Minimalist pastel look

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Can anybody tell me how to get the minimalist look of French photographer Matthieu Venot http://www.matthieuvenot.fr/ ? I'm 
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I think primarily it may be about choosing the right subject and angles. 
I expect some clean-up is inevitable to remove blemishes from the walls or to get a more even and cloudless sky and some color corrections also seems likely. 
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Thanks. I do understand a lot of it is about the subjects and the colors of the subjects but something else is going on. I guess I will experiment. I don’t wish to copy but I’m interested in the post processing.
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The highlights might have been desaturated or »cooled« and overall the images appear fairly bright (check out their histograms). 

Maybe you should also ask over on other Adobe Fora.  
https://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop/content?sortKey=contentstatus%5Bpublished%5D~recentActi...
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Aside from the obvious "Years of experience" thing, what stands out is the fact that most of the architecture is in bright, direct sunlight with sharp shadows, but the sky is still blue... so

First, I suspect HDR photography is being used which also often flattens and desaturates the mid-tones. *Or* they've added a false sky with a blue gradient.

Second, I think they've punched up the colors with Vibrance layers or directly affected the colors with a painted on layer in "Color" blend mode to get that *exact* pink on all the walls.

So maybe give your own sky a blue gradient in "Multiply" mode and block out sections of the walls with a masked solid color layer in "Color" mode (or Overlay miiiight work too).
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Thanks, Max