OK, I admit: it ain’t even close to black & white. These pics are pretty much done in technicolor. They’re lit wit 3 Elinchrom with Lee Filters color gels which turned my white background into a bright pink.
I recently bought a Falcon Eyes FLC-65 ring light. A make-up artist I worked with last year, uses it to light up the model’s face while she applies make-up. I was quite impressed with the output of the light. As the light was not too expensive, I decided to have a go at it.
My beautiful friend Romi was kind enough to sit down with me for a 1st test of the light. She’s used to model for me. She knows to be a little patient with me when I want to test new gear or new setups. She’s also confident that something good will come out of those little test sessions.
It took me a little getting used to shooting with continuous light, an ISO over 100 and have my lens wide open. But once I got the hang of it, we produced a few nice portraits.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We also set out to experiment some with that background, adding a 2nd color.
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.
50 years ago today, the crew of Apollo 8 reached lunar orbit for the 1st time ever. Astronauts Frank Borman, William A. Anders and James A. Lovell Jr. became the 1st humans to fully escape earth’s gravity and enter the gravitation field of another celestial body. They also became the 1st humans to see the dark side of the moon with their own eyes. Their mission was an overwhelming success: they proved that mankind was ready to set foot on the moon. 7 months later, Neil A. Armstrong–commander of Apollo 11–would indeed become the 1st human to set foot on the moon.
In honor of the crew and the hundreds of engineers and technicians that worked to make Apollo 8 a success, I made this photo of #duckie a couple of years ago. I shot it in my photo studio at home, with very little help from Photoshop.
And if there was ever a better way to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, it would be in the words of the crew of Apollo 8 as they circle the moon on Christmas Eve 1968. I can not find a better way to wish all my friends happy holidays and all the best for 2019.
The Belgian leg of the Light of Day tour, maybe the most important recurring event of the year. It is a concert where I get to listen to great music, where I get to meet all the artist and so many of my friends, and I always get to cover the show as a photographer. After all, I am the resident photographer there.
It is with great pleasure I share this little impression of the 2018 rendition of the Light of Day benefit concert in Belgium. All proceeds of the show go to research for a cure on Parkinson’s disease and A.L.S. So please remember to come out next year and party with us to support a good cause.
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.