Indian Summer in Antwerp with Sarah

Fashion Shoot with Sarah in Antwerp

I shot this earlier in November in Antwerp. Sarah and I had the date for this photoshoot planned for a few months. Originally we were going to shoot in my studio, but the weather was so incredibly beautiful–it was what you would call an Indian Summer–in the days coming up to our appointment, we decided to get out of our studio and head to Antwerp for a fashion shoot.

And that turned out to be a great idea: I had a fun afternoon with Sarah… And ice cream too.

Shannety vs. Magalie

There is absolutely no compitition between these 2 girls. Actually Magalie and Shannety are quite good friends. They met like 3 years ago when Magalie was a contestant for Miss Fashion, and Shannety competed for the title of Young Miss Fashion. Back then, Magalie took young Shannety under her wings and coached her as best as she could.

Magalie Torfs

A few weeks ago, I had them both in the studio. And in the same setting, Shannety (below) looks as ravashing as Magalie. I think Magalie can be quite proud of her protégé: Shannety has grown up to become a talented young model.

Shannety Lequenne

Jolien is Catwoman

One of those long overdue collaborations: meet the lovely Jolien. As a candidate for Miss Fashion 2015, the both of us worked together for like 30 minutes spread over 2 sessions. But, it was fun and we kept in touch.

She had always said she wanted to do a photo shoot with me: something dark & sexy… So, she became Catwoman… And a very cute one too.

Jolien is Catwoman

It was so much fun to have her in the studio. Those of you who saw the live stream on Periscope, can corroborate to that. It’s a shame those live stream aren’t saved.

Jolien is Catwoman

Jolien is leaving for Shanghai, China in a couple of days to compete in Miss Global City Pageant 2015. I wish her the best of luck and lots of fun. And I hope I see her again soon when she returns.

Iconic Sights of New York City

The skyline of lower Manhattan is probably one of the most photographed sights of New York City. And with One World Trade Center being finished since my last visit, I can not pass on that iconic photo.

The best way to get that shot? Take the Staten Island Ferry and about halfway between Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, you’ll have this amazing view.

Lower Manhattan with One World Trade Center

The main terminal of Grand Central Terminal is another of those iconic views I just had to go and make a photo. Not really easy to do since you can not use a tripod without a permit there. But I think I caught the mood of the terminal in my picture just fine.

Grand Central Terminal

New York City from the Air

Today had me all excited: I got to see NYC from the air, and shoot pictures too.

Taking a helicopter flight over the city has been on my bucket list for a long time. Many companies for flights, but little do it as FlyNYON do it. They specialize in flights for photographers. You get to fly with the doors off and your feet outside the aircraft, and take as many photos as you want. They will even let you decide what you wanna see.

Me getting on board the FlyNYON aircraft

After getting a safety briefing, getting your gear secured, you are strapped in and hooked to the back of the aircraft and they take you up for a 30 minute flight that is just awesome! Really awesome. I saw the city like I have never seen it before. And the Hudson River too… When our pilot pitched the aircraft over to the side where I sat over the Hudson River at the Statue of Liberty, it felt like I was flying!

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with FlyNYON

Flying whit FlyNYON is better than any roller coaster.

Shooting turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. Doors off means that you are fully exposed to the environment, the wind, the speed of the aircraft and the down wind from the rotor. But I got a couple of very nice shots.

One World Trade Center from FlyNYON

One World Trade Center from FlyNYON

A few minutes before we were supposed to take of, a call came in from air traffic control: “a VIP arrived in Manhattan. The airspace above Manhattan will be closed.” The VIP turned out to be US Vice President Joe Biden. A closed airspace meant that we could not cross Manhattan, hover near the WTC or Times Square. But to me that turned out to be a blessing. Our pilot took us up the East River as far as the Bronx. And that gave me a chance to take this nice shot of Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium from aboard a FlyNYON aircraft

9/11 Memorial & Museum

Today was a beautiful sunny day, much like it was on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2001. The weather seemed appropriate for my planned to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

I had already been to the 9/11 Memorial 2 years ago, but not yet to the museum. And I had not seen the WTC site with the 1 World Trace Center building complete.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

It was a very emotional day: especially the stories of the FDNY firefighters choked me up. Listening to the tape of the FDNY dispatch listing all the crews that rushed to the site and moments later hearing the sounds of numerous Man Down Alarms is hard to take.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial & Museum

Seeing The Sights in New York City

The women and men of KLM and Delta Airlines got me across the ocean safely and comfortably yesterday. After getting to the city for dinner, I turned in early after the long flight. Didn’t take my camera yesterday.

Today I did though. I had promised myself not take the the subway, but stroll around the city and take pictures of the famous buildings. It was a bright sunny day getting me that beautiful blue sky over landmarks like The Flatiron Building downtown or the Guggenheim Museum on 5th ave.

Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Guggenheim Museum, New York City

And later in the evening, I got just about enough light to capture the rush of the city around Radio City Music Hall.

Radio City Music Hall, New York City

New York State of Mind

I love going to New York City. It is one of my favorite cities to be in. Just for a couple of days, a week or so. I like to wander around the city. Enjoying the sights, the lights, the sounds of the city. And with it goes songs about the city. And these are my favorite songs for New York City. I’ll always make sure I have’em on my iPhone when I’m in the city.

It’s so much fun to take a NJtransit bus from my regular hotel in New Jersey into Manhattan and having Springsteen’s Meeting Across The River playing on my headphones, and then taking the Underground to Yankees Stadium with Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street. Or how about when Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem wispers ‘If you’re anywhere in Manhattan in the next eight days or so, let me know.’ at the end of Stay Lucky?

This playlist always puts me in a New York state of mind, and my bags are pretty much packed already.