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Leila Thano

Photographer / Creative Director

Greek-Australian from Sydney, Australia.

Good Coffee. Dad jokes. Apple Person.

Graduate of Media & Comms – UNSW.

Italian Foodie. Loves Open Discussions.

Natural Light. Adventures. Mountain Views.

Daydreams about San Francisco. Dorky.

 

My experience with photography started from the days I’d go play at the park as a kid. I lived in a multicultural suburb and I constantly felt the need to document places I visited and people I spent time with. Back then, it was using a small Kodak camera and going to develop the film with my grandfather afterwards. As I grew into a teenager, I borrowed my dad’s digital camera and take it along to school. My friends would call me obsessed and joke around, as I just couldn’t stop myself from clicking away at the first opportunity. I felt that life was constantly changing, so I wanted to remember every fleeting moment, the times we were silly and the times we were in a rut. To this day, I still reflect on these photos. It was almost like I feared that over time they would become a vague memory. I wanted to reflect back and say, what a time in life that was and feel those emotions as if no time had passed. As time goes by we all grow, learn and change in so many ways. It’s nice to see and feel that growth. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, away from most other continents, I was always planning jam-packed trips away – and that’s where I’d really go crazy with the camera.

I studied media and communication, focusing on photojournalism and visual communication in my final year. I learnt ways to visually and verbally communicate a message or idea across to others effectively. I valued meaningful concepts and creative direction. With an ‘old school vibes through new eyes’ aesthetic I continued on to create photography that conveys human connection, expression, and unique character. I strive to capture ‘in the moment’ images as well as ‘in-between’ moments. Even when it comes to coordinating styled shoots and creating editorial images, for me what makes a big difference is ensuring my subject feels wholeheartedly comfortable to give off a mood that feels genuine rather than something ‘staged.’ Everyone is diverse and I find that so beautiful to capture, via natural light experimentation, shadows, composition, styling/aesthetics, vibrant colours which all work together to create a particular mood. Working alongside Andria, my vision is to grow as a creative director and build a dynamic portfolio in photography and film.

Andria Aipavliti

Cinematographer / Multimedia Producer

From a coastal town in Paphos, Cyprus.

Netflix & Chips. Free Spirit. Visual Person.

Adores Dogs. Expresses herself through Art.

Graduate of Media Production – Germany.

Loves Film Editing. Digital Art Creator.

Perfectionist. Laughter. Positive Vibes.

Daydreams about Tropical Islands.

I was the kid at school who was confused about what to study, but I remember always wanting to film everyone in the family or take photos of them. I always had a camera at hand whenever we had family gatherings. But it was only later on when I finished school that I realised that film and photography could be more than just a hobby, so I set out to turn it into my career.

Coming from a small island of Cyprus, I was always curious, that annoying kid asking thousand of questions about everything. Looking back, I would describe myself as as restless soul. I just wanted to try all kinds of stuff, see as many places as I could, meet new people, always taking the road less traveled. I left my hometown of Paphos  when I turned 18, and moved to Germany without knowing a word of German – to study Media Production. Truth is, they were four very challenging years, in which I also lost my father to cancer. I felt that I owed it to him to succeed; he was my biggest supporter. And thankfully, I made it, got my degree and moved to London as the little curious person I am. I spent a few months there, working with some small film productions, visiting various exhibitions and exploring the art scene. But being a film graduate with no experience was not the easiest thing in London, so I decided it was time to return home for a while.

I started working for a media company as a Creative Director, in one of the bigger cities; Limassol. I was creating mood boards, traveling island-wide, working with various brands/organisations and editing day in, day out. But after a while, I realised that it just wasn’t enough, I couldn’t let myself settle there. I wanted to explore my creativity even more; without boundaries. I needed the freedom to express myself through art. So along with Leila, we created what you see here today. I believe it’s important to always do what you do, with all your being, and that’s what I always keep in mind when I am filming or photographing. I will never stop trying to learn something new, experiment using new ideas and techniques, and aim to make people feel all kinds of emotions. I’m sitting here writing this, but at the same time, daydreaming of our next project – how it’s going to look, the sound, the colours. I will always keep doing whatever creates a spark in my heart and make sure I create art that makes others feel that spark too.

Q&A

Leila / Andria - The Flamingo Society
the flamingo society

Who are we – what are we all about?

Leila and Andria. L&A for short, or simply put, the flamingos.
We’re a pretty fun duo, we keep it real and lighthearted. Don’t let that fool you though, behind the scenes, we’re more dynamic than you can imagine. Our art means everything to us, and we’re not satisfied unless it gets better with every project that comes our way. Photography and Filmmaking has been a passion since we were young. What always resonates with us is the feeling of it. The way we composition, colour and tone our visuals is a way we express our perception of life. We believe there’s beauty in everything, it’s just a matter of shifting your perspective and finding it. Simplicity is bliss, details do matter and good vibes are what we’re all about. We love creating experiences and sharing moments with people from all walks of life while we capture them in their element. We’re free-spirited, lively and ambitious. Everyone has a story to tell – and we’re here to listen, connect, and tell as many as we can through our visuals.

 

Why “The Flamingo Society?”

We get asked this question a lot. We first met in Larnaca, the city of salt lakes where flocks of flamingos hang out. We also like to think of ourselves as flamingos – quirky, flamboyant, traveling together anywhere we go. The “society” part symbolises our partnership with you; working creatively & collaboratively to produce a vision we share.

Where are we based? 

Much like flamingos, we like to travel around throughout the year. Cyprus & Australia are our bases, but we are always ready and excited to travel wherever we are needed.

 

What is our cinematography approach?

We keep things looking fresh, dynamic and lively. We’re inspired by retro aesthetics, and recreating old school concepts with a modern vibe. First and foremost, we seek real moments, so we make it a priority to make anyone that is part of our shoot comfortable and relaxed so we can all genuinely enjoy the shoot and have some fun creating together. Our mission is to express a feeling, a mood, a connection, in its most authentic form. We also tend to use unconventional, abstract filming techniques that give a more unique look or outcome in post-production, where all the magic happens. Almost every clip we capture, the way we have captured it, has a specific purpose afterwards. We try to think ahead about how each clip could be used, and how to best capture them in order to have creative transitions, and thus, the most creative film outcome.

 

 

What about our photography?

The same goes for photography. We put a lot of emphasis on composition, tones, and natural lighting. Every photo we create has its own mood to express, a character, a feeling – it’s speaking, but without words. We love intimacy and human connection, we love seeing people in their own element – whether it’s quirky, out there, fun, crazy or calm and low-key. Getting to know the real you and expressing that visually is what it’s all about.

 

Can we also help design your photoshoot? 

Absolutely – this is something that really excites us. We work closely with talented and passionate designers, we combine forces and bring a vision to life through vibrant florals and unique decor. We’ll also do the location scouting for you, in order to find the perfect place that will set the scene for your chosen theme and style.

 

 

Can you choose the music for your film?

The short answer is no, but to elaborate: we invest a lot of time and energy into crafting films that are cinematic, creative, but also unconventional and very personalised. So, our mission is to get to know you on a personal level, and from that, produce a film you can watch over and over again, and feel the energy every time. Music & sound design plays a key role. Our editing process is very detailed, and that’s probably one of the reasons why you came to us. So, let us take care of the music – we’ll make sure the vibe matches up with our shared vision.

 

 

What is the booking process?

First step is to contact us and give us a brief on what you are interested in. We arrange a meet up over coffee or call and get to know each other, share some ideas and go through all the details together. Upon signing an agreement form, a booking deposit is taken and we lock in your date/schedule your project. Throughout every step of the way, we’ll be your creative partner at hand.