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Être photographe est un véritable engagement.

La photographie, qui est l’art d’écrire avec la lumière, permet à celui qui déclenche l’obturateur de poser un œil particulier sur le monde et l’environnement qui l’entourent. Les photographes sont les témoins visuels de leur époque, et leurs images documentent la réalité, leur réalité. Elles sont un prolongement de leurs yeux, le reflet de ce qu’ils voient, de ce qu’ils vivent, de ce qu’ils ressentent. Comment alors rester insensible à ce qui se passe sous leurs yeux ?

Ainsi de nombreux photographes s’engagent dans diverses actions politiques et écologiques. Yann Arthus Bertrand pour son engagement écologique (“La Terre vue du ciel”), ou, plus proche de nous à Maurice, Jameel Peerally pour son engagement politique avec Azir Moris, sont deux exemples parmi des centaines d’autres.

Mon engagement personnel, pour mon pays d’adoption qu’est l’île Maurice, concerne la protection du patrimoine culturel, architectural et paysager. C’est un engagement qui vaut la peine parce que l’Ile Maurice recèle encore d’une grande variété d’endroits, de paysages, de vieilles traditions à protéger et à préserver. Mais il s’agit aussi d’un combat, car il faut se battre contre le pouvoir de l’argent (à tous les niveaux), contre une société qui dénigre son passé et son patrimoine coloniaux et contre une culture du mauvais goût et de l’uniformisation. Pourtant, il me semble qu’il y a une prise de conscience qui est en train de naître dans notre petite ile; de plus en plus de personnes s’insurgent contre le tout béton, contre les dizaines de projets d’hôtels, d’IRS qui défigurent Maurice à tout jamais, qui privent les Mauriciens de leur terre et dont l’argent ne bénéficie qu’à une poignée de personnes. Ces projets, bien souvent d’une laideur affligeante, sont de très grande ampleur et sont un désastre écologique: pollution des sols, pollution du lagon, création de plages artificielles, destructions des habitats naturels pour les espèces endémiques … sans parler de la pollution visuelle ! Que préfèrent les gens, Mauriciens ou touristes: se retrouver sur une plage déserte, façon Robinson Crusoë, avec un décor idyllique et sentir la nature; ou être sur la même plage, avec des transats par centaines, et pour seule perspective la dizaine d’hôtels en béton qui vient d’ouvrir !

Je pense qu’avant tout, il faut redonner aux Mauriciens le goût du beau, de l’esthétique, de l’authenticité, de l’harmonie. Quand je montre aux couples que j’accompagne une belle maison coloniale pour y faire des photos, ils sont tous éblouis par la beauté de l’architecture, l’espace dans les jardins, l’organisation des pièces, le fait qu’il y fasse frais sans air conditionné … Les photographes (je citerais ici Kunal Jankee, dont le film en stop motion sur les beautés cachées de Maurice,”Celestial Pearl”, est attendu par tout le monde) sont partie-prenante dans la rééducation de la population mauricienne; grâce à leurs images, les Mauriciens vont découvrir leur pays, leur patrimoine et le fait que tout est menacé de disparition. Alors, peut-être, souhaiteront-ils faire bouger les choses pour stopper ce massacre. Car après tout, en démocratie, c’est encore le peuple qui décide, non ?!

Pour terminer ce long article en français (désolé pour les non-francophones), je désire partager avec vous l’histoire d’une image forte, que j’ai faite très récemment dans une école de Rose Hill. On dit souvent qu’une image vaut mieux que cent discours; je pense que c’est partiellement vrai, car on peut faire dire ce qu’on veut à une image. Pour autant, une belle image authentique peut créer une émotion très vive ne pouvant être décrite par des mots.

L’école, donc, est une ancienne maison coloniale en bois, et elle n’est plus entretenue depuis longtemps – trous dans le sol, dans les murs, aménagements sommaires. Pour autant, cette école reste magnifique, on peut y sentir la vie et l’histoire des milliers d’écoliers qui sont passés par ses bancs. Le propriétaire du lieu, directeur de l’école, nous dit qu’elle sera vraisemblablement démolie pour être remplacée par une école en béton sans âme, mais plus pratique. Les quelques élèves sur place nous avouent à demi-mots qu’ils ne se sentent pas concernés et qu’ils préfèrent un bâtiment moderne. L’image qui suit prend alors une force incroyable à la connaissance de cette histoire et du devenir de cette petite école; il en émane une tristesse et une mélancolie qui procurent en moi des sentiments puissants: tantôt je n’arrive pas à regarder cette image tant je suis triste, tantôt mes yeux ne peuvent se détourner de l’écran tant l’image est belle et tant j’ai envie de “sauver” cette école !

Ecole coloniale à Rose Hill

Back in 1998, when I first visited Mauritius, I discovered that my wife-to-be’s mother was raised and lived in a colonial house in Port-Louis. When I saw the house, I told to myself: “one day, I’ll own a similar colonial house and I’ll live in it”. Never could I have imagined, that 14 years later, I would be thinking of a photography project around the colonial houses to try to save them !

Indeed, in less than 2 decades, hundreds of colonial houses and other old style houses have been demolished in Mauritius. 10 years ago, I bought a wonderful book called “Vivre à l’Ile Maurice – la vie en varangue” – in this book are photographed more than a hundred of houses; today in 2012, less than 50% of those houses are still here ! This is a reality, and this is a reality of NOW – from the few houses (6) I have visited last week-end, 1 has been destroyed in 2012, 1 is promised to be destroyed in 2013, and 2 are in such a bad shape that they could simply collapse at any time.

Most of those houses are privately owned by Mauritian families, but some of them are owned by the State. We can argue that the cost of maintenance for those houses is high, but if it is well done on a regular basis, it is not unacceptable … and anyway, this cost is still far less than the one of destroying the house and building something new in concrete. We can also argue that the colonial houses is more a “white people” patrimony which is not linked to a positive past for most of the Mauritian – but here again, this is the history of the island, its culture and architecture and it has to be protected – in Poland for instance, they have not destroyed the Auschwitz site where millions of people were murdered. After all, I think it is simply a matter of choice and of willingness, and I believe it has to come from the State – for instance, some houses should be classified as Mauritian national patrimony and thus cannot be destroyed, even if they are privately owned. In France, it’s the case for a lot of castles, houses, monuments … And I truly believe that this goes in a positive direction for tourism,which is one of the most important pillar of the Mauritian economy. If Mauritius destroys its cultural patrimony, it will lose a lot of interest. Well, at least, this is my opinion.

So that’s why, with a Mauritian friend, we have decided to gather old and new images in a photography project to try to raise the awareness of whoever is interested with history, culture, architecture … ; the awareness that we have to do something, and we have to do it now ! Because who knows what will have happened in a few years if we don’t do anything now. This project will maybe end up with a book, we’ll see. But for sure, I’ll keep you posted here and there about it ! 😉

Here are a few images that I recently took:

1. My family-in-law house in Port-Louis – if there is one colonial house that I want to save myself, it’s this one. It is currently the location of a Mauritian company.

Colonial house Port-Louis

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2. A couple of houses in Moka – the first one is promised to demolition in 2013, while the second one is hosting an office (which is a good way to rehabilitation):

Colonial house Moka  Colonial house Moka   Colonial house Moka  Colonial house Moka  Colonial house Moka

3. A very pretty house on the verge to collapse – from the outside, it still looks nice, except the roof; but once inside, the wooden parts are all rotten and it’s dangerous to walk in it !

Mon repos - Mount  Mon repos - Mount  Mon Repos - Mount

4. This is not a typical colonial house, but an old convent built in 1864 by the English. This is owned by the State.

Couvent 1864 - Moulin à poudre  Couvent 1864 - Le Moulin à poudre  Couvent 1864 - Moulin à poudre  Couvent 1864 - Moulin à poudreCouvent 1864 - Moulin à poudre

5. Finally, to finish on a positive note, here are 3 excellent examples of how to develop cultural attractions for those precious architectural jewels:

– Eureka House in Moka: museum, restaurant, hosting place for events

Maison Eureka, Moka  Maison Eureka, Moka

– Château Labourdonnais: museum, restaurant, hosting place for events, famous for its mangoes

Château Labourdonnais  Château Labourdonnais

– Mogador: an exceptional colonial house dated 1888 transformed into a beach villa to rent

Mogador  Mogador

Hi guys,

sorry I’ve been quite long to come back here and write something new. It is just that I ad (and still having) the most incredibly busy period since I have started my new life as professional photographer !

As from now, it seems that it will only calm down from mid-October, but for the moment, I have shootings (weddings, portraits, corporate, fashion …) almost every 2 days, which is a bit of a crazy rhythm, knowing the amount of work to edit and post-process all the images afterwards … I will need weeks of editing to catch this up !

 

 

 

Anyway, for the moment, I would like to share a couple behind-the-scene videos made by my friend Irwin Nursoo (irwinnursoo@gmail.com) during recent fashion shoots. With this, you’ll be able to feel the hectic atmosphere of a real fashion shoot, where dozens of people are around the models and photographer.

I’ll come back soon with more images and photographic tips 🙂

Have a good day !

Dear friends,

I am very pleased and proud to announce that our first stop motion movie is on its final steps of production. We (Jasbeer and I) are very proud because this is quite of an achievement that we have done with this short film. And it is a real team work, that looked almost impossible and too challenging a fews months back. But we have successfully met this challenge, and here it is: we are almost there with our first movie ! :)Here is the cover image of our short film, named: “In my Dreams”:

Synopsis: A boy and a girl dream about each other even though they have never met in real life and despite sharing the same passion for ballet, until one day …

But let’s go back to the origins of this beautiful artistic creation. This short stop motion movie has a nice ground story, as it is the combination of 3 arts: ballet dance, photography and 3D animation. The project was born a few months ago, when I contacted Jasbeer, a Mauritian drawer expert in 3D animation who was freshly back from the UK, to propose her to combine her drawings with my photography. When we first met, early April this year, we talked about a few ideas that we would like to achieve together … but really, one project triggered our full attention: the ballet stop motion project was born !

Thanks to the images that my friend Khatleen Minerve took of Meeyin Qiu, I knew there were some ballet dancers in Mauritius. Actually, we now know that there are several schools of ballet dance in Mauritius ! We contacted Meeyin, who then contacted a male ballet dancer, Christopher Charme – after our first meeting, late April, we were all very motivated to go ahead with this project. However, everything had yet to be achieved and we had lots of technical issues to solve.

First, we had to change my normal white photo studio (well it was more turning towards grey than pure white 😉 ) into a “green bubble” i.e. a green screen from ground to ceiling. Green screens are commonly used in the audio-video, cinema and TV industries as they are easier to remove during the editing process. So here we were, painting the ground in green, and creating green curtains for the walls and ceiling …

It was not easy to fix the ceiling curtain !!

The studio was then greeny ready 🙂 In the meantime, Jasbeer and I had worked a lot on the script of the story, cutting it in several sequences. Eeverything has been planned from the acting, the emotions, the background description, the color cast, the timing and number of frames for each sequences, the dancers’ outfits, the angle of view to the lighting and even its temperature ! Our dancers had then to meet to think of a choreography  and we had a few test shoots to solve the last technical issues.

 The beautiful Meeyin.

For the ones who don’t know what is a stop motion movie – this is a movie made of lots of still images rolling at 24 frames per second. Therefore, to see 1 second of film, you have to shoot 24 images. Linked to this fact, there are several constraints, like for instance, to capture a movement, you need to trigger the shutter quite quickly to get a flawless movement. I will certainly write about this in a later post. For the moment, let’s share some behind the scene images so that you have an idea of the whole stuff 🙂

First tests – Jas

First tests – Jas 2 🙂

During the planning process

Meeyin getting ready

The set up

Studio views 1

Studio views 2

Editing

Studio views 3

Studio views 4

Jasbeer choreographer 1

Jasbeer choreographer 2

Jasbeer choreographer 3

Jasbeer choreographer 4

Looking for the correct marks 🙂

I should have been a dancer 😉

What is it ? Ballet or rock ? 😉

A Sunday at work – visit of my kids

Jasbeer directing

Jasbeer directing 2

Chloe 1

Chloe 2

Proud Chloe 🙂

A nice angle

During the shoot

Shooting portraits

Flying Jul 🙂

Portraits

Meeyin and Christopher having fun

Editing

Editing 2

Editing 3

In total, the whole project took us about 3 months of work – 1 of planning, 1 of shooting (3 week-ends and a half of shooting) and 1 of post-processing (mainly Jasbeer). Some 4,000 images were taken, for an end result of a bit more than 3 minutes of film. It was a lot of work and efforts, but it really worths it … and we had so much fun ! 🙂

Now we just have to wait for a few more weeks before the last and final version of the film is over – then we will release it for film festivals, and then on the Internet. Let’s be patient ! 😉

Thanks for reading.

Dear friends, this post will be written in French and will deal with the House of Haute Couture Lionnet Fauzou, the fashion designers who designed, created and crafted the amazing outfits for my retro colonial fashion shoot. This shoot took place last Sunday, 24 June 2012 at Eureka House in Moka, Mauritius. It was a pure blast and I’ll share soon the images of my concept. But for now, I would like to give a tribute to the designers who understood my needs, working hard to get inspired by the 17th century outfits and creating a wonderful dress and a stunning male costume. In this post you’ll get insights on how they did and planned their work, and you’ll see some pictures I shot during the session. Hope you’ll all enjoy !

“La Maison de Haute Couture Lionnet & Fauzou a reproduit les tenues de Marie Antoinette et de Louis XIV pour le concept de Julien Venner. Les deux tenues leur ont prit 40hrs de travail environ pour la confection. Il a également fallu trois semaines pour faire des recherches sur cette époque en visionnant 3 films bien réussis tournant sur  cette époque c.-à-d. le 17eme  siècle (Marie-Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour et Madame de Barry). L’inspiration est aussi venue de l’étude du précieux livre «  Histoire de la couture », écrit par feu M. Pierre Laurent, le premier et unique couturier mauricien qui faisait de la Haute Couture et qui nous a laissé en héritage son savoir faire à travers Mme Véronique Lionnet, le mentor de la Maison de Haute Couture Lionnet & Fauzou.

 

 

Les films ont permit d’étudier les démarches des acteurs pour analyser la qualité des matières, leur poids et leurs effets, et les voir tourner pour observer chaque détail des tenues. Pour le costume masculin, il avait des manches finies par de large revers, le dos était cintré et avec une coupe à basque, le jabot (lavallière) était assorti aux poignets de la chemise en dentelle réalisée dans une matière légère en coton de soie. Pour le costume féminin, des détails tels que le corset avec des multiples baleines qui donnait une allure au buste de la femme, la jupe à crinoline, plusieurs couches de jupons et des petits détails de broderie sur le corsage et la jupe avec des galons en coton et en soie, ont été pris en compte. De petits nœuds et des perles ont également été ajoutés aux galons.

Les tenues ont été fabriquées avec beaucoup de précision et sur mesure, les coupes étant différentes de ce que l’on fait de nos jours.Beaucoup de travaux ont été faits à la main, telles que les finitions (ourlet fait main de la jupe qui mesure 6 mètres de circonférence), broderie de perle et dentelle.

Concernant les matières, il a fallu aller à la recherche de tissus semblables aux tissus de l’époque, comme le brocart avec ses motifs d’or en arabesque, bien que, déjà à l’époque, les tissus étaient très variés, allant du coton à la soie en passant par la laine et toute sortes de mélanges qui avaient pour nom basin, étamines, panne, taffetas etc. Pour les accessoires, plusieurs vieux magasins de fournitures ont été arpentés pour trouver les boutons de la veste de Vincent, les galons dorées, les perles et des boutons qui ont été spécialement recouvert dans le style de l’époque. Grâce au stock de Véronique Lionnet, qui fait de la haute couture depuis 25 ans, des dentelles très rares et qui ne se trouvent plus sur le marché local, ont été utilisées. Enfin, concernant les couleurs, c’est le bleu mignon, couleur tendance de l’époque, qui a été choisi – c’est une couleur facile à trouver sur le marché local de notre époque. Les 2 tenues ont été assorties pour faire de cette session photo une journée romantique à Eureka.

Anaïs Lionnet & Fabien Fauzou sont des stylistes et couturiers. Non seulement ils créent des tenues, mais ils reproduisent aussi des modèles à la demande de leurs clientèles.”

It’s been now a few months that I have opened my studio in Coromandel; however, due to a very busy agenda, I still haven’t been able to really start shooting in it. Also it still needs to be a bit renovated and better furnished, to properly welcome clients, models, make-up artists … Eventually, I have recently painted the shooting stage in green for a personal project which will combine 2 types of art – photography and animation. I’ll write more on this later on.

When launching my studio, I had in mind to widen my scope of photography to fashion and commercial photography. Recently, I put a first step into the small world of fashion in Mauritius … but not the studio. I took the opportunity of the first Fashion Photography Contest in Mauritius to gather a first small team around me to be able to submit nice images for the contest. This team was composed by Pawan Cavalli – fashion designer; Mélanie André – model; Valérie Lee – make-up artist; Nicolas Malachie – assistant. The shoes were provided by Bella Donna and jewels by Svarowski. Finally, I got some assistance from Sachin Sagar (he lend me some pieces of photographic equipment) and from East-Sider (which provided me with the male mannequin). Pawan designed and created an absolutely stunning dress, using the latest technology and materials, specially for this shoot. As usual, Valérie did an awesome make-up on Mélanie, who was the perfect model for the occasion. Finally, Nicolas’s assistance and help was extremely valuable, as I wouldn’t have been able to set-up all the lights without him. All this was put together in less than 10 days, and for free, which was quite improbable ! 😉 (the idea of the male mannequin even arose in my mind on the same morning as the shoot itself !)

To participate to this contest, I had to submit 2 fashion images before a certain date – and the last free date we all had was actually the day before the deadline. And on that day, the weather was quite grey, windy and rainy on the whole island ! I had decided to do the shoot at Cap Malheureux, the Northest point of the island. It rained almost the whole trip to there, and finally, the sun came out and we had a wonderful sunny afternoon ! Here are some images I took on that shoot:

After submitting my entries for the contest, I posted some images on my Facebook fan page. A few hours later, I got a message from Alexandra Weber Isaacs, who is promoting fashion in Mauritius through her nice and interesting blog. She wrote that my images were nice and pleasant to look at, and technically well realized, but that I missed some elements to compose some really excellent fashion images. Although I don’t deny it, as it was one of my first fashion shoot, it made me think of the definition of “fashion photography”. What is fashion photography really about ?

Alexandra’s definition is as such: “The principal aim of fashion photography is to combine two elements: the perfect presentation and display of a product and doing this in an original way that blends in and enhances a particular mood.” My opinion is that this definition isn’t fully complete as it missed an important piece of the subject: the model. To me, fashion photography is a kind of portrait photography for which the model wears some fashion items that are presented and displayed in an original way, respecting a certain concept and mood. To say it in another way, there is very little difference between fashion photography, portrait photography, modeling, glamour … Honestly, I am still not sure if I am shooting fashion images or just portraits of models, but to put this internal debate in my mind to an end, I got a part of the answer from contradictory comments on the same image – someone wrote that the mood, model and product did not work up to their combined potential and that it could have been better, stating that the male mannequin didn’t fit the mood or the location / on the same image, other people commented that this is one of the best concept image they have seen for a while and that it is a totally great and interesting concept, looking like a surrealist painting, Dali-style.

With this ambiguity in my mind, I came to the Fashion Photography Contest‘s final (I was selected among the 4 finalists) with the idea of building my own “fashion” style. Being a finalist of that contest meant to shoot 2 imposed concepts, with 2 models each. Dresses and outfits were specially designed for the occasion by La Maison de Haute Couture Lionnet Fauzou and by Sanjeet Boolell; models were provided by Mathis Models, directed by Karen Nicolini; make-up artists were Dominique Chan and Cédric Lanappe; shoes and accessories were provided by Bella Donna and the Mauritius Glass Gallery (which designed some amazing shoes in glass ! – see below). The day was really fun and tiring, it made me think of the TV show “Top Chef” for cookers – we had 2 imposed themes, on an imposed location (L’Aventure du Sucre) – although we could pick up whatever place we wanted inside the domain -, we got to know the models, the outfits and dresses and the accessories only a few minutes before starting the shoot. Finally we had a fixed limited time to complete the task, which was to create 2 fashion images by concept + 1 individual portrait of each model.

The first concept I had to shoot was about 2 queens: a dark/devil queen who wants to invade the territory of the white butterfly queen. The outfits were really amazing, the models acted very well. For this concept, I was inspired by the Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Kill Bill”, mainly the scenes in Japan with swords. On the field, I have looked for potential swords and found that sugar canes would perfectly fit both the place and the swords. Then I looked for a “grungy” place and found out an outdoor facade with a lot of textures, geometrical items, old stairs … Perfect for the mood I wanted to create. For all the below images, I wanted to convey a feeling of the strength of their fight, their anger and spirit of revenge ; I also wanted to experiment new angles, using the background for composing my images. To do so, I had to face some difficult elements, such as a strong and harsh sun (it was 11am), I had to climb on a not-so-stable ladder to find new angles, I used a fan to blow some air opposite to the existing wind … – it really looked like a “super-production” from the outside 😉

The second concept I had to shoot dealt with a soldier, coming back from the future to save his beloved princess who was imprisoned in a steel jail. For this shoot, I had to find futuristic inspirations in the locations and in the outfits, which were also really great. The huge engines of the sugar cane plant, the wheels, the wooden boat, the tubes, all in all formed a good set-up for picturing my tale. Because I have apprehended this shoot as a story in 4 steps (images), with the soldier cruising back through future, her beloved princess in her wheel jail (inspiration from “Modern Times”, Charlie Chaplin), the soldier climbing to deliver her and finally the start of their romance. Here I wanted to show the power of love in a futuristic place, using the great-but-difficult-to-deal-with background. It was very dark indeed and my challenge was both to keep as much ambient light as possible and darken all unnecessary disturbable elements. This second shoot was also very challenging for my team as we had to change lighting set-ups 5 times, at 5 different places … within 1 hour and 15 minutes !

Last but not least, I would like to thank a million times Ali Ghanti and my wife – they have assisted, helped and supported me during this whole long and hectic day. The work of an assistant is very interesting but also very demanding – you need to be proactive, to anticipate, but also to react very quickly; you need to suggest and propose improvements in lighting, posing, framing … Both Ali and Diane did that perfectly ! Thanks a lot again !

And wish me good luck for the results ! 🙂

Depuis plusieurs semaines déjà, l’envie de prendre ces magnifiques flamboyants rouges vifs me taraudait. Il faut dire que cette année, ils sont particulièrement resplendissants. Où que l’on se trouve sur l’ile, ils égayent les paysages et forment un environnement coloriste incroyable. Imaginez, ce rouge vif dans un écrin de verdure, contrastant avec le bleu turquoise des lagons, le bleu azur du ciel et le sable blanc – vous avez là les 4 couleurs du drapeau mauricien: le rouge, le vert, le bleu et le jaune.

Ce matin donc, je me suis levé aux aurores dans l’espoir d’avoir une belle lumière et des routes sans trafic routier – je n’ai pas été déçu du voyage, 2 heures de photo dans un décor de rêve, à prendre toutes ces couleurs en pleine face.

Aussi, et comme aujourd’hui c’est la Saint Nicolas (c’est le 6 décembre, je sais, mais c’est aujourd’hui que la fête du St Nicolas fait son défilé dans les villes de l’Est de la France), je dédis cette bouffée de couleur, de soleil et de chaleur à mon petit frère Nicolas. En espérant que cela te plaise et te redonne l’envie de venir nous voir à Maurice 🙂 Avec toutes ces couleurs naturelles, j’ai également une pensée pour ma grand-mère, mamie Mauricette, qui a fêté ses 82 ans la semaine dernière.

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Some years ago, I had the opportunity to get to know through Flickr, Sebastien Bax de Keating, a Mauritian guy who was launching at the time Horizon, his company specialized in the renting of luxurious apartments in Mauritius.

Now that we are living in Mauritius, we met for real and we became friends. When he proposed me to take some images of one of his luxurious bungalows complex, I accepted immediately 😉

Paradise Beach Resort  is located at Pointe d’Esny, on one of the most beautiful beach of the whole Indian Ocean. There is a nice swimming pool in the complex, but honestly, you just don’t want to dive in there as the beach and the sea are simple pure heaven. The 8 apartments and the 2 penthouses are very spacious (150 sqm & 300 sqm respectively) and equipped with top quality devices. There are 3 rooms in the apartments, 4 in the penthouses, all of which have individual bathrooms. The views on the gardens and on the beach are wonderful at any time of the day and of the night. The neighborhood is calm and it looks like you are always alone or almost on the beach ! I was truly impressed when I first visited the complex to make the images.

This first impression was more than confirmed when I stayed myself at Paradise Beach with my family for a long week-end at the end of July. My parents, who come from North-East of France, were there too … useless to precise that they were feeling like in heaven ! The weather was perfect, although we were in the middle of winter – we even had a full day without any wind, almost like in summer. The lagoon was so blue, the water so good to swim ! The kids loved to play in the sand and to swim in the not-deep-at-all lagoon; they also went to look for starfishes. My mum and mum-in-law cocked some times in the spacious kitchen – we had breakfast and dinner on the terrace, admiring the stunning views for hours. We also went to Mahebourg once to have lunch and walk on the nice waterfront. Finally we had a short boat trip to Ile aux Aigrettes where we enjoyed an aperitif in the lagoon. What a wonderful time we all had !

I really recommend Paradise Beach to everyone who wants to spend unforgettable and relaxing moments close to the beach. For us, it was also a pure moment of family happiness. Here are also other guests reviews – Tripadvisor. Let me share some images with you, so that you can appreciate that my superlative description is well deserved :

Dear friends,

I am very happy and proud to announce the opening of Pixel in the Box studio, which is based in Coromandel. Although I still need to find a few accessories, I can already propose  lots of services – personal portfolios and fashion images, corporate portraits and images, family and kids portraiture, commercial images, products images … I have loads of ideas I’d like to realize in my studio and share with you !

Also, since I have a lot of space there, I will be able to propose some photography courses soon. More news about this to come in a few weeks.

Those services are only available on appointment. Thus, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a quote and to book your photo session !

Yesterday, while setting up all my equipment, I have shot a few trial images with my wife, Diane (who is not a model and who doesn’t like to pose hahaha 🙂 ), to check if everything is working fine. Here are those very basic first images taken in my studio:

A few weeks ago I spent a wonderful time with Lucilla & Chung for their wedding. Lucilla is Mauritian while Chung comes from Hong Kong, and they both live in the UK. The day was beautiful and we took pictures at Cap Malheureux (couple portraits), Sugar Beach (family images and tea ceremony) and Domaine Ana (ceremony and reception).

Here are a few images among the thousand I took during the day 😉 :

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