I love to capture emotion in a single frame. A moment that could otherwise be missed or overlooked on a day that is so important. To hold a memory for you and your family in the most beautifully artistic way using natural light.
Photography has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. During my early years, I was in front of the lens, my father being the artist holding the camera. It was from him that I developed my passion and learned the initial skills to now be the one capturing and composing beautiful images.
After graduating from university in Serbia, then developing a strong career in hospitality in the UK, I continued to hone my photography skills and unique style. Dividing my time between Serbia and Greece, I am relishing this opportunity to follow my dreams as Destination Wedding Photographer.
If you are searching for a wedding photographer to capture all important moments of your special day, in Santorini, Mykonos or wherever your magical location is, please say hello with any question you may have, and I will be delighted to get to know you. As your destination wedding photographer, I will travel to where you are.
My work has been published on Fly Away Bride and Polka Dot Weddings.
"Well, what can we say..? Going above and beyond, Vanja is THE one you need behind the lens..!!
With Vanja, you just don't get a photographer, you get an extra person in the wedding planner. Not only she took the perfect shots, but before even meeting us we had a little interview and she wanted to know everything in details about our lives, (workwise, education, hobbies and much more). She was a part of us and living in us...! If we could give 10 stars we definitely would..! Although the day started with rain, with her positive energy and nice wishes, we had the perfect shots outside without no rain..!! I'm not entirely convinced that she doesn't have few superpowers.. 🙂 Thank you so much Vanja..! You are the only one that I would recommend to anybody."
- Serin & Vladimir, Belgrade
"Thank you so very much for wonderful experience we had and lovely photographs. We enjoyed during the shoot and very professional, yet relaxed atmosphere. Vanja made the day unforgettable and create the magic by doing what she clearly enjoys and loves so much. We encourage everyone who is not at ease in front of the camera, to put his.her trust into the hands of this great professional. Thank you, Vanja from the bottom of our hearts."
- Tamara & Renato, Germany
"Thank you Vanja for the amazing shoot on Santorini for me and hubby during our honeymoon for our post-wedding session. You shoot us with your heart and passion, we feel it. 🙂 Your professionalism and the camera eyes make all the photos look good, and we look so natural in the snap. I think this is the essence of a good wedding photography which capture the most natural, sincere love and interactions between the couple, and you made it, Vanja! We love your photography style and the character, they like pictures which telling story! Thanks for making our stay at Santorini being so different and remarkable!"
- Manb & Samuel, Hong Kong
"Thank you Vanja Melnik. I have always dreamed of having my family album, but it made all the sense when you took these photos. You are one of the most inspiring and positive people I know. You made the day so special - kids enjoy it, I loved it, even my hubby had fun being photographed. Thank you so much and hopefully you will be my kids' wedding photographer one day, because time really flies and beautiful moments need to be captured for memory."
- Sonja & Nenad, Serbia
"Both David and I really enjoyed working with Vanja and her team. We were looking for a photographer who could put us at ease on our big day and who could capture the most natural pictures possible. Given the bad weather on the day of our wedding we were both concerned that some aspects of the day might not come through on our wedding pictures, we need not have been worried as the results were fantastic. Vanja worked with us that day to help create a beautiful portfolio of pictures, we could not be more pleased with them. She spent time getting to know us as a couple and really listened to what we wanted from our wedding pictures which we feel is reflected in the final pictures.
Vanja made us feel relaxed throughout the whole shoot whilst still getting the very best out of us and our guests. She managed to capture beautifully the island of Sveti Stefan, picking up on the different scenery, colours and viewpoints it offers. She was very accommodating working to fit in with the bridal hair and make-up and the videographers. Vanja’s attention to detail is brilliant and thanks to this we have a complete record of our wedding day through her work. When we now look through our wedding pictures they take us right back to the day and the moment we said ‘I do’!"
- Fiona & David, England
"Thank you dear Vanja, it was a true pleasure working with you! We really enjoyed our pre-wedding photo shooting, thanks to your instructions and patience it went really smoothly and the pictures were amazing!"
- Sanja & Vladimir, Serbia
"We had a fantastic experience 🙂 not only did we get an incredibly talented professional but we also made a close friend in doing so. Vanja was very keen to learn about our values and tailored her skills to achieve our very own 5 star experience. We would highly recommend Vanja Melnik Photography to all of our friends and family."
- Luba & Zarko, Australia
"Vanja, thank you so much for your amazing paparazzo shoot of our proposal and our engagement shoot earlier this year.
You were a pleasure to work with both before, during and after our time together in person. Incredibly professional and so willing to be flexible to accommodate everything I had in mind. Two shoots on separate days, hiring a car, creating a custom package and helping me find other suppliers - nothing was ever an issue!
Your photographs were beautiful; we were both blown away. It was a truly amazing experience to relive those moments through your images, the emotions and surreal atmosphere there at Faros is captured so perfectly. I love being able to see the facial expressions during 'the moment' as well 🙂
Thank you so much once again!"
- Tess & David, Australia
"So, this beautiful little package with the wooden box holding the USB arrived today at work with all my wedding pics. I can't stop looking at all of the beautiful photos! I knew they would be lovely, but they are stunning and made me cry! Thank you so much, you are amazing! It's exactly what I wanted and more."
- Leigh & Josh, England
"Thank you Vanja for our lovely photos! You are very professional! Hope to see you again. Thank you again for our sweet memory in Santorini!"
- Serena & Sergio, Italy
"This post has been a long time in the making and delayed by almost 6 months, but it's better late than never. I just want to say a huge thank you for the amazing photo shoot you did for my fiance Nikola and myself in Santorini! The photos were absolutely breathtaking. Both our families and friends loved your photos and blog post. Once again, thank you so much. Make sure you clear your schedule for July 2017 and book yourself a flight to Sydney!"
- Andjelina & Nikola, Australia
"Vanja, you truly have an amazing gift! I cannot thank you enough for capturing my special day of my wedding on the glorious island of Santorini! I am just so happy with every single photo, I love them! I could trust you to get on with taking photos throughout the whole day (with hardly any directions from me!). You were organised, professional and most of all good fun! All of my guests commented how friendly and interactive you were too, which was great. I wish you all the best and I am just so very grateful to you for being the best photographer anyone could ask for! We were lucky to have found you at the perfect time. With lots of love."
- Donna & Duncan, England
"Thanks for the photos and the moments that we spent together during our photo session. It was fantastic! You are the best photographer. Not one moment we felt stressed and the the time passed quickly with you. Thank you for the beautiful and great moments captured between the two of us."
- Dimitra & Aggelos, Greece
"Dear Vanja, We looked at the photos yesterday together and we're so happy about the result 🙂 We didn't expect so many of them so it was quite a good surprise! The photos processing wasn't too heavy and remains natural. Marc told me that it's definitely worth it to ask a professional photograph, there is nothing to compare 😉 It was a very nice moment and even if it's a bit odd at the beginning, we're almost getting used to it at the end! We'll keep an awesome memory of our stay in Santorini and our little honeymoon. Thank you again."
- Chloé and Marc, France
"Vanja has been an instrumental part of the success to our wedding. Her professional, yet engaging and relaxed approach made us feel so comfortable and at ease on our special. The actual day is full of so many varied emotions and it is hard to relax. Therefore when your photographer makes you laugh during the photo session and captures the real true love you share with one another in images, you wonder how she made the magic happen. Vanja has truly understood us as individuals and made it transpire in her work. The wedding took place in a French country estate. She fully managed to capture the beauty of the surroundings and created a whole portfolio of stunning images which represent our special day exactly how we had imagined it. We are so grateful for all the special moments she immortalised in pictures on our special day. Thank you form the bottom of our hearts."
- Yohann & Tristan