Finished 2017 with a Bang

I’ve finished 2017 with a bang: working with the incredibly talented model Jolien is always a blast. It had been a while since we’ve seen each other and since we talked. So we had some catching up to do before, after and during the shoot. Worked all afternoon in a very relaxed atmosphere and turned out a couple of nice shots.

We did all that with the help of Shari, a very good make-up artist that Jolien brought on set. It was very nice to meet her and work with her. I’m hoping to collaborate with Shari some more in 2018. And with Jolien too, of course.

Model Jolien

Model Jolien

Model Jolien

Model Jolien

Video Reel: 2017 in Review

2017 was quite a good year for my photography. I decided to only work on TfP basis and only on projects I wanted to work on. It meant less photos, more time for fun, better planning, more learning and cooler photos. And I had the good fortune to meet a very talented make-up artist that I get along with very well.

The result is a 4 minute video reel with the highlights of my collaborations with model Shannety and make-up artist Elem. Well, actually, this video covers about a year and a half of working with these 2 lovely ladies. But who’s complaining?

And yup, I taught myself to basic video editing in Apple iMovie and Adobe Photoshop.

I would like to thank everyone who lent us a helping hand on our shoots.

Model: the amazing Shannety.
(Most) Makeup: the very talented Elem Durmaz.
Music: Cosmic Storm by A Himitsu.
All photography and editing by myself.

Curvy Model Annelies

Curvy Model Annelies

I had a fun shoot with Annelies the other day. Totally unscripted, no moodboards, a couple of vague ideas. That’s all there was. I had a model who canceled her appointment. I dropped Annelies a little line to see if she was free to shoot, and I immediately go a reply with a very enthusiastic “YES PLEASE!” A big thanks to Annelies for stepping in at the last minute. I love working with reliable and enthusiastic models like her.

Curvy Model Annelies

Curvy Model Annelies

Curvy Model Annelies

Curvy Model Annelies

Fashionista Shannety at the MAS Museum

I have a couple of cool photos of Shannety I wanted to share. These were done on the same day as the photo shoot with Romi. Not just this one that graces the both of them, but also a couple of just Shannety.

Romi & Shannety in 2017 at MAS Museum, Antwerp

Shannety at the MAS Museum

Shannety at the MAS Museum

Latex Lingerie with Shannety

I picked up some latex lingerie from William Wilde at the autumn sale. Perfect for a quick shoot with Shannety. 2 outfits that mix and match with other stuff in my collection. They’ll come in handy on future projects.

Model Shannety in Latex Lingerie by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Lingerie by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Lingerie by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Lingerie by William Wilde

Magalie for Mrs. World

Magalie is leaving for South Africa tomorrow to represent Belgium in the Mrs. World pageant. And I had the honor of shooting her official pageant portraits. I love working with Magalie. Talking to her in between shoots, we realized that we don’t work together often enough. We vowed to change that in 2018. After all, whenever we work together we create cool photos.

Magalie Torfs Is The Belgium Delegate for Mrs. World 2017

Magalie Torfs Is The Belgium Delegate for Mrs. World 2017

Magalie Torfs Is The Belgium Delegate for Mrs. World 2017

I wish Magalie good luck and a lot of fun in South Africa. I look forward to hearing her stories when she gets back. One thing’s certain: her little baby boy will be rooting for his mommy when she leaves for South Africa tomorrow. And, he may miss her a little bit too.

Magalie Torfs Is The Belgium Delegate for Mrs. World 2017

Magalie Torfs Is The Belgium Delegate for Mrs. World 2017

RSS Tools

Did you know my blog’s 1st post dates back to 2003? Even more, did you know I have registered the domain name victorie.com back in 1999 and always maintained some form of website since I 1st registered the domain.

My blog has always been at the heart of my presence on the web. When social media websites like Facebook and the likes became increasingly popular, I neglected my blog for a while and relied on them for all forms of “news”. But when all social media outlets started implementing curated feeds and swamp our feeds with ads, I started to rely more on my own website and other websites to learn about the things I’m interested in.

I’m taking more notice to mailing lists, news websites, blog posts of friends and organizations, etc. And to do that, I rely on RSS feeds. Many sites have an RSS feed embedded: news sites like CNN, VRTNWS, BBC News but also YouTube, Tumblr and WordPress based sites like my own have an RSS feed.

Feedly AppTo read my favorite news feeds, I rely on the news aggregator site Feedly and their app (available for MacOS, iOS and Andriod) .

Photoshop Experiments with Shannety

Shannety has been promoting the clothing brand Physical Gangster for a few months now. She’d asked me if we could do a photo shoot for the Physical Gangster website. The photos turned out quite nice but I wanted to do a little extra with them for our own portfolios. This double exposure technique in Photoshop might just be that little extra.

Model Shannety for Physical Gangster - Double ExposureModel Shannety for Physical Gangster - Double Exposure

Deeze Beeze in the Garden of Eden

It’s getting cold outside and the days are getting shorter. The perfect time for a throwback to a photo shoot I did this summer. Deeze Beeze and I met in the botanical gardens of the University of Gent. Sorta hidden in the heart of the city, they have very beautiful green houses–where photo shoots are not allowed–and nice garden around it. It is a great place to shoot though. Perfect for latex and feathers, and a model with unicorn hair.

Deeze Beeze in Feathers by Lovechild Boudoir and Latex by Catalyst Latex

Deeze Beeze in Feathers by Lovechild Boudoir

Deeze Beeze in Feathers by Lovechild Boudoir and Latex by Catalyst Latex

Deeze Beeze in Feathers by Lovechild Boudoir and Latex by Catalyst Latex

Lighting Experiments with Monica

I’ve been looking at the amazing work of Brandon Woelfel and Josefien Hoekstra the last couple of months. I love their post processing, color toning, Josefien’s use of latex and in the case of Brandon Woelfel I love how he plays with those small led lights.

I have already been playing around with color gels on several occasions. And I’ve been reading up on the topic of led lights. I had originally planned to use Christmas lights for the experiments. But I quickly learned that the wires used in Christmas lights are way too thick and that even the smallest of those lights are too big.

So, I’ve found these lights on Amazon.de. They are dead cheap and are battery operated. They seem to be perfect for this kind of work:

I still have a lot to learn, but these couple of shots I did with Monica are pretty cool.

Starlit Monica

Starlit Monica

Starlit Monica

Starlit Monica