Last week I had a fantastic shoot with an incredibly lovely team.
As usual it was an all-girls club ( that just keeps happening! ) and we were all bursting with energy, motivation and inspiration.
The team consisted of MUA Ashley Wolthers ( www.ashleydesign.nl ) designer and stylist Sannie from Skeletons in the closet ( http://www.skeletonsintheclosetclothing.com ) and model Whitney Marcial from MaxiMe Models
At the moment, all of my photoshoots take place in my livingroom because since I moved to Amersfoort my house is considerably smaller and we don’t have a seperate studio space ( boo! )
However, I do have enough room to create a little makeshift studio and most of the time it works perfectly.
You certainly won’t notice when you see the final images. It looks a bit silly on backstage pics, though…
The theme of the day was black and gold and we shot three different looks in total. We started with a pretty basic look with pretty simple light and worked it up to an extravagant look with coloured light and lots of shine!
For the first shot I used two flashes, one with spot with barndoors + grid and one with a reflective umbrella. It’s a very simple setup but it almost never fails.
I added some subtle colours in post.
For the grand finale I added a red filter to the frontal flash with umbrella. By doing so all the white light is gone and you get an interesting mix of red and blue which really works well on Whitney’s gorgeous dark skin.
Here’s a straight from the camera shot of a happy dancing Whitney.
These dark images with no white light at all don’t always work. But when they do, they’re certainly spectacular!
It is so frustrating that when I shoot something that I personally really love, it’s impossible to get it published!
This was the case with the White Widow editorial that I shot in October 2014 ( that long ago already! Damn.. )
As usual, the location wasn’t quite glamorous, and we had lots of interest from all the people passing by.
It was a really cold and windy shoot, but the wind did actually help us to create awesome shots, Lizzy’s hair and all the lace and tulle just moves so beautifully!
I loved the idea of a ghostlike bride and I personally really like how the images turned out.
However, the photos just don’t seem to fit in with any current magazine issues, so I decided to forget about that and just publish them for ourselves, because my awesome team deserves to finally use these images!
Model : Lizzy Meow
Make-up : Ashley Wolthers
Styling : Nina Konstanti
And of course, some fun behind the scenes images! See the team in action 🙂
I always jokingly say I live in the ghetto, and while that may be a litte bit true, my neighbourhood has a lot to offer.
Once again, an outdoor photoshoot with awesome results took place only a few steps from my house.
With a great team consisting of Liz Scarlet ( assisted by Robin ), Ashley Wolthers, my go-to make-up artist, and model Britt Busch, I had a lovely photoshoot last week.
It was hot outside, too hot to actually do anything, but that’s not an option when Liz has a huge amount of pretty jewelry to play around with.
We went for a colourful, summery, happy shoot. Bright and expressive, girly and sweet.
Not something any of us would usually do. But sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone is a very good idea.
Ashley made sure the colours on Britt’s face were popping ( she did an amazing ombre lip !! ) and wisely spent a lot of time relaxing in the (semi)shade.
Some of my favorite pieces were made with porcelain and gold… so precious!
The sun wasn’t only hot, but bright as hell, too! There wasn’t a cloud in sight. All I needed for perfect light was a reflector, wich had to be handled with care, I didn’t want to blind our lovely model.
With a model as expressive as Britt, it isn’t hard to shoot a great series of portraits. She nailed it! Damn models, always giving me a hard time selecting the photos I will eventually retouch..
These photos will probably be published in the not so distant future, so I can’t show you any end results yet. Hopefully the behind-the-scenes pics are entertaining enough for now. 😉
See you next blog!
A few weeks ago I worked with some lovely people on this shoot. Stylist Liz Scarlet came to me with an awesome idea, as she often does, and before I knew it I had a fantastic model ( Michelle Elisabeth ), an amazing make-up artist (Deniece van der Molen) and a fabulous stylist over at my place, getting ready to shoot.
It was a great day out, sunny and warm, and we decided to shoot under the bridge next to my house. It has this great, gritty look that really went with the whole ‘feel’ of the shoot.
Everything went so well! We worked fast, we were on the same page, the light was exactly the way I wanted it, we got perfect shot after perfect shot…sometimes everything just works.
After the first three outfits we went back inside for a little touch up and to get the remaining outfits. And then the clouds came…
Sure, great, of course, it’s not like we were trying to create a fashion editorial with consistent light… we got frustrated. We waited. And waited.. and waited… for the sun to show his smug face again. But no such luck, the clouds were getting more and more ominous. It looked like there was a storm coming. We had to go ahead and just work with what we had. At the time I was incredibly annoyed by it, I felt like the shoot was ruined and it would never make a good consistent set of photos. But luckily, I was wrong. When I look at the pictures now, I am so excited, so happy! These are some of my best shots so far. I can’t wait to share them with you! But it will have to wait a while longer.. I hope these behind-the-scenes pics will help make you a little bit curious..
See you next blog!
After months and months of procrastination, I’ve finally done it… A whole new website!
My old portfolio was seriously outdated, so badly that I didn’t even refer people to my webstite anymore, I just sent them to my facebook page.
I started to feel seriously embarassed about it, so it was time for some action. It feels good to have my own platform again, without the need to censor my work because Facebook can’t handle female nipples. ( pic features Marianne )
From now on all of my new projects will be posted here, and if I feel like I have something to share, I will also write a blog about the shoot, my work in general, and perhaps find the time to post some nifty little tutorials, tips and tricks etcetera.
I sincerely hope you will continue to check out my rantings and photographs!