After a Master’s in graphic design, I got interested in photography. To be able to work as quickly as possible, I was looking for a short and efficient program.
At Spéos I gained within a year during the Professional Photography in 1 year program a good technical level and a personal style, mainly through the courses in visual identity. The Expert Modules after the 32-week Program allowed me to further develop my personal project. With these essential skills, which allowed me to start working professionally, I managed to reach my main objective.
The school later introduced me to the competition of the Royal Monceau, which was a perfect match for my recent photographic work. Having won the first prize is a milestone for me, which was followed by the prestigious Prix HSBC won in 2013.
I studied at Spéos in 2010 and I have been working as a professional photographer since then.
I chose Spéos because it is one of the best photography school in France and it is based in Paris.
If you work in the fashion industry, then Paris is the best place to be to find resources and opportunities!
To work as a fashion photographer, I needed a team: Spéos connected with make-up and fashion designer schools. It really helped me start my career!
I was living in Sao Paulo/Brazil after graduating in communication and media, I had a camera and as an emerging amateur photographer I started to get some freelance jobs. I then realized that photography was something I wanted to specialize into and I needed to learn more to be able to became a professional!
Paris was a city that attracted me by the cultural and inspiring life style and it’s also famous for its creative schools and Spéos is part of it. The reason I chose Spéos, instead of another institution, was because it provided a complete photography program (in a shorter time then universities with the Professional Photography in 1 year program) exploring all the areas of the fields that help students to identify themselves and experiment a bit of everything before specializing in one area.
I had an amazing year at Spéos and it is one of my favorite memories. I learned a lot of lighting techniques from studio, printing and computer imaging and visual identity changed the way I see photography. I developed a new photographic style what I thought was never possible. I had lectures with 2 well known photographers (Paolo Roversi and Bettina Rheims) and listening to their advices and experiences through their amazing careers brought me a lot.
I felt in love with fine art photography and I realized it was a possible career: it opened my mind to create more personal projects.I had my first artwork sold during Spéos end-of-the-year Exhibition and a first award from an assignment project I developed during the classes!
Such recognition wouldn’t be possible or wouldn’t happen if I were not enrolled. It changed my direction completely.
In 2014 Spéos invited me to lecture at London (where I live now) and it has been also another great experience to teach and share all I have learned through all those years.
I was looking for a photography school whose program would be efficient – very focused on the practice of photography and retouching – and whose teaching would be provided by recognized professionals. What’s more, a school with professional equipment and enough space to work.
That’s exactly what I found at Spéos. I had the opportunity to freely use the studios to experiment and retouch at leisure on school computers, and I had the means to work much what we had studied during classes.
I had a wonderful experience at Spéos. The Professional Photography in 1 year Program allowed me to master the artificial light and gave me confidence in my artistic choices. The following year, I worked for modeling agencies. I was able to perfect the learning received at Spéos by releasing myself from the technique and be thus exclusively focused on coaching the model or models as well as on my artistic research.
I would recommend Spéos because, in this school, everything is done to succeed – human and material resources. The only very good learning at Spéos is not enough: it is also necessary to experiment, read and learn to express all its own individuality, its vision of the world.
During my year at Spéos, what I liked was to be able to get in touch with all aspects of photography: the theory, the studio, the digital work, the lab.
This enrichment allows to quickly acquire a global technical background. Once this base is integrated, it is really easier to focus on its own work and approach: what do I want to express and how will it fit into photography today?
Having studied at Spéos is one of the best things that has happened to me in my life.
France is the country where photography was invented and it was a privilege to study in its capital.
Spéos is a great school which gave me an ideal atmosphere to develop my photographic skills both technically as well as conceptually. During the year I studied there, I was able to refine my artistic language and make high quality photos which also carry a message.
Being surrounded by classmates from many different countries and cultures exposed me to diversity, which made my experience highly enriching and inspiring.
Spéos strengthened my confidence as a photographer and artist.
As my future husband, Éric Travers, studied at Spéos Paris in 2000 and became an international reporter, I naturally chose the same school for my professional training a year later.
I arrived without a lot of technical skills, just with artistic sensitivity. I thus had to learn everything from scratch: from photo development to digital retouching, from reportage to studio photography. We had the opportunity to learn from exceptional teachers from the professional world and in permanent contact with the environment of professional photography.
Thanks to Spéos, at the end of my program, I was able to obtain a position within the team of Studio Peter Lindbergh, which allowed me to further extend my image skills.
> See Céline Travers’s exhibition at the Spéos Gallery
I was able to study the basics of Black and White Photography at Spéos while working as an actress in Paris.
Back then, Spéos offered an amazing Developing and Printing yearly program.
Going to the darkroom with excellent teachers made my experience unique. Learning the basics of photography enabled me to start a career in New York City, where I have pursued my passion ever since.
I would highly recommend Spéos to anyone who wants to learn photography or to broaden their skills. Many possibilities without borders!
> See Marie Preaud’s exhibition at the Spéos Gallery