Every wedding is unique, let me tell you yours.
It's your wedding: I tell the story of this very special and symbolic day, from the preparations to the evening, through sober, elegant, lively images... and that look like you! Here is my approach.
I am a wedding photographer in Limoges and everywhere in France. I have made wedding photography my specialty. Wedding is an event that requires a particular know-how in photography, and it goes far beyond pure technique. Of course, having high-performance equipment and mastering the technique is essential, because to be comfortable and capable of fully understanding the diversity of situations, without missing anything, you must know how to handle ambient photos, portraits, but also more solemn shots during the ceremonies. But that is far from enough. For me, technique is only the prerequisite to be able to concentrate on the emotions, those of the bride and groom first, and those of their guests. It is undoubtedly the “subject” that is at the heart of my approach as a wedding photographer in Limoges. This requires certain essential qualities.
For me, to fully exercise my art in wedding photos is also to be:
- in empathy, to feel the different emotions of the day and to be able to capture them;
- discreet, because nothing is more unbearable than a photographer (or video maker) who can’t take pictures (or make videos) without putting himself forward;
- professional, i.e. know how to use your equipment in all conditions, be precise and stay focused. It also means knowing how to get along with other providers throughout the day;
- gifted in the art of telling a story (this is called “storytelling”), to produce photos (or a video) which, put together, will bring the day to life for the bride and groom and their loved ones, revealing to them especially everything they have not seen!
- passionate, because it is difficult to do your job well until 14 hours in a row without being totally absorbed by the subject;
- and of course also creative, to make each wedding a unique event.
GET TO KNOW YOUR “SUBJECT”
When I plan a wedding with a couple, I try to learn as much information as possible about them and how they imagine this special day for them and their loved ones. I ask them many questions: how their relationship, what are their little obsessions, what they like about their partner, what is their life project, how they imagine their marriage, what are the highlights for them, who are the most important people, etc. This will allow me, on D-Day, to be very close to them, in every sense of the word, to capture the moments that make the most sense to them and not to miss THE photo, the one they expect first and foremost. These exchanges will help me build trust between them and me so that everyone can play their part on the wedding day: they let me do my job freely and live their day to the fullest; from mine I do everything I can to offer them the best of this event.
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT, IMPROVISE TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT
The big day has (finally) arrived and I invite myself, with my equipment, to every moment of the day. During the preparations: hairdressing, make-up, dressing, speech repetition… During the ceremony(s), while my camera alternates between the speech given and the emotions provoked. Then during the wine of honour, a key moment of freedom that allows me to capture “stolen” moments, immortalizing the smiles of the wedding, guest expressions, children’s games… And also during the meal, the first dance, the night of celebration.
Nothing escapes me, I am interested in all the details:
the lady’s dress, the gentleman’s costume, the colours, the flowers, the decoration… And of course the gestures, the looks, the emotions, even the simplest and most furtive. My performance does not fit into a predefined framework (even if preparation is essential), I work a lot on instinct. I have the ability to feel the atmosphere, to perceive when “things” will happen. It is, I think, my strength, my little “plus” as a photographer. Improvising means pressing the shutter release button in a totally intuitive way, without looking for a perfect frame. This is what allows me to capture snapshots of life, to take a whole range of emotions out in the open. Everything is at stake in the moment, and there is only one shot for a maximum of authenticity.
For me, wedding photography is a sharing, an exchange. It’s about bringing what the bride and groom want to see closer to what they offer to me and my camera, so that my photos look as much like them as possible. Only then I feel like I am “fair” to them.
Whether I cover your wedding in photos or video, the approach is the same: to know you well in order to make a film that looks like you. The purpose also: to tell the story of this day, and to capture the singular moments and emotions. With the video format, I must also be sensitive to certain particular points:
- be even more in anticipation of what will happen
- find a music that suits you, and that is in harmony with the shots
- do not forget the details, sensations, textures, which add to the authenticity
- integrate more of the sound taken directly into the heat of the action (other than the bride and groom’s speeches). From the shooting to the editing, I am the only master on board, in order to offer you a coherent, fluid and beautiful video at all times lived.