Friday, August 31, 2012

Bedsurfing with Elise

A recipe to bed-surfing:


1 model (try to find one that moves in a sexy way)
1 bed + some sheets and other "bedstuff"
1 grungy backdrop that looks like a cheap bedroom
1 camera with normal lens
1 on-camera flash
1 ambient light generator (light bulb or TL for even more grunginess)


NOTE: My idea was that the model would be nude for this but sadly Elise does not pose nude, so I will have another go at it with a nude model later.

Place the bed against the wall so you have a backdrop. turn on the Light bulb so you create a basic light setup, measure this light in the bed.

Take your camera and put it in Manual Exposure, because one light bulb does not create a lot of light we'll be using the "drag the shutter" technique, this means a longer exposure which will lead to some natural blur in the picture.
Set your ISO / Aperture en speed to the light meter readout, you can underexpose a bit for even more grunginess.

Now place your flashgun on the camera, set the in-camera light meter to Average (not spot or matrix) put the flash in TTL mode (because we are going to be moving a lot) and set the flash gun Zoom function to manual en try something like 100 or 150mm, in combination with a 50mm lens on camera this will look like a small flash was used and it will also create a vignette.

The combination of the long exposure and flash light will give you a very grungy look.

the next step is to take the model and throw her on the bed, next make her move, crawl, rollover and look sexy

Adjust light to taste.

MUA: Sybille De Beuckelaer

Excuusfeesten @ Kortenberg

Runners competition at the Excuusfeesten Kortenberg.

Every year we're invited to make some pictures at this event, always nice to see the difference between the people at the start and at the finish :-)

Al shot with Nikon D700, SB-900 & the AF-d 35mm f2.0 because is didn't want to use the 24-70 as i find the quality crappy, but the Af speed from the 35 Af-d turned out a little slow for sports so a few images are not "spot on" focus


Charlotte is still a teenager and teenagers are in the middle between being a kid and being an adult, so how do you decide in which style your going to make pictures of them?

Well you have to look at it case per case because I've seen teens that looked like 19 but where only 14, but also the other way 'round where girls at there 18 still looked like a 14 year old kid.

But by changing the setting, deciding on make-up or not, selecting the clothes, etc, you really have a lot of control on the finished product.

Let's start with some pictures out of a workshop where we worked with Charlotte and her younger brother Mathieu.

It was a sunny day, devil hour as they say. This translates into the worst conditions for us as photographers, hard contrast, hard shadows, oversaturated colors, etc... Unless you actually know what your doing it's a pretty hard getting some nice results.

There are several options, but when you look closer at it, it all boils down to "work with the light" or "work against the light". Most of the photographers will choose the work against the light and try to fill in the shadows with reflection or flashlight.

For this shot of Mathieu i worked with the light, I had Mathieu standing in the open shade of a building and the sun  shined on the concrete floor behind mee which resulted in a warm reflection and very nice color temperature, It's pretty flat light but it's always flattering and works very well for kids

The next shot was also made by working "with the light", assistant holded a translucent sunscrim over the head of our 2 young models to soften out the harsh sunlight and another assitant throwed some light back in the composition using a big California bounce panel (Zebra Pro)

Kenneth for Equipe Haircare

A few shots from our male model Kenneth for hairdresser Equipe Haircare.

Mu by Tanja Dassy, Styling by Carine Luyck for DITO fashion&style WELLEN

Bo Stevens

Some results from my first and second shoot with Bo, partly outside at Lillo and some out of our "in studio boudoir" workshop.

I've been evolving more and more into a gold look on my pictures, I'm sure to proceed with this on my future shoots

Portfolio shoot Jackie Lee Models

Shoot Jackie Lee

Just some random shots out of our last portfolio shoot for Jackie Lee Models in Antwerp, made with the help and assistance of Peter Nackaerts en Marc Thys

MUA: Yinka Gboyega and Mua Djenien

In studio Boudoir

New in studio Boudoir setup for the upcoming lingerie sessions this winter (renting Hotel rooms is nice but often too expensive for my clients, so this is the cheaper alternative for my clients)

Skindeep (NSFW)

I really love skin, female curves, sensuality, .. this translate nicely into a form of photography often called "bodyscapes", imitating landscape photography by using the curves of the female body.

For this video, i wanted to take this idea to a new level and i hope you enjoy the results (NSFW warning!)

You can watch it on Vimeo -->