Surprise Engagement Proposal Photo Shoot in Porto – by KrystaPhotos

Surprise Engagement Proposal Photo Shoot in Porto – by KrystaPhotos

I was fortunate enough to find Christie online for my trip to Portugal. I was planning to propose and wanted a photographer to capture the moment. She was flexible and very helpful as we planned the meet up – even providing suggestions since she was the local and we were coming from abroad.

Her engagement photo package was great. Would recommend ⭐️

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Four wonderful Greek islands worth visiting when travelling as a couple

Four wonderful Greek islands worth visiting when travelling as a couple

 

FOUR ISLANDS TO VISIT IN GREECE AS A COUPLE

More often than not, I have clients asking me for suggestions on places to visit when planning their honeymoon. Before they finish their question, I am already thinking: “Go to the greek islands! Just do it!” In this article, you can find four greek islands I usually recommend to visit when travelling as a couple, based on my personal travelling experiences!

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I am a professional wedding photographer from Greece, living and working in the charming city of Porto, in Portugal for the past few years and after a busy wedding season, there is only one thing that can make me feel soothed, relaxed and to look forward to: mini vacation to my beautiful home country!

There is something extraordinary and magical about the greek islands. Once you’ve spent some summer days and nights there, you are forever getting familiar with that feeling of sweet nostalgia. The peacefulness, the smell, the sound of crickets, the smell of freshly made Greek/Turkish coffee, the local, delicious and nutritious fresh food, reading a book under a tree and then heading to the fresh crystal clear water to cool down your body’s temperature.

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There is a great variety of islands to choose from, whether you are the adventurous type, the tourist, the alternative travelers, the party lovers, the nature explorers etc.

Therefore, I decided to put together this article in order to organise and maybe inspire others with photos taken during my own personal travelling experiences to the greek islands.

As a wedding/couple photographer, romantic photos could not be missing from my personal travelling archive, so feel free to get inspired if you are planning your honeymoon or simply a nice summer/spring excursion as a couple!

1. Amorgos

 

What can I say about this magical island! We visited Amorgos in the end of September back in 2017 and it’s still on the top of the list of my favorite destinations. We like to travel off season (meaning not on the peak of the touristic season which is usually June,July and August). The prices are much friendlier and the weather is still like summer but not too hot. Amorgos is a peaceful, not too touristy destination.

It is also famous for the “Big Blue” movie that was partly filmed in Agia Anna beach.

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We spent almost every day of our trip eating at this beautiful and delicious little local restaurant called “Tranzistoraki” and then heading straight to “Kallisto” for the most delicious desserts!

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One night, we went to the windmills to take some photos with the self-timer and tripod. Little did we know that this photo we managed to take under the starry sky, would win the 2nd prize to an international photography contest about the greek islands and would take us to our next trip: Santorini!

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2. Santorini

 

Santorini is a place of unique beauty: the volcanic rocky scenery, the white houses with the blue details are an attraction of tourists all around the world. It is also a very popular wedding destination for couples from around the globe. 

As I mentioned above, this trip was the prize we won with the above photo of the starry sky and windmills we took in Amorgos. We were lucky enough to also have won a 4-night stay at the amazing facilities of Remezzo Villas and couldn’t be more pleased with our stay!

3. Milos

 

Milos is the place with the most (in number) and most beautiful and crystal clear waters concentrated in only one island. The natural beauty of this place is unexplainable, almost out of this world! We had the bets time exploring the little villages and beaches around.

My personal favorite beach being Fyriplaka for endless hours of sunbathing and swimming in the amazing water, Sarakiniko for out-of-this-world scenery and some really nice diving and Klima to stroll around during sunset time while enjoying some ice-cream.

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The wedding photographer in me really wanted to do a mini couple photo shoot on the island to have some photos for my instagram, so I asked randomly two really nice couples to pose for me for literally 3 minutes and we took some pretty cool photos! Check them out in the gallery below:

4. Paros

 

We only stayed in Paros for 2 nights, right after Amorgos (we did island-hopping). I sincerely wish we had done it the other way around, as arriving to a busy island like Paros right after spending some zen and completely meditating days in quiet and peaceful Amorgos, was a kind of shock to our system! 
Nevertheless, we absolutely enjoyed the beauty of this lovely island with the amazing beaches (our personal favorite being Santa Maria beach as there was no beach bar operating by the time we visited.)

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Do you agree with the above list? Did you enjoy the pictures? If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send a message and let me know! I love adding beautiful destination to my travel list and I really hope this article has sent some nice salty breeze to you and got you daydreaming about spending some days with your other half in Greece!

If you want to follow my adventures or check out some of my travel and portrait photography projects, feel free to follow me on my personal account on instagram! If you are a couple travelling to Portugal or Greece for the holidays, also do get in touch if you’d be interested in having a couple photo shoot with me. You can check out my lifestyle portfolio and my wedding and couple photographs on my instagram I would love to show you around while taking some beautiful pictures of you during your wonderful trip!

A beautiful rainy rustic wedding in the Douro Valley

A beautiful rainy rustic wedding in the Douro Valley

“Christie was a wonderful part of our wedding day. She was great to communicate with and clicked in instantly with the tempo of how we wanted our wedding day to run. We had great feed back from our wedding guests, people commented on how polite she was and how well she integrated with everyone. We are also really pleased with the photos. Christie managed to use different ares of the wedding venue, rainbows and umbrellas to capture some amazing pictures. Would highly recommend booking Christie in to capture your special day.”

Devon & Robert

A beautiful, rustic wedding in the Douro Valley through the eyes of a professional wedding photographer in Portugal

I shot Devon and Robert’s wedding in June of 2019 at a charming little resort, in the middle of nature. They are originally from New Zealand, living in the UK and decided to celebrate their love in one of the most beautiful and alternative wedding destinations: the Douro valley in the north of Portugal.

Their families and friends flew all the way from New Zealand to celebrate with them. The wedding took place at this beautiful rustic resort in the Douro Valley called Casa Fontelheira. Everyone was really friendly and helpful and they made all of us feel so welcome!

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Rainy day on your wedding? No problem, let’s create some magic!

When you plan your destination wedding, it can be quite stressful. One of the things that are impossible to control when you set your wedding date is the weather: Everybody wishes to have a big, warm sun shining on their wedding day!

Well, this wedding was the perfect example on how to absolutely rock your wedding day and have the time of your life even with rain. Hopefully, since I live in Porto and I am used to such unpredictable weather conditions, I was fully prepared.

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When you are a wedding photographer, your main job is to find great photo opportunities everywhere and be able to create stunning images under any conditions. Just because that magical golden hour photoshoot cannot happen, it doesn’t mean that you cannot create amazing and memorable images for your couple: Rainy weather is still a perfect opportunity for unique and moody shots that you can’t find at any wedding!

I can still remember the smell of the flowers’ freshness spread all around the place and in addition to the smell of the rain, the atmosphere was simply wonderful.

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Capturing the magic: family love and pure happiness

What followed after, was one of the most beautiful scenes I have experienced as a wedding photographer so far: I was so moved when I captured that moment! I want you to stop for a second and take a closer look: The father’s jacket is soaked wet as he holds the umbrella to protect the bride (his daughter) from the rain.

They are both smiling so much because they don’t care about everything being perfect or going according to the plan, they are just happy to have their beautiful family gathered in a lovely rural venue in the North of Portugal. In this photo there is love and pure affection, truth and nature, all blend perfectly together with some rain drops. I am just in love with that moment and how it turned out. And not to mention just how GORGEOUS this family was.

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This photo sequence reminds me why I love shooting weddings (or working with photography in general) SO MUCH. It is about blending the moment, the emotions and the technique, forgetting about yourself, walking backwards with the fear of falling into a puddle 🤭 and do whatever it takes to capture it because this exact moment WILL NEVER REPEAT ITSELF!

It’s just unique and amazing and so rewarding.

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I felt so happy that before taking off from Porto I remembered to bring my transparent umbrella with me just in case. We used it during the quick couple photo shoot and it was such an appropriate prop for that fantastic rainy day!

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Devon wanted to take a photo with all the baby guests of the wedding. That was the best we could do before they all started crying at the same time!

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Thank you so much for trusting me Devon and Robert! I had the best time working with you and your amazing families.
I wish you a lifetime of cool adventures and rainbows!