Greece is unspeakably beautiful. As a destination wedding photographer, my tours have been filled to the brim with breathtaking views in some of the world's most prestigious cities and jaw-dropping countrysides, but Greece is, by far, one of my favorite place to photograph. The glimmering azure seas and white sand beaches, coupled with the rustic metropolises clinging to the hillsides, fill me with wonder and inspiration.
With this photo shoot, my skills as a destination wedding photographer were put to good use as I took shots of this lovely couple, Aggeliki and Argiris. This Greek couple decided to stay in their native country for their holiday in the seaside capital of Chora on the island of Skopelos. I can not say I blame them... Every nook and cranny of this country is delightful, majestic and captivating, and Skopelos is no exception.
First off, I would like to say how beautiful this couple is. Their love is simple and pure. They look into each other's eyes without fear or embarrassment, and they are very open with how they feel about each other. Their level of comfort with one another made this photo session a breeze, and I managed to capture some wonderful shots that let their love shine through in the photos.
The first set of photos were taken at the Panagitsa of Pirgos, a widely-recognized landmark that sits on the coast of the Aegean Sea. The Panagitsa is a lovely white church that has become an attraction to tourists and locals alike, and it has been fondly named Eisodia tis Theotokou (Presentation of Mary) by residents. The Panagitsa has nestled itself into the outer edges of Chora's main port and is the first thing visitors see when they arrive. The brilliant ivory of the Panagitsa and the last of summer's warm rays simply lit up the scenery and cast a nice glow over Aggeliki and Argiris. It was like Heaven was shining down upon their love.
After the church, we moved on to the city streets of Chora, weaving our way through the cluster of houses with brightly painted doors and close-knit doorsteps. The bold blues and cobblestone paths made an eye-catching backdrop as Aggeliki and Argiris exchanged loving kisses and warm embraces. Their smiles are both so genuine. You could see they were truly happy, that they fulfilled one another.
As I took the final shots of them on a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea, I told them how lucky they were to have found each other. I will admit, I was sad to leave them. Their cheerful conversation and complete oneness of heart will forever be in my memory.
One of the greatest joys of motherhood is the way it makes a person see the world with fresh eyes; so many things that we adults have gotten used to, even taken for granted, are to children the stuff of wonderment, prompting wide innocent smiles and peals of laughter.
In the presence of children, we witness so many “firsts” - first steps, first words, first trips to the park, and we truly begin to see every day as the new beginning it is. Each of these moments is so precious to a mother that it becomes her ultimate goal to capture them all, to make those jewels permanent in the form of photographs, videos, and other keepsakes.
Such was the situation with the beautiful Dutch family shown in the images below. The mother, Manja, had spent some of her happiest years in Cyprus, watching her two children grow up under the benevolent Mediterranean sunshine. The time had come, however, for a change and the family is soon moving back to their home in the Netherlands, where little Vico and Beau Jolie will continue growing up surrounded by their relatives.
While the children are, of course, bundles of excitement about being nearer to the rest of their family, for Manja, saying goodbye to Cyprus also meant closing the door on a blissful chapter in her family's life. As such, she decided it was the perfect time to cross something she had always dreamed of off her “bucket list”: a family photoshoot that would form the perfect lifelong memento of the wonderful years they had spent here.
While I have worked with many lovely people over my career as a destination photographer, I can truly say that Manja's devotion to her shoot was a rare delight for me: she enthusiastically worked with me, spending days planning the shoot, preparing props and accessories, and sending me inspiration until I knew exactly how to pull this shoot together.
When the big day came, there was only one thing left to take care of, something that could not be planned or predicted: striking up enough of a rapport with the children that I could get the shots I wanted. Thankfully, by the end of the shoot, the children and I were giggling away like old friends as I learned ballet jumps from Beau Jolie and football techniques from Vico.
The result was an amazing experience, a blissful day spent among the champagne-hued fields and beside the rippling blue waters of the sea, the brilliant colours of nature perfectly mirroring the blonde hair and blue eyes of the Brouwers. The white clothing and décor added the perfect note of purity, creating the sense of something heavenly as the loving family all clustered together for one of their last days out together on this magical island where time so often seems to stand still.
One of the greatest powers of the universe is the mysterious gravity which draws kindred souls together; often surprising and inexplicable, this force is a weaver of stories and shaper of lives, pulling those caught up in it in truly unexpected directions.
As a destination wedding and engagement photographer, I am lucky to have had the opportunity to hear about many such chance meetings between kindred souls, but few tales have so delighted me with their humour and candour as that of the meeting of Karen and Martins.
Back in June of 2013, Karen was just about to leave Cyprus, having decided to return to her home country, the Netherlands. It was a bitter-sweet parting; Karen was looking forward to seeing her homeland once more, but she would be sorely missed by her Cypriot co-workers. Rather than lament, however, they decided to throw her an unforgettable party - they wheedled and cajoled her to attend “Lost at Sea” boat party, wanting to have one last fun night out with the vivacious young woman they had come to know and love.
That decision had change the course of her life. At the other side of the boat, she sighted a handsome Latvian man—Martins—and her heart skipped a beat. Soon, the two were flirting the night away, eventually winding up on a beach with Martins' work colleagues, drinking champagne and drawing the eye of all the other party-goers. Even strangers could see at once that these two bright sparks belonged with one another, each burning with the same vivid inner light.
Martins was obviously intent on never letting Karen out of his sight; over the next year and half, he gave up his job to follow her to the Netherlands, then accompanied her on her travels around the world (touring Latvia, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia) before the two finally decided to settle down where it all began—in sunny Cyprus, where I was invited to come take their pictures.
In keeping with the tale of Karen and Martins' first meeting, I chose to hold their couples shoot at beautiful Curium Beach—a wild, untouched wonder of nature where windswept cliffs cascade dramatically down toward the sea, their pale faces crowned with gold and green.
The breeze danced beautifully with Karen's hair and scarf, adding a wonderful sense of motion to the images which I happily experimented with for a long while before taking a break to wait for the sun to set. When I paused the session, Martins delighted us all by going to buy some wine at the nearest store, enabling us to spend our break chatting like old friends, musing on life, travelling, and Cyprus as the wind brushed our cheeks and the sun bathed us in its mellow rays.
This shoot was a blissful finale for me, the perfect end to my time in Cyprus. I will always remember that island with great fondness as a place where unique and diverse people come together, sharing stories, life, and love beneath the warm honey of the Mediterranean sun... Then, like birds, many of them fly away home, their hearts rich with memories.
The adage which states life begins when you step out of your comfort zone proved to true both literally and metaphorically for Julie, a vivacious Scottish beautician I met recently through my work as a destination wedding photographer.
Though I am natively a Croatian wedding photographer, I am available worldwide for shoots and have recently spent a long while in Cyprus, so I am no longer used to meeting people as gregarious as Julie; many people in this region of the world are rather quiet and keep to themselves, independently going about their lives. Julie, though, radiates a bubbly life-force that draws everyone to her—so much so that she was well-known and liked by all of her neighbours at the apartment complex she lived in just over a year ago.
Naturally, then, when a handsome single Dutchman by the name of Bart moved in to the said complex, titillated whispers lit up the building as its residents immediately saw a potential match for Julie. Soon, her customers at work were telling her about the charming newcomer to her flat and doing their best to set up a date—which Julie at first flatly refused.
But, the seed was planted—as she went about her day-to-day life, she could not help but start to look for Bart in and around her building, to notice the twinkle in his eye and the warmth of his smile. Something in her heart started to tug at her, telling her to take a chance, to ignore her hesitancy and take a risk on a possibly awkward blind date with a stranger.
Eventually, Julie accepted the invitation to go out for a drink, and when she let herself meet Bart's eyes for the first time, she felt a sense of instant, unmistakeable connection. One date turned into many, and within a few months, the couple realised that the only times their flat truly felt like “home” was when they were together in it. As such, they decided to take their biggest risk yet; despite how new their relationship was, they chose to move in together.
Their choice was immediately blessed—that New Year's, Julie was overjoyed to discover the greatest of surprises: She was expecting a baby! In a whirlwind of holiday celebration, she and Bart got engaged, and are now planning a wedding for a next year.
The little decorative box I photographed Julie's ring on perfectly captures what has unfolded for this couple: “Every once in a while... right in the middle of ordinary life... love gives you a fairytale.” As you can see from the pictures, their life has started to unfold like something from a storybook; in March, they moved into a beautiful big house surrounded by a palm-strewn garden, a little patch of paradise all their own. Inside, however, there were many signs that Julie and Bart have held onto their down-to-earth candour and sense of humour; I found an adorable “wedding fund” piggy bank, surrounded by seemingly endless congratulations cards from their friends and family, as well as a quirky plaque.
After capturing these mementos, I took the couple to the beautiful Ayios Georgios Alamanou rocks (near Governor's Beach in Cyprus). This beautiful beach has long been a place for lovers to walk, hand-in-hand, as the sun sets, finding hidden nooks among the many sea caves and tiny islets where they might quietly whisper their secrets, dreams, hopes, and fears, their voices blending into the soothing murmur of the waves.
I shot Julie and Bart against the beach's famous stones, which rise as pure and white as dove's wings from the inky black sands below and overlook the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea. This uncluttered yet dramatic landscape draws the eye out to the endless blue horizon, creating a thrilling sense of the unknown and making one contemplate the majesty of the future—the perfect aura to surround this couple, whose fairytale has truly only just begun.
While many people out there are mostly familiar with hiring a wedding photographer, most of them don’t consider hiring a photographer to capture their love or engagement. The reason is that they might think that kind of photos are a little cheesy and unnecessary. An engagement would not be complete if there are no photos taken during the event. Moreover, you can use these photos on your wedding invitations and treasure for life.
When looking to hire an engagement photographer, in my opinion, you can choose either a photographer or an artist. Confused? Don’t be. You see, art has many different definitions, but the one which I relate mostly to is that art is a process of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the emotions or senses. It does not matter if it is a kid holding a point and shoot camera or me holding a DSLR. What matters is that each person that looks through a lens sees something different. Every photographer is an artist because we express ourselves through a push of a button.
You must be wondering how one can determine if you want a photographer or an artist? With portfolios all over the web, a couple does not have to look far to find an artist. You will be able to tell by looking at images… You will be able to identify whether these photos look like they were on the list or these photos scream of an expression from an artist.
When it comes to me, I have been taking photos since I was a teenager and over the time I evolved as an artist whose style is perfect for engagements and weddings; simple, lifestyle, fresh and soft. As the saying goes, if you are passionate about something, you can not go wrong. Same applies to me! I am really considering myself blessed as I am doing the best job in the world which I am totally passionate about. Photography allows me to travel all around the world and I have an opportunity to meet most amazing people and couples in love. Because of their love, I get to grow more and more, not only as a photographer and an artist, but also as a person.
This couple shooting took place in beautiful picturesque city Limassol in Cyprus. It is a great example of how beauty and harmony fits perfectly together on this island of love.
Good photographer will look for moments, but also set a scene. I like my photos to feel natural and candid, yet done with some direction and styling so you are not left wondering what you need to do. I direct you to interact, to draw real emotion out of you, get real looks towards each other and then I am documenting real love. If you are planning an engagement in an island or near a beach, I can be your best bet as you will get to capture your every moment in your special island paradise.
The image of a beautiful woman waiting by the shore faithfully for the man she loves goes back eons, to the time of the mythical Odysseus and his wife Penelope. We can easily call to mind the image of her, candle in hand, peering out the window, gazing far out over the moonlit sea, thinking of the day when her partner will return to her.
Such images of faithful love waiting by the sea seems the stuff of ancient tales, but Ana and Marko show us that in some small Mediterranean towns, this timeless tradition still lives on. She works as a makeup artist while he works as a sailboat skipper—hence the image of this beautiful couple posing together near a line of boats—and as such, they are often parted for long periods of time as Marko deftly pilots sailboats around the Mediterranean.
In spite of this, their love has remained strong; each time they are reunited, they feel a rush of joy similar to that which they felt when they first met and fell for one another. Ana and Marko therefore decided to make their bond eternal with a simple, heartfelt ceremony, one which fittingly took place by the sea in Zadar, Croatia. The couple was wed in the ancient Cathedral of St. Anastasia, a grand structure which has been in existence since the middle ages, and which has no doubt housed a great many lovers oft parted by the crashing waves of the sea.
After the ceremony was completed, Ana and Marko exited the church in a rush of colour and bliss, knowing that now, nothing on earth could truly ever part them. To forever cement this rapture in their memories, they posed for a photo with all of their family and friends, the crowd raising their arms to the heavens in celebration.
During my trip to Cyprus, I got in touch with Hasan, a male model from Israel who changed his country for this sunny Mediterranean island.
We set up a simple mini shooting on a beach next to St Raphael Resort in Limassol. I liked that location because it gave me an opportunity to work with natural light, focusing on relaxed and candid poses.
I have enjoyed working with Hasan, who is tall and fit with great facial features. What is more important, he is really comfortable in his own skin, which made my job easier.
He is also available for bookings, so feel free to contact him.
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. She is also known as Cypris, Lady of Cyprus.
I am sure this must be one of a reasons why this island is full of people in love, enjoying their life and every beautiful moment they have...
Agata and Mike are a new couple, but they are both very passionate about their relationship. Our mini session took place at a small picturesque fishing village Zygi, which was perfect for them to relax and enjoy each other.
Iva and Tino, two best friends and soul mates, two people crazy in love, decided to have a small intimate seaside wedding. They wanted to say their big "yes" next to waves, breathing salty breeze and savor the scent of pine trees. Their romantic ceremony took place on rocks in Pula, Croatia, conveniently called "Sveta Stijena" (Holly Rock).
This is their story...
Nova Vjenčanja magazine spring 2014.
"Sea, rock and lace"
photography: Martina Hohnjec (Timeless Photography)
model: Lucia Raić
styling: Tatjana Grivić
makeup: Makeup Artist Anavi
hair: Berkovic Marija
dresses: Arileo studio, Lukabu by Marina Jerant, La Marye, Ivana Pasinek Design, I. J. Design
shoes: Dolce Cecilia, Hoegl, Ledenko
It is an absolute honor to see Ivka and Neno's wedding featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine. I'm so incredibly blessed to work with such amazing clients and I am so happy they could share their happiness and love with others.
Although it has been a year since their big day, a big smile appears on my face whenever I think about them and their beautiful sea wedding.
Njihovo vjenčanje ću pamtiti kao jedno od emotivnijih vjenčanja na predivnoj lokaciji hrvatskog Jadrana, Pagu, upotpunjeno jednostavnošću i elegancijom te savršenim prijateljima.
Prošla je već jedna godina, a njihova ljubav još uvijek ostavlja trag. Ivka i Neno, sretna vam prva godišnjica braka! :)
Ostanite mladi u svojoj ljubavi!
I will always remember their wedding as one of the most emotional weddings on a stunning coast of Pag, enriched with simplicity and elegance, and, what is more important, with perfect friends.
One year has passed, and still, their love leaves trace. Ivka and Neno, I wish you a happy first wedding anniversary.
May the freshness of your love always remain!
Ona je Hrvatica, a on je porijeklom iz Turske. Njihovi pogledi su se prvi puta sreli u kuhinji jednog restorana u Americi gdje su oboje radili. Od tada su Antea i Serkan jednostavno nerazdvojni. Životni putevi su ih nakratko rastavili, no ljubav ne poznaje granice - sada su sretni i žive u Hrvatskoj.
Baš tamo, točnije u Poreču, imala sam ih prilike upoznati. U našem kratkom druženju, oduševila sam se njihovom ljubavi te ponajviše činjenicom koliko su jedno drugome podrška i snaga u životu.
Antea i Serkan, hvala vam što ste me podsjetili da su srodne duše povezane vječno, ma gdje god one bile. <3
She is from Croatia and he is from Turkey. Their eyes glanced each other in a restaurant kitchen in America were both of them had worked. Ever since, Antea and Serkan are inseparable. Life path took apart of them for a while, but love knows no boundaries - they are happy now and live in Croatia.
Right there, precisely in Poreč, I've met this cute couple. I was impressed with their love, and most of all, with a fact how big support and strength they are to each other.
Antea and Serkan, thank you for being a great reminder how soul mates are related forever, wherever they might be. <3
location: Hotel Palazzo, Poreč, Croatia
makeup: Urška Bizjak
hair: Romina Močibob for Beauty salon Melody
Be in love,