This is a practical workshop that includes photo-shooting sessions, daily group exchanges and editing sessions.
You will have to immerse yourself completely, take risks and go beyond your limits in order to progress to a higher level in your photography practice.
Photo Projections Master class
Franck Boutonnet will talk about his work and about the different projects that have punctuated his career. He will share his photographic inspirations with the group and talk about his professional journey from photojournalism to wedding photography.
Equally, he will present the concept of wedding photojournalism, how the practice has emerged and what it is today in France and abroad. He will talk to us about his different photography experiences and weddings he has photographed, the reactions of the bride, groom and their guests and how he was able to convince people of this new and innovative aesthetic vision.
Finally, he will broach the key concepts in order on the one hand to bring to life images that fall within the realm of photojournalism and on the other hand, to learn how to recognise the strongest narratives. This will allow the photographer to learn how to construct a real narrative thread and to engage with their personal style.
Portfolio reviews and each one's approach for the workshop
Participants will be given an in-depth critique of their work, which in turn will stimulate discussion around the wedding photo-shoot the following day. Franck Boutonnet will help to guide each of the participants, coaching them through indepth exploration of their individual work. The participants will have one to one sessions with him and group sessions to discuss their points of view.
Later on, certain key areas will be covered based on the desires of the participants (for example, setting prices, the final presentation to the client, use of natural light, post-production, marketing…).
Photo shooting sessions
Prior to this day, Eyes in Progress will have made contact with 4 couples who are going to get married on this day in Paris. A maximum of 8 of the participants will leave in pairs to shoot their subject and Franck Boutonnet will punctually meet them in order to supervise the photo shoots and to give his advice for improvement.
An agreement will be made with the couple that a series of photos will be given to them in exchange to leave us to take pictures of their wedding. Look out! This will absolutely not be about replacing this couple’s official wedding photographer. The couples will be clearly informed that the photo shoot, in the context of this course, is purely an exercise and that they won’t be able to ask for a specific result. That will allow each participant to have a calm approach towards the photo-shoot and to have a positive attitude towards the realisation of this task.
Eyes in Progress will choose weddings of all different faiths. The onsite team is at the disposal of the students to help them with directions, contacts and translations in Paris.
Day 4 & 5:
Editing, post-production and final portfolio sequence
Through a selection of and discussion about the best images from the wedding day, the participants will work in order to refine their own photographic style and, ideally, improve their overall approach towards the wedding subject. Each participant will complete a substantial piece of editing work from the day that they will present to Franck Boutonnet.
Once the images have been edited, the post-production work will begin under the supervision and guidance of the teacher.
The photographs will then be printed and spread out on the table (10 x 15 format or contact sheet) and the work on the final portfolio sequence will happen during a one-to-one session with Franck Boutonnet, a session that the other participants are also invited to.
Once the final selection is complete, the participants must write a short text on their approach and around their subject. The portfolio and the text will then be sent to the mentor of their choice.
Final photo projections.
Teaching language: English.
Hours: 9h30 to 17h30.