Art director and photographer, Olivia Thébaut collaborated with Minois for a series of images. The opportunity to ask her a few questions and discover the person behind the simple photos on her Instagram account.
Hello Olivia, can you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Olivia, I am 34 years old and I am a photographer. I live in the south west of France with my husband Julien and our two children, Joseph 3 and Colombe 1. I love living in the countryside, far from the hustle and bustle, close to nature and the ocean which inspire me daily.
You are a photographer and art director, can you tell us a little about your job?
Art direction and photography are two facets of my business. I particularly appreciate being able to have a global approach to my photo projects through art direction and luckily, this is often what clients expect from me. Being present from the conception to the technical realization brings an obvious coherence to my work and contributes to define my style.
What do you like most about your work?
My freedom! But I also like the variety of the projects I work on and the encounters that come with it. Beyond the work aspect, my professional activity is above all a passion which allows me to approach each day with pleasure.
What is your typical day like?
In the morning, the day starts slowly with the family, between bottles and toast ;) At 9am the kids are dropped off at school and the work day begins.
When I'm not out shooting, I'm at home. I like the balance between the periods when I work at home in calm, and the periods of shooting outside hyper stimulating and rich in meetings.
At home, I work on my computer in the morning. I edit photos, I answer e-mails... I have a quick lunch with my husband, we take advantage of this little time together to talk quietly.
The afternoon is generally devoted to the shootings.
From 4pm onwards, the children come back home. With my husband we organize ourselves in turn, to be with them.
The working days are short and intense but the first years of the children pass very quickly and we want to enjoy them.