Santorini is beautiful. It is one of the most magical spots I’ve ever been to. I was there about 10 years ago when I was at university and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. That trip was during my pre-blogging life and while I had an amazing time, I barely have any photos to remember it by, let alone anything worth framing.
This time around, I planned this trip with some of my most amazing blogger friends. I found a great AirBNB to stay in (Link here), and it parked us right in a blogger’s dream spot. There were a lot of tourists trying to get “the shot,” but we didn’t have to do much – we just stepped outside and shot on our doorstep. Whenever you’re planning a trip, consider the exact spot where you want to be and then go from there. There’s no use finding the perfect hotel deal near Central Park in NYC if all you want to do is walk out onto the streets of SoHo each day, if you know what I mean.
For Santorini, as is the case for most tourist destinations, I would recommend waking up super early to beat the crowds to get some beautiful street shots without having to pose in front of the masses. And sunset in Oia is a spectacular event to experience, so make sure you find a nice restaurant, enjoy a glass of wine and get comfortable before watching the sun go down. We were lucky enough to have our own little perfect picnic spot right outside our house.
So whether it’s Santorini or San Francisco, here are a few tips to help you on your way:
- Do your research and start building your dream book! I always screenshot or save inspiration photos for my trips. It doesn’t matter if it’s a week away, a year away or inconceivable! I have one for each trip I’m going on or want to go on! This way I know exactly the kind of shots I want to get. Pinterest is always amazing for researching locations and “the shot” spots. This minimises your location scouting time and let’s you enjoy things more by the time you arrive.
- Consider your shooting time. I just love shooting in the morning. In summer the light is always good, the crowds are still asleep and you can get the formalities over and done with and actually enjoy the rest of your day. You’ll feel like you have the whole town to your self! Having said that, the afternoon in Santorini is beyond beautiful! Except you will have a huge crowd to contend with, so just consider it an opportunity to complement your great morning shots.
- Be prepared. I know exactly what and how many outfits I will shoot on that day. This way it saves both of your photographer’s time and your time. If he’s with me, Scott shoots most of my content when I’m away, but the busier he gets the less I get to take him on trips, so it can be costly to hire a professional photographer – you want to keep it tight. So the more prepared you are, the more pain-free it is for both of you, whether it’s your Insta-hubby or a hired pro. On my Santorini trip, me and my friends would just shoot each other. In this case, just make sure your camera batteries and your phone is charged the night before and find a quality power bank!
- Have some down time. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the destination. Photos are not the same as memories, and finding a good opportunity to put the phones and cameras away and experience your destination with no distractions is the most precious thing you can do.
I hope these tips will help you plan, capture and enjoy your next trip! And don’t forget to have a dream book! The more dreams you introduce to your life, the more chance they have of coming true!