I ventured off into colored backgrounds over the last couple of months. It all started with my photo shoot with Amber. After our original plan to shoot at a diner fell through ’cause we could not find the right location on a date that fitted both our schedules, we turned our plans around and returned to my studio. I told Amber I wanted to try something with colored backgrounds and she suggested to go with green. She said “green feels like summer and it goes with everything”. And she is right: none of the outfits she presented clashed with the soft green background that feels like summer.
I guess everyone knows I’m a bit of a foodie. I like to spend time in the kitchen cooking for friends or trying out new recipes. And on occasion, I’ll set out to try and get a nice photo of the food I’m serving. Like this steamy bowl of mussels I prepared the other day. I know it is nothing fancy, but is there anything more Belgian than mussels?
A while ago, my friend Elise called me up and said she needed new pics for her portfolio. She recently had a baby and did not do a photo shoot since her beautiful daughter was born. I am always happy to have Elise in front of my lens. We exchanged a couple of ideas. She came up with this idea of simple white on white idea.It turned out to be a hit.
Let’s be honest: if you have a beautiful and talented model like Elise, do you need more than a simple white background and a one giant soft light? And I think I shot one of my most beautiful portraits during this session.
When we were done with the white-on-white set, we had some fun we a couple of other outfits. Who said a plain white background is boring? As always, Melvin–Elise’s hubby–turns out to be the perfect stylist. He turned the simple look into a more fashionable look in a matter of minutes.
The Gaslight Anthem is currently touring to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their sophomore album The ’59 Sound. Like their lead singer Brian Fallon, the band hails from New Brunswick, NJ. The band appeared on my radar when Bruce Springsteen did a couple of notable guest appearances with them. I remembering loving the album at first listen. Their garage rock sounded very familiar to me, and yet fresh at the same time. Many of the songs were set in my beloved New York City and gave me similar vibes as I get them from listing to Springsteen’s Born to Run album: when I close my eyes, I see flashes of NYC in a film-noire kinda style.
I Saw them live for the 1st time at the Hard Rock Calling festival where they were on the bill together with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Guest appearances did happen that day. And I saw them pretty much on every tour that brought them to Belgium or the Netherlands after that. After the band went on hiatus and Brian Fallon released 2 solo albums, I went to see him live a couple of times too.
This album and the band opened the door to a whole new generation of young Jersey Shore artists for me. Once I got to know The Gaslight Anthem and I started looking for what-else-is-new on the Jersey Shore, I discovered bands like The Brigantines, Dentist, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son and Taylor Tote. So, tonight as I head down to 013 in Tilburg to go see The Gaslight Anthem, it is more than just about that album. It is about a ton of great bands that helped me write the soundtrack of my life.
My homemade gazpacho is a quick and easy dish, very refreshing… The ideal dish for a hot summer’s day. And you don’t even have to be in Spain to enjoy it. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare. So why don’t you give it a go?
Method: (serves 4)
Peel your tomatoes and the cucumber, chop in to bite size chunks, and put them in a blender. Peel the red onion and chop it. Peel the garlic. Chop up the green pepper. I don’t bother to deseed it. But if you don’t like spicy food, take out the seed. It will be less spicy. Add the chopped onion, garlic and the green pepper to the blender. Remove the crust of the bread and chop it in bite size chunk before adding it to the blender. Add a couple of table spoons of good olive oil and vinegar. Blend until smooth. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Give a quick blitz and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
Before serving, top it with some watercress and julienne of chorizo. And serve it with some toast.
Use a dense white bread. I like to use Colruyt‘s Swedish white bread. Gazpacho is the prefect recipe to use that leftover bread that is a few days old by-the-way.
Don’t know how to peel tomatoes? Check out this YouTube video.
- 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled
- 1/3 of a loaf of white bread
- 1 small red onion, peeled
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 green pepper
- olive oil
- sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
- salt & pepper
My very 1st photo shoot with a model, Daria is her name, was way back in 2006. I met her on one of them platforms that brought models and photographers together; this was well before social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter even existed. It wasn’t always easy to find models back then. I remember it was a cold day in January when Daria and I did that shoot. And I also remember having a lot of fun that day. At the end of the day, I came home with a couple cool pics–like the one below–and thinking to myself that I should keep in touch with Daria, ’cause I would want to shoot again with her.
Unfortunately we lost touch until somewhere last summer when a mutual friend and photographer did a photoshoot with her and put me back in touch with her. It took us a little while to set a date for a new shoot, but 12 years after our 1st shoot, we found ourselves together in the studio for a new shoot. One that I hope is the 2nd of many.
Well, she’ll have to return to my studio, ’cause I promised her I would teach her to walk on ballet heels 😉
Is that still a thing? #mycalvins? A little while ago, every model and photographer wanted to do their own take on the Calvin Klein underwear thingy, but lately, I’ve not seen too many of those pics appearing in my social media feeds. I did my take on them #mycalvins pics way back in January. I’ve been so caught up in all sorts of projects that I’ve not gotten around to sharing them.
I wouldn’t be doin’ model Romi and makeup artist Elem justice, if I would not share them. So without further ado, here they are:
The city of Antwerp lit up the beautiful MAS in rainbow colors in support of LGBT rights over the weekend. They also lit up a few other public buildings and painted several pedestrian crossings throughout the city in rainbow colors. But, oh boy, the museum at sunset, all lit up like a rainbow, was a stunning site to see. And it was absolutely worth getting my camera out and shoot some pics.
Well, that actually should say “Assisting a Friend” in the title of this article! ‘Cause my buddy Bart called a couple of days ago if I wanted assist him on a shoot he was putting together for an upcoming exhibition he was planning. We’re both experimenting with color gels. Isn’t every photographer doing that these days? Anyway, Bart and I bounced a couple of ideas back and forth, and we settle on a dark and moody themed shoot with color gels. Bart was gonna take care of finding a model and a make-up artist. I was gonna come up with outfit ideas.
Bart invited the lovely and talented Isabelle to the set as a model and he had make-up artist Michelle taking care of make-up. We did a couple of outfits and light setups and Bart & Isabelle were kind enough to let snap a couple of pics. Which do you prefer: green & orange or blue & orange?
I think I prefer the blue and orange setting…
Dazzle your friends with a very summery salad. This salad with octopus, tomatoes and feta looks impressive but it takes minutes to assemble.
I used store bought marinated octopus, a selection of tomatoes in different colors–make sure they are juicy and ripe–and good feta. Sprinkle on some salt, black pepper and some extra virgin olive oil, and you’re almost set.
The part that impressed people the most, are the little additions: pea shoots, violets, watercress, rosemary and thyme flowers, monks cress and beet leaves. And the cool thing about it is, you can grow all those in your own garden. I do!
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.