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Jute: Where did you get your start in fashion photography?

Maëlle: I’m born in a family of artists. I always knew I had a creative potential and I wanted to make it as an artist without knowing in which precise activity. I did several studies: art history, fashion design, graphic design… because I was attracted by fashion and by the world of the image. I started taking pictures because I was bored with my studies, then I discovered I was actually passionate about it, so I practiced a lot with friends and models to build a little portfolio. I had the chance to be discovered 4 years ago by a singer who gave me my first contract as a photographer (I went to Los Angeles!). From there I launched my website and I told myself “I want to be a fashion photographer professionally”. Since then, I never stopped doing photo shoots. Now I’m lucky to work with talented teams and to do great editorials for magazines, and to work with different artists from the music industry.

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Jute: Where and from whom do you draw inspiration?

Maëlle: From everywhere. It comes from what surrounds me: nature, music, fashion, trends, colors, people, travels, movies, feelings, dreams, etc. Beside my favorites photographers of all time, I follow a lot of young photographers. I like to stay in that creative sphere and be aware of what’s happening around me. Also, as I said, I have great people to work with, like makeup artists, hairstylists, fashion designers, etc. We share a lot of ideas and inspire each other.

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Jute: My personal favorite thing about your work is the distinct color palette and vibrancy. What is your reasoning behind that?

Maëlle: I’m obsessed by colors. I don’t like black and white at all. I feel like something is missing in the picture and it doesn’t touch me. But color is my thing! I have just so many possibilities. I feel like it’s a big playground and I can create whatever I want, like different emotions just with colors and vibrancy. Colors makes me happy, it appears to me like dreams, fantasy, positivity, and light.

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Jute: What was the best piece of advice ever given to you by another photographer?

Maëlle: On a photography level I would say something like “A good picture is a picture that you can look at, again and again, years after years and never get bored of it, and in which you can even discover new details of it.” This is what I attempt every time I do something. On another level, I would say that I’m into abundance readings, about how to attract what you want in your life and how to succeed. So it’s not about specific advice, but more about being inspired by the good people; by the positives one that succeeded for the good reasons with the best attitude.

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Jute: Do you have a photo shoot you’ve done that is your favorite or you are the most proud of?

Maëlle: I can’t choose a specific shoot. Every shoot I’ve done has a specific story and feeling behind it, with a different experience, with different people. I enjoyed them all because every experience brings me something more.

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Jute: You have over 50k fans on Facebook. Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring photographers to help them with social media?

Maëlle: I’m actually not interested by social media at all. I don’t like it, but it brings me a lot of feedback about my work which is great and also tons of new contacts which is greater. I ask for abundance. I’m using gratitude every day and I learn to receive more. I’m happy that my work inspires others and reflects positive things to people. My advices are to stay focused on what your goals are, to do what makes you happy (not others!), to always learn new things and be curious about what’s around you, and to not be afraid to make mistakes and to show your potential to the world.

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Jute: What’s next in your career?

Maëlle: A new life challenge is I’m leaving Europe and I’m moving to Nepal in September. I have a project to build a foundation for environmental and animal protection. I will use my creativity to help as I will create accessories, design jewels with locals products and people and the benefits will go to the foundation. I will still work in the photography industry for editorials and artists, but differently, and I will travel to Europe from time to time for work.

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Jute: Describe your dream photo shoot.

Maëlle: Working in a wild nature on different continents, with wildlife and animals is something I want to do.
I’m looking forward to shooting in the beautiful nature of Nepal and I hope to travel more in unknown, uncommon places to do beautiful pictures, with other cultures and ethnicity, far away from the Occidental world.

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See more of Maëlle André’s work here!

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