Some people are born with an artistic eye and I believe Thierry Joubert is one of those people. As you look through this post, you may say to yourself, “Wow, these ‘then’ images are amazing!” Well they are. But Thierry saw his images and knew he needed to continue pushing the limits. He searched deep into his soul and he realized he needed to do something many are scared to do. He needed to shoot for himself, to be himself.
I truly believe the true test of a photographer is when they get to the point that they are happy with their work, they continue to push themselves and strive to be even better than they currently are. It’s not an easy thing to do, but Thierry shares with us how he got to where he is today.
Thierry Joubert is a destination wedding photographer based out of France. Thierry has a knack for translating the emotion he sees before his eyes, into a photograph his viewers are also able to feel. Each and every one of Thierry’s images works in and of itself to create an entire body of work that will stand the test of time.
How did you learn photography?
I learned photography in 1996 at the beginning of my career in the Army where I spend 18 years of my life. I started with film photography with a Nikon and I was developing my own negatives and prints. I only photographed back then in black and white. This may be the reason why I love black and white grainy photos today. Today, I only use film for my family's pictures where they hang on the walls of our home.
What year was the then picture taken in?
What did you do to better your photography skills?
I found myself......
I got out of the road of normalcy where everyone compares and would be another. As I like to say by sharing moments during my workshop, "Being different is simply being oneself."
The technical is important of course but it's not the key for me. Surrender to dare, to be that which one wishes to become may be the best way to exist artistically.
I dare to use my frame when I shoot. I'm waiting for the moment, the moment to catch emotion. I forget the "rules." I do what I want to have what I love.
Presets? Is not the secret for me. Secret is not real in our jobs.
There is one thing that became more and more important for me throughout the years and that is the connection. The connection between my couples and myself. It is very important to arrive on a wedding day and to hear in your mind a little voice, "Do what you want. The couple hired you for your mind." This is maybe the key to be yourself.
Dare to be.......
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new photographer to help them excel in their craft?
Be yourself from the beginning. Don't try to follow others, those who are good or bad for one person, might not be the same for you.
Dare to take risks, artistic or in your personal and professional lives to get to where you want to be. Only those who take risks can say years later if taking the risk was good or not.
FIIND YOUR OWN WAY.
Check out more amazing images from Thierry below.