The Paris-born David Bellemere has long been obsessed with photographing women. In fact, it was the reason why he started photography.
“I have been raised by beautiful women , my mom, and I am also surrounded by 2 beautiful sisters, Our family is more matriarchal than patriarchal. I have always been getting satisfaction contemplating woman’s beauty during my childhood and teenage. I started photography when I was 16, because I wanted to shoot my women friends in school.
The woman inspires me with their stories, romance, and love.
Looking at beauty of a woman and capture it, has always given me satisfaction. Her happiness when she discover the pictures, this satisfaction that she can share with her relatives and friends; the seductive power of her pictures for her life and career, all those are giving me a real peaceful feeling of a well done action.
When you are on a shoot, there is those moment when you feel or see some element that you want to capture. It can be many things, a position of her hand, a soft light showing baby’s hair on her naked back, a glance she did on a direction which follows the lines of her cheek bones, the fall of the silk on curves, … basically anything.
There is those beauty moments, which are calling me, my eyes and brain are very attentive, I observe everything because I am aware that “beauty is calling”
Women are curved, men are fragmented
You can love the hand of that man, the neck of this one, being inspired by the eyes, love his chest. We can separate beauty per fragment on a male.
While I feel that a women is consistence, a whole curve. Can’t separate the hair from her neck , the neck from shoulders and back, shoulders from breast, back from hips, hips from etc…our eyes while never see the end of all, and could turn for ever on curves and shapes.
Some women I shot , came to me with an inferiority complex. For example, “I have large hips”, “my forehead is too big”. I am always mindful of that. I want her to be proud to be a women and enjoy who she is. In those case I never try to hide her complex, but to show it more , I would get the beauty from it, and the whole curves of her body will follow. What was her shame became her proudness, and by accepting that for the character of her beauty, she find back consistency of her beauty.
It’s very important that woman feels good and confident with the whole team she is working with. We are serving her beauty. She is the center of attention and the receptacle of our behavior. In my nude work, I am explaining her that we are going to dress her with her nudity. I am telling her to move that or this , here or there. I never use the words undress, or bare all to me. I always look at her in her eyes while I am conversing with her. Nudity doesn’t mean sexuality.
The women’s sexuality in itself is a part of that curve. Seeing on a nude women as a sexual object is the wrong mind set. The perversity is in the head on the one watching , not on the one seen. It’s important to be fair and respectful. If the woman you shoot is having satisfaction and joy from the picture, most of the people will, because, believe me, she is the most critical part of the shoot and the one who knows the most about herself.
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris. He discovered photography during his high school years which led him to study visual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, David caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s.
After graduation David decided to combine his 2 passions, photography and Asia. Over the next 2 years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. David is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine.
David currently contributes to the following magazines: Vogue Paris, Vogue China, Vogue US, Vogue Spain, Vogue Turkey, Marie Claire Italy, Harpers Bazaar UK, Muse, Numero Paris, Treats etc.
His commercial clients include: Dior, Lancel, Rochas, Lanvin, Guerlain, Azzaro Parfum, Hermes, Chanel, Guess, Ba&sh, Lancaster, Maje, Eres, Victoria’s Secret, Charles Jourdan, Zadig & Voltaire, Free People, La Perla, Net-A-Porter, etc.