We've Moved!

We've been sharing our photography on this blog since March 2007 and with the recent update of our website I thought it was time to change up the blog too! Thank you for your support and your comments over the last few years!

Please redirect your bookmarks to our new blogsite:  

http://www.amorphiaphotography.com/blog/

You Get What You Pay For!

Sadly I hear this so many times "we wish we'd hired you, we're so disappointed with our wedding photographs". Only this weekend I heard about a couple who hadn't booked us who were very unhappy with the photographs from their wedding.

Don't get me wrong, this is not something I take pleasure in hearing or making public but rather this a reminder and even a warning to future brides and grooms that, as with everything, you get what you pay for.

In many instances, if you hire a cheap photographer, you'll receive sub-standard unprofessional images. Why? Because they're not invested in YOUR wedding. They have 100+ more cheap weddings to shoot and attention to detail and quality turns into production line, snap shot photography on the wedding day and then clients receive unretouched images and a quickly thrown together album.

Don't be one of those disappointed couples that end up regretting their choice of photographer!

Paul and I shoot a handful of weddings per year and give our clients quality images that they deserve and an attention to all the important details on their wedding day. I'm pleased to say that we've been shooting weddings since 2006 and not once have we had a client say they are dissatisfied with their images or their album. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Our couples are blown away with their wedding photographs and often have difficulty choosing their photographs because they have a vast selection of high quality images for their albums.

Here is a recently completed album which showcases the consistency of our work throughout the wedding day as well as the high end retouching of images and a clean, modern design.

We look forward to working with you in 2013!

 

Ariana & Philippos

Hasselblad Photographer of the Month

For the second time in less than two years, I've been voted as Hasselblad Photographer of the month (April). It was quite unexpected and really an honour to be acknowledged again by my peers. This same image was selected by Hasselblad and enlarged as one of their images on their stand at Photokina last year. If you're interested in taking a look, I will be featured again in Victor magazine in May which can be found online: http://www.victorbyhasselblad.com/en/magazine.aspx

Sofie Louca - Hasselblad Photographer of the Month April 2012

Sofie Louca - Hasselblad Photographer of the Month April 2012

We're Still Here And Here's One we Prepared Earlier!!

I'm hanging my head in shame ... really I am! I haven't updated the blog in months and I really have no excuse. I think today I should really do something about it so here's a photo shoot of a couple that we shot at the end of 2011. Emilia & Andres really killed it in front of the camera as you can see with the amount of photos I'm posting! Anyone would think they were models they were THAT good! We had great fun photographing these two!

 

Vangelis & Maria

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Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

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Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

Amorphia Photography, Sofie Louca, Paul Karaolides, Weddings in Cyprus, Cyprus Weddings, Limassol Weddings, high end weddings, contemporary weddings, fashion

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PS I Love You Tutorials: Special Offer

29th September 2011 is our 20th wedding anniversary! Can't quite believe Paul & I have been together that long plus I don't feel old enough to have been married so long. In fact, it makes us sound ancient and we're definitely not! Paul very romantically informs me that you can get less in prison for murder!! And that pretty much sums up how romantic we both are but I guess we must be doing something right. LOL! 

As it's our 20th anniversary, we're providing you with a very special discount on our educational PS I Love You tutorials. For the first 20 lucky people purchasing our tutorials during September there will be a huge discount on the set of three PS I Love You training tutorials. A whopping Eur100 off the already special intro offer taking the tutorials down to only Eur99. To take advantage of this very special offer, please add the discount code '20' to your cart on checkout.

If you want to learn how we create artistic & beautifully enhanced images like the ones below, purchase PS I Love You tutorials where you'll receive over 5 hours of practical and easy to understand information to enhance your post-processing techniques. And remember, only the first 20 people will be able to use the discount code!

For more information on PS I Love You tutorials please visit the website!

 

Samy & Kerry

If you're getting married in Cyprus and looking for a out of the ordinary & peaceful location, check out Ayii Anargyri Spa Resort in Miliou. It's one of the most beautiful locations we've photographed a wedding in Cyprus and definitely worth visiting if you're looking for a venue.

Samy & Kerry's wedding was before Cyprus gets too hot and dry and the area surrounding the venue was lush and green. Their ceremony & reception was held outside and we were afforded the time by Samy & Kerry before the reception to photograph them on the resort's grounds. Both sides of the family were wonderful to work with and we were pleasantly surprised when we got a mention in Samy's speech - the first time that's ever happened! Thanks guys!

Their album arrived yesterday and it's stunning! 

 

It's Been a While!

For those of you wondering, we're still in the land of the living! After our workshop in Santorini, I've been playing catch up with work and the blog has taken a backseat. The workshop was a great success and we had some fantastic people in the class. More about Santorini soon. In between everything we have shot a few weddings and I also squeezed in two Bon Jovi shows! More to come soon but here's a sneak preview of what I need to get blogging about!

Santorini

 

Mario & Tatiana

 

Samy & Kerry

Vangelis & Maria

Jon & Richie! :)

 

 

Photoshop Webinar: Save The Date!

On Monday 6th June @ 18:00 GMT, I'll be doing a free Photoshop webinar hosted by Uzair Kharawala. I'll be demonstrating some of the fundamentals of Photoshop which we use in our post-processing and showing you how to avoid common mistakes made in Photoshop. You'll also be able to follow along as I process a recent image from start to finish. 

For more information and to register, please click here.

Katerina

A few photos I never got around to blogging taken earlier this year taken in Thailand & Cyprus....

 

 

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2012 Wedding Offer

If you've been anywhere near a tv, a radio or the internet you'll know it's been a fairytale weekend.... once upon a time boy meets girl, they fall in love, girl marries her prince charming, girl looks like a beautiful princess on her wedding day, they have a party fit for a king and live happily ever after ... some place in Anglesey!

With the royal wedding being the topic of conversation at the moment, we decided to put together a special offer to mark the occasion! We are offering two very lucky couples a fantastic opportunity to have their wedding photographed by Paul & myself with a discounted rate & exceptional bonuses.

We are offering two couples a 10% discount on either Collection 1 or 2 in our current Collections, one additional hour of coverage on the 'day after' photo session, plus 10 complimentary 7x5in prints and a further Eur200 to put towards either extra pages in the album, extra coverage time on the wedding day or a cd of images. And that's not all ... these two special couples will receive a complimentary engagement photo session (to include four complimentary A4 prints)!

Only two couples getting married in 2012 will be able to take advantage of this special offer and booking must take place before the end of June 2011. The above offer is as stated and cannot be changed or transferred for cash. 

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www.psiloveyou.co is officially launched!

I can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to the land of the living ... I've finished (for now)! I don't think I bargained on what a huge undertaking it would be to cover so much information and put together all the Photoshop tutorials as well as my non-techy brain figuring out the whole shopping cart thing! We're a little late launching but you know what they say, better late than never!

So, www.psiloveyou.co is officially launched! 

More info can be found on the website but primarily our aim was to provide informative and useful tutorials that were easy to understand and follow along and I'm certain that we achieved that! We clearly explain a variety of techniques and lay the foundation for image enhancing skills before progressing to more in depth Photoshop. You also have the opportunity to follow along as I process some of our signature images from the 'straight out of camera' photograph to the end result. The tutorial preview page on the website provides a short (and smaller!) example of how the videos will look.

The tutorials made their debut in our classes in Athens last month and we've already had one photographer contact us saying: 

I'm very impressed! Your lesson on masks and adjustment layers was the simplest to understand that I've seen. You are a great teacher!

The content listing for the tutorials is as follows:

Set One

  1. introducing layers, layer masks, adjustment layers & blending modes
  2. curves basics - how and why curves are used
  3. practical uses of blending modes
  4. dodging and burning non-destructively
  5. changing the color of an object
  6. adding textures
  7. creating your own warm & cool tone actions
  8. stretching an image
  9. enhancing images: creating artistic, signature images
  10. enhancing images: creating artistic, signature images
  11. enhancing images: creating artistic, signature images

 

Set Two

  1. HDR (multiple images) using Photoshop
  2. HDR (single image) using Photoshop
  3. HDR (multiple images) using Nik HDR Efex Pro
  4. HDR (single image) using Nik HDR Efex Pro
  5. introduction to shadows & highlights adjustments
  6. shadows & highlights & Nik tonal contrast filter
  7. creating punchy black & white images
  8. easily straightening a horizon
  9. enhancing images: creating artistic, signature images
  10. enhancing images: creating artistic, signature images
  11. creating actions to easily place your logo on an image in three different ways

 

Set Three

  1. skin retouching, including skin softening & evening up skin tones
  2. enhancing eyes & makeup and changing makeup color
  3. using the liquify filter
  4. reducing dark areas under eyes
  5. creating a shine on skin & enhancing highlights
  6. whitening teeth
  7. accurately cleaning a white background

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback of if there's anything else you might be interested in that we didn't cover in these tutorials that you'd like us to put together in the future.

 

IMPORTANT: For those who contacted me via email expressing an interest in the tutorials, I sent out emails earlier this week but it seems that many have gone straight to junk/spam inboxes. Please check your junk/spam inboxes!

 

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Less Than One Week to....

.....book your early bird rate for our workshop in Santorini!

The Santorini workshop will be held from 13-17 June 2011 by myself & Paul (finalists & semi-finalists in this year's prestigious Hasselblad awards although if you're reading the blog, I think you know who we are by now!) and Nik Pekridis (who has been asked by Yervant to speak with him in Corfu later this year) and Adam Alex (who recently won Fashion Photographer of the Year at WPPI and runs XSight UK). There will be a range of informative classes including practical photo sessions demonstrating various forms of lighting techniques and posing.

And for those that have asked us if we will be showing some of our Photoshop techniques, the answer is 'definitely, yes'!

To take advantage of our early bird rate which is a fantastic investment of only Eur500, you must book your place before the end of March. Please contact Nik at info@pws.gr

We look forward to seeing you in Santorini soon!

 

Super-speed Photoshop!

Below is a video of Paul using Photoshop to enhance a wedding image of one of our great clients & now a good friend, Christine. The video has been speeded up in this instance to give you a quick view of how we'd work in Photoshop.

To see videos of us using Photoshop with step by step instructions and in real-time, please check back again very soon when we announce the launch of PS I LOVE YOU our Photoshop tutorial website. For those that have already contacted us expressing your interest, thank you and I will be sure to email you as soon as we're up & running!

We have prepared a series of tutorials which range from explaining the fundamentals of masking & blending modes, HDR, skin retouching to more in depth tutorials to create artistic, signature images and much, much more. Someone suggested we make a tutorial about adding logos onto images so we added that in too with easy, follow along instructions to create an action to do this for you.

There will be three different sets and in total the tutorials are over 5 hours long!

If you've been to one of our recent classes either in the UK or Greece, you'll know already, Paul & I are overly generous with the information we provide and these tutorials are definitely no different! :)

 

The before & after image featured in the above video: