When I was a child, my grandparents from Marseille made me fall in love with Provence through their accent, their quarrels and (every) Marcel Pagnol books. I realize how privileged I am now to work for brides and grooms who choose to be united to the sound of cicadas in the shade of olive trees.
HOW I CAME TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
As a child, I distinguished myself by my ability to enjoy a frantic succession of creative activities: drawing, painting, writing, music and, of course, photography. Over the years, only photography has remained an important part of my daily life, although at the time I had no intention of turning it into a profession.
At my wedding and through my own photographer, I discovered this particular profession. This encounter coincided with a reappraisal of my professional life, in which I felt out of place. My wedding photographer agreed to take some of her time to take me with her to weddings, to help me discover this profession and to encourage me every step of the way. I owe my ability to do this job to her kindness and patience.
Wedding photography allows me to combine artistic creation and pride in creating beautiful images with a social dimension that I find fascinating. As well as creating beautiful images - which of course remains the basis of my profession - it's about accompanying the bride and groom and taking into account the particularities of each story, each life path. Over the years, I've designed several documents so that together we can create their photo reportage. Being available and caring also enables me to accompany couples by being both their photographer and their ally on the big day.
I accompany lovers in all their projects, small weddings or large receptions, in France or further away.
To know more about how I work and what I try to create with the couples I work with.
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HOW I WORK AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I strive to create the bond with the bride and groom that I sought with my own wedding photographer. I want to create a relationship with each couple based on trust, honesty and kindness. It's important for the bride and groom to be able to share their questions, doubts and disagreements with me. Susceptibility has no place in my profession! The preparatory discussions help us to build the relationship that will enable us to work together serenely on the big day.
During the wedding, my watchword is lightness. I'm deeply convinced that taking photos should be a light, fun experience for everyone involved. I want the bride and groom to remember how fun and caring their wedding was through when they look at their photos. I want creativity, artistic ambition and fun to always coexist in my work. To be able to create and maintain this relaxed atmosphere, I continually train myself to guide them in the best possible way, without stress or pressure.
Over the years, I've developed a series of documents that I fill in with the bride and groom during our preparatory discussions, enabling us to tailor their wedding to their image. I put down on paper their likes and dislikes, their desires, their fears... The idea is to approach the big day with all the information they need to create their wedding reportage.
A huge thank you to Manon who did an exceptional job capturing the most beautiful moments of our wedding in Provence.
We were immediately at ease with Manon, and she put us at ease with her legendary sense of humor!
Throughout our wedding preparations, she was always available to listen and give us precious advice.
The result of the photos is magnificent. We couldn't have wished for anything better than to have Manon by our side on this very important day to immortalize these moments. Our guests loved her too!
Déjy and Louise
I'm at your disposal to talk about your project and your desires for this beautiful day. Of course, a first discussion does not commit you to anything!
MY CHILDHOOD IN PROVENCE
When I was little, my parents worked a lot, and I was looked after by my grandparents from Marseille. I grew up near Nantes, but my stays with them were Marseillais: they talked loudly, their southern accents splashed across every conversation, we didn't go a day without eating a tomato dish, I watched all my grandfather's spaghetti westerns and read all the Marcel Pagnol books, the complete Pastorelly collection of which hung in the library. I grew up in the Provence of Pagnol, his black and white films, Raimu, the village of Bastides Blanches and Manon (not me, the other one). I love Provence as one would a childhood friend, even though I've never lived there, and I can't walk around Marseille without getting a little nostalgic, as because the accent invariably brings me back to pasta with sauce, family fights and Pastorelly editions.
Today, I realize how lucky I am to return to my grandparents' land to cover weddings, and to give a little more substance each time to the strange long-distance relationship I have with this region. It's also an opportunity to capture in my photos a little of the idealized vision I had of Provence at the age of 8, when I read Pagnol's books 63,458 times.
I've always loved writing - I've been very active in the wonderful world of Fanfiction for years - and I wanted to link these editorial inclinations with my taste for photography. I write about my services, about the world of marriage, I share thoughts, the fruit of certain research I have done on several aspects of photography... I welcome you in this joyful mayhem!