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I had the opportunity to attend the Professional Photography program in 1 year at Spéos in 2016 thanks to a professional re-orientation program (a so-called “congé individuel de formation”).
A self-taught amateur for almost 20 years, I didn’t succeed to make photography my profession previously.

The year at Spéos was decisive for me because — beyond the new technical skills I acquired (the equipment and the studios allowed me to explore a lot!) — all the facets and skills of the profession were taught. The exchanges with the teachers, the diversity of the courses, their methods as well as the encounters with the other students in an international context were very enriching for me. At Spéos, I was able to make the difference between amateur photography and a professional approach.

I am now a professional freelance photographer (“auteur photographe”), which allows me to work for organizations in the associative and social sectors, either in photo reportage or in a mobile studio. At the same time, I am developing my personal documentary work. I recommend Spéos to all those who wish to make photography their profession, in all domains of photography and irrespective of the networks they plan to develop.