I love working with 2 different color backdrops. It is a simple and fun way to add a little extra to my set. Especially in a small studio like my is, tricks like these bring a little variation to my work. But what would my two toned backdrop be without the beauty of models like Delphine? Or the beautiful designs by latex designers like WIlliam Wilde or Pandora Deluxe?
Latex clothing is not as uncommon as it used to be. You see it more often in mainstream media. Movie stars and pop stars are wearing latex on- and off-stage more and more now. And I am surprised that it has not entered the street scene yet. I would love to see the combination latex and vanilla clothes–that is the term latex lovers use for regular clothes–appear in the streets of our cities.
If it doesn’t happen in our streets, I am going to make sure it happens in my photo studio though. I asked Jolien to bring something fancy to wear on a black skirt last time around. She brought the white blouse, the matching jewelry and handbag, make-up artist Elem brought the look for the make-up and I added the black latex skirt. When we did the shoot, I thought Jolien looked like a handsome & smart legal secretary in this outfit so I decided to ask her to be my personal assistant.
I had best friends Djuna and Shannety over for a little best friends photoshoot a couple of months back. When I asked them what to they had in mind as theme for the shoot, they cried out in excitement: “Let’s have a tea party!”.
Tea parties are still every little girl’s fantasy… Some things never change… Or do they?
Once in a little while, I come across the craziest of ideas. And usually they are worthwhile to try. Usually, when I share that idea with model Daria, she says “yes!” to modeling for it. And she does without flinching. She was not even backing down when I said I had the crazy idea to have her pose with a beautiful fresh octopus.
It was a lot of fun to do this. Both Daria and I thought it was a lot of fun. I think I might do just another shoot like this in 2020. If you’re a model and you think you’re up for it, drop me a line.
Once a year the skies over the small airfield of Sanicole fills with the thunderous noise of airplanes of all shapes and sizes. Supported by their friends of BAF airbase Kleine Brogel they stage a great airshow on Friday and Sunday. And in most cases a spottersday on Saturday.
Obviously, there is displays by the components of the Belgian Air Force like the Red Devils–one of my personal favorites–and our F-16 solo display.
But you also get to see airplanes that you don’t get to see often in the skies over Belgium, like this Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet and Sukhoi Su-27. And one of a kind formations too.
Armed forces all over Europe are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe. Our own Belgian Air Force his painted liberation stripes on F-16’s of 349 SQN and 350 SQN and a C-130. It is real nice to see those Fighting Falcons of 349 SQN and 350 SQN–2 squadrons that originate in the RAF–in liberation stripes.
We should never forget that we owe 75 years of peace, freedom and prosperity to the gallant men and women that fought in WWII. They were the soldiers on the beaches of Normandy and in the dessert of Africa, the nurses in shimmy little field hospitals, the sailors at Pearl Harbor and across the Pacific. And they were the pilots and bombers that manned Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress like Sally B on bombing raids over Germany.
And certainly don’t forget the little fighter buddies that escorted and protected the bombers en route to their bombing raids. The English build Supermarine Spitfire reigned the skies over Europe, and the North American P-51 Mustang definitely helped win the war in the Pacific theater.
But to me, the absolute highlight of the show was the flypast of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. It was the 1st time that this mix between an airplane and a helicopter visited a Belgian airshow. And I happen to think that it is an amazing airplane.
Sanicole airshow spans over 2 days. Since about 8 years they have a 2 hour show on Friday night next to their long running Sunday show. One of the coolest participants on Friday night, is Otto the Helicopter. His show is like New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July rolled into 1.
Earlier this year, I saw a note from Simone at Dazzled Designs Latex calling for curvy models to showcase some of her designs. I replied that I had a shoot planned with Gaëlle, a gorgeous curvy model, a few weeks later and we would love to work with her designs. A couple of mails went back and forth to make arrangements. Simone sent us this absolutely stunning set: a zebra latex halter bra & high cut, high waist panties.
Thank you so much for the opportunity Simone! I still feel honored to have worked with your designs. Even though you’re retiring your shop, I’m sure we will meet again somewhere up the road. And of course a big thank you to Gaëlle for modeling for me.
If it comes down to doin’ a classic and timeless beauty portrait, I think this is the most classic and timeless I can come up with. My lovely friend Shannety sat down with me for a portrait inspired by the paintings of Flemish Master Peter Paul Rubens.
Thank you Britt for the awesome make-up!
I was tired of hauling around my big Canon dSLR just to take snapshots. When I go location scouting or out with friends the dSLR is often too much of a hassle. Even on weekend trips to places where I go often, there’s no reason to have that dSLR on me all the time. And I was increasingly dissatisfied with the photos from my iPhone in low light conditions.
So I was on the look out for a small camera that would fit in the back pocket of my pants. It had to be able to shoot RAW, 1920 x 1080 video and shoot decent quality photos at high ISO. I would like to transfer the phots directly to my iPhone over WiFi. I wanted an articulating LCD screen for vlogging and selfies .
As far I was concerned it had to be a Canon camera. I am a happy Canon shooter for almost 20 years now and I am familiar with the menus, the icons on the buttons and the general look and feel of Canon cameras. It seemed the obvious choice. And after some careful consideration I bought the Canon PowerShot G7X mkII.
So far, I’m quite happy with the camera. It’s small but it’s not one of those lightweight thingies so it really feels good in my hands. And with the f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens and decent high ISO quality, it is far better suited for snapshot at concerts than my iPhone.
Another advantage of this little camera is that there’s an underwater housing for it that does not cost a fortune. I am no underwater photographer and I have no desire to become one. But I have some ideas for photo shoots around the a pool and having that underwater housing adds some opportunities to those shoots.
This site is the personal website of Kris Saelen: music lover that likes Springsteen, photographer with a latex fetish, foodie who loves to travel and ICT specialist from Turnhout, Belgium.