KitMapper Feature: Francois Boutemy

This week hear from Francois Boutemy, a photographer with studios in both London and Paros, working on projects for high-fashion brands.

1.Tell us about yourself and your background.

I grew up in France and moved to the UK at the tender age of 17 to write a book ‘Made in England’ which documented London life, punk scene, gigs, festivals, protest etc. I used film and developed in a darkroom, considering myself a street photographer.

2. How did you first become interested in photography?

I was given a camera for my birthday at age 12 and things took off from there.

3. What projects are you working on at the moment?

In London I run Simulacra Studio Photography & Design, and our events company Simulacra Studio Events and full time as well as a studio, Sodium Burn Creative, on the Greek island of Paros.

London is busy and expensive whereas Paros is affordable but pretty quiet but you have the luxury of an incredible environment, 300 days of sunshine a year and great food. I spend my time between both, but you can guess which I prefer. I also run the London branch of international workshop company The Photo Academy, they’re based in Paris but have workshops all over Europe and some in the States.

4. Tell us about your favourite project to date.

I worked for Ralph Lauren and photographed the entire Conran Catalogue a couple of years ago, they’re were good projects. But what keeps me going is touring with bands getting live shots. Anything out of the office where I can actually be a photographer, rather than someone chasing invoices, is good.

Here’s a behind the scenes of a shoot for scarf designer Fariba Soltani, shot at Simulacra Studio, London SW9.

5. What is something, in terms of your work, that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t got around to yet?

We want to launch a workshop project in Greece with big name fashion photographers we admire like Perou and Miss Aniela. As we have this incredible location, access to amazing villas and the studio, the island is perfect for hosting this kind of thing. We’ve been in discussion with them. We also have a bit of a dream plan to have an open air cinema on the roof. We’ll keep you posted.

6. What inspires your work?

Jan Saudek a Czech art photographer I’m fond of.

7. What is your favourite piece of kit?

TetherBlock is currently my favourite piece of kit. It’s perfect to keep my tethered cord in place and unkinked.

8. Any specific kit you’ve wanted to try lately?

Anything very portable with as few wires as possible and low power requirement but big output would be something I’d try.

9. Looking back, and knowing what you know now, what advice would you feel you could give someone else who is starting out in your field?

It’s 24-hours and it never stops. I’m constantly on the go.

10.Where can we find you?

I seem to be all over. But you can find my available kit for hire on Kitmapper. my portfolio on my website, and how to experience my studio in Greece below.


Have a look at Francois’ profile on KitMapper. He has a selection of 58 different rentable pieces of kit ranging from editing workstations and studio space to smoke machines and portrait lighting setups.

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