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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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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Brussels briefly

In mid October I was invited in Brussels for work and I spent three nights in the Belgian capital. I had not seen much of this cute city because last time I was there it was only for a few hours. This time, although I had work to do, I did manage to walk around the center and catch a bit of the vide of the city. I was really lucky with the weather, sunny and warm for Brussel’s standards in mid October, plus I had good company – always important – the awesome @stylelove so we got to make some extra shots together. Check out some of the pics below.

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August in Chios

Chios has been one of those islands that I have always wanted to visit but never made any actual plans. Until this summer, where everything just fell into place and I visited this beautiful place in the north aegean, under the best of circumstances. Although it’s a relatively big island and five days are not enough to see everything, I had a perfectly designed itinerary from one of my friends, so I got to see literally nothing but the best! I would definitely recommend Chios as a vacation destination, beaches are many and some of them are absolutely stunning, food is great and there are many interesting villages, museums and sights to be seen. Check out some of the photos I took in these five days on the island!

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Spring break in Mykonos

Winter felt too long this year and I couldn’t be any happier to see it go. But this transition from the cold, dark winter to the fresh and bright spring is something you can really enjoy and appreciate only when you are away from the city, in the nature. So when my friend Ilaria asked me to join her for a short business trip to Mykonos I was thrilled. As you already know, if you follow my journeys, Mykonos is my most visited island, I have been many times and at different seasons, from winter to summer. This time though it was unique. The island was so green and lush that it felt like being somewhere else. The locals said it’s because of the heavy rainfalls during the winter. It was quite windy during my stay, so unfortunately no swimming, but perfect for long walks on the beaches and enjoying this beautiful season where one should, the outdoors!

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Flowers for anger

A collaborative project that came together to soothe painful feelings. The transition from the raw feeling of rage caused by the painful loss of a loved one, to the feeling of acceptance of its constant absence and the final redemption. The poem included in the video is written by Niki Chalkiadaki, music and sound design by Dimitris Dimas, performers Orestis Karydas and Katerina Misichroni. Art direction by Orestis Karydas, directed by me. Entire video shot on the Sony A6300 (thanks so much for this fantastic piece of gear Sony Greece). Big thanks to Thodoris Markou for providing us shelter to create this at his studio, Amynta 13.

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Summer closing in Kefalonia

Just like the last couple of years, there has to be at least one summer visit in the Ionian islands and to be more specific, in Kefalonia.  There are a few posts already about Kefalonia (and you can find them here, here, here and here) but I can’t ever get enough of this beautiful island. Especially when I have friend that like to pose for me around! Check some of the photos I took in August on the island!

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A week in Patmos

Patmos had been on my list for a while now and this July I finally made it there. It’s definitely a very special place and I would recommend it to everyone seeking tranquility in their vacation. I was lucky enough to be with friends that know the island very well so my time was well spent. I was even luckier to be a guest at the excellent villas Onar just a few minutes away from Petra beach which made the whole experience truly unforgettable. I will definitely try to be back next year!

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