Refreshing Summer Dish

Homemade Gazpacho

My homemade gazpacho is a quick and easy dish, very refreshing… The ideal dish for a hot summer’s day. And you don’t even have to be in Spain to enjoy it. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare. So why don’t you give it a go?

Method: (serves 4)

Peel your tomatoes and the cucumber, chop in to bite size chunks, and put them in a blender. Peel the red onion and chop it. Peel the garlic. Chop up the green pepper. I don’t bother to deseed it. But if you don’t like spicy food, take out the seed. It will be less spicy. Add the chopped onion, garlic and the green pepper to the blender. Remove the crust of the bread and chop it in bite size chunk before adding it to the blender. Add a couple of table spoons of good olive oil and vinegar. Blend until smooth. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Give a quick blitz and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Before serving, top it with some watercress and julienne of chorizo. And serve it with some toast.

Use a dense white bread. I like to use Colruyt‘s Swedish white bread. Gazpacho is the prefect recipe to use that leftover bread that is a few days old by-the-way.

Don’t know how to peel tomatoes? Check out this YouTube video.

Ingredients:

  • 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/3 of a loaf of white bread
  • 1 small red onion, peeled
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 green pepper
  • olive oil
  • sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper

Reunited with Daria

My very 1st photo shoot with a model, Daria is her name, was way back in 2006. I met her on one of them platforms that brought models and photographers together; this was well before social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter even existed. It wasn’t always easy to find models back then. I remember it was a cold day in January when Daria and I did that shoot. And I also remember having a lot of fun that day. At the end of the day, I came home with a couple cool pics–like the one below–and thinking to myself that I should keep in touch with Daria, ’cause I would want to shoot again with her.

Throwback to 2006 with Model Daria

Unfortunately we lost touch until somewhere last summer when a mutual friend and photographer did a photoshoot with her and put me back in touch with her. It took us a little while to set a date for a new shoot, but 12 years after our 1st shoot, we found ourselves together in the studio for a new shoot. One that I hope is the 2nd of many.

Model Daria

Model Daria

Model Daria in Latex by InnerSanctum

Well, she’ll have to return to my studio, ’cause I promised her I would teach her to walk on ballet heels 😉

Model Daria in Latex by InnerSanctum

#mycalvins

Is that still a thing? #mycalvins? A little while ago, every model and photographer wanted to do their own take on the Calvin Klein underwear thingy, but lately, I’ve not seen too many of those pics appearing in my social media feeds. I did my take on them #mycalvins pics way back in January. I’ve been so caught up in all sorts of projects that I’ve not gotten around to sharing them.

I wouldn’t be doin’ model Romi and makeup artist Elem justice, if I would not share them. So without further ado, here they are:

Romi Wearing the Signature #mycalvins Underwear by Calvin Klein

Romi Wearing the Signature #mycalvins Underwear by Calvin Klein

Antwerp MAS Lit Up Like a Rainbow in Support of LGBT Rights

The city of Antwerp lit up the beautiful MAS in rainbow colors in support of LGBT rights over the weekend. They also lit up a few other public buildings and painted several pedestrian crossings throughout the city in rainbow colors. But, oh boy, the museum at sunset, all lit up like a rainbow, was a stunning site to see. And it was absolutely worth getting my camera out and shoot some pics.

Rainbow Colors on Antwerp MAS

Rainbow Colors on Antwerp MAS

Assisting a Fellow Photographer

Well, that actually should say “Assisting a Friend” in the title of this article! ‘Cause my buddy Bart called a couple of days ago if I wanted assist him on a shoot he was putting together for an upcoming exhibition he was planning. We’re both experimenting with color gels. Isn’t every photographer doing that these days? Anyway, Bart and I bounced a couple of ideas back and forth, and we settle on a dark and moody themed shoot with color gels. Bart was gonna take care of finding a model and a make-up artist. I was gonna come up with outfit ideas.

Bart invited the lovely and talented Isabelle to the set as a model and he had make-up artist Michelle taking care of make-up. We did a couple of outfits and light setups and Bart & Isabelle were kind enough to let snap a couple of pics. Which do you prefer: green & orange or blue & orange?

Isabelle wearing black latex

Isabelle wearing feathers and a corset

I think I prefer the blue and orange setting…

Isabelle wearing feathers and a corset

Model Agency Casting Days

I’ve been helping out my friends of FashionMove on their casting days over the last few months. We had a lot of fun with the team, as always.

I love working with aspiring models as much as I love working with our team. Almost new models are grateful for the coaching they get from us and they are always delighted to see the results of their very 1st photoshoot with us. And, it is very rewarding to see that some of them continue to become quite successful models.

There was this one portrait I did on the recent FashionMove casting days that caught my eye: this Amy, on her very 1st shoot ever. Isn’t cool that a girl with no experience at all produces a portrait this stunning?

Model Amy for FashionMove Model Agency in Antwerp

Model Amy’s make-up is done by Shana Meylemans, Maren Nivelle, Ellen Cuypers and Melissa La Piane for Blush Academy + Agency.

Axelle is sooooooooo Fluffy!

And so is my beautiful friend Shannety!

When both girls came in to the studio a couple weeks back, they brought multi colored faux-fur coats. Axelle wore a multi colored coat that matched her dark hair and black basic outfit.

Multi Colored Faux-Fur for Model Axelle

Multi Colored Faux-Fur for Model Axelle

Obviously, Shannety had to wear her favorite color: PINK! After all, she goes by @pinkbyshannety on Instagram.

Pink Faux-Fur for Model Shannety

Pink Faux-Fur for Model Shannety

Combining Colors

It is a simple trick: combine red, green and blue light to create white light… At least in theory. Since I’ve been playing around with color gels, it seemed to be a good idea to test that theory. These 2 portraits of Axelle and Shannety are my 1st try at this. They’re quite ok, but I think I need some more practice to get it just right.

btw: in these 2 portraits I combined cyan, yellow and magenta light. The result is the same: white light. But it creates red, green and blue shadows.

Model Axelle Drops 3 Colors Shadow

Model Shannety Drops 3 Colors Shadow

Leather & Lace and a Touch of Latex

As part of that shoot I had with Romi & Shannety early this year, I also shot some portraits of Romi in latex, leather and lingerie. She brought the leather and lace outfit, I added the black latex body suit from Catalyst Latex and the ballet heels from Kassiopeya from my own collection to the mix. Elem did an awesome job at the makeup. The red & blue color gels on my studio strobes did the rest.

Romi in Black Latex by Catalyst Latex

Romi in leather and lingerie

Romi in leather and lingerie

Romi in Black Latex and Ballet Heels

Romi in Black Latex and Ballet Heels

More Curvy Sharon & Color Gels

Last year, I had Sharon in the studio and we started experimenting with color gels. When she came in early 2018 for another studio shoot, we did pretty much everything with color gels. With good result, I might add.

Curvy Model Sharon in Lingerie

Curvy Model Sharon in Latex

Curvy Model Sharon in Latex

Curvy Model Sharon in Lingerie

When we finally turned the colors down, we shot a series of black and white portraits. I liked this one quite a lot.

Curvy Model Sharon