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INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDRA SOPHIE | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Chic Critique is thrilled to have Alexandra Sophie of Alexandra Sophie be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Alexandra Sophie, is a 20 years old French artist and photographer. She grows up in the French countryside and discovers photography during her childhood using disposable cameras.

Due to a long illness, Alexandra stops school in 2008 and starts her career in photography as self-taught. Her work is rapidly compared to David Hamilton’s, because of the young girls she photographs and her way to capture ambient light. Her fashion and fine-art creations are published in magazines such as Vogue and Elle, internationally, and frequently used as book covers.

Her first individual exhibition, named “I want to believe”, takes place in Belfort, France in 2010. Soon followed by exhibitions in London, Paris and Belgium.

Alexandra Sophie and her partner give birth to their son in 2011. Alexandra Sophie creates her emblematic series “Mother Nature” and “Jardin Fleuri” inspired by her motherhood and represented by SIPA Press, soon rewarded by several awards. In February 2013, Alexandra is nominated for the -F- Award as emerging photographer of the year, which reward each year the best photographers worldwide. She wins the award, and goes for a world tour in order to realize the series “Rebus”.

In September 2013, she is finalist of the international fashion photography competition Vogue x Bottega Veneta and realize for the occasion her first personal exhibition on the American continent in Openhouse gallery in New York.

Now mainly based in France and Fiji islands, Alexandra’s fashion and fine art work questions identity: human kind, human kind and its environment as well as sexuality, age and feminism.

A note from Stephanie:

Welcome aboard! It is a pleasure to see you here!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Photoshop

 

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

Honest critiques are really important to know what and how to improve your images. Unfortunately, internet, and most generally social medias, where most of us mainly share our images, is a big and wild place where most viewers will send sweet compliments or in the opposite, non constructive insults which are far from the real meaning of critiques.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 5D mark II + 50mm f/1.8

 

What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

My fiance often asking me: “Are you sure this photo is finished and ready?”. Indeed, after taking and editing a picture, I’m often too excited that I want to share it immediately. Most of the time if I don’t listen to him, I will end up posting the photo too early and feel like I need to change this or that on it.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Instinctive, raw and symbolist

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Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Most of my photos used to be very natural and light, full of youth and freedom. I still appreciate these photos, which still represent me for most people. However, I feel more inspired to create stronger images now, with deeper meanings, often in relation to identity: human kind, human kind and its environment, age, conformism… For some strange reasons, it often leads me to take photos related to water.

I tend to grow “angrier” and the questions I thought would be answered when growing up tend to need more answers now. I think of all these questions, and what my contribution could be in order to find an answer. Photos I take often come from a urge. I want, I need to show something. It’s here in my mind and I need to express it, ready to do nearly anything for it to take shape.

 

What is one specific way that you balance work and family?

I never feel like I have worked enough, and I know that I should always work more, but finding a perfect balance may be complicated. I would not want to regret the early years (and less early years) of my son’s life.

Thankfully, being freelance means a lot of freedom on how to spend a schedule, and most of my work happen online and at home, or I can bring my little family on set and on travels around the planet, which is always a lot of fun. A big part of the family credit goes to my fiance, often partner-in-crime, without who I could never do all of this. He is a really a great father and always here to support and help me, despite him having his own work as a designer and artist.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Something I learnt along the years: don’t adapt your style to your clients. They came to you because they like your particular style and they expect to see it in the photos. And work hard for your projects and to defend what you believe. When you think you are working hard, work harder.

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What have you learned the hard way?

Thankfully, it’s something I noticed very early, but today I am very glad I have been using a nickname “Alexandra Sophie”, which is not my official name. It’s even more important since most things happen on internet, where I am getting a lot more followers than I could ever have imagined back then.

I’m a very shy and introverted person and I find this name barrier important as it helps me do and share different work which I would have felt uncomfortable doing with my real name. Called “Alexandra Sophie”, I feel like a different person. However now, most people, even in my own family are a bit confused and think it’s my actual name. I even had to write this name on my mailbox and request it on my identity card next to my official one.

 

How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?

I don’t see my work or myself like a business. Earning money and making a living from my passion is a bonus, and it have never been my goal. I don’t compete against other people or other photographers, however I compete with myself and my past results to create better work and hopefully reach new milestones.

In this philosophy, I take photos peacefully and mainly for myself. When I happen to do feel sad because this or that person realized one of my dream while I didn’t yet, I know this is only a call for me to work harder and give me more motivation for the future.

In general, I find that more I accept work, more I get new work. It’s truly rewarding and humbling, as all the work I do and accept is not necessary what I always dream to shoot.

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Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?

I don’t conventionally promote my photography. All clients finds me through social medias and other art platforms.

 

What is your most popular product?

Book covers, editorials and selling prints, these are also by far my favorite works to do.

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

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Then & Now, Part 16 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved

We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.

We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.

WANNA SHOW OFF YOUR THEN & NOW PHOTOS?

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) gmail.com. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!

CARRIE HARRELL of https://www.facebook.com/carrielynnphotographyca?ref=hl 2014-01-18_0002

BRITTANY MCCARTHY of https://www.facebook.com/UrbanChicPhotography 2014-01-18_0003

VERONICA GILLAS of http://veronicagillas.com/ 2014-01-18_0004

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) gmail.com. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!

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  • Press Features {Portland Newborn Photography} | Veronica Gillas Photography says:

    […] Chic Critique Forum asked seasoned photographers to share some “Then and Now” photographs as an indicator of progress and I grit my teeth and sent the submission.  It is amazing to see just how far someone can come in such a little period of time.  Some of my best advice to photographers who are just starting out is to study the work of others.  Not for the sake of comparison, but to see patterns in the directionality of light, posing, composition and color play. […]

    February 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

BACKDROP OUTLET | TOP TRENDS

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We are so excited to have one of our Vogue Vendors spotlighted today!

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Nicolette, please describe your business and what makes you unique:

We are quite adept at finding new sources to fulfill all of your needs. We supply photographers with quality backdrops and props at reasonable prices. We are unique because of our ability to produce custom designs for many different backgrounds.

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Tell us how your business/product came about: 

Backdrop Outlet was founded in 1991. We started the company trying to provide the Photographers a quality product at unbelievable price without sacrificing service. Since then our selection has grown immensely. We are one of the largest providers of Photographic Backdrops, Props and studio equipment. We are considered to be the innovators of new products. We have recently moved to a new warehouse to better serve the needs of our customers. The new expanded showroom will display most of our products, and the new Studio at the new location will also serve as a learning center.

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What is your most popular product/service?

One of our most popular products is the Titanium Cloth. Compared to competitors, it is a wrinkle-free, washer and dryer safe backdrop. It comes in different sizes as well as custom prints as requested by our customers.

 

We would love for you to become acquainted withBackdrop Outlet for yourself:

 

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INTERVIEW WITH KRISTEN WEAVER | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Chic Critique is excited to have Kristen Weaver of Kristen Weaver Photography be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Entering only her fourth year in business, Kristen has taken the wedding industry by storm. She was named as a Grace Ormonde Platinum Photographer and one of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers from Junebug Weddings. She has been published in wedding and fashion magazines around the world.

Kristen has an approach to life that is honest, genuine & unbelievably energetic. This attitude has transcended to the beautiful images she creates. With an eye for beauty and a heart for philanthropy, Kristen has worked during the course of her career in photography to give back to the community. With a background in advertising and marketing, she actively trains and supports other photographers in growing their business. From Kristen’s outstanding abilities behind the camera, right through to her understanding of the power of social media marketing, Kristen is one photographer you do not want to miss.

A note from Kristen:

Welcome ladies to Chic Critique! I am super excited to be involved in helping you grow as a great photographer and I look forward to critiquing your amazing work!!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Both!

 

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

Honesty is often a forgotten value of truthfulness. An honest critique can benefit a person’s knowledge about their own images and ways they can grow in their business.

 

What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

D800 and D700, 85mm

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What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

Someone once told me I should pay close attention to watching where shadows fall on the subject’s face. This helped me a lot with my use of natural lighting in my photography.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Clean, Luxury, Personal

 

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from many places, but I tend to LOVE editorial magazines! Although I work primarily in the wedding industry, fashion photography has helped me grow as a wedding photographer and capture stunning photos of exotic locations and gowns!

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What is one specific way that you balance work and family?

Working out of my home has really helped balance my work and family! However, it is also important to know when to turn off your business mode and spend quality time with your loved ones.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Learn when to say no! It is completely acceptable to know when a client is not your type. As your client interviews you, don’t be afraid to interview them as well. After all, you will both be working together and want what is best for the client!

 

What have you learned the hard way?

In my beginning stages of my business, I found myself accepting clients that were not true to my style of photography in which I instantly regretted. Be honest with your clients and stay true to your business! If you don’t believe a particular client is your type or will benefit your business then give them the opportunity to hire a photographer that better suits their style.

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How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?

Spending extra time and money on my clients is something I feel is important to my business. I love to send my clients welcome packages, anniversary cards, and little gifts to remind them how special they are to me and my success as their photographer.

 

Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?

Most of my clients come from previous client referrals and social media. Facebook is a great opportunity to network and meet all different types of groups!

 

I absolutely loved Images for a Cure and the idea of using talent to help fund for an important cause!

 

What is your most popular product?

Albums

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Issue 8 of Chic Magazine is now available!

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

It’s HERE!!! The Luxe issue of Chic Magazine (Issue 8) is now available!!! This magazine is a freaking fabulous way to start 2014!

This issue wouldn’t have happened without my amazing Creative Director, Megan Marlene of Megan Marlene Photography & Being Boutique, and also Callie Helm, my Contributor Director, and Claire Brazelton, my Executive Editor.

We also LOVE all the Contributors who shared their juicy secrets & gorgeous images in Issue 8 including:

caralee case | courtney dailey | design aglow

cristy elaine | heidi hope | grace hurtienne

jackie jean | tracy joy | chantri keele

leslie kerrigan| nicole klinger | brittney kluse

megan marlene | kara may | brooke mclay

criss passos | angela pointon | leah remillet

ben sasso | chris scott | leslie vega | joy vertz

Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous cover image from Cover Contest Winner,  Nicole Cook of Nicole Cook Photography! She is now the proud owner of a camera bag from THEIT!

Wanna be our next Cover Winner? Enter our Cover Contest!

 

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