Our new Belgian Air Force F-16 demonstration team was one of the highlights of the Sanicole airshow for me. Cdt Steven De Vries–callsign Vrieske–and his team have painted his F-16 in the most amazing livery I’ve seen in years. Honoring the F-16’s nickname Viper, they have turned the F-16 in a bright green snake. I was quite excited to see it for the 1st time at Sanicole and at the spottersday at Kleine-Brogel airbase.
Baywatch was one of the most popular television series in the 1990’s. The 1st 9 seasons were set on the beaches of Los Angeles County. For the last 2 seasons, they moved the set to Hawai’i. The iconic red bathing suits of the lifeguards turned to yellow suits. Just like the one Daria was wearing for this photo shoot.
I bought the outfit eons ago at an online charity event. The outfit was worn on the set of Baywatch Hawai’i by Brooke Burns who played the character of Jessie Owens. I’ve always wanted to do a photo shoot with it. So, here it goes…
I came up with the crazy idea to visit the Axalp Fliegerschiessen Airahow in the Swiss Alps this year. Plans were made, hotels were booked, cameras were prepped and my best friend and I went on our way.
We made 2 stops on the way to Axalp. 1st at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and secondly at Legoland.
Let’s start with an impression of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in a couple of photos.
btw: I shot all these photos on my Canon Powershot G7X mkIII. I am quite impressed with the results!
We got treated to a very special demo at the 2022 Sanicole air show. We saw the only presentation of the US Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II demo in Europe for 2022. This 5th generation fighter was demonstrated by Maj. Kirstin “Beo” Wolfe. The F-25 will soon replace the General Dynamics F-16 in the Belgian Air Force.
It was not the 1st time I saw the F-35 in flight. I’ve seen a few fly-by’s from an F-35 from the Italian Air Force and a Dutch F-35 as part of a KLu heritage flight. But it was the 1st time I saw a full demo of an F-35. I was thrilled to see it demoed to us.
The F-35 is a stealth design and that means there’s no room for bombs and missiles under the wings. These weapons are tucked away in 2 bomb bays under the fuselage as seen in the photos above.
And then there is the absolute money shot. I am sure that every photographer that was at the 2022 Sanicole airshow has this shot, but what a shot it is! Afterburners on and one hell of a vapor cloud!
To complete the demonstration, Maj. Wolfe was joined by Tommy Williams and his North American P-51 Mustang. Tommy Williams, a retired US Air Force pilot and a captain for Delta Airlines, flew the beautiful Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation side by side that majestic F-35. It was a beautiful sight for sore eyes for sure.
Daria loooooooooves sparkles! She loves’em so much, she’ll grab any opportunity to wear something sparkly on our photoshoots. So, it was obvious that Daria wanted to wear these rhinestone cowboy boots when I showed them to her. I knew that I had a silver grey latex skirt that would work well with the boots. I went on a scavenger hunt for a white cowboy hat. And when I found it, I added rhinestones to the had too. Before you know it, we had an outfit that matches Daria’s beauty.
It had been a while since Joke visited my studio. Actually, it has been several years… Shame on me for not inviting her to the studio more often. We promised each other to not let that happen again.
Still, I was really cool to have her in the studio again. It was just as much fun as it had always been. After catching up on what’s been going on in our personal life over coffee, we dove into the studio. Joke was of course as beautiful and gracious as before. For her 1st set, she wore a white latex skater dress from William Wilde and over-knee ballet heels from Kassiopeya Shoes.
This 2 piece 80’s-style fitness outfit in latex from Blacklickorish is a favorite among my models. Many models like to squeeze in to this white top and the transparent body. So did model Axelle. It is the perfect outfit to flaunt her curves, for sure. And it turned out to be the perfect outfit to show off those new white high heeled boots from Pleaser Shoes I added to my collection.
And as always, Axelle and I looke for a new way to create a hairflip photo… We can not do a shoot without a hairflip. We’ve declared it to be our signature shot. And we do one on every shoot.
I hadn’t been shooting on location for a while. I desperately needed to break out of my studio. I need to break out of my studio a lot more often than I do. Shannety said she needed some new pictures for her fashion portfolio. That was the perfect opportunity for both of us to break out of my studio.
I had previously found a couple of spots in Antwerp where I wanted to shoot. We settled for a quiet location that gave us some background elements without be too distracting. We wanted Shannety to be the hero in the picture, not the city. Once we were done with the photos, we gave videos a try. It was my 1st real attempt at shooting video. I have a lot to learn still. But we got a few decent clips done that I could edit down to fun 15 second clips for Instagram stories. I have already shared some of them on my Instagram and they’re archived in my Models highlights.
Here’s a series of photos we shot that day. Enjoy! And oh, there will be a part 2 from this shoot soon.