It's always useful to stop and think why we do what we do. What's photography for me?
Photography is LEGACY. Capturing and giving memories and emotions back is very satisfying to me. It's like giving people a piece of themselves, how beautiful their are, a piece of their own life experience. Because everybody smiles while browsing images of loved ones and fond moments.
Photography is EXPRESSION. It's a great way to express myself and show my life experience and vision to others. They say your images are a mirror and a reflection of how you see things. Telling story is also fun, encourage curiosities to open up and discover outside our small bubbles.
Photography is CHALLENGE. Okay that's geeky but I like playing with images and trying to master complex techniques. Having a camera is also a way to be able to do things you wouldn't do without a camera, like talking to this stranger or starring 15 min at this butterfly to get it aligned with this very flower. Some think that when having the camera people are not really taking part of the moment, nothing is falser to me. It's a very pro-active process, you have to be "on", to "see" what's in front of you and connect with the moment to foresee what's going to happen next. I also love how it forces you to show the focus on your images, because there should always be a focus in life.
Photography is BEAUTY. That might be the ultimate reason. Inspire and show the joy, the beauty of the world. Escape the reality with the freedom to create whatever you want more beautiful than it is at first sight, sometimes it takes only a crop, a focus point or a change of lightning to trigger the magic and reveal the bare pure dreamy perfection you envision. I also think Beauty/Sexy is subjective and not linked to physical assets, it's barely a result of self-confidence, I love to capture that in people. Everybody gives their best when they feel their best.
Photography is BUSINESS. I invest a lot of time (learning, coordinating, covering, post-production), money (those lenses are soooo expensive) and energy in my photography. To make it sustainable this needs to fly on its own, if passion is the engine, finance is the fuel :)
I strive to bring my images to picture:
FUN: What I prefer in photography is photojournalism, catching the moment, the energy and the emotion. Life is good. Let's show and enjoy the "Now".
FRESH: My modeling experience taught me, beside studio lightning techniques, how to add a fashion/editorial twist to my images. Something new and surprising.
CLEAN: Even if I use photoshop sometimes, I usually like my pictures to look like pictures. That said I'm always up to get inspiration from classic masters or latest trends.
CONNECTED: Because Emotion trump Technic. It's always in the eyes and the touch. Geeky side: PC. Adobe. Canon. Google Technically I like natural light, and try to shoot as wide-open as I can (not scared of f1.2). I shoot raw and process in Lightroom. A good picture to me has an ultra-focus somewhere and a line (from composition or lightning) making the eye scan the image.
You're Fabulous. Yes, you are.
So Be Bold. I oppose dull and pessimist. Life is far too short for that. Enjoy it now.
And Cherish Life. I have the dream that everyone can store all that happiness and pride of our best life moments, loved ones, work craft, and own uniqueness, for ourselves and to pass along.I love to bring that to people, we all deserve it.
Now and Forever. We are all visual creatures. I believe photography is a magical art that makes people, moments and things unique, emotional, and beautiful... forever. All those things that makes who we are as persons, they can be all captured at their best with the right images.