I spent my days working at the school and most of my nights looking up at the sky. I would gear up at dusk and drive around the shire to set up my cameras and shoot time lapse for hours in a row. Five hours of sleep is all I need !
Most people are not aware of the nature around them. When I showed my first pictures of Danish northern lights, my Danish entourage would not believe me. I really wanted to reconnect them with nature and I believe I convinced them in the end...
High quality work does not come without sacrifice though. I would spend hours practicing indoors and outdoors, watching tutorials and putting into practice the theory I had learned.
There is no success without sacrifices and challenges, whether it is money, time or energy. However the rewards are limitless. You never stop learning in life, and those who think they know all are fools. With a lot of patience, hard work and perseverance, you can do pretty much anything if your mind is set to it! That's how I got to what I am today.
In the present time I am back in France and I am transitioning jobs. I want to go freelance and ultimately start a full-time photography company integrating science and education/communication programs. I am also volunteering for a NASA-funded citizen-science program called Project PoSSUM. It is a scientist-astronaut based project that aims at studying noctilucent clouds from airplanes and then from a real space shuttle in sub-orbit. Join me in this incredible adventure, and don't hesitate to browse my web shop for prints, footage, wallpapers, goodies and much more!
Full Strawberry moon rising over the scenic Danish countryside of Odsherred
THE PATH TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Winter milky way in the Jura mountains
I was born and raised in France in the Champagne region. At a young age I would spend all my time investigating and exploring the outside world. I grew a passion for nature, birds, plants, insects, rocks and anything that wasn't artificial. Very early in my life, I joined local nature associations and expeditions. I also helped educate younger people, but also older people about the beauty of our planet.
After graduating from high-school, I took a very intense and advanced two-year program that would give me the B.Sc. level in biology, geology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. I passed and was admitted to the agronomy and veterinary schools. Then I successfully earned a M. Sc. degree in biological sciences with a major in agro-ecology, soil, water and landscape management at the UniLasalle in Beauvais, France. My thesis work on the biological control of pests in Canada earned me a prize from the Foundation Xavier Bernard at the French Academy of Agriculture.
Back in France I decided to gain some experience in education and took a teacher position at Odsherred Efterskole in Denmark, where I rapidly learned Danish. As I thrived educating young teenagers in sciences, English and PE, I also successfully developed a special innovative and interactive program in the science department for higher quality education. The program featured my self-made iBooks, cooperative learning methods, visual science process and much more. I took advantage being surrounded by the beautiful nature of the county of Odsherred to start photography and integrate it in my career and programs.
The area is the perfect 'start-up kit' for a nature photographer. There is a lot of wildlife, the landscapes are gorgeous, and you can even practice astrophotography with some breath-taking auroras and noctilucent clouds!