Soon after arriving to the US, I was given an awesome opportunity to photograph a live performance of the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band at B.B King's on world-famous Beale Street in Memphis.Read More
If you follow my blog, you already know I've moved from Belgium to the US. Although I was very busy organizing the move, I had time for my last photo shoot in Belgium on the theme of 'contemporary woman shaman'.
Justyna Kuklo, who is a designer and a make-up artist, contacted me with her ideas for the woman shaman theme. We were very lucky to get the industrial site for the photo shoot. In fact, we ended-up having 2 slightly different shoots on the same day, but both on the theme of the contemporary woman shaman.
I think I couldn't image a better combination: a beautiful sunset, an interesting couple and a bit of alternative fashion. I put all these together using a speedlight and on-location photoshoot. I'm personally really satisfied with the results but of course, all these wouldn't be possible without a great team I had for this photoshoot: Ewa and Zoltan - models, Justyna - make-up and stylists, and Javier who assisted with lights and equipment.
Guess what happens when you combine a great photo-shoot team, environmental photography, conceptual photography and my twisted mind, ideas and sense of humor - all of these resulted in the Balloon Mystery Photography Project. I don't want to write too much about it here because I think you should look at the pictures and not be distracted with my ramble and words... So here you go: the Balloon Mystery Photography Project and its results:
If you follow my blog, you've probably seen the pictures I posted a couple of weeks ago from this shoot. I've recently done few compositions (I'm not sure how to call these) with fruits from that photo shoot.
I have recently shot an assignment project for the Urban Ecology Center in Brussels. The Center will soon launch a weekly organic/bio food market and they needed a series of photographs to promote the market. It was a very interesting project from the beginning and also quite challenging. We had a very short deadline to shoot and come up with ideas for the photographs. The latter was a real challenge due to mainly time constrains.
We shot a series of different photographs and concepts. I also took few high-key photographs and if you follow my blog or my work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, you know that I don't often take high-key photographs.
I had a great privilege to work recently on an artistic photography portfolio for a French actor. While most portfolio photo shoots for actors are quite standard (front face shots and profile shots), we have decided to do something more artistic and unique. So we came up with so many great ideas during the brainstorm session that we had to narrow down the project to 3 thematic shoots. One of them was the Joker photo shoot and as it turned out, the Joker is still alive and he wants to put a smile on your face.
My make-up artistic did a great job with preparing the actor in less than an hour while I was busy fixing my strobe set-up which just broke minutes before (but I managed, hooray!). It took us a couple of hours to get all the different shots we wanted and it was really worth it. Everyone liked the more gruesome, bloody and horror-like shots more than other photographs. It made me really happy because I was afraid at first that these gruesome photographs were in fact too much over the top.
What helped us a lot is that we had a very specific goal and we planned the shoot from the very beginning till the very end - good planning helps a lot during a photo shoot, believe me. Although I still like to improvise during shoots (I do it quite often and mostly during TFP-like shoot for models), I also appreciate a good pre-defined and detailed plan for a photo shoot. The main lesson learned for me from this photo shoot was to be patient to my photo gear and to myself. I often stress out when a client has to wait for me so I can reposition the light, change this or that. However, I have never experienced having an impatient client and everyone appreciates the results at the end.
I love 2 things about blue jeans as a photographer: their color and their texture. Most jeans are in a really nice blue color spectrum and temperature, which is nice to look at and doesn't overpower a subject in an image. Add a nice texture to this pleasant blue color and a good-looking model and you'll have a perfect combination for a photo shoot (not to mention you'll also need good light but it's a different story).
I had few photo shoots during my recent stay in (Gdansk) Poland in March and I asked Diana to be my model for a spontaneous photo shoot in the Oliwski Parc in Gdansk. We had a really nice weather, a bit cold but sunny. Although we met at around 2pm when the sunlight was still harsh, there was a lot of shadow from the trees and bushes which I used in order to get nice soft light on her face. I also used the sunlight as a hair-light. To my surprise, Diana had with her a couple of outfits and after about an hour shooting she told me she had a jeans outfit (jeans trousers and jeans shirt).
We both like it so much that we decided to do the rest of the photo shoot in the jeans and I think it was a perfect decision. I particularly like how the colors of the jeans (both of the trousers and the shirt) and their texture fit into the bright light and spring feeling of the pictures. What do you think? I think these jeans are made for wearing ... especially in spring :)
I was going to update you on this photo shoot already a couple weeks ago but because of an extremely busy calendar and lots of photography assignments recently, I'm able to publish these pictures only now.
As some of you might already know, I spent my summer 2010 holidays in Gdansk, Poland, which is actually not only a beautiful town in the north of the country, but it's also my hometown (surprise, surprise! :) ). I managed to convince my friend to model for me (it actually wasn't so hard to convince her) for a photo shoot at the seaside. I always wanted to do a photo shoot at the seaside :)
Although the shoot was in the evening, the light was still quite hard so we did few shots under a pier and then we moved to a little forest just next to the beach. I used Nikon's SB-900 speedlight for all the pictures taken in the forest and also for few of them under the pier.