"Elegance is a form of respect", my father used to say.
Paris, circa 1990. Imagine growing up in a city where you put on lipstick and high heels just to go to the bakery. My father never left home without a suit, and my mum without a squirt of Chloe perfume. We didn't even own tracksuit pants.
Yet at the same time, the French are notorious for their Joie de Vivre (literally 'joy of living'). Being stylish is great as long as one remains authentic and enjoys a pleasurable, playful and connected life. It's about friends and family gathered at a dinner table drinking wine. It's about sharing stories, eating cheese and debating ideas until 2am.
Maybe that's why... I see a world where substance and beauty are so closely entwined. They elevate each other into an an exquisite balance of authenticity and poetry, and I believe my photographs are undoubtedly influenced by decades of living in the city of light and love.
I LOVE NATURAL, I LOVE HAPPY. I LOVE MYSTERIOUS, GRACEFUL, CHARMING.
I LOVE COMFORTABLE SILENCES, HALF SMILES AND ENTWINED FINGERS. I LOVE WIND IN MESSY HAIR AND A TANGLED VEIL. I LOVE CHEEKY AND SILLY JUST LIKE I LOVE DEEP AND THOUGHTFUL.
I LOVE THE PROUD LOOK OF A FATHER, THE TEAR IN A GROOM'S EYES, THE IRREVERENCE OF THE RING BEARER.
I LOVE HUGS THAT HURT. I LOVE LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, CORAL LIPSTICK AND SALTED CARAMEL MACAROONS.
I LOVE THE UNSPOKEN, THE ALMOST, THE UNEXPECTED.
I LOVE SUNSETS BEHIND A KISS.
I LOVE SHOOTING WEDDINGS AND IF YOU WILL, I CAN PHOTOGRAPH YOURS.
The ultimate alarm clock and afternoon pick-me-up.
Independant, Arthouse, Foreign... A must for ongoing visual inspiration and getting lost in the moment.
The best way to open ones heart and mind, and get some perspective on life.
Classic French photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson have been a great influence.
Pictures, books and candles. Lots of candles.
Because they're mini luxuries in a stick, a touch of bottled up fun and a tonne of glamour.