I genuinely like people, I like hearing their stories, what makes them who they are because when I take their photograph, I want to show who they are rather than just take their picture. This is an important distinction to make – some photographers reproduce a digital representation of what you look like, I want to produce work that shows who you are.
It is hard not to wonder about destiny when you hear David and Aurelie’s story. They are both French, Aurelie from a small rural village and David from Paris, they didn’t meet until they came to Sydney and met through their combined love of dance – from there a beautiful relationship has developed.
I had a chance to speak to them as individuals with a smattering of High School French and Primary School English, they smiled and laughed politely which was really nice of them.
The first thing I noticed about them is that no matter what they are doing, they have a connection that is as deep and wide as the Oceans they crossed on the way to Bondi. It is like no one else is even there when they are together – not rudely exclusive by any means – they each have a gravity that draws each other in.
That connection is even more abundant when they dance (check out the clip at the end for proof!) frankly they shouldn’t be allowed to in times of high fire danger.
Anyways, we organised a shoot whilst they were in Coffs for a weekend with friends. I like to get genuine shots of people doing what they do rather than just “sit down and smile”. I asked Aurelie what they like to do as a couple, she told me that she loves the beach and when I asked her what David likes she replied “he just loves being with me”. Normally this kind of answer can seem a worry but not with them, I suspect that no matter where they are or what they are doing – if they are together they will be in heaven.
So, we went to the beach and the shots were great, my instructions were “just be you” – it really was that simple. Truth be told it was the dance shots that I really wanted to get, I had themes and looks in my mind in the weeks before the shoot and we were incredibly lucky that Element Bar in Coffs agreed to let us shoot there, David and Aurelie have danced there before and the bar is just the best setting you could wish for with this kind of shoot.
In any case, here are the photos – dont forget to check out the YouTube https://youtu.be/Fu94tvcvFz8 clip too.
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