I studied drama and had been living around arts all my life. I like comedy in my photos. I want to stage things and to play a lot with light. I work with brain-injured persons, and I particularly loved being able to photograph them and show them to the world and themselves on their best side. It was a hit in our organisation. I like making a difference, be it with directing theatre or in photography. I love creating emotions.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Olivier. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I am self-taught in photography and don't like following guidelines. I love doing things as I intend them to do because I need to express my artistic side. If I have too many rules to follow, it kills my instinct. Everyone tells me that I have a unique vision of things and persons. I have to believe them. I am perseverant. Moreover, I never give up.
Olivier, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I like everything that is art related. I studied drama, so my heart belongs to the stage and strong emotions. However, I am also a solitary person. So photography suits me well because I can work on feelings but by myself. I can hide behind my photographies. I started with an iPhone 5C. I was obsessed with light and shadow (still am). I guess it's because I like lighting atmosphere on stage and in movies. I am very inspired by cinema also.
Who is your inspiration in life Olivier? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
My dad, who is a great photographer inspired me a lot.
We all make mistakes Olivier; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Not following my first dream as I intended to and letting life go its way.
Olivier, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I need to be close to them, know them and develop a kind of intimacy. I am a very shy person. I only worked for clients who already knew friends or me, so I guess it was easier. However, I hope to do more soon.
Please tell us, Olivier, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I deeply, truly love my work because it combines many passions in my life. I am that lucky guy who has fun at work. I don't count my hours because some of the actions that I do, I would do them in personal life if it weren't for my work. Of course, the family is very important. A priority when it needs to be. My colleagues are my friends. Mostly. As I travelled a lot being young, I don't have longtime friends.
Olivier, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
The day the director came to me to ask me to be his right hand.
Olivier, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I was able to participate in an international exhibition in Mexico where a photo was mixed with a poem. To be asked to participate, and in Mexico (where I grew up) was a real proud moment.
Olivier, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The exhibition in Mexico was a good example when I was able to be creative. The only thing I had, was a poem. It was exciting because I had "carte blanche" as we say in French to do whatever I wanted. So no boundaries. It was difficult and also a bit frightening because we are the worst judge of our work and I have no confidence whatsoever in my work. However, it is what I have to learn.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
That's a tough one because I don't consider myself a photographer yet. However, I guess is to do it with your heart, with your feelings. Don't try to do something that you think others will like. Do what you feel you need to express. At least it's what I try to do.
Photographer Olivier Piquer @OPPhotos