I Lo040ve Cannes contributing editor Pat Denton first became interested in photography while travelling extensively working on cruise ships: South Africa, South Sea Islands, Australia, Caribbean & the USA.
He studied at the prestigious Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida & eventually moved to Paris where he became an international press photographer for the London based agency WENN (World Entertainment News Network). His worldwide published images include: Madonna, Robbie Williams, Sharon Stone, Lenny Kravitz and Claudia Schiffer. He started doing weddings in Paris in the ’90s and founded Revelation Studios specialising in ‘reportage’ weddings in 2000 after moving to Cannes.

In Pat’s own words;

“While I was the Paris based photographer for WENN, I had several requests from friends and business acquaintances to cover their weddings. At that time there was no such genre as ‘wedding photojournalism’ and my contacts were looking for someone with a fresh approach. At that stage I had not planned to seriously market the weddings, but it kind of developed hand in hand with the advent of digital cameras, which we press photogs had to keep up with – with all the competition, we had no choice!008

Digital really changed my life – it enabled rapid, candid shooting, with no limit on the image quantity and allowed immediate viewing of tricky lighting conditions. This meant I could get away from the ‘old school’ of shooting on a cumbersome medium format film camera and always doing a similar set of a limited number of posed shots.

337I often work with ‘second shooters’, usually female (to make the bride feel more comfortable during the ‘preparations’) for larger events, who are full professional in their own right (rather than just ‘assistants’) & also have my own team of hairdressers & stylists.363

We are very fortunate here on the Cote d’Azur to have some of the most spectacular wedding venues in the world. People are continuing to use the south of France as a destination wedding, and most of our clients are from overseas – USA, UK, UAE, etc. Many have second, or vacation homes here and I am 036happy to be associated with fabulous wedding locations such as: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Chateau de la Napoule, Chateau de la Chevre d’Or & Chateau Diter”

I have now also established relationships with the Palais des Festivals & various organisers of corporate events, most notably Reed Midem & work with their clients at MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIDEM, MIPIM & MAPIC. Of course I cover the Film Festival, NRJ Music Awards (mostly for WENN) & the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity where I work with giants of the 774advertising industry – AdAge, Yahoo, Twitter Saatchi & Saatchi & Microsoft Advertising, amongst others. The biggest single event I cover, however, is the GSMA Mobile World Congress (the mobile telephone industry) – which used to be in Cannes, but outgrew this town & moved to Barcelona, some 6 years ago – this year we had 94,000 visitors, far too many for Cannes!

To help with these events I have built up a substantial team, which now also includes video, as many clients want a dual service. Video initially took me out of my ‘comfort zone’ but now having embraced that, I’m enjoying the challenge of a new medium & am happy to provide content for I Love Cannes.

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