I interviewed French Canadian-based fashion photographer, Maude in January
The conversation went lovely. Before the
interview, Maude told me that she has two
beautiful kids (Six year old Maxe and 6 month
old Billie) whom she adores.
Besides being a dedicated wife and
mother; Maude has a great passion, knowledge, as
she would say ‘old school’ and love for
first job was shooting for her friend’s boyfriend clothing line, in Montreal (Rudsak) for
their first campaign.
“On the shoot they had the best fashion stylist
and the best models.”
Maude felt a bit overwhelmed by the very
“The shots came out really well”, she
The hype around the shots received great
Suddenly people started requesting her
The same stylist from the (Rudsak
campaign) photo-shoot loved and admired her work
so much, she opened an opportunity for her; a
job working with a fashion magazine.
Maude says that having the opportunity to
work with a big campaign really opened doors and
contacts in the fashion industry.
Maude shares with me how her love for fashion
“It began really early, officially when I was
23, which is about 13 years ago.
That’s when I really decided to do it
full-time and nothing else.
I was still a student before that but I
was passionately involved in fashion photography
since maybe I was 19.
I never did anything else.
I never had another real job (she
The only thing that I did when I was a
student and while I was shooting before I
committed myself to photography, was working in
a bar and night clubs to make money at night to be
able to shoot during the day.
I started shooting when I was about 17
and by 19 I figured out that I wanted to do it
for a living.
So I started shooting model test and
little jobs for friends and people I was
So by 23 I decided to be fully committed
to photography for a living.” She continues; “It
went really naturally for me; I kind of really
did it for fun when I was a student.
It became so important in my life that
everything I was doing was about photography;
when I was at the University, I would involve
photography in some type of way, magazines or
I was literally obsessed with fashion and
photography. I was kind of incorporating it in
any aspect of my life, until strangely someone
said to me you should be a photographer.
It never really occurred to me that I
wanted to do that, I just was kind of doing it,
so by the time I decided to do it, I had
already done quite a lot of things.
For me it was just a fun thing to do.
I would go out to trendy places and ask
models to take photos of them without knowing
that I wanted to do that,
but the day I decided to do it, it really
went by very fast, and within six months I was
shooting quite a lot and also shooting for magazines.”
Maude is inspired by locations, places she has
traveled, reading, and natural light really
She also is a huge fan of French movies
from the 70’s. (Maude loves the late French Film
Director Eric Rohmer).
“He did a lot of films in the 70’s that
really inspired me.
I’m also a romantic, so anything romantic
inspires me”, she giggles.
When working in the fashion industry you meet
many creative individuals.
Some think that the fashion industry is a
huge pot hole but, in reality, it’s the very same
I interviewed Vogue Australia Vogue
Contributor Romy Frydman a few months back.
Maude mentions to me in our interview
that she worked with Romy last year.
“I have a very strong link to Australia.
I moved there when I was 26 in 2001.
I would love to move back there, she
says, “But at the moment it’s not possible.
I still have an agent there; last time I
was there, which was about a year and a half ago,
I worked with Romy on a commercial job, I don’t
know her very well, but we spent a couple of
days on the set.”
Maude has worked with most of the
established Australian Stylists, Makeup Artists
Maude’s favorite camera at the moment is the
Canon 5D Mark II.
Is there any particular reason why you
use that camera?
I asked her.
“It’s just a good option at the moment,
it’s a high resolution.
easy to use and cheap to buy.
It has a really great video option,
that’s something that I‘m interested in, is to
do a little more motions, and it’s a very good
There are so many aspiring photographers out
I wanted to get Maude’s opinion on if she
thinks being a ‘fashion photographer’ getting a
little over-rated or crowed?
“Everyone is a photographer right now, it’s
quite amazing to look at a lot of people have
photos on myspace or flickr.
The reality that I find difficult at the
moment, maybe because I’m a little old school, is
that when I started as a photographer, you had
to be technical on how you do your thing, plus
What I mean, is that in those days there
was no digital or computerize images at all, so if
you were starting, you would have to buy film,
you have to send them to a lab, you had to print
images for your portfolio.
People couldn’t see your stuff online,
most of the young photographers didn’t
have enough money to buy more film, so you
really needed to be quite skilled and talented to
get the work to present to the client.
I find now that you can get a digital camera for
quite a small amount of money. For 500 to 600 dollars, you can
purchase a good
Maude says that it’s getting harder and
harder to make a career out of it.
The fact that there are more and more people
calling themselves a photographer and there is less
and less people making a living out of it.
Maude’s advice to aspiring fashion
“I strongly believe that what really matters for
me, is to become a good fashion photographer.
only thing that it really needs is; a big
passion for fashion and images and you have to
be completely devoted and I think that the only
way to get recognized out there in the fashion
world is to be original.”
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