Getting the most from your holiday photos – Santorini

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!

Oia Santorini


Oia Santorini

Oia Santorini Oia Santorini



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  1. La Bijoux Bella| by mia on July 26, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Oh sooo beautiful … such a wonderful girl’s trip, something to share, cherished and precious for a long time. This is such a heartwarming and fabulous beautiful post. All the magnificent fashion looks and the breathtaking views. Love ❤️ love ❤️ love! 🙂
    Have yourself a happy day Gorgeous Ashley. 🙂

    ??LA BIJOUX BELLA ??| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  2. whitesilkblackleather on July 26, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Love this advice and Santoroni just seems like the most beautiful place!

    White Silk, Black Leather

  3. talesofjude on July 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Great post Ash!! Absolutely love these shots and really enjoyed your tips, especially creating a dream book!! Just need to book a flight to Santorini asap!! J xxx

  4. Fashionevolve on July 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Spectacular post my love. You have me so excited for my trip next year, must start a dream book now! Xxx



  5. Britta on July 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Santorini looks like a dream! I must visit some day!!
    I love your beautiful photos and hope you and the girls had great fun and shared some lovely days together

  6. Neha walia on July 26, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful photos babe, I was in Santorini recently and all what you say is absolutely correct. We chose to stay at Aspaki Art Maisons just for the perfect view of the domes from our balcony and it was the best decision ever. Perfect photos at our doorstep (as you say). Loved your Insta feed and your stories, I was keeping up with your trip ?

  7. stylebyraysagarcia on July 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Amazing photos Ashely! I lived in Greece for 7 years . Such a gorgeous place to live and visit. The view, the food , the language the people everything about Greece is just Beautiful. ?
    I’m glad you girls had a great trip.
    Thanks for sharing. Xx, Raysa

  8. yaramel on July 26, 2017 at 10:39 am

    The last point is super important as nothing beats enjoying the moment thoroughly !
    Lovely pics and tips!!

  9. Nadiene on July 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Looks amazing in Santorini I can’t wait to go one day.

  10. Melanie May on July 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I have absolutely loved following your Santorini journey Ash! The picture of you in the white dress with the flowers overhead is absolutely breathtaking. I think I may need to become a morning person for the sake of the gram haha.
    Mel xxx

  11. graceandcoy on July 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    looks amazing babe!! Obsessed with all your holiday photos <3

    Michaela ||

  12. Nathalie Alexandra on July 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Santorini is such a magical place! Every corner is so pretty!


  13. Nathan Tito on July 26, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Lovely read this is the first time I think I’ve been on your blog ??

  14. Siffat Haider on July 27, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Babe, your pictures from Greece are UNREAL!!! I want to book a trip right now! You’re such a shooting pro – you were so on it in Hawaii!!

  15. Shloka on July 28, 2017 at 3:49 am

    These are all such beautiful shots babe! Thank you for the wonderful tips and I can’t wait to share my photos with you!


  16. Style Appetite on July 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Oh Ash, these photos are beyond amazing!! ♥ I desperately want to go to Santorin too one day – but I’m also a bit afraid of the crowds 😉 haha That’s why I love your tips – definitely love to plan and organize everything beforehand, too 🙂

    Have a great weekend ♥

  17. Britney on July 30, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Great photos! I am so jealous as I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini. I just got back from vacationing in Florida, but unfortunately I didn’t get any good pictures of myself. I went with family, but I was mostly off on my own doing my own thing. I took some decent photos of the scenery though.

  18. SHEhijabi on July 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I’m obsessed! Amazing pics and I think I’ll be saving yours for inspo! Is there anywhere you haven’t been yet, but would love to go to? Faye xo Ps. Your posts are so convenient when I’m taking a break from studying! 😀

  19. notjessfashion1 on July 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    What a beautiful place, easily one of the most picturesque places on Earth. Also, you girls look so fab!

    Jessica |

  20. Jessi Malay on August 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    omg babe! these photos are breathtaking! I’m in love! I need to go and make a trip out there! So glad you’re having fun!!

    XO, Jessi

  21. Nevena Krstic on August 2, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Santorini looks so beautiful! I’d love to go there one day! You look look really lovely 🙂 xx

  22. Melis on August 3, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    OMG Ash!!! This trip just looked sooo dreamy and beautiful! I’ve never been to Santorini, and am dying to go there! And your tips are so point, it’s always so hard to get it right, and you just helped us out big time! Thanks for sharing as always my love, love your blog posts!!

    xx Melis

  23. jenellewitty on August 9, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I loved your outfits on this trip! All so summery and feminine. I am hanging out for summer (in case you hadn’t noticed already!). haha. Thanks for the Airbnb tip, I’ll have to save that one for one day. Always love shooting in the morning too!
    xx Jenelle

  24. Abbey Neeham (@meerustyle) on August 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Love this post Ash. You looks amazing in these photos and loved reading your tips.

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