Hello! Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Vasilis Liappis and I am an Athens based, destination wedding photographer who loves to capture all the emotions, special moments and eye catching frames of such a unique day, as the day of your wedding. I love to narrate the whole story of yours as if it was a romantic movie you'd watch with your best half, holding hands and eating popcorn. If you connect with my images, then let's communicate!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I've always been in the photography industry, since my early days, in different genres, so I decided to give it a go in the wedding industry.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
One of my best experiences happens each time I see a couple that is so connected, so much in love, that everything comes naturally.Every touch, every kiss is their true moment of love. I very much appreciate such an opportunity when it happens, and to be honest, this isn't the case all the times.
What equipment do you use?
I have a Canon EOS 5D MK3 and an EOS R body, a Canon 17-4mm, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L, a Canon 100mm L macro, Sigma art 50mm f/1.4, Sigma art 35mm 1.4 and I love using a Drone (Autel Evo2pro)
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
All day long is full of emotions and unexpected moments, but, if I had to choose nonetheless, I would say when the couple meets up in the alley. Too many reactions of them both simultaneously.
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
Leave all your concerns and things that get you anxious aside and enjoy every last bit of the moment. It's your day afterall.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
In every wedding I cover, I always feel like it is my own. I get really connected with everything that's happening. So, I guess it would be that.
What were your early influences? Any photographers you looked up to or you still look up to today?
Twomann studios captured my interest when I first started, and I follow them from the beginning of my career and admire their work still. But over the years I've found many other fellow photographers that make me feel more connected with their images, such as Tinted Photography from USA, Vic Lax from Spain, and the last couple of years some professionals from Asia, like RYM photography and Forelsket pictures.
How do you prepare yourself before a wedding?
First thing is to check my bag, charge all my batteries and check my memory cards. Secondly I double check the timeline of the day, and lastly, if I haven't already, I check through google maps and online all the locations and venues that I'm about to go.
How long have you been a photographer?
Generally 20 years, in the wedding industry though, the last 7.
Can you describe your style of your photography?
I love romantic and moody setups, but also love capturing unique moments in a photojournalistic kinda way. All in a style, as minimal as possible, depending the circumstance of course. I love using the sunny environment Greece so generously offers, in order to create contrasts that tell a love story.
Where do you find ideas for your work?
Online mostly, through Instagram and Pinterest, and of course movies.
What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve shot?
It would be one from 2019's August, in the island of Karpathos, Greece, where I witnessed a local traditional wedding, which was an overwhelming experience for me, as it had elements that are hard to find for a second time in your life.
What advice can you give to new wedding photographers about their pricing structures?
Never underestimate your selves is the first most important, but at the same time be aware about the quality of services you provide and build a stable pricing structure, that mirrors them.
Within the wedding industry, who else captivates and interests you?
Videographers, because it is something that I wish I could do. So many creative possibilities.
Where do you see wedding photography heading in the next few years?
With the evolve of technology and equipment, the sky is the limit for every creative out there.
Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?
I love outdoors, hiking, swimming and being close to nature. I also love music. I mostly enjoy shooting landscapes and seascapes though, and love editing those images, as if I was a painter. It's such a stress relief for me.