Care about your environmental impact, at home and at work, hoping it will make a difference and inspire others!
Here are some of the practices I’ve put into place so far in my work. I am still learning, so don’t hesitate to give me any advice you may have on the topic!
Being mindful when I shoot, or trying at least, not to take 20 shots of the same thing, trusting when I have the good shot!
Delete digital files regularly to make space on hard drives, but also in my emails in order to decrease impact of data centers
No USB keys, simply an online gallery (allows friends and family to also view the images without keeping unnecessary files)
Loading files onto one platform, ONE TIME, to avoid constant downloads and transfers. I advise clients to download their images ONCE, and to copy to at least one other backup source to avoid losing them and having to download them again, also after 2 years, I may no longer keep your images.
Home office (not studio), not a double impact
I use a Green energy provider, ILEK, whose mission is to fund only French reusable energies
Electronic contracts and signatures to avoid printing
Keeping the heat down, I love layering up and I even have half finger purple gloves, which are the cutest!
Using minimal gear, we don’t need a different lens for everything - helps with creativity
Borrowing from photographer friends or renting gear that I rarely need
Buying used whenever possible
Trusting that I do not constantly need to upgrade my gear
ALBUMS / PRINTS / PACKAGING
I use a France based album and prints manufacturer, handmade by a small team near Grenoble
I reuse the packaging I receive, like shipping boxes and bubble wrap. It's not the prettiest, but at least no extra trees or water were necessary for it!
Only use the car when no public transportation is available
I carshare with other wedding vendors if possible and I offer to take guests with me when there are venue changes to avoid more cars being used on the wedding day
I offer ridealongs with clients for engagement/family shoots
I work as locally as possible, I rarely accept any contracts outside of my region or that requires plane travel
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These should definitely give you a good idea of how I work, what my values and vision are, and how your photo session will be organized!