Today we have a great interview with France-based professional photographer and Instagram influencer Alexis Rateau. Please find some quick stats about @alexisrateau and his full interview just below.
Describe your Instagram profile, what you post and why.
I post photos of landscapes and I do time lapses of the sky at night. I love nature.
When did you start your Instagram experience?
I started my Instagram experience in Barcelona with my first photo in February 2013.
Did you start with the purpose to make it into a job or did it start as a passion that then became a job?
I started to share my photos on instagram because it’s a passion, i love taking photos of my travels.
How long did it take you to make your first 10,000 followers? Was it a difficult process?
It was difficult because i posted just a few photos before 2015. I made my first 10,000 followers in May 2015.
What camera/phone do you use to take your pictures?
I use a Canon 100D, and sometime a go pro hero 3. The canon 100D is very good and it’s not expensive.
Do you use filters on a regular basis?
I use very few filters on Instagram; I mostly edit my photos with my computer, using Ligthroom.
Which is the post that you published that you like the most or are most proud of?
It was very difficult to choose as I love all my photos but this has such beautiful colors, and a lot of people reposted this photos on Instagram.
Have you ever collaborated with other influencers?
Right now, I have collaborated 5 times with other influencers, and 4 with brands.
What kind of people do you follow on Instagram?
I follow few celebrities and many influencers. I love to follow people with photos of nature or night sky, I follow my friends too.
Is there an Instagram Influencer/celebrity in particular that you appreciate and would like to mention?
I love @nicolehunziker‘s Instagram beacause she takes beautiful photos of the Matterhorn. I go there as well to take photos every year. I love this account because there are the most beautiful landscapes!
Have you ever worked with international brands that published a sponsored post in your Instagram feed?
I worked with 4 brands, for example, Daniel Wellington, it was very good experience to work with them.
Have you ever bought followers or likes?
I’ve never bought any followers or likes as I think it’s completely stupid. If you do a great work, and if you post beautiful photos, your followers grow up naturally.
What would you suggest to someone who wants to be an Instagram Influencer?
Be close to the people who follow you, and answer their questions. I spend a lot of time talking with people on Instagram. Geotag your photos on Instagram and put many hashtag on theme.
Popular Chips’ favorite pictures from @alexisrateau’s Instagram account
Many thanks Alexis for taking the time for our interview and good luck!