proprietor of Studio Kristo, meet Kristo,
world renowned photographer located in beautiful Santorini. Clicking
stunning photographs of all life events (weddings, honeymoons, family events,
and more) Kristo captures the essence and drama of his subjects, including
writes, “…horses are representative of the spirit, which is very similar to
freedom. Horses serve men, but will never be fully tamed by them. This is just
like art. The art serves as a vessel for storytelling, but it has no
boundaries, it is open in any direction.”
Your photos are stunning. What is the secret to capturing the
is not just click and shoot. I strongly believe that beauty is all around us.
You just need some time to discover it. The lighting, the lenses, the camera,
the landscape, each play an important role. But I think that you need to
connect with your subjects, live their moments, understand their way of
thinking. Even harsh sun can be easily turned into something beautiful and
dramatic. It’s the heart of the photographer that speaks, not the
Living in Santorini, you reside in a captivating and intriguing
community. What landmark is the most photographed in your area?
is a breathtaking island. There are endless photographic opportunities. Two of the
most popular attractions are the world famous sunset and the blue domed
churches. The sunset of Santorini is said to be the most photographed in the
world, while the locals say that “Santorini’s sunset enters your soul and lives
there forever.” Tip: I recommend arriving
at least 30 minutes earlier to grab the best location to admire the sunset.
interesting thing is that most of the travelers think that there is only one
church with a blue dome in Santorini. That is actually not true. At present,
there are over 365 churches and chapels in the island, more than the days of
the year! So, for such a small island, it’s not that difficult to find and
photograph a blue domed church.
How do you use light and environment to enhance a photo?
is a very bright place, and the sun is harsh. In addition to that, houses are painted
white to reflect the sun making the light worse. All that could
cause harsh shadows on faces when shooting outdoors. Professionals suggest that the best way to
avoid distracting facial shadows from midday lighting is to bring your subjects
into a shaded area. But in Santorini there are no large trees, nor any
buildings that could cast a big enough shadow to fit the subject. After all,
most of my pictures are taken at the edge of the cliff, at the top roofs of the
white painted hotels or at the beach. So, I usually position my subjects with
their backs to the sun. And of course, I always shoot in manual since the harsh
light can easily confuse the camera’s sensors, no matter of how professional
the camera is.
Do you have a favorite photo for your own creation?
It’s difficult to pick out a photo. Each photo session is different for me and
each picture has something unique to say. My clients and friends call me storyteller. So, it would be easier for me
to choose a story instead of a specific picture. Here is a short interesting
story I think that stands out of the others… http://www.studiokristo.com/honeymoon-photography/a-fairy-tale-story-of-chris-and-laura/.
Besides weddings, events and portraits, what else do you like
love shooting animals and specially horses. First of all, horses are
representative of the spirit, which is very similar to freedom. Horses serve
men, but will never be fully tamed by them. This is just like art. The art
serves as a vessel for storytelling, but it has no boundaries, it is open
in any direction. Also, a horse has so much love to give and as a wedding
photographer myself I always try to capture the love of people relationships. One
of my latest photo sessions was done for a local horse riding company in
Santorini. Horse riding is an activity that is getting more and more popular. The
shoot of these 3 beautiful horses running free took place at the black sand
volcanic beach. What a better place to capture the spirit of the freedom?
Where is your favorite place to photograph?
depends on my clients’ needs. I started my career by shooting indoors. Now, I
prefer to shoot mainly outdoors. It’s more creative and interesting to me.
Santorini’s rich diversity of landscapes provides endless choices. The blue
domed churches in Oia village are a must visit. This is where we always catch
the sunset away from tourist crowds. Also, paths along the edge of Caldera
offer unbeatable views, while the unique red and black volcanic beaches are
nice add-ons to the whole session.
What should I wear for the perfect photograph?
The blue and white
colors are the trademark of Santorini. But, my advice is to wear what
you feel best in. The confidence you have in the right outfit will shine
When I visit Greece, what is the best way to schedule a
photo session with you?
though I’m based in Santorini, Greece, I’m also available for domestic and
scheduling the photo session, I suggest to prepare the photo session by
visiting my gallery page first for some ideas. Then you can get in touch with
note that I book up fast, especially during the busy summer season, although
there are some pockets here and there that I can fill. So, to ensure
availability, get in touch with me as soon as you confirm your photography
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