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Light as Feather

byRachel Rebibotext byMarius Troy

Based on the beauty of simplicity, natural light, and with minimal shooting equipment, Rachel Rebibo’s Light as Feather is a story promoting natural and real beauty in the best sense. “We wanted the images to feel ultra-feminine, light, airy and warm to evoke feelings of those last few perfect afternoons before summer slowly fades to fall,” Rebibo tells us.

As opposed to shooting from distance, Rebibo used a wide-angle lens in order to get closer to her model, creating instant rapport and interaction.

We wanted the images to feel ultra-feminine, light, airy and warm to evoke feelings of those last few perfect afternoons before summer slowly fades to fall.

In addition to being inspired by Sacha’s unique and unusual beauty, Rebibo was majorly inspired by the combination of emotions that come with seasonal change. “Summer, warmth and sun create an ambiance of happiness, energy and joy, but as that fades into fall there is a certain sadness in letting go,” Rebibo says, adding “I wanted to capture these contradicting emotions, using the wind as a segue from one season to another.

Sacha, represented by UP Models in Paris,just arrived in Paris as a new face, and Rebibo has nothing but positive things to say of the beauty: “- Sacha was amazing to work with and took direction very well. It is important for me to have an intimate rapport with the models I photograph, and she trusted me enough to follow my vision and let herself go.

The story was styled by Rebibo herself, using garments from Les Petites, Johanna Riplinger, and Max Studio. “We wanted to use pieces that were light, ethereal and most importantly not contrived,” she explains. “We also opted to keep the model barefoot and accessory-free in keeping with the theme; the idea was to keep the looks fresh, bright and colorful without being loud or weighed down.

Makeup artist was Julia Floch Carbonel, who’s actually worked with Rebibo in various manners for almost a decade. “As close friends and colleagues, we find that our aesthetics often come together in themes that are distinctly romantic and feminine… and also very much representative of the Femme Parisienne. Julia’s makeup style frequently focuses on shadows and highlights to enhance bone structure, which worked particularly well with Sacha’s facial features.

“Since we work together often and she is aware that I do not airbrush or retouch the models in my images, she maintains transparency to keep the skin texture visible.”