Artisan photographer in La Brède, Bordeaux and Gironde


Covid-19 has had an interesting effect on my business. I would have finally taken the time to write this article and put things straight.

Aside from the fact that my company is dormant during the confinement period, I had to capitalize on this time to move forward and think about the future. This epidemic made me realize that my loved ones and I are very few things, and that everything we do on a daily basis obviously has an impact on others.

The most blatant example: in 2020, the French discovered that they had to wash their hands several times a day to prevent covid-19 from spreading to other people…

Basically, a very harmless and basic gesture would protect others from the coronavirus… crazy when you think about it.

I’ve tried to bring these simple gestures back to my job and list them. What if I could be a better business leader by limiting all negative impacts on people and the planet?

Let’s stop dreaming, zero pollution seems utopian to me. However, all the little gestures I’m going to put in place will enable me to save the planet’s resources in the long run.

All the big companies are involved in green washing, buying themselves an ecological conscience by implementing CSR policies. The marketing is well turned out, and their website is pretty with green colors and pretty images from image banks. It’s good if everything is actually held. Having been an employee before setting up my own business in large companies, CSR is very difficult to maintain because too many people make up the company and their involvement in the process is of variable geometry.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m totally alone, so if I decide to be careful, I’ll be the only one in a position to control things and make sure that from start to finish everything is applied as I’ve decided.


To begin my analysis, I started with what seems to me to consume the most energy and materials in my daily life as a photographer: my computer equipment!

Here’s what I use every day for more than 12 hours a day

Very powerful computer => 750 KWh / year

2 screens 27 inches => 300 KWh / year

1 smartphone that I charge 2 times a day (yes, that’s how it is) => 4 KWh / year

1 internet box running at full speed => 200 KWh / year

Annual electricity consumption is therefore estimated at 1254 KWH / year.

I’ll be honest with you, it’s going to be hard for me to do less. BUT I’ve decided to invest in programmable sockets, so the appliances don’t run on standby overnight. Of course, this won’t help me to consume nothing, but unfortunately I can’t use my computer and my equipment any less.

On the plus side, I’m going to stop consuming when the equipment isn’t running. I was shocked to see what the various devices can consume when on standby.

According to the calculators found on the various electricity supplier websites, I’ll manage to save about 100 KW / year doing this.

Potential savings: 100KWH / year is always less nuclear power consumed!

As for charging my camera batteries, it’s pretty hard to get an accurate estimate, but given that one battery is equivalent to half a smartphone, I charge 10 of them at each wedding. You could say that I consume the equivalent of 5 smartphone recharges a day. I don’t do services every day, so I’m going to assume the annual consumption of a smartphone, i.e. 4kw!

I don’t have a printer and I don’t print paper, so I’ve switched to electronic document management.

If I put it all together: (1254 + 4 ) – 100 = 1158 KWh / year

My journeys

Let’s be clear, I hate diesel vehicles and when I set up my own business I didn’t have the cash flow to buy a hybrid. I drive about 15,000 KM a year.

So I bought a second-hand petrol Yaris, which runs on 95 E10 unleaded.

As I make 75% urban and semi-urban journeys, I emit CO2 but I don’t emit fine particles or NOX, which are the elements most harmful to human beings.

My driving style is flexible and fairly eco-friendly, and I’ve been training people in eco-driving for many years, so I have a very solid grounding in the subject.

Why a Toyota? because it’s the only vehicle in this category that’s both environmentally friendly and economical: 5.5l/100km on the freeway with a sedan and only 2.5l/100km in the city, that’s not bad at all. What’s more, it’s ultra-reliable and requires very few spare parts. It’s a particularly well-considered and efficient choice.


I’m a bit of a coffee addict, it’s my drug, and I used to drink Nespresso like a lot of people. I sat down, thought long and hard and realized that recycling these capsules was a real problem. What’s more, it makes us ingest aluminum and consume coffee of dubious quality.

My first instinct was to sell my coffee maker on the bon coin. I got myself a bean percolator. So I went downstairs to my organic grocery store and bought organic, ethical coffees roasted in Gironde by craftsmen.

I consider that what I’m doing at my small level is a good start in itself. It’s also a truly virtuous approach that will enable me to save the planet’s resources.

Now it’s hard for me to go any further, because I need to be able to work in good conditions to deliver my work in a quality way and on time. As a result, all I can do is improve my resource utilization time to limit resource consumption.


You’ll never be more beautiful than on that day. I don’t see any point in using tricks to photograph you. Natural light, your joy and that of your guests will suffice for your shots.

But what’s most important to me is building a bond with you before and during your wedding. It’s this closeness that allows me to understand you and what to photograph to immortalize your day.

To sum up, I’ve undertaken to be a more environmentally-friendly entrepreneur, to be more respectful of what I consume, and to ensure that the resources at my disposal are put to the best possible use. I’m also happy to be part of the fight led by The Surf Rider Fondation, and it’s a real personal satisfaction to be able to help them in a small way.