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Miss Hippie

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2016 has been an interesting year so far. From travel blogging trips, to fashion photography shoots, I’ve had so many incredible projects come my way. One of the best parts of my job is having the chance to work with brands I respect and look up to, ones who inspire me. As a photographer, I have so many creative ideas, so when I have chance to bring them to life it’s a personal goal achieved. I’ve actually always wanted to shoot a summer festival piece and little did I know that I would have the chance to shoot such a story for one of the biggest beauty names in the industry, L’Oreal.

I am personally a huge fan of L’Oreal’s mascaras and have actually used them since I was a teen (no joke, they are actually so good!). Knowing how gorgeous they make my lashes, I was very excited to be on board to photograph a piece for their latest mascara, Miss Hippie. The project was for a blog post for fashion blogger, Danielle Peazer, and with a relatively blank canvas, we shot this piece on a hot summer’s day in London.

Colourful, bright and fun were the words that came to mind. I’ve been trying to push myself creatively and really think about storylines, locations and include as many props as possible.For this shoot we had feathers (which kept flying everywhere lol!), daisies, bunting, bouquets and lots of sunshine. It was actually amazing because every day up until the shoot it had been torrential rain but miraculously the evening we ended up shooting the sun came out to play… crazy how things can work out sometimes. I can also tell you that in the middle of the city, creating summery, fun, festival-inspired images aren’t always easy, but with a little bit of imagination it’s amazing what you can do…

I’m so grateful to have had this photography opportunity and am already looking forward to some new and exciting projects coming up very soon… Really hope you like the snaps!

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Crème de la Mer

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It’s a been while since I shared one of my many fashion photography projects, and today I wanted to talk about shooting beauty. I recently had the opportunity to photograph this gorgeous collection of Crème de la Mer skincare with fabulous menswear blogger, Nathan Rollinson, at one of the most exclusive hotels in London, the Rosewood.

The theme was Hollywood glamour, so picking the perfect location was of utmost importance. And what could work better than the Rosewood‘s most sought after signature suite, the Manor Suite. It was pure elegance, the 185 sq. m. apartment felt like a maze of style, every room boasting more beauty than the last. What we couldn’t get over, however, was the magnificent bathroom suite made of stunning Italian marble. I could not have chosen a better setting for such a luxurious beauty brand.

And so, we spent the morning going through Nathan‘s La Mer beauty regime. From the rich eye creams, to light sprays, I’ve never seen such a gorgeous range of pamper-perfect products. I particularly love shooting beauty and creating wonderful stories out of the people, places and products I’m shooting. I hope you enjoy these photographs and feel like with some pampering from Crème de la Mer, you too can have your own Hollywood moment.

For photography enquiries, do contact me on: vmetaxas31@Gmail.com

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Favourite Summer Kicks

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Who doesn’t love summer? Wardrobe-wise, it’s one of my favourite seasons. It’s the time to let your pretty painted toes dance in cute colourful sandals or comfy espadrilles. I’ve had a few trips this summer so far and have a few more to come, so I’ve tried to pick myself a set of summer kicks that tick every box – from dressed up, to dressed down, from the beaches of Greece to the streets of Switzerland, there’s a pair for every occasion. Hope they give you some inspiration to put a summery spring in your step…

Top to bottom: 

White espadrilles – Zara // Red sandals – Mango // White Triumph Perf Trainers – Keds UK // Yellow sling backs – LK Bennett // Silver sandals – Bought in Greece // Blue courts – Dune // Pink ballerinas – Mango

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London Travel Blogger

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I love finding new and beautiful corners of our city. Discovering places that inspire me is the best feeling, especially when you have a hectic lifestyle. Sometimes you need that spark to give you the idea you were looking for or, in my case, to act as the backdrop for those photographs you had in your mind.

I recently spent the afternoon at the Hampstead Pergola shooting a beautiful project I hope to share with you very soon. It has to be one of my favourite spots in London that I’ve recently come across when searching for new spots to shoot in. Its infinite passages are peaceful, romantic and historic all at the same time, transporting you to another era. Spending the afternoon there gave me that same excited feeling as when I attended Eltham Palace with the White Company, it was that chance to step into another world and feel like you’re on a Victorian film set.

I wanted to share these photographs with you that I snapped in between the fashion we were shooting. Hope it inspires you to go visit once and have a moment of calm to yourself. You can sit with a book and listen to the birds sing, forgetting all your worries for a moment or two.

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Henley Royal Regatta

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It’s the season for garden parties, summer sports and of course, the chance the don your biggest, wackiest and most colourful hat. This year, I was lucky enough to have the chance to experience the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time, to see exactly what those pin-striped blazers and boater hats get up to, and what an experience it was!

Having never been to the Regatta before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did imagine a busy river of boats, but what I didn’t know about was all the fantastic  fashion. Taken by the Bicester Village team, we headed straight into the Stewards Enclosure, one of the most exclusive areas of the event. It was truly spectacular! Rows and rows of mint-green garden chairs dotted the edge of the river as the rowers flew by. I felt like it was England’s little mini-version of Venice, it had that much of a buzz.
We spent the afternoon sipping on pimms, spectating as each and every team rowed down the river. We watched them haul the long boats into the water and prepare themselves for the long race ahead, which they were fortunate to complete under the lovely summer sun. It was a fascinating afternoon and a real feast for the eyes, you didn’t know where to look! I was in awe of all the colour around. I couldn’t take my eyes off the incredible hats and blazers that came in all shades of the rainbow, and especially how people took pride in the blazer they wore (each represents a different rowing team). Knowing that it would be an elegant affair, I took every opportunity to go all out with my outfit and chose to wear a beautiful floral LK bennett dress and shoes, matched with a nude straw hat from Lock & Co hatters. You can never be too overdressed!
As the sun began to leave us, we finished the afternoon with a touch of high tea (the quickest afternoon tea I’ve ever seen laid out!). We watched the last few boats fly by as we made our way back to London. I was so grateful for the chance to experience this exclusive event, and did leave with an air of envy, wishing I could take home one of those fantastic pinstriped jackets. I suppose next year I’ll just have to join a rowing club so I can get my hands on one… Hhmm maybe not!!

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