On glossy magazines, pregnancy and life

Well, this week is quite bizarre for me because from what it seems I might be giving birth to my first child a bit sooner than expected probably by the beginning of this next week. I’ve come to experience the heaviness of this final period with more drowsiness, change of moods and  unjustified sensitivity. This few days I also feel for the first time the overwhelming anxiety and the huge responsibility of a new life. So any possible scheduling of posts fell thin, instead I feel like talking about something I hear or read quite often not only online but IRL conversations.

I’ll start by saying that I work as a photographer and as a commercial one, it means I take pictures for magazines or advertising agencies or companies like IKEA. For them actually, I was commissioned to produce the images that would compile a book portraying the contemporary home of Greek people and how had the company(IKEA) helped in shaping a style or way of living.

The homes I photographed where those of ordinary people, representing a more relaxed and plain living than those of designer made homes we normally see on glossy magazines. Still, the day I had each and every shooting I remember that all owners made sure they had properly cleaned their houses and put everything away. They even went to the extend of mini dramas on the rare occasions I had to reschedule their shooting day, afraid that a molecule of dust might show after all. For all of them it wasn’t anymore about the house they lived but it was about the house they had expectations for, it was about the perfect home they aspired to have. The homes were all dressed up and neat, free from toys scattered around or all other paraphernalia associated with everyday living. These homes resembled of snapshots we see of families gathered together, best smile put on for the camera, looking all happy and uniform with no sign of flaws or misfits. They were all trying to live up to those images they see in magazines or glossy editions and I don’t judge them about it.

If anyone does the work I do or has ever been involved in a photo-shoot knows that there are a few rules that we need to follow in order to say that the image captured every time fulfills the role assigned for each project. For instance, if we want to showcase houses in a magazine or a book about their decoration qualities we need to make sure all elements that don’t add to the style of each home are meticulously removed. Especially when we speak about high-end publications the use of a stylist is deemed necessary in order to create the best presentation for the camera, one that promotes and demonstrates the features of the space.

For those homes I photographed I did the minimum necessary styling, but even me went on staging some scenes of imaginary breakfasts or dinners, or, for example, creating playtimes in kids’ rooms. All those constructed daily scenes where not overly made but this helped avoiding unwanted clutter in my images and breath a sense of life in them in an orderly manner that enriched my work without opposing it.

These were not perfect homes of perfect people but definitely when someone would see them through the book would perceive them as such. Still when this notion would settle in our brain then we would go on and do what the book lead us to do! We would be able to take the time and look for all the elements that made these homes appealing, distinguish interesting details in them and realize why and how a design idea works, in other words we would go on and read all the information given from the pictures.  As any book of  written narrative is the result of its author, a work that derives from the editing, the subtraction or construction of ideas and intellect there’s an analog when we talk about visual books and the editing of the visuals is one mandatory action.                    

(All images above are part of the work I did for a client. They rent residences around Greece)


The amazing (secret) world of two Manhattanites

One of my favorite Australian shelter magazines is Inside out. In its pages I discovered this gem and I had to share. A busy couple, who spends their daily lives in Manhattan working as architects, has created this amazing retreat in the woods of New York. It’s a weekend getaway from the urban madness to the quiet ways of nature in an idyllic area amidst the green trees and greener fields. A space secluded and calm. Decorated only with the bare essentials, its speaks an inner need.  The couple invested in creating a soothing environment using a natural palette with beautiful wooden materials, both in their construction and furnishings along with a few art objects that compliment the space.  The porch with its views and the bathroom with its freestanding bathtub appeal to me the most!



Find & Refined {One of a kind}

mobile // necklace // tray // purse // pear // handbag



Dandelions are elusive but pretty

In my yard, you see dandelions pop up almost everyday, now! I’m glad we left this weed thrive, because when in bloom it gives these amazing balls of fuzziness and fluff that make you happy every time you look at them. So simple!


Beauty is this…safari tent

El Cosmico offers an alternative way for an unforgettable vacation. Safari tents with wood floors and futons. Imagine sleeping in one of those tents and waking up early enough the next day to see the sun rise, this I call beauty.



Baby Sophisticated…

My radar is on baby stuff that doesn’t look like baby stuff, so I was quite thrilled to come across this beautiful etsy store called LHIdea. They use organic cotton and pure linen and everything is so sophisticated and different. Their items combine elegance and quality. The textiles are natural and soft, something both the mother and the baby will appreciate, each on their own! Their design is simple but oh, so stylish! Some of favorites are from top to bottom; the crib bumper, the linen bib, the linen blanket/quilt, the baby sleeping bag and the hooded towel.



The amazing world of Kelsey Foster

kelseyfoster photography

Through her photographic lenses an amazing universe is fabricated. There’s a shared quality amongst her themes, there it be fashion or travel or portrait images. A fragile sensibility that transforms mundane subjects into works of art and dresses the world with a delicate symmetry. The images are serene, calming our frantic senses, in an instant, upon looking at them and the people she captures seem confident but also quiet. A quaint view of our constantly erratic lives.



Flowers from the garden

My garden is pretty young and the blooming flowers are yet sparse still, around this time every year whenever I have the chance I pick fresh flowers from our garden. I find joy in bringing home what nature has to offer! A little ritual that marks the change of season and the years passing by… These little handmade bouquets instantly give an uplifting note in our living room. It’s true that no matter how humble a flower is the beauty that encapsulates is precious.


Beauty is…this fashion illustration by Leigh Viner

Leigh Viner, a self taught artist, creates these rad illustrations out of her deep appreciation and love for fashion! Her pieces celebrate beauty all the way. The artworks are sensational yet powerful. She has a wide range of mediums varying from sketch to photography. The one showing here is a favorite of mine. If you like to see more, do pay a visit to her.



Family Affairs

Clothes that remind me the breeze of summer have a special place in my heart. When I wear them I recall memories of long forgotten holidays… As if lazy warm evenings of other times sail in the ocean of my mind. I long for this familiar notion, from time to time, to soothe me and cuddle me. The clothes from the spring summer collection of Family Affairs have a similar quality which draws me so effortlessly!