The Belgian Air Force is saying goodbye to these beautiful old ladies: we are replacing our trusty Lockheed C-130 Hercules with brand spanking new Airbus A400M Atlas planes. After almost 50 years of service–the 1st C-130 came into service in early 1970’s–it is time for the C-130 to retire.
The demo at the 2021 spottersday at Florennes AB my have been my last chance to see one of these birds up close in flight. I have grown up with seeing them everywhere. Not just at airshows, but also in daily operations. One of the coolest memories about the C-130 I have, is their demo of dropping cargo at low level in full flight. It was really spectacular to see them open up the cargo door at back, decent to almost on the deck and drop bags of supplies. Back in in the days, they used that technique to distribute food and supplies on humanitarian missions.
That global health crisis forced me to put a halt on my photography. I am very happy that I can start working in the studio again. I’ve used the break in the action to come up with new ideas, fun outfits and cool combos. This is the 1st of the new stuff. Shannety and I combined the fluffies from Funki-B with a latex skirt from Atsuko Kudo and heels from Pleaser Shoes and we were of to the races.
When I see these photos, I wanna shout out: “She’s sooooooo fluffy! I’m gonna die!”. In case you don’t get that reference, go watch Despicable Me.
It ain’t easy to be a non-commercial photographer in the middle of a pandemic. Especially when you’re used to work with models Keeping 6ft apart, wearing mouth masks, government rules and personal safety–mine and my models’–sorta forced me to halt all studio shoots for 6 months.
One way out was product shoots for my friend’s webshop: SecretLittleCloset. Skirts, dresses, swimwear and earrings! Yes, you’ve read it right: earrings! I am always in for a challenge, so I built myself a little product studio and started working on it.
Shannety and I had bounced some ideas around. She wanted a series of photos where the earrings are dangling from a twig. I said I had some ideas with flowers. Off I went to the florist for a bouquet of roses and some orchids. I cut a nice twig from a tree in the garden. And I started experimenting. Dug up some tools and props around the house and carefully started to build a scene. Well, several scenes actually.
After a couple of hours of trying and tweaking, I finally had a setup that worked for me. Things became easy then. I finished the complete shoot in about 30 minutes. Here are a few of the final results of my hard work.
You can buy these and all other earrings I shot that weekend in the jewelry section of Shannety’s SecretLittleCloset.
The President of the U.S.A. paid a visit to Belgium to attend a NATO summit. And that usually creates a little buzz among aviation geeks because that means Air Force One will be in town. I’ve seen Air Force One a couple of times before but I never had a chance to photograph it.
I had a business meeting in the Brussels area today. And I had carefully planned the meeting so it would end right around the time President Biden would be leaving for Geneva. So I packed my photo gear and found me a spot at Brussels airport after my meeting was finished. Since I didn’t know from which runway Air Force One would take off, I choose a spot near the Skeyes control center to cover both sides of the Brussels airport.
I was fortunate: I captured a decent pic of Air Force One skipping of the trees as it left the airport.
This plane is actually a Boeing VC-25, the military version of a Boeing 747 and only 2 of this type are in service. Did you know that the plane only carries the call sign Air Force One when the US President is on board?
Shortly after Air Force One took the skies and headed for Geneva, a US Air Force C-32A took off.
I believe that is the plane that took the 1st Lady of the U.S.A. back home. I’ve read somewhere she would not be joining the President at his meeting in Geneva. It took US Secretary of State Antony Blinken back to home to Washington D.C.
Finally! After 6 months of inactivity, life returned to my photo studio! I can not begin to explain you how thrilled I was to have a real human in my studio again. One of my favorite humans too: Shannety. Millions of IM’s and countless hours on FaceTime can not compare to having her in the studio.
We shot the swimwear collection for her webshop. This is one of the shots we did. Shannety styled the outfit herself and we added a couple of house plants to complete the jungle look. Needless to say that we had lots of fun turning my studio into a jungle.
Check Shannety’s webshop at SecretLittleCloset.be for her complete collection of swimwear for this summer.
This series got me longing for summer! Bright yellow, flashy orange and fuchsia and rainbow nail polish. Shannety and I shot this series last year at the end of summer. Back when the COVID-19 risk was low.
As we approach spring again and the COVID-19 situation is looking up again, I can’t wait to have her back in the studio for more photo fun. As a matter of fact, I can’t wait to start working on all those ideas–in the studio and on location–we came up with during lockdown.
This calls for a hit from the movie Grease soundtrack… “Aaaaaaah! Those summer nights.” I guess it’s time for a little dance now.
I have updated my portfolio pages to display larger photos. I’ve made the thumbnails on the page overview significantly larger. It is a small but significant update. There is a trend to have large and full-screen photos in portfolios and I did not want to stay behind.
All 4 portfolio pages have been updated. Check’em out:
My love for the shiny qualities of latex runs deeps and goes way back. But there’s something about the combination of latex and regular clothes that is attractive too. That latex pencil skirt from William Wilde hugs Svenja’s hips just beautiful. And it matches her lacy lingerie perfectly.
2020 has been a very difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on our social lives and even worse fro some. So far, I have been very fortunate and I’ve been spared from the most terrible consequences of the pandemic.
But just as my friends and colleagues in the photography business, I did not get to work with models in my studio a lot in 2020. Publishing the little work I did last year feels strange. I have been holding off on publishing it ’cause I am not sure if it was/is appropriate in these times.
And yet, I have some work that is definitely worth sharing. Like this set I did with Svenja. We had to postpone our shoot twice last year. She was one of the few models I had in my studio. It was the 1st time Svenja and I met. It was Svenja’s 1st time in latex and she did just great! I’m looking forward to have her back in my studio as soon as the conditions allow for it.
I got this gorgeous 2 piece latex lingerie set from Pandora Deluxe in their sample sale. It has these beautiful laser cut details that make it seem like lace. It’s all pink and girly. It was the perfect outfit for a warm summer’s day shoot.
When I showed the set to Daria, she was eager to try it on. When I explained her what I wanted to do–pink lingerie on a pink background–she told me that she not really a fan of the color pink. But she indulged me and went a head with the idea. At the end of the shoot, she said she really loved the results. The photos are really girly, but she liked them.
She made me promise that for our next shoot, there will be no more sweet pink thingies. Next time we will do something dark and bold! I promise!
So, Daria says that pink is her least favorite color. But what do you guys think? Doesn’t she look marvelous in this pink set?