julie cerise photography interview
Anais Kugel (aka Julie Cerise) was only 16 when photography stole her heart, and now she's stolen ours.
Anais Kugel (aka Julie Cerise) was only 16 when photography stole her heart, and over the ten years that followed she's found herself snapping everything from portraits to whimsical artistic shots and French fashion designers' collections.
We had a little chat with her about the dreamy shots she takes.
What is your name and how old are you? My photography name (which is made up of my middle names) is Julie Cerise. 'Cerise' means cherry in French. On the day I was born my mother ate a whole bunch of freshly picked cherries and decided it would be a good idea to name me after the red fruit.
Where were you born and where do you live now? I was born at home in a not-so-small town in the south of France.
How does where you grew up and where you live now affect your photography? I have lived in the countryside for the biggest part of my life. I feel more creative outdoors. I find nature very inspiring, and I love the boundless possibilities it offers.
What areas, things or people in your neighbourhood do you most like to photograph? Being a mother makes me a frenetic paparazzi. I try to collect all those precious simple moment of my daughter's life. I often look back at them with that sort of bittersweet feeling of nostalgia. Time definitely seems to speed up once you start watching a little one grow up. I am thankful that photographs can take me back in time and make my memories feel so alive.
What do you shoot on (digital or analogue) and why do you choose to use that type? I mainly work with digital. Things go fast these days. I do take my time sometimes on personal projets and work with analogue cameras. I love how working with film makes me a different photographer. More conscious.
Is there a certain camera or type of film that you wish you could own? I am pretty happy with the ones I own now. I work with a Nikon D4, walk around with a Nikon 1 and there is always an analogue camera laying around at home with a film started months ago.
What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment? January is a very busy month for me. I am working on lots of projects for many different clients, mainly creators or fashion brands. I am very involved in the creation process long before we are actually taking the pictures. Going from one project to another can be tricky, but it's very exciting to see it evolving and turning into beautiful photographs.
What kind of subjects interest you the most? I love women. I often tell my husband that I would love to be married to a girl to share her life and photograph her all the time.
If you were to teach an photography appreciation class, what kind of lessons would you try to teach your students? Take pictures. Walk around. Try things. Try again. Each picture makes you a better photographer.
What are some of the challenges that you are facing in modern times as a photographer? People often think it's an easy job, or sometimes not even a proper job at all. Even though I adore it, it's actually quite challenging. You never exactly know how things are going to turn out. Do you remember the feeling you used to get laying in bed at night before your first day of school ? Well, I get that every time I work. It's a lot of stress... trying to be quick, creative, improvise when needed and fulfil the expectations.
What is the strangest thing or thought that has inspired a photo? Buying honey. I was at the outdoor market a couple of winters ago, and I met this young woman selling honey that she made with her husband in the mountains. It inspired me to tell the stories of women working as farmers. It was such a lovely experience. I drove around and met amazing people. A little while later, I won a photography prize with this 'accidental' job.
What do you enjoy doing when not taking photos? I used to love sleeping (I dream a lot) but since I became a mother it has become quite rare. I love simple days with family and friends. Making them happy, baking cakes, walking around in my garden with the chickens and rabbit running after me. I try to cherish the little pleasures of life.
Where can we see more of your work? You can visit my website and blog, or to follow me more closely, add me on instagram @anaisjuliecerise or facebook.