I studied photography for one year and a half in Montreal, Canada, my hometown. After my studies, I went on many travels and developed my skills and passion along the road. I've been working for different small companies at home. I am a young, passionate and creative photographer who likes to think outside the box.
My biggest quality is that I am positive and loves to find creative solutions to what may
seem difficult situations. I am dynamic, curious and easily adapt to my environment.
Tight deadlines and last minutes requests are not a problem for me; I work well under
these circumstances. I’d say that stress feeds my creative side.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel, open my mind to other culture and develop my
interpersonal skills. I’m not shy and love to work and connect with people. I have found
that one of the best quality for a photographer is to always have a positive attitude, and
fun during shooting. Creativity is Intelligence having fun -Albert Einstein.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Francis. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I would describe myself as a positive and creative thinker. I know how to make people feel comfortable and make them forget about the camera. I'm someone who is always keen to try something new. I'm, a really good listener and I can feel when images are right or wrong. I got a natural eye for details. I would say that people like to work the most with me because they can relax and get the most naturals pictures of them.
Francis, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I'm passionate about everything that looks good: a piece of clothing, a beautiful natural light, a face, an emotion, a color, a design, a style... I aspire to be a lifestyle photographer that people want to call because they know they can have fun while shooting. I want to be known for the natural and creative look in my images. I started by taking pictures here and there when I was younger and everytime that I capture a nice image I felt good inside. After High school, I didn't know what to study, so I then decided to go travelling and don't worry too much. After a one year of taking pictures here and there I figured out that if I were going to study something, It would be photography. I wanted a little bit of help just to get me started, So I decided to go to a private College to study photography, which was one of the best experience in my Life.
Who is your inspiration in life Francis? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is all the humans out there who are doing cool stuff, don't care too much, chase their dreams, smile and the most important the one who is having fun. Pictures are everywhere, and ideas can be counted by thousands. I keep myself Inspire by looking at different stuff on the web looking at other photographer work and trying stuff on my own.
We all make mistakes Francis; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Like I say I've only been working with a couple of small businesses so far, so nothing went extremely bad. I can say that when I was working for a sports agency, I quite struggle with handled time management sometimes
Francis, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I wish I were dealing with a lot of clients, but so far I've been working with one client at the time, but what I do is that I treat every single customer the same way and always make sure that I deliver the same quality every time.
Please tell us, Francis, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I'm always going to go for the client that reach my style and my vision of the project first because money isn't everything and it's better to have fun and keep going in the direction you like.
Francis, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I remember one time I was doing a Lifestyle shoot for a clothing company and I just told my client to pretend to act like it was real life and that she really had to have fun with the other girls and Ill go around and capture to moments so the people who will eventually see the lookbook, later on, would believe at what they see and they will also want to be like THEM. It works, and my client was really happy with the result.
Francis, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why?
It was in Montreal during the week of fashion and design. I went up there because I wanted to get some shots of the runway. As I get there and try to get closer the security ask me for my media pass, which I didn't have because I'm working as a freelance and media passes are giving to an affiliate company. I walk back to the Media tent and ask them If I can have a media pass. The girl at the desk then asked me who was I working for, I told her that I was working for Francis Martineau photographer, hand here my business card. She had a look, I smile at her, and she gave me a media pass. I then when back to the runway, got some good shots and end up selling them to one of the companies that were doing the runway!
Francis, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
It was a Photo Booth with strangers that were coming for a professional photo shoot experience. I had a couple of accessories and different lights in the studio. I was free to do whatever I want which was great, but It was also difficult to adapt style and find different Ideas to different people in a short amount of time.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Shoot, Shoot, Shoot
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely! I'm always keen to collaborate with anyone who wants to push the limit and try something different. From single models who just want pictures for their own or Businesses who want to do a creative shot for a new marketing campaign. I also like to collaborate with the different artist just for fun of exchanging Ideas and see where it go.
Francis Martineau @fm_photographe