On the Valensole plateau, located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the lavender fields bloom from 15 June and reach their maximum flowering around 1 July. Soon after, farmers harvest this lavender to extract their essence, which will be the main ingredient in the production of perfume, oils whose benefits have long been known.
Having been inquiring for several months, I knew that I would only have a small shooting window to take some shots. That’s how I proposed to Bonnie to pose for me and to make some portraits in this ephemeral environment.
From Nice, it took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car to get there with Bonnie and Maxime. Once we arrived at the scene I had pre-identified, we took our time to find out. The smell of lavender, the sound of bees, a temperature of 29 degrees associated with a light wind, it is good in the south.
The sun was ideally placed at the end of the field, descending gently towards the horizon, we were almost the only ones in this field, there was a positive atmosphere and conducive to photos.
I thank Maxime who did not particularly want to pose at the beginning and who finally gave me the honor of posing for the first time. And I would like to tell them both that I especially enjoyed this moment, which was pleasant.
For me it’s not just a matter of shooting or taking pictures to render, it’s above all a shared experience in the present moment.
Here are the pictures, I hope you enjoy.