I am a documentary photographer, and live in Belgrave (Victoria, Australia). Born and raised in Europe, I moved to Australia in 2016 with my small family (my Aussie husband and French cat included!), and settled in the Dandenong Ranges, where I fell in love with the hills. The green of its forest, the warmth of its people, the smell of red gum slowly burning in the fire place in winter, the song of the cicadas in summer, and of course the melody of the wind… It is a place like no other on this planet, and I am so grateful to be part of it.
Documentary photography is a slow approach of photography, that allows everyone to relax and enjoy the session without feeling the pressure to pose and smile. It is great for people who are not comfortable in front of the camera, who find themselves not photogenic, and wish to capture real memories. You will never hear me say “Cheeeeeese”, or even “Look at the camera”, I aim to be as transparent as possible. My pictures are natural and authentic, they are not copy and paste of the ones you might see everywhere: for each family, each wedding, each person who comes to me to tell their story, I create unique images, because you are too. I photograph life as it is, and not as it should be. Births, families, newborns, couples, entrepreneurs come to me to capture real moments of their lives.
Portrait by Stéphanie Lapierre, 2015.