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WHO AM I ?

MY DISCOVERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

At 13, I spend Christmas in Brittany with my parents. My mother's gift is a camera she quickly deems 'a bit heavy'. I grab it and drag it everywhere, spending my days outside photographing Breton landscapes (therefore essentially the sea, the rocks, the waves crashing on the rocks). My parents, delighted not to have to worry about documenting the family adventures, let me keep the camera. It will go through rain, wind, sea water, sand, humidity... It has well deserved its retirement and I no longer use it, though it proudly sits on my shelf today.

For more than ten years, photography remains a hobby on the sidelines of my studies (Sciences Po. What does it have to do with photography? Nothing indeed) and then of my professional life. It would never occur to me to make photography a profession, it seems as unrealistic to me as trying to become a trapeze artist or an astronaut. At work, I still feel like I don't belong, I miss the creative part of photography that is completely absent from my job. Besides I am not necessarily very comfortable with the hierarchy (my husband says that I am unmanageable, how rude is that man).

 

I am confusedly beginning to feel that, perhaps, I would be happier elsewhere, doing something else. But what is this something else? I am about to find out!

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MY ARRIVAL IN THE WORLD OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Here comes my wedding. With my husband-to-be we decide to do our engagement session by the sea on the island of Bréhat (at the very place I started photography a decade ago stealing my mum's camera). Watching Amandine, my wedding photographer, work, I remember thinking how wonderful this job must be and that it brings together everything I love: a creative activity with a strong social aspect, the possibility of traveling a lot and of course photography. Obviously the quality of her work also inspires me.

48 hours after my marriage, my uneasiness at work intensifies. The contrast between this beautiful day and the routine I feel uncomfortable in becomes quite challenging to bear. On a whim, I call Amandine. "I think I can't stand my job anymore, can you teach me yours?" She replied it was going to be quite a long conversation, "So I'm gonna make some tea."

Several teas later, I discover wedding photography by accompanying her on two of her events. It's an opportunity to have a concrete overview of this profession and to see if I have the desire and the technical capacities to try and make it a career.

 

I created my business several months later, after several unpaid solo events and with Amandine's approval. Being able to benefit from the advice, patience and training of an experienced photographer is a huge opportunity. I owe my professional conversion to Amandine, her time and her patience.

MY APPROACH AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I've always loved human contact - moreover, I was a salesperson before becoming a wedding photographer. This taste shows through in my photos since I do a lot of portraits. I try to capture spontaneous emotions, emotional moments of vulnerability. But getting this kind of shot requires trust to be established between me and those I photograph, which is why I always try to create a bond of trust and above all good communication with the bride and groom who entrust me with their reportage. I have to be sufficiently accessible and close to them for them to feel confident and to let me know of the slightest doubt they might hae.. My role is to accompany them, to be an ally.

I hadn't measured it before experiencing it, but a wedding photographer is closer to the bride and groom on the wedding day than their own parents. Which makes him witness to every moment of emotion, doubt, fatigue, anxiety, vulnerability. Beyond photography, I am happy when I can be useful to the bride and groom by helping them through a difficult moment or a strong emotion that is difficult to manage. Sometimes being able to talk to someone outside your usual circle is a chance because it allows you to express what in normal times you would not necessarily dare to say. I am grateful to the couples who entrust me with this role because it sometimes goes far beyond photography.

My goal when I photograph a wedding is
 that you say to yourself "They look happy, I would have liked to be there." even though you don't know anyone in the photos. I believe happiness is a pretty universal feeling!

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BLOG

I try to post new articles on my blog regularly. I talk about the weddings and photo shoots I do, but also more broadly about everything that may interest me in the wedding world: activities that I like to photograph on D-Day, description of certain retouching styles, culture photo... This blog is a jumble of everything that interests me and has a link with photography or wedding photography.

Détail d'une table de mariage à Rennes en Ille-et-Vilaine. On voit une assiette et des couverts et un grand bouquet de fleurs en arrière-plan.

CONTACT ME

If you have any questions or if you want to tell me about your wishes for your wedding, do not hesitate to use the form on the page Contact or call me. A discussion does not commit you to anything but will perhaps allow you to see a little more clearly in what you are looking for and what I can bring you.

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