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Stephan Debelle

Stephan Debelle

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Growing up and watching my father who was a photographer, my passion for photography started at a young age. My first camera was a Mamiya body, 50mm lens. Later on I was able to afford a more versatile zoom lens. Back then, it was the days of films & time spent in a dark room and you had to make your shot count! It was not until 2012, when asked to work in photography by a Japanese Company operating in Bora Bora (KelyAn) that I took the next step, and decided to make a living from it. 
 
Today, I am grateful to do what I love while also being accompanied and supported by my wonderful girlfriend as my assistant. Working as a couple in photography is fun, we both love what we do and connecting with our worldwide clientele is an enriching experience.  
 
Bonnie is a native from Hong Kong, speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She is most helpful in demonstrating poses, assisting with the clients attire as well as handing light when required. She also has an excellent eye for the small details that may get lost while looking through the lens!

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

We are based in Bora Bora, French Polynesia (a tiny dot in the middle of the South Pacific) - We will travel to Hong Kong, the US and Europe 1-3 times a year and will work on providing a quote.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

I have been established as a photographer in Bora Bora since 2013. While weddings here are different, typically more symbolic with only the couple; we are blessed to have great scenery and the option to do photos in the water. A great portion of our work also involves more casual, honeymoon type shooting and sometime in the water with the wild life.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

We like to not be intrusive, while we will coach couples thru some poses and scenes; we enjoy staying in the background and capture the emotions on moments - perhaps we should say on the photojournalistic side?

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

Wedding here are quote different and short, something for the couple to seal their vow - Our packages start at $450. We will also travel from time to time to the US and will work on providing a quote.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

We do not have a studio, most of our photography is done at the resorts in Bora Bora & outdoor. Yes, we do have skype stephan.debelle as well as WhatsApp & Wechat - We also have a local US number.

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

I do not have a degree in in Arts or anything relating to photography. I started at a young age learning from a father who was a photographer and re-toucher - Time of the films, labs & red rooms developing essentially B&W images.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

We work as a couple an love what we do, we enjoy meeting clients from all over the word and all horizon. Bonnie is an avid traveler and we do aim to travel more and join leisure and work. On our spare time, we enjoy snorkeling & some beach time as well as relaxing on a secluded island. From a photography perspective, we do enjoy a great deal photography in the water with the sharks and have created a tour for clients who are not faint of heart and capture unique images amongst the sharks. 
 
On occasion, we have photographers reaching out to us to assist them get to the best spots - We enjoy meeting colleagues so don't be shy and reach out if you are ever in the area:-)

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9 Real Recommendations

Kambiz + Stephanie
When we arrived at our Vow Renewal ceremony Stephan and Bonnie were capturing every moment without it feeling like we needed to pose for pictures. The pictures were brilliant with vivid colors that highlighted the surroundings as well as captures important moments. We highly recommend this duo.
- KAMBIZ + STEPHANIE - June 19, 2019
Sandra + Alan
We had a wonderful time doing our photo session with Stephan & Bonnie. They made us very comfortable to create very natural pictures we will cherish for a very long time. They also know the best places in Bora to make the most wonderful imagery. I totally recommend the underwater pictures.
- SANDRA + ALAN - June 11, 2019
Patrick + Ellis
It was an amazing experience. From the start of our trip from the dock at the Conrad hotel to the island where we held our ceremony, we had a lovely time with Stephan & Bonnie. They helped keep the environment light-hearteed and fun throughout the full process. We are very happy with how everything turned out.
- PATRICK + ELLIS - June 3, 2019
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Manta + Anand
MANTA + ANAND
December 15, 2018