A Breathtaking Wedding In The French Alps by John Sylvoz

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Wedding Photographer: John Sylvoz

Couple: Ludivine and Yiwei

Ceremony Location: Beaufort-sur-Doron

Reception Location: Lake of Roselend

Wedding Date: 4th July 2015



Tell us a little about yourself…

I love traveling, and living in a region like mine, allows me to escape in a few minutes -whether it is in the mountains or on the shores of the Lake Of Savoy.

Photography allows me to live moments of strength! It’s no longer a job for me, it’s a way of life…

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

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

I describe myself as passionate …

People describe me as a dream, a bit like the image of an artist (I live in a small village, my job comes out a little out of the ordinary).

Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…

I chose this wedding because it was out of the ordinary for me …

This young couple met in Paris during their studies. He is Chinese and came to study in France and met this young lady of the country of Savoy. They had the opportunity to celebrate their wedding in our beautiful mountains and for all the family to come to France, to Savoy, a somewhat isolated corner of the country.

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos


How did you get into wedding photography?

I arrived at wedding photography simply through passion of photography and the desire to report it.

A marriage is, in my opinion, one of the most complicated tests ever, and there is only one chance to grasp all the emotions of the day. I love that…

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I’ve been married for four years now, and only since then have I been specially equipped for wedding photography. Before I did not like it …

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

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

I get a lot of word of mouth, but I think it is the passion of the trade that makes it a success or not.

We are in a region where there are a lot of photographers, so sometimes to get a contract I used to lower my prices… but now I no longer do that as I feel it devalues the job…


Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

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

I think they should look for a style, an emotion in the photos, before focusing right away on a price …

The reason my couples book me is above all because they like my style… it’s sad when some couples take the first photographer that comes, the cheapest possible without thinking that these are memories they will keep them their whole lives…

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

Google Ads and organic searches, blog, facebook and word-of-mouth.

Why do you think people hire you?

Because I’m cool….

More seriously, I think it’s for the style of my photos, I hope!


How many weddings do you average per year?

10 – 20. We are in a very seasonal region between cold and snowy winters, and warm summer. There is a lot of competition as well.

Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

As long as the emotions are clearly visible, I really don’t mind!

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

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

All around of world, has a different destination each time.

What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Nikon 2x d800e, the tryptic 35, 50, 85mm f1.4 , my 14-24mm.

What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?

To be everywhere at once, so as not to miss anything.

Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I have a photo-journalistic style.

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

Who or what inspires you?

Life in general, and the lifestyle of the bride and groom.

Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst: missing a wedding

Best: Winning prizes, i think…


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

I would be lost in my life if photography was not my profession.

Share your favourite image of the day and why

The Lake Of Roselend has a magnificent color! The couple was very excited to see such a beautiful color. The emotions were there…

Wedding Photographer France, John Sylvos

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

To do more weddings, and I hope to win some prizes.

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

We are in a very seasonal region between cold and snowy winters, and warm. There is a lot of competition as well and having it’s own originality.

Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?

The birth of my daughter, it is from that moment that I became an adult.


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

Andrea Corsi, I love his work.



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