Sparkling Santorini

Looking for the perfect spot to propose, a magical setting for a destination wedding or the ultimate choice for a luxury honeymoon? With sparkling seas, gleaming white washed churches & the most incredible sunsets – Santorini truly is an island made for romance.

This crescent shaped island is the top of a volcanic caldera, with steep cliffs running down into the Mediterranean Sea. Here are some of my favourite spots…

Oia – home of the luxury hotels and packed at sunset, Oia is popular for a reason. The sunsets here are incredible – bathing the white washed buildings and coloured roofs in beautiful golden light.

         

Oia-Fira Hiking Trail – to escape Oia’s crowds, hike South along the crater’s edge from Oia towards Imerovigli and you’ll find little blue and white churches tucked away and breathtaking views over the ocean.

Imerovigli – another lovely spot for sunset is the little Chapel of Theoskepasti near Skaros Rock with the ruins of a Venetian castle.

 

Finikia – a small village walking distance to Oia, with small winding pathways lined by tall white washed walls and friendly donkeys who carry supplies into the village.

  

I fell in love with Santorini and I’d like to go back! If you’re planning an island proposal, a Greek elopement or Santorini wedding I’d love to talk to you about capturing your special memories on this beautiful island paradise.

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How to photograph your engagement ring

Just engaged? Have you had a sparkle on your left hand since Christmas or New Year? Here are seven ways to photograph your engagement ring to share your news with friends and family…

1. Simple ring lying down

Place the ring on a flat surface – a windowsill, table or even a blanket. Get low down so you’re eye is level with the ring and get close up to capture every detail of that sparkle.

2. Simple ring standing

With a little white tac on a white surface you can balance your engagement ring standing vertically. This perspective allows you take a photo from directly above looking down, focusing on the stone.

 

3. Pair with perfume

A miniature bottle of your favourite perfume works beautifully to show off your engagement ring – and you can slip it in your purse to top up your fragrance on your wedding day.

   

4. Beauty in the box

If you have a beautiful ring box then use it – place it on a clear surface and try different angles to capture the profile and stone of the ring nestled in the velvet.

  

5. In your hands

One of my favourite ways to capture an engagement ring is to have held loosely in both hands – you’ll need someone to take this shot from slightly above, focusing on the stone.

 

6. Holding hands

An engagement ring is a promise between two people – so holding hands is a perfect pose to show off that sparkle. Face away from a friend whilst holding hands and ask them to take a photo level with the ring. Or hold your hands out towards them so they can take a photograph looking slightly down at the ring.

  

7. Spell it out

Break out the scrabble or bananagram tiles, take the magnetic letters off your fridge or use your ring with calligraphy to spell out your love.

 

And of course I’m always happy to lend a hand and would love to photograph your ring in an engagement shoot or as part of your wedding photography. Please send me an email – I can’t wait to hear the story of your proposal…