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Wedding Photographer Western France Louis Brunet Photography shoots a wedding at Château de la Turmelière, France

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Wedding Photographer : Louis Brunet Photography  
Couple : Gwendoline + Fabien
Wedding Photographer Western France
Ceremony Location : Notre Dame de Bon Port, Nantes
Reception : Château de la Turmelière
Wedding Date : 16th May 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a very sensitive person! That’s the reason why I gave up with my previous inhuman job to concentrate on wedding photograph. My photography is evolving every day as most of us, and I’m trying to focus my work on elegant and emotional weddings.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Very tricky question. Of course, it is impossible not to see my sensitivity, because it’s too obvious, I think they also see me as someone very relaxed on one hand, and totally crazy on the other hand (that might be obvious too, ahahah !).

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

That was crazy. I did an engagement shoot a few weeks before the wedding with Gwendoline and Fabien, and they showed me their little touch of madness that I love. The wedding was awesome, simple and crazy… This couple is very emotional, the family lovely, and their friends could become totally mad when the time comes. I went to bed at around 4am, I couldn’t stop making pictures.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

My previous job was so boring, and didn’t give me any chance of being creative. I had to do something to get a better life. Photography was a great opportunity to express my creativity. I love weddings because I love people, emotions, and lovers. It was then obvious to take that path.

Another thing is that we didn’t really get a photographer at our wedding, and the pictures are totally crap. After seeing them, I bought a camera, thinking: is it such difficult to create good pictures? Can I do better? :D

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I started wedding photography four years ago, right after doing a workshop with a famous French Photographer, Christophe Flers, who gave me that strength to follow my own way.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

The success is always long to come, and I’m working on it, ahahah ! I’m reaching my milestones step by step.

Mistakes, yes, everyone makes mistakes. But this is a very good way to stay humble, work harder and become a better photographer and a better person.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

What I could tell them is: follow your heart, if you like the work of a photographer and his personality, that’s a match… If you don’t like one of these two, don’t forget there are thousands of other wedding photographers around the world. Pictures of your wedding are your memories, but also those of your families, your kids might ask you in the future why, in this digital world, didn’t you chose someone you liked.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I advertise myself on my website, word of mouth is doing the rest. I saw lately that this was insufficient; I’m also building a strong network with other actors of the wedding profession. Having a good network is the most important thing to have a working business.

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Why do you think people hire you?

First of all, I would say that people hire me because my photographic style is in agreement with how they see their wedding day.

On the other hand, I am handling every bride and groom as unique persons, listening them very carefully, and understanding them, their needs, their desires. I’m also able to tell them 'NO', be very honest with them, and I guess this is something everybody likes.


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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 15, I would like to do 25/year.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I would love to shoot a wedding on a boat in the Caribbean’s, that would be AWESOME!!!

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Somewhere, anywhere, everywhere.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Two cameras, a few lenses, 2 flashes, and MagMods (these are so great). But I seem to shoot a wedding with one camera and one lens only (even if I always have my backup material in the car, of course). As wedding photographers, we should adapt ourselves to every type of situations.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Make the bride and groom feel the same emotions when they look at their pictures.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

During a wedding, I’m a kind of ghost. I try not to speak too much with people, to get focused at maximum on what is happening around me, catch the moments, and don’t let people think I’m a 'posing' photographer.

The only moment when I’m talkative with people is at the beginning of the bride and groom 'getting ready'. I’m chatting a little with the mom of the bride, the best men and women, in order to let them know to stay themselves, don’t play a role when they see me, and that they will forget me soon enough ;)

I’m trying to get as close as possible of what is happening, to capture the scene as best as possible, and to let people get used to my presence.


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Who or what inspires you?

My family is my best source of inspiration. My wife and my two daughters that I love so much are giving me raw material to create pictures. The other very important source of inspiration is daily life; I never use my smartphone in the subway, in the street or when I have nothing to do. I always use those buffering times to observe the human kind and try to visualize things around me. This helps me a lot finding new ideas.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I would be creating new cities from scratch as a urban designer.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this picture because usually, men do not express their feelings too much, compared to women, and especially the groom of the day, Fabien, told me a few days before that he has difficulties showing his emotions (something that turned out to be wrong, when we look at the pictures). When I took that image, it was right after the first time they discovered each other, in front of the city hall. At that moment, her Grandpa that she loves arrives, and she is welcoming him. But the groom is still focused on his wife, in a deep reflection. He’s dreamy. In his eyes, we can hear that little something: 'you’re beautiful, I love you'.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Get to know and understand yourself very well. This is the key: by knowing what you like or dislike, who you are and how you would like to be seen by others, you will be able to define your photography, your style and your ideal brides and grooms. That done, you will understand why you do this picture, like this, with that light, that composition, etc

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

I’m trying not to take inspiration from wedding photographers, because I would be too afraid to copy their work and disappear in mediocrity. Still, I’m following friends work (from all over the world), and checking some contests results (WPS, ISPWP, Fearless).

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

When a bride came to me at 5am in the morning during the wedding party, she was crying, and told me: 'Louis, you’re part of the family, we love you'.

In that moment, I understand all the significance of my work. Thanks to all these beautiful brides and grooms that I’m meeting everyday, you make my daily life a dream, you make me happy. I love you all.


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