Hi Greg! For those who aren’t familiar, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Of course! I am a portrait and wedding photographer based in Paris and I specialize in destination weddings, with a particular love for the South of France, Italy and California. I specialize in shooting medium format film, as this provides an unrivaled quality and look to the images I produce. I fell in love with film as I was a kid and processed my negatives in the family darkroom. I love the authenticity, luminosity, grain, softness and outstanding colors produced by film, which helps me make elegant and timeless photographs.
Can you walk us through a typical boudoir shoot? How long does a shoot take? What type of prep is involved? How do you get your clients to relax and trust you?
I would say that the most important thing is the preparation and being able to make the model(s) feel comfortable. If your model is not 100% comfortable with you, massive failure is inevitable. I usually spend a lot of time chatting, drinking a coffee, in order to relax the model before the shoot. I chit chat about a lot of random things, and also go into details on how I will be shooting. I explain that nudity is always suggested, but that I don’t show it, I show images from previous boudoir shoots so that the models can see exactly what I’m looking for. Usually, it’s very useful and models are much more comfortable after that. I never start the shoot until I feel the model is fully ready for it.
How do you differentiate yourself from other boudoir photographers?
I would say one of my key differentiation is that I shoot film only? I particularly heart Ilford Delta 3200 for boudoir photography. I never show nudity, but always try to suggest great elegant and timeless attitudes.
How do you usually find clients? Do you find that your brides are interested in boudoir services as well?
I don’t like selling myself and much prefer letting my images speak for themselves. I am not fond at all of marketing campaigns, as I believe we’re in an industry where we need to generate attraction to the client through our images, not hard sell to get the clients. Usually, clients come to me by word of mouth, or because they have seen my work on social media or blogs. Brides are definitely still more interested by boudoir shoots. I have 4 brides having asked me for boudoir pre-wedding boudoir shoots this year!
Your images are stunning. Can you give us a tip or two that help you achieve that soft quality in your images?
Thank you for the kind words! That softness comes from the use of film exclusively, and the use of only certain types of lights, mainly backlight. That’s what creates what people identify as softness, and that’s what I like in photography. I avoid contrast as soon as I can.
Greg has an artful and editorial approach to wedding photography. He specializes in shooting medium format film, as this provides an unrivaled quality and look to the images he produces. Greg has been shooting film ever since he was a kid and processed his negatives in the family darkroom. He loves the authenticity, luminosity, grain, softness and outstanding colors produced by film, which helps him make elegant and timeless photographs. Inspired by fashion and fine art photography, he captures elegant, luminous and timeless images.
Currently based in Paris, Greg lives in Montmartre with his 4yo daughter Juliette, and her girlfriend Rime. The weddings he shoots take him to some of the most beautiful places across the globe, with a true love for the South of France, Italy and California.
To view more of Greg's work, visit him at gregfinck.com.
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