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Ballet dance photoshoot

Behind the scenes feat. Anaëlle Mariat

This is the 3rd Behind the scenes video made during our sessions inside the Château la Louvière, if you haven’t watched the previous ones, I invite you to do so!

Believe it or not, this is the same location, and I still believe we haven’t explored everything there. This is more in line with what I used to do regularly in the past years, it's another ballerina photoshoot!

Anaëlle Mariat (Château la Louvière - Léognan France) Fujifilm GFX100s - GF 110mm F2 R LM WR 1/10sec f/2.0 ISO 100

This time we have Anaëlle Mariat with us and we decided to do the entire photoshoot in the wine cellar of the castle. On and in between the barrels and casks. All these lines present made it easy for all the symmetrical images I wanted to make. This is something I have been doing more often lately, breaking that symmetry with the pose or movement I am capturing, or adding at least one element that will make the symmetry less perfect. Life is not perfect, and usually, this catches people’s attention (I believe so). If you are as obsessed with perfection as I used to be, then this might be the first step to cure yourself! I am kidding, of course, I am now just learning to let go.

Adding geometrical shapes and lines, to add some visual interest with fabrics is something I haven’t done much. This is just a start, I have a few more ideas that I hope I will be able to realize in the near future.

Anaëlle Mariat (Château la Louvière - Léognan France) Fujifilm GFX100s - GF 63mm F4 R WR 1/10sec f/2.8 ISO 100

Maybe the highlight of this photoshoot, at least for me, we were running out of time that day and we didn’t go exactly where I wanted to go with the following pictures. Still, we managed to get a glimpse at the possibilities, and I hope I will be able to come back and create the things I initially had in mind. If you have been following me for a while, you should be aware of my love for reflections. Since we were allowed to wet the floor, I couldn’t imagine myself not doing it. A few months back I lost the grid of my beauty box 65. and since I still haven’t found the time to buy a new one we improvised one with the big grid I had with me because I needed a little bit more control over my light. To my surprise, it kind of worked!

Anaëlle Mariat (Château la Louvière - Léognan France) Fujifilm GFX100s - GF 110mm F2 R LM WR 1/10sec f/2.0 ISO 100

We ended this session with a simple portrait… but to be honest this was more a test for me to see what we can possibly do in a future photoshoot in this same place using more fabrics. We will see this later this year, fingers crossed, but we have to come back!

Anaëlle Mariat (Château la Louvière - Léognan France) Fujifilm GFX100s - GF 23mm F4 LM WR 1/10sec f/4.0 ISO 100

Last Thursday I published not my first review, but the first video of a new Rendez-Vous with you guys. It will not be every Thursday, and it will depend on my mood, and the gear I have in my possession, but I wanted to separate all the gear-related stuff from my Sunday posts. If you have seen it: The ACT recoil rig, the only camera rig you need? These videos will evolve and change slowly over time, so stick around. A 4th behind the scenes video will pop out in your feed next week to inspire you, and I hope you are having a blast today, stay safe, and until the next one, please, have a good one! Huge thanks to the Château la Louvière, for letting us create in this wonderful place, and for making us feel at home. Thank you to my 2 assistants, Marlène Blackdough and Damien Rembert.


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