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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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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December in Epirus

Just a week before Christmas I visited Epirus for work, my ongoing travel project with Ouzo MINI. First stop was Ioannina and the next few days were spent exploring the magnificent Zagori village complex. I was lucky enough to test drive the brand new Volkswagen Polo during my trip, I drove a bit over 1500km in total, and I can easily say that this little car has grown and feels much bigger in every aspect. When traveling for work things can get very tiring – it’s work after all – and that’s when you need the amenities that a resort such as Grand Forest Metsovo can provide. Some spa treatments and swimming in indoor heated pools never hurt anyone, right? Especially when it’s snowing outside! Check out some photos from my visit below.

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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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Snowmageddon 2017

Greece is a country perceived by most foreigners as a summer destination. Fantastic beaches to swim at, tavernas to enjoy your ouzo and meze and little white washed cycladic houses. But more often than not, there can be more whiteness than expected during winter. It’s usually not as severe as it’s been lately, but snowfall is very common in certain regions during the winter months and even early spring, making Greece a fantastic all year round destination. I was lucky enough to experience one of the greatest snowfalls, considering that I was on an island, Evia. Check some of the photos I shot from this extreme weather phenomenon, where the entire village of Steni is half buried under tons of pure white snow.

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Flying beyond 2016

I was more than intrigued when I received my invitation for Christina’s New Year’s Eve party. To me, and to many others I’m sure, the holiday season stopped being fun when my childhood ended. Instead of a time off school, with endless presents, lots of favorite foods and games in the snow with my cousins, it had become a tightly scheduled period, with endless obligations and days of hectic work. Of course, I have to admit there are a few nights that are destined for fun, and Christina’s reception was one of those…Christina is a great cook, with her own catering service, renowned for her amazing parties, always with the best music, the tastiest finger food and the most eclectic cocktails. On the night of the event I had a friendly couple over for some cocktails to warm us up…

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Waiting for 2017 in Ano Doliana

Just like last year, I am back in the wonderful village of Ano Doliana, in Arkadia, to spend the holiday season with good friends. I guess you can call it luck, but exactly like the previous time, it snowed while I was there. And this village and it’s surrounding area look fantastic in snow. Of course I didn’t miss a chance to get out and take some photos of the beautiful winter landscapes. I had another good reason this time; to test my brand new Canon 5D IV and of course the fantastic Sony A6300. If you are ever in this little village, it’s good to know there are two traditional taverns serving really nice home made food and of course the best lamb chops and round cut pan-fried potatoes. It was great fun making a portrait of one of the owners! Check the photos below.

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SILO

Remember the Silo ? Well this time my talented friend Yiorgos Mesimeris styled the handsome Alex Apostolou from VN Models and we did a men’s fashion editorial.
All clothes were from Dimitris’ Petrou “Empêchement” FW 2015-2016 collection.
A collection inspired by the city of light, Paris, through the eyes of the great French writer Emile Zola (1840-1902) as immortalized in one of the great works, revives the Germinal, with a modern approach and a nostalgic look at the past.

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