Dixie Chicks MMVXI Tour Opener in Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Last night, the Dixie Chicks opened their MMXVI world tour in Antwerp, Belgium. I had the opportunity to take pictures at the show for Frontview Magazine.

Almost 10 years after releasing their album Taking the Long Way, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison take their award winning crossover country back on the road. The band faced controversy after publicly opposing the Iraqi War in 2003 and decided to take a brake from the action somewhere in 2008. But they are back with a bang: their new show is rock solid!

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

More photos are available on Frontview Magazine’s website.

Amazing Black Latex & the Stunning Annelies

I met Annelies last summer when she filled in at the last minute for model that fell sick. That 1st shoot with her at Hof ten Steen was so much fun, I was happy to have her in my studio for another latex shoot.

A simple setting, great latex outfits by Meat, Zorenko London and Simon O. and the stunning Annelies is all you need to create great photos.

Annelies in Latex by Zorenko London

Annelies Dressed in Black Latex by Meat & Simon O.

A Country in Mourning

I drove into Brussels this morning, on my way to a customer. Just 2 days after terrorists struck Brussels Airport and the Maalbeek metro station in the Brussels.

No planes landing or departing from the airport as entered the Brussels ringway. It felt uneasy. Entering the city via my normal route through the European quarter towards Place Shuman, right on Rue de la Loi, past Maalbeek metro station. Simply eerie.

My customer houses just around the corner from the Belgian parliament. Before heading home, I made this panorama of our parliament building flying the flags half mast in honor of the victims of the horrible attacks earlier this week.

Belgian Parliament

Studio Time with Imke

I had Imke in in my home studio last February. Here’s a couple of photos from that shoot. She’s got a very beautiful face. Just perfect for portraits. And she had her 1st go at a latex dress: that Westward Bound Dame Subversion Dress suits her just fine.

Portrait of Imke

Hipster Imke

Imke in a Red and Black Westward Bound Latex Dress

Lobster Bisque & Fennel Foam

Lobster Bisque & Fennel Foam

I’m continuing my kitchen experiments and I’m working on my food photography skills at the same time. I had a go at fennel infused foam the other day to top soups.

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

My simple veggie lasagna is a perfect lunchtime recipe. It’s quick and easy. This is how you make it:

Preparation Method: (serves 2)

Slice 4 thin long slices of zucchini. Use a mandolin if you have one, but if you don’t just  use a very sharp kitchen knife. Place a slice of zucchini on your plate, season with salt & pepper, and layer it with ricotta, sun dried tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, slivers of basil and a generous helping of pesto. Top with another slice zucchini, drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt & peper. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Zucchini
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Pine Nuts
  • Basil
  • Pesto
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Peper

Oh My Hair!

My phone pings late at night. I get an IM with an behind-the-scenes snapshot at an hairdresser’s show and a message that says: “Wanna shoot?” I was kinda tired but when I saw the hairdo and who the model is, I immediately say: “YES!” The model was Monica and she had her hair done all colorful. She told me before the shoot that all she could think was “Oh my hair!” when she first saw her new coiffure.

I have done an awesome portrait of Monica before, and this one is pretty awesome too. She has a very pretty face. And it just hard not to get a good portrait with her.

Monica's Colorful Coiffure

Homemade Jucy Lucy’s

I love burgers. I won’t deny it: I love burgers!

Ok, I won’t always make my own patties, but it is well worth the effort. Actually it ain’t that much of an effort. And for my homemade Jucy Lucy, I like to make my own patties. Did I just say Jucy Lucy? Yep! A Jucy Lucy basically is a cheeseburger with the cheese inside the patty.

Serve on a beautiful big size bun from your local bakery and layer it with your favorite condiments. I like to mix up things: mayonnaise, ketchup, onions rings, tomatoes, advocados, salsa, pickles, … The options are endless.

For this recipe, I used mayo, lettuce, tomato, my homemade ketchup, maple syrup glazed smoked bacon and pico de gallo.

Preparation Method: (serves 6)

For the burger patties, add the ground beef, 1tsp of ground cumin, 1tsp of sweet paprika, 1/2tsp of garlic powder and an egg to a mixing bowl. Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper. When it is mixed well, form into a disc and put in the fridge for at less to firm up.

Homemade Jucy Lucy

In a separate bowl mix 100gr Emmental cheese and 150gr Cheddar cheese. Take you ground beef from the fridge. Decide into 6 equal parts. Each part will make 1 burger patty. Devide each of the parts in 2 again and form 2 discs of about 8cm with them. Put one disc on your working table, put a good spoonful of the cheese mix in the middle. Put the 2nd disc on top and close the sides to form a burger patty stuffed with cheese. Return to fridge to firm up again.

While the patties firm up, you can make the other condiments. Read all about my homemade ketchup in a previous blog post.

For the the maple syrup glazed smoked, spread 12 thinly sliced slices of smoked bacon on a baking tray. Make sure the slices do not touch or overlap. Brush each slice with a generous amount of maple syrup. Put in a pre-heated oven at 120°C for 45 minutes. This will cook and dry the bacon. Take out of the oven and leave to cool a cooling rack to further crisp up the bacon.

I made a final relish: pico de gallo. Dice up 4 Roma tomatoes and 1/2 a rede onion, chop up the chilantro, and dice the clove of garlic and 1/2 a jalapeño pepper very finely. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl, season with pepper and salt and add the juic of a lime. Mix well and marinate for at least an hour.

We are ready to build the burger now. Slice the burger buns open, brush with olive oil and put on and high-heat grill to toast. Now grill the burger patties until they have crosshatched grill marks on both sides. About a minute or 2 before the patties are done, put the glazed smoke bacon on the grill too to warm through.

Spread some mayonnaise on the both half of the bun, add a leaf of iceberg lettuce, a slice of cœur de bœuf tomato and the grilled burger patty. Top with the homemade ketchup, the glazed smoked bacon and the pico de gallo. Close with the top half of the bun. Keep everything together with a skewer and top with a pickle.

Ingredients:

  • 500gr lean ground beef
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1/2tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 100gr grated Emmental cheese
  • 150gr grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • Maple syrup
  • 12 sliced of smoked bacon
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of chilantro
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 lime
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cœur de bœuf tomato
  • Olive oil
  • 6 burger buns

 

The Return of Always Awesome Joke

It had been too long. I always love working with Joke, but for some strange reason, it was kinda difficult to meet last year. But this year, we’re off to a good start. We met at the studio of my good buddy Bart for a photo shoot.

Joke in a Black Latex Outfit

Joke in a Black Latex Outfit

We had a lot of catching up to do, so it turned into a quick shoot and a lot of laughing. But if Joke is going to wear all the latex outfits she tried on to shoot, we will have to make quite a few plans this year.

1st Photo Shoot of 2016

Who else but my good friend Shannety should be the model in my 1st photo shoot of 2016? We discussed our plans for this year over dinner a couple weeks earlier. And I promise you we will have a busy year.

We’re starting off the year quite simple with a couple of new latex outfits and color gel experiments.

Portrait of Shannety in Latex Top by William Wilde

Shannety in Latex Attire and Ballet Heels

And since it’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek this year, we got out the Star Trek uniform. You’ll be seeing more of this, I’m sure.

Latex Star Trek Inspired Dress Suits Shannety