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

Homemade Ketchup

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Making your own ketchup is a lot of fun and so easy to do. You can make it to your own taste and match it to the dish you’re serving.

Ingredients:

  • 6 roma or san marzano tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • 2 table spoons of sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Preparation Method:

Preheat the oven at 120ºC. Quarter the tomatoes and spread evenly on a backing sheet. Crush the 4 cloves of garlic with the side of your knife. Don’t bother to peel the garlic as it will be discarded later. Add the crushed garlic to the tomatoes. Season with pepper and salt and sprinkle over 2 table spoons of sugar. Add a couple of sprigs of thyme and rosemary, and about 10 leaves of basil. Sprinkle over a little olive oil.

Put the tomatoes in the preheated oven for 60 to 90 minutes, until the tomatoes are semi dried out. After you take the tomatoes out of the oven, remove the skins, blend to a puree then pass through a strainer to remove the pips. Check the seasoning: the ketchup should be slightly sweet. Add sugar if needed. Refrigerate before serving.

You can easily spice up your ketchup with Tabasco sauce if you like it spicy or a bit of red wine vinegar if you like it tangy. I like mine sweet and peppery but with a clear taste of tomatoes, so I only add freshly cracked black pepper.

The longer you leave the tomatoes in the oven, the more they will dry out. Drying out the tomatoes will intensify their flavor and will get you a more concentrated ketchup.

Last Photo Shoot of 2015

My last photo shoot of the year just had to be a latex fashion shoot.

Sara came to our studio last week, and when we started talking about outfits and matching shoes, it sparked a couple of ideas. Ideas that I’m going to work on in 2016 for sure. But for now, I am happy with the way the photos with Sara turned out. It was a lot of fun working with her.

Model Sara is wearing a red and black latex dress by Mademoiselle Ilo.

Sarah wearing Latex by Mademoiselle Ilo

#duckie In Space

Astro Duckie Pays Tribute To NASA's Apollo 8

On Christmas Evening 1968, the crew of NASA‘s Apollo 8 were the 1st to broadcast from orbit around the moon. Their broadcast included a beautiful message of holiday cheer.

This photo of my little buddy #duckie is an homage to the crew of Apollo 8. Prints of the earth and the moon–done by my good friend Glenn at Studico–and some crafts & arts, I put together this scene. I back lit the earth with an Elinchrom studio strobe, setup the print of the moon and #duckie on a couple of C-stands and lit them with a studio strobe and a small softbox. And look… #duckie is happily floating in orbit around the moon.

Happy Holidays!

A Spanish Beach with Marie

Marie Wearing a Latex Bathing Suit by William Wilde in Spain

This is a little throwback to last summer on my trip to Spain. I am part of a team photographers… Well a group of friends actually. And this summer we took a trip to Spain for fun, food, drinks and relaxing. We invited a couple of models to fill up the rest of the time with photo shoots.

On one of the photo shoots, Marie was kind enough to wear this latex bathing suit by William Wilde.

Light of Day Belgium

Light of Day Foundation is an organization founded in 1998 in Red Bank, NJ to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and fund research for a cure. Many artists and bands, including Bruce Springsteen, have played concert to raise money for Light of Day. At 1st, these Light of Day concerts were staged in New Jersey, but for a few years now, they tour Europe too.

My buddy Jeffrey De Roeck brought the Light of Day concert to Trix in Antwerp for the 5th year. And I always have the privilege to shoot pictures from the 1st row at the shows.

Light of Day Concert in Trix, Antwerp, Belgium

This year’s line up for the show included Joe D’Urso, Eric Bazilian (from the band The Hooters), Rob Dye, Vini Lopez (fromer E Street Band drummer), Erwin Nyhoff, Eddie Manion (who toured with Bruce Springsteen last year and plays with The Asbury Jukes) and our own Jesse Ashfield.

Rob Dye and Vinnie Lopez

Here’s a couple of shots of last night. A full album with photos from the show is available on Frontview Magazine.

Drummer Vinnie Lopez played with Bruce Springsteen

Eddie Manion played with Springsteen in 2014

Joe D'Urso for Light of Day

Eric Bazilian of The Hooters

Halina Wearing Latex by Pandora Deluxe

Here’s a couple of photos from a while back I shot with the lovely Halina. I had never had her in our studio before, but what a joy it was to meet her. She’s energetic, upbeat and full of spunk. It is really fun to have her in the studio.

When we ran through the outfits I had prepared for the shoot, she immediately fel in love with this latex body by Pandora Deluxe. And I must say it really suits her well.

Halina in a Latex Body by Pandora Deluxe
Halina in a Latex Body by Pandora Deluxe

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