illumination. Greece, this special place in the world, offers me abundance of light. The sun always shines brighter here. The Sun is a Greek God: idolised, worshipped, omnipresent and precarious. ‘He’ feeds my inspiration, but harms my skin. I should never forget ‘His’ power, thus, lesson for the months ahead: protect my ‘surface’ to nourish my ‘inside’.

 

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On assignment in Kavala

I have been relatively quiet, it’s winter after all and I have been trying to get back into fitness after the Xmas holidays – going to the gym and all and enjoying some free time at home. But early February I was sent to Kavala on assignment with Taxidia magazine by Kathinerini. Although not the best time to visit, as the weather can be  quite tricky, especially in February and more specifically in northern Greece, I was so excited as Kavala has been one of those places I had heard so much about but never visited. When I found out we were going to be staying at one of Greece’s most iconic and historical hotels, Imaret, I was more than thrilled. This is a destination hotel by all means, a good enough reason to visit Kavala for. Of course the city itself is very pretty, with the old town built under a castle and surrounded by the sea, with many tavernas serving fresh fish delicacies and some really nice cafes and bars to enjoy a night out. I would definitely love to visit this city again during late spring or early summer, as the locals told me, it’s quite different and more vibrant. Plus there are many beautiful beaches nearby and of course Thasos, another island on my bucket list.  Below is a selection of images I made during the assignment, but you can read all about our visit in detail and see more photos it if you catch the latest Taxidia magazine or soon online at Greece Is website.

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New year, old habits

My first post for 2018 is all about how I spent the last days of 2017. Exactly the same way I’ve been spending it the last few years, in the same house in Ano Doliana in Arcadia, with the same company doing exactly the same things. Things such as eating lots of amazing food, playing cards for hours and when in need of a break, we go for long walks in the nearby chestnut forest. Unfortunately there was no snow this year, check last year’s post though. Having a routine in your vacation is so comforting and clearly I don’t want to change this recipe at all. But I did change one recipe this year and that’s the season’s cocktail. Last year it was all about Grey Goose Le Fizz, this year it is all about Espresso Martinis. The recipe is quite simple, all you need is 45ml Grey Goose Vodka, 25ml espresso, 15ml coffee liqueur, a pinch of fleur de sel, lots of ice and (VERY) good shaking skills. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with grated chocolate or a few coffee beans. This was the perfect accompaniment to our long card sessions, perfect both before or after dinner. Try it out, if you like coffee you will love it!

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