Yana’s Brithday Bash

My friend Lizzy dropped me an IM asking me if I wanted to do a photo shoot with a friend of hers. Yana tuned 14 earlier this summer and Lizzy said she was really into fashion and photography. She dreamed of doing a photo shoot some day. Lizzy thought it was a good idea to give Yana a photo shoot for her birthday.

So together with stylist and makeup artist Nadia, we set out to give Yana the best birthday gift ever.  And even though Yana had never been in front of a camera before she came to my studio, she rocked the set. Here’s some of the incredible results from our collaboration.

Model for a Day - Yana

Model for a Day - Yana

Model for a Day - Yana

Model for a Day - Yana

I really have to thank Yana for modeling for me, and Lizzy and Nadia for their awesome work in preparing and executing the shoot.

Model for a Day - Yana

London Is Always a Good Idea

I spent a few in days in London the other day. I wanted to go see Little Big Town at the Royal Albert Hall. But I also had plans to take a couple of nice photos around town so I packed my camera gear too. On my list were The London Eye and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The London Eye

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

Even if you only have an iPhone on you–you don’t always need a big expensive camera–it is possible to make cool photos in London. I made these at Neal’s Yard, Canary Wharf Tube Station and the Natural History Museum. And I made them all with my iPhone.

Neal's Yard near Covent Garden, London

Canary Wharf Tube Station, London

Natural History Museum, London

Model for a Day Shui

Shui is a fellow Springsteen fan and a fellow photographer. We bump in to each other at concerts a couple of times a year and sometimes shoot side-by-side. A couple of months ago, she said she really liked my model photography and she asked if I would want to do a photo shoot with her.

After My friend Elem was done with makeup, we went ahead and shot these beautiful portraits:

Model for a Day - Shui

Model for a Day - Shui

Model for a Day - Shui

Power To The People

One of the challenges as photographer when you’re traveling is power. Something my best friend Luc and I’ve been developing over the years, is this little puppy: a universal power strip for traveling. I will never leave home without it. It will be most definitely be in my bag tomorrow as I leave for London.

 Universal Power Strip by victorie.com

Most hardware stores will sell cordless DIY power strips. Get yourself a small version with 3 or 4 outlets. Remember: it has to take up as little as possible space in your luggage. I obviously got myself a power strip with European outlets as all my devices have a European plug. You should get one that fits your needs.

Next, get a power cord with a C14 connector. You can get those at most computer stores. Attach it to the power strip and you have yourself a universal power strip. All you need now is standard computer power cords with a C13 connector at one end and local power plug at the other end. Again, you can get those at most computer stores. Buy it in the country of your travels if you can not find one in your country. And any decent hotel will have a spare one you can borough if you forget yours.

There’s a little caveat: check the voltage settings of your devices. Even though most devices have auto-ranging power supplies that can handle anything between 110V and 230V be sure to check it. Especially when you travel across the Atlantic. I wouldn’t want you to blow up your expensive camera or your laptop’s power supply because it is no fit for one or the other voltage.

2017 Sanicole Air Show

Sanicole Air Show is a staple in my air show season. The Sanicole airfield too close to home to want to miss it. It is a very nicely organized air show, working closely together with the Belgian Air Force base at Kleine-Brogel. That cooperation ensures a big presence of the BAF airplanes at the show.

They usually start off on Friday with a sunset show. And that’s the perfect opportunity to get good shots of the planes shooting of flares. I was very eager to get a good shot of our F-16 demo pilot, Tom De Moortel, call sign Gizmo firing of flares. Gizmo is his last year as a demo pilot on F-16 for the Belgian Air Force.


BAF F-16 Demo Flown by Gizmo at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

I was quite successful at getting a picture of Gizmo firing of flares on Friday night. On Sunday, I focused on getting a couple of good close ups of Gizmo’s F-16. And fortunately by the time it was Gizmo’s turn for his display on Sunday, the skies had cleared a bit and there were some specks of blue sky to brighten up Gizmo’s display.

BAF F-16 Demo Flown by Gizmo at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

BAF F-16 Demo Flown by Gizmo at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

BAF F-16 Demo Flown by Gizmo at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Gizmo is a pilot of 31 tiger sqn flying out of Kleine-Brogel AFB. He had is squadron members drop in for a couple of fly-by’s in close formation too.

F-16's of the Belgian Air Force 31 Sqn at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

F-16's of the Belgian Air Force 31 Sqn at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

F-16's of the Belgian Air Force 31 Sqn at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

The BAF has a little four-ship formation called The Red Devils. They hold a special place in my heart. They’re all homegrown pilots of course. The history of this team dates back to the 1960’s and as a kid I loved watching them when they still flew Fouga Magister CM-170R jet trainers. Today, they fly SIAI Marchetti SF260 planes and I still enjoy watching them.

The Belgian Air Force Red Devils at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

The Belgian Air Force Red Devils at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Next to all those cool displays from our own Belgian Air Force, there were a lot of international display and teams at Sunday’s show. Among them, the Saudi Hawks which I’ve never seen before. Flying the BAE Hawk in beautiful green and white, they put on a solid show.

Saudi Hawks at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Saudi Hawks at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

The last display of Sunday’s show was Patrouille de France. They’re reputation precedes them: they gave an impeccable presentation of their skills and the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet they are flying on.

Patrouille de France at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Patrouille de France at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Patrouille de France at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Patrouille de France at 2017 Sanicole Air Show

Friends in Latex

Remember last month’s posts about shooting lingerie with Shannety and Kyara? Well, since I had both ladies in the studio together, I asked them to do a quick session together in latex. We found matching dresses in my collection: Kyara is wearing a dress by House of Harlot, Shannety is wearing one of her favorite dresses from Kinkykex. Makeup by Elem again.

Shannety & Kyara in Matching Latex Dresses

Lizzy Shows Fashion Outfit by MOOD-S

When Lizzy came to my studio last September, she brought along an amazing makeup artist and stylist, Nadia Janssens. Nadia styled Lizzy in this very fashionable outfit she got from MOOD-S. It didn’t take us very long to shoot these stunning photos of Lizzy.

Model Lizzy Shows a Fashion Outfit from MOOD-S

Model Lizzy Shows a Fashion Outfit from MOOD-S

Shannety and Fernand

Meet Fernand, aka Ferre. He’s an English bulldog, about 9 months old now. He is best buddies with his owner Shannety. And Shannety is so fond of him, she wanted a photo shoot with him. So we set out for a little walk and shoot at the Turnhout Begijnhof.

Shannety and Fernand in Turnhout

Shannety and Fernand in Turnhout

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum front, bordering the Music City Walk of Fame Park, resembles the keys on a piano keyboard combined with the tailfin of a 1959 Cadillac Sedan. And the tower is a replica of the WSM radio tower.

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville

Inside the building’s rotunda, all Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are commemorated with their own commemorative plaque below the Carter Family’s–yes, that would be the relatives of June Carter Cash–classic country song tittle Will The Circle Ge Unbroken.

The Honor Gallery at the County Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The museum showcases anything country related: from Elvis Presley’s “Solid Gold” Cadillac to instruments and wardrobe by famous country artists like Hank Williams, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Minnie Pearl and Emmylou Harris, as well as the recording studio once used by Owen Bradley.

Elvis Presley's Solid Gold Cadillac at CMHOF

Gibson Guitar Belonging to Hank Williams at CMHOF

Guitar and Wardrobe of Taylor Swift at CMHOF

Wardrobe of American Idol 2005 WinnerCarrie Underwood at CMHOF

Dixie Chicks Wardrobe at CMHOF

Memerobilia of The Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl at CMHOF

Guitar Owned by Emmylou Harris at CMHOF

Owen Bradley's Recording Studio at CMHOF

And when I saw Taylor Swift’s tou bus parked in the museum, I waited for hours for Ms. Swift to come out. When I realized she wasn’t there, I finally gave up. But not before snapping a selfie in front of her tour bus.

Selfie in Front of Taylor Swift's Tour Bus at CMHOF

The Legendary Opry

The Grand Ole Opry truly a legend in the Music City. It started as a 1 hour long radio show on WSM on November 25, 1925. Back in 1925, it ran as a weekly show, Today, it runs several times a week, either from the Rynam Auditorium in downtown Nashville or from the Grand Ole Opry House on the banks of the Cumberland River.

Artists become member of the Orpy by invitation. Over the years, artists like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and The Gatlin Brothers have been invited to the Opry. And more recently, amazing young country artists like Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town had the honor of joining. Membership in the Opry remains one of country music’s crowning achievements.

You can listen to the shows at the Opry live online via 650 AM WSM.

The Ryman Auditorium is a 2300 seat theater in the heart of Nashville. It is considered the birthplace of Bluegrass music. Over the years it hosted many famous country artists and even Bruce Springsteen has played there on his Devils & Dust solo acoustic tour.

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. The grand Ole Opry House has 4400 seats and a circle at center stage is actually a part of the original Ryman Auditorium stage.

Seeing a show at the Opry was a dream come true and their backstage tour after the show was the icing on the cake.

Selfie in Front of the Grand Ole Opry House

Artists Taking the Stage at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House