A Day In The Life Of Annie Mallégol – The Most Incredible Mobile Photographer From Paris

Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we’ll be taking a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about.

This is our fifty first installment of the series, you can read the others here if you have missed them so far. Annie Mallégol was born and still lives and works in Paris, France. She works as a professional documentarist. Annie started shooting images with an iPhone 4 in September 2010 and posting her pics on different platforms and groups. In April 2012, she was selected for an international photo-event, Eyephoneography 3, and she continues to participate to collective exhibits in Madrid and several Spanish cities.

Read more about Annie in our exclusive interview below…

Each image is titled with the apps used to create it in sequential order. You can find all the links the the apps mentioned at the end of this article.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to Joanne@theappwhisperer.com, and we’ll get it set up).


First Things First


©Annie Mallégol – Gay Pride 2011 à la Bastille / App – Hipstamatic


JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

AM – I usually get up around 6.30 am. Between morning coffee and shower, I like to check my e-mails and social networks updates, and before going to work, I like to share one of my last pics. I have a kind of motto : a pic a day.


Magic Hour


©Annie Mallégol – Place du Palais-Royal / Apps – Hipstamatic,  Snapseed


JC – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

AM – It is something that I like and I can do during my travels. A sunny day with cloudy sky or some fog are a good motivation.


Photographer vs Mobile Photographer


©Annie Mallégol – Colonnes de Buren au Palais-Royal / Apps : Hipstamatic,  Snapseed


JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun).

AM – I am a self taught photographer, inspired by foreign countries that I visit. So most of my pictures were taken during my holidays abroad. In september 2010, I took the opportunity of my broken DSLR to try the camera of my brand new iPhone. I enjoyed it immediately for my street shots and realized it was a new and innovative way to take pictures and to revisit my hometown.


New Apps


©Annie Mallégol – Tour Eiffel #1 / Apps: 6X6,  Snapseed


JC – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?

AM – I used to do that, at the beginning, hoping to find the super apps I needed to express myself. So I got a lot of apps that I don’t use at all.


Location, Location, Location


©Annie Mallégol – Jardin des Tuileries / Camera+ / Apps – Noir,  Snapseed


JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

AM – I would say India. It’s so exciting to discover this amazing country (actually a sub-continent!) and meet this photogenic people, so pleased to be photographed. But for an everyday shot, Paris, my city where I have to stay most of the time, is not bad.


Tools Of The Trade


©Annie Mallégol – Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie /Apps – 6X6,  Big Lens, Pixlr-o-matic


JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and if so do you use it to plan your shoots?

AM – No. I don’t plan my shoots.




©Annie Mallégol – Rue Saint-Martin / Apps – Camera+,  Big Lens,   Snapseed,   TouchRetouch


JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

AM – I am on Flickr, EyeEm, Twitter, and sometimes Facebook (WIAM, BIAM…). Flickr remains my favorite platform. Thanks to it, I discover every day wonderful pictures which inspire me and I learn a lot.




©Annie Mallégol – Rue du Mail / Apps – Hipstamatic,  Snapseed


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

AM – Every time there is a ready update.


Favorite Apps


©Annie Mallégol – Nouvel An Chinois 2011 / Apps – Camera Plus,  Snapseed


JC – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?

AM – After a longtime exclusive use of Hipstamatic, I like the following apps, for shooting Camera+, Camera Plus, Dynamic Light and 6X6 and for editing, Snapseed, Noir, Qrbro, PictureShow, Pixlr-o-matic, Big Lens, Filter Mania2, TouchRetouch.




©Annie Mallégol – Tour Eiffel #2 /Apps – Camera+, Pixlr-o-matic


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

AM – Yes, almost everyday. It is good for my moral 😉


Favorite Subjects


©Annie Mallégol – Grande Roue aux Tuileries / Apps – Camera+, Filter Mania 2


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

AM – Street and candid shots in Paris.




©Annie Mallégol – Rue de Sévigné / Apps – Camera+, Snapseed,  Qbro


JC – How did the teaching side come along?

AM – I am still learning, so…


Top Five Tips


©Annie Mallégol – Place de la Concorde / Apps – Camera+, Noir, PhotoForge2


JC – What are your top five tips for iPhone photography?

AM – It is hard to say, looking myself for some tips, especially for post-processing. Maybe I can give an advice “go out and try not to be shy”.




©Annie Mallégol – Dominique Alavoine enflammant la Place des Vosges / Apps – Camera+, Qbro,  Pixlr-o-matic


JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

AM – I am not a purist and I prefer to check how my photos look like on a big screen. So my first pictures were edited on desktop. I was amazed to get the best of them. Now I prefer to use my iPhone or for more comfort, my iPad. And the result is funnier and more creative.




©Annie Mallégol – Rue François Miron /Apps – Camera+, Snapseed


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

AM – I don’t use it.


The Future Of Mobile Photography


©Annie Mallégol – Fête foraine à Bruges / Apps – Hisptamatic,  FilterStorm


JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

AM – iphoneography or mobile photography is becoming more than a usual way of expression, a new step in the photography story.


Where In The World?


©Annie Mallégol – Collage / Camera+, PictureShow, InFrameFoto


JC – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

AM – No, I don’t think so. I am amazed to see how it is a broadly shared interest and widespread practice.


iPhone 5


©Annie Mallégol – Passagère / Apps – Dynamic Light,  Snapseed


JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

AM – I am looking forward to it (I got only iPhone 4) with some improvements of course. My wish list : a better optic and sensor, a longer life battery, a wider screen.




©Annie Mallégol – What Future ? /Apps – 6X6,   Big Lens, FilterStorm, Pixlr-o-matic


JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

AM – I have to confess I did not know well the website theappwhisperer.com before Joanne kindly invited me to introduce my work. Now I enjoy it because it is full of informations, featuring very talented photographers. Joann is one of the nice promoters of mobile photography community, many thanks to her.


Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Interview


©Annie Mallégol – Paris Plages à la Villette / Camera+, Snapseed,  Filterstorm

Photo Noir
Big Lens
Camera Plus
InFrame Foto
Filter Mania 2

Links To More Of Annie’s Stunning Images


©Annie Mallégol – Rue de Bretagne / 6X6,  Snapseed






About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.