#PlusIsEqual (part 1)

I have been working with plus-size models from long before it became fashionable to grace their curvy beauty on the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated or on the catwalks of NY Fashion Week. Long before the hashtag #PlusIsEqual was ever invented. I honestly believe women are beautiful, no matter their size.

Riding the coattails of the hype, I started working on my own #PlusIsEqual production. It seemed the appropriate time to gather a few of my favorite curvy models and show you all how beautiful they are.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of having these 5 beauties in a studio.

#PlusIsEqual

A big thank you to the models. Caroline, Sharon, Liesbet, Elise and Cindy: you are amazingly beautiful ladies and it was an honor and a pleasure to work with you!

But this pic wouldn’t be anything without excellent work of Elem and Manouche–the 2 make-up artists of the day– and the help of my friends Michel & Karen who were kind enough to let me use their studio for the shoot. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Blonde Over Blue

I don’t get to do photo shoots as often as I would like. So I tend to work with experienced models I know to get the most out of every photo shoot. But a few times a year, I offer my studio to an aspiring model. Usually someone I’ve never worked with.

Pakitha is one of these young ladies that had asked me if I would want to work with her. She had never modeled before, but she was an absolute charm to work with. Once she got the hang of it and flashed her natural smile, she just shone like the brightest star you’ve ever seen.

New Face Pakitha in Latex
New Face Pakitha in Latex
New Face Pakitha in Latex

Billy Joel’s Blond Over Blue from his 1993 album River of Dreams would be the perfect soundtrack for these pics. It was the song that got stuck in my head all trough the shoot.

A Little Touch of Latex

Karlien and I go way back. We met in 2010 when she was competing for the title of Miss Fashion. We keep in touch off-and-on. And when we realize it’s been way to long since we collaborated on a photo shoot, we get together for a new shoot. When we realized our last shoot dated back from 2014 we new it was time for new work.

We set up to work in my home studio. We did a couple of sets and outfits on our photo shoot. I totally loved this series where we combined latex briefs with a regular–or should I say vanilla–blouse.

Karlien Gracefully Combines Latex with a Regular Blouse

Karlien Gracefully Combines Latex with a Regular Blouse
Karlien Gracefully Combines Latex with a Regular Blouse

I have published a few photos from the other sets on my Instagram. Why don’t you head on over to Instagram and check them out?

Shana Shines Bright Like the Sun

Shana has been following me on Instagram for some time and whenever I posted a pic of a model in latex, she liked it. So when I dropped her a message asking if she wanted to come to my studio to work with me and pose in latex, her response was: “YES!”

I asked her if she would be ok to help me with my series of shoots on colored backgrounds and we decided on yellow.

Model Shana in Latex
Model Shana in Latex

We also set out to experiment some with that background, adding a 2nd color.

Model Shana in Latex
Model Shana in Latex

Daria Again

After a 10 year hiatus, I got reconnected with my very 1st model I ever worked with in early 2018. We promised not to wait another 10 year for the next shoot. And we kept that promise: I got to work with Daria for a 2nd time in 2018 and here’s a couple of results from that shoot.

Model Daria
Model Daria
Model Daria

Working in the Coal Mine

Coal mines are a thing of the past in Belgium so I’m not really working in a coal mine of course. However, many of the coalmines’ buildings–especially those in Limburg–have been transformed into museums or cultural centers. They are open to the public, and some will even let photographers work there. Last summer, I took model Nanoe to the former coal mine of Winterslag, Genk for a photo shoot.

Here’s a few results of our work in the coal mine. btw: why don’t you head on over to Spotify or YouTube and listen to the Lee Dorsey’s hit Working in the Coal Mine while you’re enjoying the pics?

Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk

Orange Is The New Black

An orange backdrop, Black latex, raven black hair and confidence that will take you twice around the world are all the right ingredients for a series of fashion portraits of model Jolien that will make you go “Wauw!”. Jolien’s makeup was done by the lovely Beata and surely added to the final result.

These photos are just captivating and bring a whole new meaning to Orange Is The New Black.

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Colorful Backgrounds and Latex

From time to time I grow tired off shooting on white, grey or black backgrounds when working in my studio and then I go look for other possibilities. It turns out there are much more colors to life than just white, grey or black. All it takes is a big soft light, some shiny latex and the ever ravishing Shannety to turn my studio into a fiesta… And oh, maybe some orange and yellow backgrounds.

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Glitter and Latex

Model Shannety in Glitter and Latex

80’s Flashback

Back in the 80’s–the 1980’s that is–aerobics was a thing. And aerobics fashion was hot: pastel & neon colors, high-cut leotards, leg warmers, … When I came across this outfit from Blacklickorish, I knew I just had to shoot it. And, guess what: both Shannety and Jolien look damn hot in it.

Jolien in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish

Shannety in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish

And when they’re side-by-side in the studio, they look like sisters, very cute sisters!

Shannety & Jolien in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish

Beach Shoot with Magalie

Earlier i told you about how I challenged myself to a photoshoot with my iPhone. Magalie was the model for that shoot.

I obviously did not want to take the risk of returning home from a photoshoot without a nice photo, so just to be on the safe side, I also took along my dSLR and did a series of fashion portraits with Magalie.

Swimwear with Model Magalie at the Beach

Swimwear with Model Magalie at the Beach

Swimwear with Model Magalie at the Beach

Swimwear with Model Magalie at the Beach