Wedding Photographer French Riviera Sophie Boulet shoots a wedding at Cobham, France

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Wedding Photographer : Sophie Boulet  
Couple : Caroline + Scott
Wedding Photographer French Riviera
Ceremony Location : Cobham
Reception : Cobham
Wedding Date : 16th August 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm based on the French Riviera but work all over the world, passionated about traveling. I was a photo reporter for 12 years, then later for a company working as a wedding photographer, which permits me to discover a real passion It was 20 years ago.

I decided to stop doing Press Photography to work for myself and start an international wedding photography career, I am also specialized in portraits and decoration.

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

I'm very sensitive, human and dynamic, my pictures are natural, simple and poetic, with a touch of humor sometimes. I'm not too formal and conventional, a mix of spontaneity and sensibility.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

I like to communicate before the wedding and try to have as much detail from the couple as possible. The day of the wedding I try to be with the bride 2/3 hours before the ceremony, time for make up etc.

I try to share this time also with the groom…and the rest of the family if they are there. Then I'm just there by their side as discreet as possible. I always try to use natural light when I shoot weddings

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

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

I believed being at the start very early on when the Internet started. At this time it was not very common for photography. With that I believe my approach to wedding photography, mainly my journalistic style, spontaneous, unposed, stolen pictures.

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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?

It is important to recognize in the images of the wedding photographer, not to cheat. It is important to choose someone with experience, able to do the job without asking to the photographer what he has to do, someone with a good look, discreet and active at the same time and not shy. It's important to have a good relationship with everyone,even with others partners! The best is to have the wedding photographer from the preparations until dance.

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

I work a lot with wedding planners, otherwise I advertise my website sometimes in blogs or magazine but not a lot.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think because of my journalistic style, black & white and the dynamic nature of my images.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

It really depends but around 15 or more, I shoot small weddings but I have also shot weddings lasting 3 days.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I love shooting foreign weddings, mixed marriages with a bit of exoticism. I also love tradition, culture, religion… all these things which give beautiful images

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

England, Ireland, US, India… I would love to go to so many destination :-)

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Canon EOS 1DX, 70/200 mm, 16/35 mm, 24 mm, 50 mm

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

To capture the strongest emotions, complicity, the important moments, to recreate the best of this wonderful day and always stay discreet

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Not really, if I can have information from my clients, organisation, the venue, talk before about what they expect, if they wish to have some family pictures and at what moment, things like this, otherwise I just try to be myself and keep my style. That's why they choose me

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Who or what inspires you?

Elegance, love, emotion, landscape, the venue. Originality but also tradition. Every single thing can be source of inspiration.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

The best of course was to invest in a website with a Webmaster, the worst The National Wedding Show in London.

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

An interior decorator or a cook.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?


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

To always have pleasure with my work, have the good clients, give pleasure in my pictures and try to travel for my job as much as possible.

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

To have our own signature, it means perhaps to be an artist.

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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 like Bachmann in Montreal, Fujita Tsutomu I met in Tokyo and of course Jeff Ascough… but there are lots more.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

I had a disabled bride, I didn’t want to disappoint her. I did not have any experience but she loved my pictures, it was very important for me to make her happy.

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