Thank you for your interest in my work. I am humbled and honoured that you have found your way here, and considered having me as your photographer in Bora Bora.
Please find below a list of the most frequent asked questions and the answers.
1) What is the best time for a photo shooting or ceremony in Bora Bora?
Because light is so important in outdoor photography, I have created a full post about the best time to shoot in Bora Bora with some pictures to illustrate those moments of the day :
2) For which hotels and resorts do you work? Where are you based?
I live in the island of Bora Bora itself. As a freelance photographer, I can work with all the resorts of the island :
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
- The St Regis Bora Bora Resort
- Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
- Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
- Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
- Le Meridien Bora Bora
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui
No deposits are required, the fees are charged directly to the room. (except for Le Moana)
3) How do I receive the pictures?
Within 24-48 hours after the photo session, you will receive an interactive gallery of the full session so YOU can choose your favourites pictures for edition.
When you are done with your selection, the turn-around for edition is between 10 days to 2 weeks only (sometimes less depending on the workload).
The edited pictures are delivered in a beautiful online gallery for you to download in high resolution. You can use that same gallery to share the pictures with your friends and family very easily, and to order prints and wall products shipped straight to your house from a U.S. based professional lab.
Finally, if you want to get a “Sneak Peek” really fast, I will edit your 3-5 favourites within 24 hours.
4) What are your rates?
Depending on your request, I have a wide range of services whatever you may need or what your budget is :
- Basic (50 edited pictures – 1 hour)
- Signature (100 edited pictures – 2 hours)
- Prestige (150 edited pictures – 3 hours)
- Deluxe (200 edited pictures – 4 hours)
- full day coverage (à la carte)
Different resorts also have different packages available for weddings, ceremonies and for photo sessions on site.
For an accurate answer, please send me a message at [email protected] specifying in which resort are you staying, the dates and what is the session you want. I will answer with a price quotation within 24 hours.
5) How do we book you? How far in advance should we book you?
The easier is to send me an email at [email protected] specifying in which resort are you staying, the dates and what is the session you want.
The sooner the dates are fixed, the better it is, of course ( I have weddings booked years in advance 😉
6) The forecast doesn’t look good on the shooting day
Forecast of the island is highly unreliable and changes all the time. On top of that, most of what you can check about Bora Bora is in fact showing you the weather from Tahiti (very far from here 🙂
The only weather station on the island can be checked here :
That being said, I recommend to book the session at the beginning of your stay. In case of rain, we will have more options to postpone the session with no extra cost according to availability
If the weather turns really bad during the session, I try to reschedule another one for the time left according to my availability at the moment. And if nothing is possible (which is really unlikely all together), you will only be charged the amount of time we actually spent during the session.
If it’s only cloudy but not rainy, I don’t reschedule : A light covered sky offers a very soft light that is very flattering (sometimes, full sun is harsh and some clouds are always appreciated). You won’t have a saturated blue color of the lagoon but you can still have great pictures taken. A heavy covered sky is most probably a rain about to start.
With most resorts, we are working under a 24h cancellation policy. (ex: you can always cancel until 24h before the session without being charged. Less than this, only the rain is a valid reason)
7) Do I get digital files or prints?
As Bora Bora is a very small island, it does not provide with professional solutions to get your pictures printed. The pictures are delivered in digital format.
However, you can order prints or wall products from your gallery (shipped straight to your house from a U.S. base professional lab.)
8) Do you edit your pictures?
I personally carefully edit all my pictures and this process takes time (about 2 hours per 50 pictures). What I deliver is not what came straight out of the camera.
The way that I edit is a crucial component of my photography. My style and skill as a photographer encompass other things like framing, timing, and a whole host of other skills, but the photo is not the finished product that I’m proud to put my name on until I’m done the editing.
The edited images are representing me as a photographer. That’s the kind of work displayed on this website, and it’s the caliber that I want people to expect.
9) Can we have more pictures?
I believe that 50 pictures is a perfect amount within 1 hour of shooting in order to provide variety and quality. Also, as you are in charge of the selection, you will make sure that you love each one of them.
If you are having a hard time to narrow it down, you can always upgrade your package if you ask within a month.
10) Would you make me look better? Photoshop me?
Edition is the process of enhancing a picture using “Global adjustments” (like exposure, contrast, colours, lights and shadows) and is included for every picture I deliver.
Retouching (Air brushing and Photoshop) is more about “Local adjustments” and is not included for the following reasons :
- A lot of time may be required depending on the request and the complexity of the picture background
- I’m a photographer. Let’s be honest, I will never compete with skilled professional of the retouching industry 🙂
As a photographer, I’m going to pose you in a way that you look elegant and graceful and always at your best. Please tell me before the photo session if you have any specific concern.
11) What is your equipment?
I shoot Canon using two 5D mark IV.
My favorite lenses are :
- 24-70 mm f 2.8
- 70-200 mm f 2.8
- 17-40 mm f 4
- 50 mm f 1.4
I also own a special housing for underwater pictures and “over/under” slitted pictures (on demand, special fees might be added)
12) What should I wear?
Please check these other blogs and get inspiration.
13) What style of pictures do you deliver? What to expect in a photo session?
I’m fully aware that most of you have probably never done a professional photo shooting before. That’s why I’m pretty laid back and all about making people’s photo experiences as stress-free as possible.
I will make sure you end up with some editorial-magazine pics but also lots of lifestyle, candid and natural portraits.
I like to make you laugh to get relaxed pictures. I will help with the posing but respecting your personality.
In a shooting, expect to see me running , getting down lying in the floor, up in a three, wet in the water….anything for a good photo! It’s easy to show one or two great images taken in a photo shooting but I aim to capture terrific photos from start to finish.
14) Tell us a little bit more about you to see if our personalities jibe.
I’m quite easy going, and always positive! I have a great deal of patience and sense of humour.
I’m French, but fluent in English and not bad in Spanish just because my wife Sara is from Spain 😉
If you want to know more about me, read the next entry:
For family photo sessions I can tell you that I am a father of 2 girls, 6 years Maeva and 2 years old Maimiti!. That means I know how to pose new born babies and how to run after the little toddlers to get the best shoot at them playing. Check my blog about tips for family photo sessions.
Many of my clients have become friends over the years.
But don’t take my word for granted, please look at my portfolio, go through my Facebook page, Instagram feed, read the comments and testimonials from other clients and check out my blog. If you like my style, drop me an email!
Looking forward to to give you photographs that will make your heart skip a beat!