I had a fun shoot with Annelies the other day. Totally unscripted, no moodboards, a couple of vague ideas. That’s all there was. I had a model who canceled her appointment. I dropped Annelies a little line to see if she was free to shoot, and I immediately go a reply with a very enthusiastic “YES PLEASE!” A big thanks to Annelies for stepping in at the last minute. I love working with reliable and enthusiastic models like her.
Magalie is leaving for South Africa tomorrow to represent Belgium in the Mrs. World pageant. And I had the honor of shooting her official pageant portraits. I love working with Magalie. Talking to her in between shoots, we realized that we don’t work together often enough. We vowed to change that in 2018. After all, whenever we work together we create cool photos.
I wish Magalie good luck and a lot of fun in South Africa. I look forward to hearing her stories when she gets back. One thing’s certain: her little baby boy will be rooting for his mommy when she leaves for South Africa tomorrow. And, he may miss her a little bit too.
Shannety has been promoting the clothing brand Physical Gangster for a few months now. She’d asked me if we could do a photo shoot for the Physical Gangster website. The photos turned out quite nice but I wanted to do a little extra with them for our own portfolios. This double exposure technique in Photoshop might just be that little extra.
It’s getting cold outside and the days are getting shorter. The perfect time for a throwback to a photo shoot I did this summer. Deeze Beeze and I met in the botanical gardens of the University of Gent. Sorta hidden in the heart of the city, they have very beautiful green houses–where photo shoots are not allowed–and nice garden around it. It is a great place to shoot though. Perfect for latex and feathers, and a model with unicorn hair.
I’ve been looking at the amazing work of Brandon Woelfel and Josefien Hoekstra the last couple of months. I love their post processing, color toning, Josefien’s use of latex and in the case of Brandon Woelfel I love how he plays with those small led lights.
I have already been playing around with color gels on several occasions. And I’ve been reading up on the topic of led lights. I had originally planned to use Christmas lights for the experiments. But I quickly learned that the wires used in Christmas lights are way too thick and that even the smallest of those lights are too big.
So, I’ve found these lights on Amazon.de. They are dead cheap and are battery operated. They seem to be perfect for this kind of work:
I still have a lot to learn, but these couple of shots I did with Monica are pretty cool.
I had my friend Lizzy in the studio over the summer.
Actually, she had asked me if I wanted to do a photshoot for her friend Yana as a birthday present. She said she would love to shoot with me after I finished working with Yana. Lizzy knows I like working with her, so I guess she knew I would say yes to shooting with her.
She said she would arrange a make-up artist. She introduced me to Nadia. Nadia is a talented make-up artist I had already met a couple of times but never had the pleasure of working with her. She did an awesome job on Lizzy’s make-up. And both ladies surprised me with a truckload of outfits. Nadia styled Lizzy both in the outfits provided by MOOD-S and well as in some of the latex fashion from my collection.
I was an absolute joy to work with both ladies. I hope to work with Nadia and Lizzy again in the near future. I would really like that.
As most of you know, I’ve know my favorite model and good friend Shannety back in 2012 when she entered a model contest. The very 1st shoot I did with her was actually a shoot with 2 other models: Romi and Sarah. It was 5 years ago this summer we did that shoot, I started an anniversary project with the girls. Unfortunately Sarah could make it–we’ve missed you Sarah!–but Romi, Shannety and I headed out to a rained out Antwerp for what turned out to be a very fun shoot.
They’ve both grown up from cute girls to classy young ladies as you can see from the photos. And if I look back on the 2012 photo, I’ve come a long way in my as far as my photography and my editing skills go.
It was raining when we were supposed to start the shoot. We held off for a hour or so and caught up over coffee. After all, Shannety and I had not seen Romi in a few years. And by the time we were ready start the photo shoot, the sun came out.
My friend Lizzy dropped me an IM asking me if I wanted to do a photo shoot with a friend of hers. Yana tuned 14 earlier this summer and Lizzy said she was really into fashion and photography. She dreamed of doing a photo shoot some day. Lizzy thought it was a good idea to give Yana a photo shoot for her birthday.
So together with stylist and makeup artist Nadia, we set out to give Yana the best birthday gift ever. And even though Yana had never been in front of a camera before she came to my studio, she rocked the set. Here’s some of the incredible results from our collaboration.
I really have to thank Yana for modeling for me, and Lizzy and Nadia for their awesome work in preparing and executing the shoot.
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