Thierry Julien is a French photographer based in Bangkok. He first came to Thailand for holidays 10 years ago and fell in love with this beautiful country and its beautiful people. He came back to France after his holidays only thinking of coming back and living in Thailand, 4 years ago this dream of his came true.

You can check out some of Thierry’s amazing photography on his Facebook page.

What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

When I lived in France, I had a clothes shop during 10 years and I practice photography as an amateur, in fact when I was 14 years old, it was the job that I really wanted to do but sometimes in life, you cannot do what you really want for some reasons… But now, I’m a professional photographer. Photography is a passion for me and I always do my work with passion.

How do you learn more to take better pictures?

I learn a lot by listening to professional photographers around me, trying techniques by myself. Practicing a lot is the key to make better photo with your own style.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I don’t have favorites works, I really enjoy everything in photography. I don’t like to focus on only one type of work, I like diversity and it’s the best way to learn.

Whose work has influenced you most?

There is nobody in particular who inspired me. I love some photographers like Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zhang Jingna, and Björn Lofterud.

What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best, as you photograph?

My camera is a Canon 7D and I work on Photoshop and Lightroom. Photography is not only pushing a button, as some people think, there is a work behind photography on software to give a better look and/or correct some details.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

I love my work, and that’s my motivation. I see photography as more of a passion than just work. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do…” (Steve Jobs)

I try to give my best every time I take photos.

Why Thailand? Are there any plans moving in the future or you’re here for the long haul?

Why Thailand? Because I love this country and people here, I don’t have any plan to move in the near future, my life is here now but we never know what future brings 🙂

Any advice for aspiring photographers out there?

Hmmm, some advice for aspiring photographers… Let me think…

Keep practicing. Every time you can, just keep practicing. Stay cool, and enjoy what you do and shoot…

The camera doesn’t make the photographer.

I like this quote from Ansel Adams: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” So, find your own style and enjoy!