Location: Kauai, HI
Equipment: Canon 5D MARK III
How long have you lived in your city?
Two and a half years.
How did you come to be a photographer? Tell us a little about your background.
Growing up, my family travelled a lot. Early in my childhood, I learned to cultivate a love for foreign landscapes, which has ever since been reflected in my work. I discovered photography as a new passion when I was 14.
I moved to Montreal in 1991 and obtained my college degree in photography at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. This flourishing period gave me the opportunity to meet great people and develop my style as a photographer.
Since then, I have worked for Voir, a weekly cultural newspaper in Québec, and gained experience working with modelling agencies and with interior design photography, casting portraits and fashion photography.
How would you describe your personal photography style?
I love truth, so my goal is to fix the true emotion of the moment. The ultimate goal is to get the perfect memories of the moment. I also like minimalist photography. I like clean and symmetrical cropping and for my model to have the primary role of the scene. The landscape should have a secondary role when I create a portrait. Pure line and color, true emotion and beautiful light is the key to making a great portrait for me.
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
The location and the beauty inspire me a lot. If the model loves to pose and feels good in front of my camera, it helps me to do a great job. I love to make people look their best. I love to reveal their beauty – photography can do that.
What album is on repeat when you’re editing photos?
My favourite music is from the sixties and the seventies, such as The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. But my favourite artist is from Québec City, his name is Jean Leloup and nobody can play guitar like him.
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Where is your favourite place to shoot in your city and why?
Hanalei Bay because it is just the most beautiful place on earth for me.
What does a perfect day in your city look like?
A sunny day is always the best, but I don’t mind to do photography when the sky is cloudy because the light is soft and the ambience is also very interesting. I prefer sun, but the clouds are always welcome, too.
Where are your favourite places in your city to get a coffee and a cocktail?
Tahiti Nui of Hanalei is the best place to eat well and have fun for dinner – the ambience is tropical, very Hawaiian style. They make a delicious Mai Tai. I recommended this place to every person who wants to experience a real Hawaiian feeling. The music there is also incredible. At night, there is always a good band to add a magic touch to this mythic place.
Where was the last city you travelled?
The last trip I took was in Senegal, Africa. This trip literally changed my life because it was so different than what I thought East Africa would be like. I loved the people from that country because they were very respectful and kind. This trip was a photographic trip and I was not disappointed. I made an exhibition to share my vision of this place when I came back. I had an exhibition of my film photography pics, mostly portrait and landscape, at the Art’chipel Gallery near Québec City last June.
If you could live anywhere in the world for one year, where would you live and why?
After Hawaii, I think New Zealand would be a good destination for my family and I. Everybody seems to say that country is just amazing, in all circumstances…
What do you most enjoy about shooting for Flytographer?
I love shooting for Flytographer because it is a professional and respectful company. I feel that they have confidence in me and I feel the same about them. Also, we can be free as photographers to choose the best photos for our customers. I love Flytographer because everything goes well and the process is simple.
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