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

 

Lightroom Mobile for iPhone Is Awesome

Lightroom Mobile on iPhoneBack when I shared my 2 favorite camera apps for iPhone (Camera+ and Hipstamatic) I said I would be testing the camera functions of Lightroom Mobile. And wow! It is awesome!

I have been using Lightroom in my laptop for many years. It is my starting point for all my photo retouching and cataloging. Over the last year, I have been preparing myself to use LR Mobile: I now have all my photos in one catalog, created collections for my portfolio and my travel photos.

At first I only a as going to use LR Mobile to show my photos on my mobile devices. But when Adobe announced they where adding shooting in RAW/DNG to the LR Mobile app I knew I had to try it. And it was well worth it!

You can shoot RAW/DNG from right inside the Lightroom Mobile. Your RAW photos get stored in your catalogue and are automatically synced to your desktop. I used to have to connect my iPhone to my laptop and import the photos into my Lightroom catalogue before I could retouch them. And as they were JPEG, my options were limited.

Now, when I get home and my iPhone is connected to WiFi, it syncs with my desktop and photos automatically apear in my catalogue. Shooting RAW on the iPhone means you can use all the familiar tools and sliders in LR. You are able to correct your photo like you would with a RAW photo from your dSLR.

Another advantage of LR Mobile is the ability to edit right on the iPhone itself. Most of the tools and adjustment options you know from LR (that is if you are a LR user of course) on the desktop are available on LR Mobile as well. So instead of having to wait for you to get home, you can edit on your iPhone or iPad, export to JPEG and share on social media right away. And the cool part is, your retouching is synced with your desktop catalogue too!

If you are already a Lightroom user on your desktop, I highly recommend LR Mobile.

I have a couple of sample photos I shot with my iPhone 7 and LR Mobile over the last few weeks. They have been retouched with LR right on my iPhone. I was really impressed with the quality of the photos. Even the concert photo turned out pretty good.

Aurora in Concert made with LR Mobile on iPhone

Tate Modern shot with LR Mobile on iPhone

St. Paul's Cathedral shot with LR Mobile on iPhone

Prickly Pear Ice Cream (aka Cactus Ice Cream)

I am continuing to experiment with homemade ice cream. Last week, I found some fruit purees at a local supermarket. They came pre-made and it quite some exotic flavors. I was a bit skeptic. At first glace, they looked more like juice then puree. But I decided to give them a try. I grabbed a bag of prickly pear–the fruit from a certain type of cactus–puree. It turned out to be a very flavorful puree. Exactly what I would use for making ice cream.

Prickly Pear Ice Cream (aka Cactus Ice Cream)

This is how you make my prickly pear ice cream:

Preparation Method:

Whisk 3 egg yokes and half of the sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Meanwhile combine the heavy cream, milk, the other half of the sugar and the seeds of 1 vanilla pod in a saucepan. When the dairy mixture is close to the boiling point, add half to the beaten egg yokes while whisking to prevent the egg yokes from setting. Add the eggs and dairy to the remainder of the diary mixture and simmer over a medium heat whisking regularly. Add the cactus puree and a pinch of salt. The mixture will start to thicken much like custard. The mixture will be ready when it coats the back of a spoon. Once ready, transfer the custard to a container, let it cool to room temperature and put in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours; overnight if possible.

To make the ice cream, transfer it to your ice cream machine and follow the instructions of the machine. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yokes
  • 500ml heavy cream
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 225gr caster sugar
  • 350ml cactus puree
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • pinch of salt