MARQ RILEY | Wedding Photographer & Filmmaker in Greece


Backstage Shoot: Evangelie

It has been a crazy summer season with many, many amazing weddings, all waiting patiently in line to be shared right here. First there are all the images, and then some beautiful films too. The editing will take me well into the beginning of next year, once again. 

But in the meantime it's important to keep things fresh by doing other projects. Last month I was asked to film some fashion and cover shoots for Close Up magazine, and produce short backstage impressions of them. I liked this challenge for several reasons, first of all it gave me a chance to observe the world of fashion photography, and some talented photographers at that, and it gave me the opportunity to use my concept of what a behind the scenes video could be, including music I love but can not always use in wedding films.

My third backstage shoot for Close Up involved a photographer I very much respect, Yannis Bournias, capturing cover shots of blogger Evangelie Smyrniotaki. The location is also one of my favourite spots on the Athenian Riviera, the tip of the Laimos peninsula in Vouliagmeni which is home to the Astir Palace Resort. Being the end of October, the sea and cloudscape were excellently moody, and I knew immediately which track I wanted to use for the final video. Luckily Evangelie's styling and attitude fitted perfectly with the whole atmosphere, and it has become one of my favourite little films to date.  

  • Photographer: Yannis Bournias
  • Styling: Evangelie Smyrniotaki
  • Make-up/Hair Giorgos Fytas (This Is Not Another Agency*)
  • Photographer's Assistant: Katerina Goritsa

Music: Sigur Rós - Sæglopur

Filmed and Edited by Marq Riley