Eric & Christina
Falling in Love in Oia
I truly love it when I get to work with couples in the village of Oia. Especially when they are so warm, relaxed and charming, as Eric and Christina proved to be.
Couples sessions give a photographer, a whole new set of possibilities, as opposed to wedding shoots. The lack of a strict time schedule, allows you to work more in detail, discovering exciting new spots and trying new angles, even at a place you feel you know like the back of your hand. Now, set these conditions against the magic background of Oia, and your possibilities are endless!
Five day holiday in Santorini
The beautiful thing about Eric & Christina was that they really dived in this experience, seeing our session as a small adventure. Having left behind the hectic rhythm of metropolitan New York, they came for a five day holiday in Santorini, looking to find what makes this place one of the most famed Greek islands, around the world.
To that effect, I believe Oia proved all that they hoped for. To understand why this particular spot exercises such charm on its visitors I’d like to mention a few things about the conditions under which the village was built. Around the 15th Century and while the island was under French Occupation, the local inhabitants formed naval communities in the form of “city- castles”, which they built high up on the cliffs to avoid pirate attacks which were quite common at the time.
Journalistic photo calendar
And since the roughness of the “caldera” and the lack of construction materials didn’t allow much room for conventional building methods, the people were forced to carve their houses, streets and churches inside the rocks of the volcano itself, following the shapes and formation the soil provided.
That technique gave rise to a labyrinth of small intertwined houses built, sometimes, on top of each other or inside each other, sharing yards, living rooms, even space with the public streets.
Following Christina and Eric around, as they discovered this wonder of nature and human co- existence, was truly inspirational. Getting lost in narrow alleys, mingling in the crowd, stopping at quaint little yards and corners to admire the breathtaking view, made this session more of a journalistic photo calendar, rather than a typical photoshoot. And for that it seemed to me even more so terribly romantic.