Saints in Latex

I’ve been exploring the possibilities of my Falcon Eyes FLC-65 ring lamp. Thus far I am quite impressed by its performance. Especially if you consider it only costs around $100.

I already used it as a main light to shoot portraits with Romi. This time I used it as a hair light to shoot angelic portraits with Shannety. A set that was inspired by the album cover of Lauren Jenkin’s No Saint album.

Model Shannety Posing as an Angel in Latex
Model Shannety Posing as an Angel in Latex
Model Shannety Posing as an Angel in Latex

Lennon Stella at La Madeleine

Canadian born Lennon Stella is best known for her role as Maddie Conrad in the ABC/CMT TV-series Nashville. Being born into a musical family—her parents are singer-songwriters—she picked up a guitar at the age of 5. She opened up for The Chainsmokers and even last year for Anne-Marie when she played the Lotto Arena in Antwerp.

Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium

Having missed Lennon’s performance in Antwerp last year, I did not want to miss her concert last night. Her soft electro pop is the perfect soundtrack for a relaxed evening. And best of all: I got to see her up close for the 1st 3 songs working as a photographer.

Lennon Stella at La Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium

Lennon Stella, La Madeleine, Brussels (B)
on assignment for FrontView Magazine

1st Try at #blacktapeproject

I come across amazing photography all the time. I find work by other photographers and models often very inspiring. One such artist is Joel Alvarez. I’ve been admiring his Black Tape Project for many years.

I decided to have a go at it myself. So I started to study his work, bought tape, and some small tests with it. Obviously, I don’t want just copy Joel Alvarez’ work. I want to give it my own little touch. How else but by combining the #blacktapeproject with latex?

I had already added a little touch of tape in a shoot with Jolien. No enough to really call it #blacktapeproject though. When I had Shannety in the studio on a rainy day somewhere last September, we decided to have a go at a something that was closer Joel Alvarez’ #blacktapeproject. We went for black latex lingerie from William Wilde, brand new high heels from Pleaser Shoes and touches of tape.

We learned that is not as easy as it looks to apply the tape. It takes a lot of patience from the model and from me to apply the tape. There’s a couple more things I need to figure out. I am confident however, that I am on the road to something cool.

#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex
#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex
#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex
#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex
#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex
#blacktapeproject with Model Shannety Wearing Latex

Wireless Transfer of Photos with Cascable App

So, last summer I bought a Canon Powershot G7X mkII. I have to you a little bit about the reasons why in this blog post. I must say, the camera does not disappoint. I have it with me most of the time and love the image quality it produces.

One of the reasons why I choose the camera was because it has built-in WiFi. Canon provides an app that supports wireless transfer of photos from my Powershot G7X mkII to my iPhone. My workflow is build around Adobe Lightroom. I even import my iPhone photos to Lightroom as you know. My intention was to use Canon’s app to transfer photos to my iPhone, import them in Lightroom, retouch them right on my phone and publish them on my social media.

But much to my disappointment, the Canon app can only handle JPEG photos and I absolutely wanted to work with the RAW files from my Powershot G7X mkII. After my initial disappointment, I set out to find a solution for that little problem and found the Cascable app.

The app is only available for Apple devices at this time. You will need the PRO version, which at $30 isn’t cheap, to transfer RAW files. Being able to retouch RAW files in LR on the go is worth the cost though. The app is easy to use and connects to your camera in a few easy steps. And the PRO version comes with a few nifty extra’s like remote controlling your camera, geotagging, location recording with export to GPX files, etc.

And I have a little trick you could do using the app that is really cool. At least if you shoot wit Canon cameras like I do. Although, this will work with other camera brands too I suppose. I also work with the Canon EOS 5Ds and the EOS 7D mkII. The Powershot G7X mkII is able to read the RAW files from those cameras too. And Cascable will let you transfer those files to your iPhone as well. Make sure you set your Canon EOS camera to record on the SD card if you wanna do this. You can just pop the SD card from your Canon EOS camera in the Powershot G7X mkII, view the photos on the camera’s LCD and transfer them to your iPhone with Cascable.

Summer Nights by the Pool

What can I say? Is it summer yet? All it takes is a throwback to last summer shooting by the pool with Magalie to get me in the mood for warmer weather.

Magalie in a Bikini from Bahimi
Magalie in a Bikini from Bahimi

Yellow & Blue

I don’t know about you, but I never grow tired of shiny latex against a colorful backdrop. It may be a quite simple setup, but it always works. Especially if you have a model as cool and professional as Kiani on set.

Kiani in Inner Sanctum Latex
Kiani in Inner Sanctum Latex
Kiani in Latex by Westward Bound

Latex Swimwear

Magalie like this latex bodysuit so much, she wanted to wear it right after I bought it for Lady Lucie Latex. It is just one of the few bodysuits I acquired in 2019. And I think this one could double as swimwear.

I think Magalie and I should take this outfit to the beach this summer. What do you think?

Magalie in Lady Lucie Latex
Magalie in Lady Lucie Latex

Pretty in Pink

Studio sessions with my lovely friend Jolien are bound to be a hit. Whether she’s wearing latex like in the pics I posted back in November or pink lingerie, I am sure that the results of the photo shoot will be on fire.

Jolien all Pretty in Pink Lingerie
Jolien all Pretty in Pink Lingerie

Light of Day 2019

Early December means it’s time for the Light of Day fundraiser. It is a yearly tradition that I wouldn’t want to miss for anything in the world. It started 20 years ago as a birthday party for artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Over time, the Light of Day Foundation raised over $3 million for Parkinson’s research.

The yearly Light of Day concerts started in Red Bank, NJ and expanded to Europe several years ago with stops in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, the UK and Belgium. The artists included regulars like Joe D’Urso, Jeffrey Gaines, Vini Lopez, James Maddock and Rob Dye. And this year, for the 1st time in the lineup: Miss Emily.

Light of Day 2019

Here’s my photo impression of this year’s rendition of the Light of Day show in Belgium:

Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019
Light of Day 2019

Longing for Summer

Cold drizzly days, the sun setting before you get home from work, … I just don’t like winter. It always has me longing for warmer weather. ‘Cause who would want to go outside and shoot in my jacuzzi like Kiani did last summer? Exactly, nobody!

I might not have summer right now, but at least I have Kiani in the studio again today.

Latex and Jacuzzi with Kiani
Latex and Jacuzzi with Kiani