China Light Festival at Antwerp Zoo

2 years ago, the Antwerp Zoo held a China Light festival. It was pretty cool: typical Chinese paper statues of animals beautifully lit up with hundreds of lights. I had a lot of fun back then. So it was a no-braider to go and visit this year’s edition too.

China Light at Antwerp Zoo

China Light at Antwerp Zoo

China Light at Antwerp Zoo

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Sara in Latex

Sara is probably one of the coolest new faces of 2016. We had a lot of fun on our 1st shoot and we say in touch. When we met again at the Belgium Curvy and Plus Size Fashion Weekend, she came to say hello and introduced me to her sister. We started talking about a next shoot, I showed both ladies some of my work.

As a joke, Sara’s sis dared her to do a latex shoot. The thing sorta stuck and Sara said she loved the dress Kim Kardashian wore at the Australian launch of her fragrance in 2014. A dress designed by Atsuko Kudo. I went to London, discussed options for the dress at the Atsuko Kudo shop, and returned home with some awesome latex ready for a photo shoot with Sara.

Asked my dear friend Elem in to the studio to do Sara’s makeup. And these are some of the results for that little dare.

Sara in Latex by Atsuko Kudo

Sara in Latex by Atsuko Kudo

Sara in Latex by Atsuko Kudo

Assisting on a Flour Shoot

My buddy Bart, called me a little while ago and asked if I wanted to assist on a four shoot. He said he had about 20lbs of plain white flour, 2 lovely models—Ella and Mandy—and needed someone to help him test his studio setup. I told him I was happy to help. He said: “Bring your camera so you can shoot a couple of pics yourself”.

Flour Shoot with Ella

Flour Shoot with Mandy

Flour Shoot with Ella

A very big thank you to Ella and Mandy for being brace enough to get themselves covered in flour. And to Bart and Sarah of course for having me.

Flour Shoot with Mandy

From the Mist He Appeared

Work steared me to Nieuwport on the Belgian cost this week. It was a misty morning, the air was cold and still. A perfect time to pay a quick visit to the memorial to King Albert I. I had the place to myself. As I walked up to the Memorial it felt like King Albert I rode toward my on his horse, appearing from the mist.

The memorial sits on the mouth of the river Yser at the locks the allies opened to flood the German lines in World War I. It pays tribute to the Belgian King that stayed with his troops all trough the war.

King Albert I Memorial in Nieuwpoort

King Albert I Memorial in Nieuwpoort

Light of Day Belgium 2016

It’s turning into a tradition: early December means it’s time for a Light of Day concert in Belgium. My buddy Jeffrey De Roeck brought LoD to Belgium again. LoD tries to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

For the 5th consecutive time local heros Jesse Ashfield were opening the show.

Jesse Ashfield opens Light of Day 2016 in Belgium

Later Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez, Rob Dye and Erwin Nyhoff took the stage. Later joined by Joe d’Urso, Eddie Manion, Jeffrey Gaines and Ben Arnold for a show that ran for about 3 hours.

When Jeffrey Gaines asked what we wanted to hear, someone in the audience yelled “Something Bruce”. The band gracefully obliged with Born to Run; a truly memorable moment. I think that pretty much everyone in the audience, there were around 250 in attendance, joined in and sang along.

Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez, Rob Dye and Erwin Nyhoff at Light of Day 2016

Light of Day 2016 in Club 27, Edegem (Antwerp), Belgium

I would like to thank Jeffrey for all his hard work getting LoD to Belgium year after year. And for allowing my to take pictures at the show every year. Looking forward to next year’s show.

Erwin Nyhoff at LoD Belgium

Jeffrey Gaines at LoD Belgium

Joe d'Urso at LoD Belgium

Steel Mill & former E Street Band drummer Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez at Light of Day Belgium

Eddie Manion, former sax player with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, joins LoD for the 2nd year

The full photo album of the show is on the Frontview Magazine website. And I am happy to see that my pictures were used in an article of HLN, a Belgian national paper, covering the concert.

Lommelse Sahara with Eva

Eva was part of the same team that helped out on the photo shoot with Shannety I shared earlier this week.  I knew we was in good hands as could rely on the help of Stef, Ben, Michel and Elem for makeup. Eva said she really wanted to wear that unique bondage gown from Inner Sanctum she had tried on a couple of times on other shoots but we never got around shooting. Who am I to disagree with that? After all, the dress fits her just beautifully! Eva in a Unique Latex Gown by Inner Sanctum in the Lommelse Sahara

While the sun slowly set and Eva was tryin’ to soak up the last bit of warmth from the sun, we shot this nice environmental portrait. Thanks a million Eva and the rest of the team for a super fun day!

Eva in a Unique Latex Gown by Inner Sanctum in the Lommelse Sahara

Smoke and Pinewoods and Latex and Shannety

Last month I headed out to the Lommelse Sahara with models Shannety and Eva. I had been planning to do a shoot with latex and smoke grenades for some time. I got help from my friends Ben Clement, Stef Vandenborre and Michel Keppens and Elem Durmaz doin’ the make up on this shoot. I’ll do a blog post on shooting with Eva soon. Today I want to share the photos of Shannety with you all.

For our 1st shoot of the day, Shannety was wearing a latex dress by HMS Latex. We soon found out there was a little too much wind to be working with smoke. No the less, a couple of nice shots from that 1st session.

Shannety in a Latex Dress by HMS Latex at the Lommelse Sahara

Shannety in a Latex Dress by HMS Latex at the Lommelse Sahara

Shannety in a Latex Dress by HMS Latex at the Lommelse Sahara

Shannety then changed into a semi-transparent top from KinkyKex and a black pencil skirt by William Wilde. Turns out that is a very sexy combo and I’m sure you’ll be seeing some more of that outfit. And as the wind died down, we got better results with the smoke.

Shannety in Transparent Latex by KinkyKex and William Wilde

Shannety in Transparent Latex by KinkyKex and William Wilde

Just before sunset we squeezed in a short shoot with one of my favorite outfits: the Larissa Harness Dress by Pandora Deluxe and the Bear G Crop Jacket from Meat.

Shannety in Latex by Meat Clothing and Pandora Deluxe at Sunset

Needles to say we had a great day with the team. Lots of laughs and fun even though it was kinda cool and windy. Ben was kind enough to shoot a little behind the scenes video from the shoot that day.

Portrait Session with Adela

I’ve watching Peter Hurley‘s The Art Behind The Headshot a few times the last months. Very inspirational stuff: the way Peter lights his model, the way he directs his model and the things he says –yes, I love the hurleyisms!–to get expression on the model’s face. And I have been thinking how I can recreate that same light and atmosphere in my portraits with my lighting equipment. I obviously did not want to copy the master, but it was a good learning experience to mimic his lighting.

Portrait of Adela

Model Adela has recently joined the model agency I work for on occasion and she needed formal portraits. Perfect opportunity to try the things I’ve learned from Peter Hurley. Adela was kind enough to go along with the plan and patiently pose for me. We both felt it paid off though.

Portrait of Adela

Portrait of Adela

Thank you Peter Hurley for the awesome instructional video. And thank you very much for a fun photo shoot and your patience Adela!

New Face: Anneleen

I dropped by the Atsuko Kudo studio on my last visit to London. My plan was to go in just order an outfit for an upcoming shoot. Well… That plan kinda failed, ’cause I walked out with this cute baby blue top. Which turned out to be great for a shoot with sweet little Anneleen.

New Face Anneleen in Latex byAtsuko Kudo and William Wilde

Anneleen is kinda new to modeling. She had asked me earlier this year if I would consider doin’ a photo shoot with her. She had done 1 or 2 in the past but never really pursued it. She came to my studio earlier this summer to get acquainted and we quickly became friends. About a month ago, she came by the studio again, and I tried some new light setups while she patiently sat in front of my lens. You can bet, I will be working with Anneleen again.

New Face Anneleen in Latex byAtsuko Kudo and William Wilde

Shannety, Seen at Céline

Last month, Shannety called me and asked if I could do a little shoot with garments she had on loan from Seen at Céline, a young local designer. Her designs are very limited edition, often one-offs. Shannety and I needed just under an hour to get the photos we wanted.

Shannety in an Outfit by Seen at Céline

Shannety in an Outfit by Seen at Céline

Shannety Showing a Coat by Seen at Céline