Santos Photography was born in 2004 when Eleanor met Jorge working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. She was using her artistic photography degree to capture the high points of the guests’ holidays. He was head sommelier, providing impeccable service and fine wine to diners in the luxury restaurants.
An unlikely combination? The pair quickly found their skills complemented one another. Eleanor brings a creative and technical flair to the business, whilst Jorge – a self-taught photographer – understands the commercial aims and outcomes necessary to deliver exceptional results for clients.
Leaving the confines of the cruise ship, Eleanor and Jorge took up residence in the Algarve. Pushing everything they had into the business, they won clients through determination and proactive marketing.
Soon the books were full of hotels, luxury property companies and architects all clamouring for professional pictures for all types of marketing materials – from presentation brochures through to sales websites.
Long term relationships have always been key to their success, with an established and regular service that consistently won business on referral basis. Thanks to a professional attitude and high quality standards of production, they no longer had to rely on advertising for work.
With regular clients including Sheraton Four Seasons, The Conrad, Speedo and Porsche the business was booming…
One question Jorge and Eleanor are often asked is “if business was going so well, why did you move back to the UK?” Sometimes life is about more than money. The couple had started a young family and as they became increasingly busier, high pressure project deadlines began to take a toll on family life.
A decision was made to come to Norwich so that Eleanor’s family could support the family in these difficult moments. Arriving in Norwich in 2017, Santos Photography has quickly grown and is already gaining a reputation for high quality imagery and visual concepts.