Hi! My name is Sandrine. I was born in Nantes, France, but I really feel at home in Brisbane and Tokyo.
I am currently living on tour with my husband (a Cirque du Soleil musician) and my 5-year old daughter, so we are traveling a lot and I LOVE it! Since 2009, we have traveled 148,370 kilometers or 92,193 miles (approximately four times around the earth). We’ve visited 12 countries, 60 cities, and have lived in 52 of those cities for more than 2 months. So far, my favorite is Tokyo, Japan but my favorite place will always be the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It is a dream of mine to photograph weddings there. The Philippines, Costa Rica, Bora-Bora, and Japan are also on my wedding location photography list.
I love to tell stories through my photography. I capture love, emotion, and magical moments during beautiful wedding days with great care. I pay close attention to detail and organization, but I think what makes me a great wedding photographer is the way I connect with my couples, and bring out their personalities in each photograph.
I also really enjoy drinking great Japanese teas and tannic red wine, and could eat sushi for every meal! I’m an avid watcher of clever TV shows and movies. Since 2012, I have been married to the man of my dreams. He and my daughter fill my heart with more love than I ever could have imagined.[/twocol_one_last]
My approach & my style
My style of photography is a mix of honest documentation and stunning portraiture. I love being both interactive and discreet, depending on the moment or the day.[threecol_one_first]
I love starting off the day with beautiful details! I consider this my “warm-up” time. This time allows me to be creative and also prepare myself for the rest of your wedding day.
I photograph your weddings’ details in a way that matches and showcases the style of your special day. In many ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding, and I love having ample time to stylize and shoot everything from the dress to the jewelry.
I ask my clients to gather any special wedding day accessories they have before I arrive— for the bride: the dress, veil, rings, shoes, bouquet, jewelry, perfume, invitation, borrowed and blue, etc., and for the groom, the suit/tuxedo, bow, tie, socks, etc. This way I can walk in, say hello, give you a huge hug and then begin with all the goodies! (Please ensure your mother that I will take GREAT care of the dress, I promise!).
After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to get into her dress! This is a big moment I particularly love to shoot!
Portrait time with the bride and groom is my favorite part of the day! This is when I produce my best work and where my creativity shines. These images are my favorites not only because this is such a sweet portion of the day, but also, for this brief moment in time, you’ll be alone and have a chance to really connect between all of the craziness. Your day will fly by in a blur, and it’s good to have some quiet time away from the buzz of the day, to slow down and create some beautiful, artistic, and relaxed portraits.
I don’t expect you to know what to do in front of the camera, so don’t worry! It’s my job to draw out your personalities, your natural smiles, and to make you feel completely comfortable. Your job is to show up, relax, and have fun! Your alone time has to be a blast! A fun experience, something you like!
Instead of traditional posing, I like to give direction that is full of movement. Sure, I’ll tell you where to put your hands and how to look your very best, but my goal is to draw out how you naturally fit together and interact with each other. I will bring all of my tricks to create portraits that are romantic and joyful, while still being true to who you are.
I love to work with beautiful light. The vast majority of my work is produced using available natural light. At the heart of beautiful wedding photography is lovely light. Light makes a photo. I will often look to do some portraits at dusk—as this light is particularly magical.[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]
Ceremony & Reception
If you would like someone to set up lots of group shots, many combinations of aunties, cousins and friends from every era, I sadly don’t think I’ll be right for you. I probably won’t be the perfect photographer for you. I don’t recommend lots of formal shots (usually just 8-10), as it gets quite tedious for you, and it eats into your day. Getting some portraits of you and your family, and wedding party (think bridesmaids and groomsmen) are worth getting though, so I always suggest allowing around 30-40 minutes for this.
I’d much prefer to see you having fun and mingling with your guests! I am at my best, and my happiest, just capturing the action and emotion as it naturally happens. The couples who usually choose me want someone to just blend into your wedding and be a part of your day — making you, and your guests, feel relaxed and at ease. My personable nature means I fit in well with the day—interacting with your guests to the extent that people think I’m just a friend of yours.
I will also be sure to offer you a wide coverage of everyone at your wedding because I know you don’t just want 500 photos of you. Who was there at your special day is just as important, so I always aim to get a wide range of photos. Whilst you are both my number one focus, I will also be seeking moments of your family and guests to capture them all having a great time![/threecol_one_last]
I always give my all and work hard to capture everything that makes your wedding personal to you: all those expressions, special moments, knowing looks, bursts of laughter and tears of joy throughout the day. I want to take you back and not simply show you what happened, but how you felt too, enabling you to re-live your day again and again.