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Manon Tabuteau

Tell us something about yourself

My name is Manon Tabuteau, i am 25. I grew up in Paris but now i live in Lille in the north of France.

I am a young photographer who loves her job, particularly tied to the oneiric universe.

I am motivated and in perpetual evolution, seeking to develop my techniques of creations in order to go always further so photography can enable me to transmit.

I am of jovial and smiling nature, I appreciate the meetings that my job enables me to make.


How and when did you get into photography?

Accustomed to film sets since childhood, I’ve always been passionate about cinematography and it’s universe.

Through my experiments, I’ve fostered a strong interest in still images and photographic tools which better matches my mode of creation.


What does photography mean to you?

To me, photography is the tool which enables me to make my personal world become real.

Thanks to it’s basic principle - create an image by the action of the light - I can create the ambience I want and then transform it via photoshop.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I create uncommon universes. I also like natural photographies which captures lifestyles, even if they’re not my favorites. I try to bring the watcher elsewhere….in a more fantastic world. I am very influenced by science fiction and oeniric movies. I like to break the conventional notions of the beauty and to create characters through my models.


Where do you get inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from everywhere. It can come from a painting, a simple drawing or a movie. Movies are my main source.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

I often have a quite precise image in my head. I therefore tend to draw before shooting. It enables me to see clearly the result of the selected make-up and stylism choices. I can also dig a little deeper into my ideas because my first sketch enables me to go on. But I’m not bound to the image i have in mind. I like the unforeseen ones and shared the ideas with my team. What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work? My big Master is Nick Knight, he’s an American photographer I really admire. His graphic work, his eye and the universes he creates always inspire me.


Studio, on location or both?

Most of the time, I prefer being in studio. But i can also have fun outside.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Wahou, It such i huge question. We can say that I am a professional photograph… It’s my job and my passion, I know I am lucky! More seriously, I work full-times in photography but I believe we never finish learning. I hope that when I’ll be 50 years old I’ll still learn from things and get surprised.


What has been your most memorable session and why?

My best experiment was my first shoot when I arrived in Lille. I had just finished my studies and just began my professional life. When I was student, we didn’t work with professional makeup artists because there wasn’t any school in the area and I didn’t have the means of paying one.

So, what I had in my head was never the final result. When I arrived in Lille, I met a make up girl who was very enthusiastic by my Muses of mythology’s project. The result exceeded my hopes! For the first time I saw one of my idea ideas getting real. It was magic.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I work with Nikon and I’m loyal to it :)


What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

To follow his instincts…. it is important to do what we like. Be original and especially be yourself,  have fun and don’t be afraid to get off the beaten paths. It is also necessary to be patient and to avoid working for free.


What do you think of our new magazine?

It is a very good magazine. I started following you recently. Your articles are complete and you’re brave enough to reveal new talents. It is very interesting.


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