After my research career, I spent a decade-and-a-half-long career in international high-tech, founded a multimillion marketing firm, and also taught primary school children seeking asylum from the war in the middle East. My journey has been one of searching for meaning, and today, after 4 careers, I am happy that my life is dedicated to capturing life’s greatest events in the most meaningful manner:
I hope that by showing all the goodness that exists in the world, I might help make the world a bit better, ever so slightly. I can imagine nothing more powerful than a couple in Love! I also teach fine art photography workshops around the world, and I strive to challenge and inspire a new generation of artists to use their own art as a platform for positive change.
As I have discovered, each couple is its own world – a tapestry of shared tastes, memories, and laughter. It’s my privilege to tease out the threads of those histories through photography that is both visually exquisite and radiantly true to your individuality as a couple.
Although for a long time I thought I would be a neuroscientist, I eventually left the ivory towers of Cambridge University and Harvard to follow my first love: photography.
I live in Cyprus, a beautiful Mediterranean island near mainland Greece, with my wife, photographer Alexia Themistocleous, and our two children (7 and 9).
Over the clouds as I am awarded a full scholarship for a PhD in Neuroscience at Harvard. I decided to leave Harvard in pursuit of my entrepreneurial career and in...
I co-founded the digital division of a multimillion marketing firm, focusing primarily on marketing green technology companies.
In parallel, I teach refugee children who escaped wartime in the Middle East. The sense of purpose inherent in AKG Photography is largely thanks to this humbling experience.
Our daughter, Demetra, is born!
AKG Destination & Editorial Photography is born
Our intimate wedding with the love of my life, my muse, Alexia, on a mountain in our home island of Cyprus! We had our honeymoon in magical Chang Mai in Thailand!
Our son, Alkiviades, is born!
Few things in my life have had such a profound impact on me as studying in Cambridge! Being surrounded by legendary figures from the past and present... On Sunday mornings, the church bells ring... The King's College Evensongs... Punting to Grantchester! Cambridge will always have a special place in my heart!
We adopt our gorgeous Lady. She is a Nova Scotia Retriever rescue & I love her to bits!
My wife, Alexia (who was an ACCA auditor up to this point) switches her career to photography and creates what is today one of the largest family photography studios in Cyprus. Participating in the photography process with her inspired me to pursue photography as a career just a few years after her!
... I launched my first high-tech startup which was quickly bought by an international company. I stayed with the company and got to learn from some of the best marketers, entrepreneurs and creatives, including my mentor Allen LeWinter, one of the producers of the sensational franchise "Barney the Dinosaur".
One of the highlights of my high-tech career was leading the design concept of a prototype phone for Nokia!
AMV Retreats is launched by Amanda Virga of AMV Weddings and I am very proud to be an integral part of it. We offer education to remarkable photographers in some of the world's most magical locations.
It's a girl!
It's a boy!
I am most recognized for my portraits of women. When I photograph women, I want to capture images that convey femininity as a benign energy. Women are not ornamental objects or clothing mannequins in my photographs... Instead, I use their voices to retell stories of women who are determined heroines in their own worlds: radiant, confident, and powerful.
A distinct editorial quality captured on analogue film (or film-emulated) for that painterly old-world appeal. My work has a an editorial edge, yet feels personal. Each couple's love story is treated as a deserving work of art.
A loosely styled approach, where I make my subject appear their best while being unobtrusively present in the moment. My first and foremost priority is that my couples have a wonderful time on their wedding day and exude pleasure. True moments are more compelling than contrived emotion, and authenticity is crucial to the process. My final gallery balances candid moments with lifestyle editorial scenes.
A wedding is so much more than a dinner and a party. It is your Debuntante Ball - your "coming out in the world" party. My mission is to tease out the threads of your unique story through photography that is both visually exquisite and radiantly true to your individuality as a couple. Your wedding is the one-of-a-kind fantasy that is solely and unequivocally yours!
My process begins well before the wedding. I collaborate with both you and your wedding coordinator, and the more we talk about your wishes and share ideas, the more I am able to capture the event in its entirety. As a result of this approach, I can be a soothing presence and your confidant on your wedding day.