One moment cannot be both lived and kept. You have to make a choice.
I discovered photography as a teenager. My first camera was my mother's. It was a Christmas gift from my dad, she deemed it too heavy, I grabbed it and for years I dragged it everywhere. It survived wind, rain, seawater, and it now presides on my shelf. For years photography remained a hobby. Not that I was excited by any of my jobs, but the idea of making photography a profession seemed to me as unrealistic as deciding to become an astronaut or a trapeze artist (considering my motor coordination, let's be grateful I didn't go for the latter).
Here comes my wedding. I meet Amandine, my wedding photographer. She makes me discover the world of wedding photography. She also agrees to train me when I call her 48 hours after getting married basically telling her "I can't take my job anymore, teach me yours." to which she replies "Uh wait it's going to be a long conversation I'll make some tea." I cover my first weddings as a second photographer on her events. Under her supervision, I train and only start professionally when she deems me ready. Looking back, I realize how deeply lucky I was to find someone so patient and talented to help me on this new path. I will always be grateful to her.
Today wedding photography is my main activity. Apart from the photography itself, I love the social dimension of this job. Of course the relationship between a couple and its wedding photographer is professional, though we have to get along since we are about to spend a whole day glued to each other! I have to make the bride and groom confortable so they can talk to me freely and have the best day possible.
I travel everywhere in France (and elsewhere) to accompany the couples who entrust me with the memories of this beautiful day. I do speak English although with a mix of French and Australian accent (it is as weird as it sounds).
My approach to wedding photography is closely related to how I felt as an anxious bride planning her wedding. I try to be the person I was looking for when searching for my own wedding photographer (and this photographer later trained me so we've come full circle).
There are two main challenges when I first talk with a couple. We first need to make sure my photos and sensibility align with their wishes. We also need to feel like we can trust and talk easily to each other. This aspect is extremely important : the bride and groom are about to go through one of the most emotional day of their life and they will do so with me basically glued to them. Getting along is absolutely mandatory. Besides, having an extra ally by your side on the D-Day can't hurt !
When working on a wedding, I mostly go for spontaneous photos, avoiding guiding the guests and the bride and groom too much, even if I remain at everyone's disposal if necessary. The couple session is often the moment I support the bride and groom the most, since it is such a new and intimidating exercice for most of them!
I am proud of my photos as a child would be of a particularly beautiful pasta necklace, so of course I want to share them! However, I do realize that even though a wedding is indeed a moment of great joy and emotion, it can be a moment of vulnerability, too. I completely understand the reluctance of some couples to see these special moments shared on the internet, which is why I never publish any photos before the reportage has been seen and validated by the couple. You remain in control of your images and if you wish to keep your pasta necklace secret I will respect it.
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TRUST AND COMMUNICATION
Every contact with a couple starts with a meeting: at my home (which gives me an excuse to make cakes) or by telephone. These talks are essential for me to understand the wishes of the bride and groom, but above all to ensure that they feel confident with me. It is impossible to commit to such an important service without taking the time to check that we are all on the same wavelength!
Wedding photographer in Lorraine, Luxembourg and Belgium
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