A new chapter

Nobody evolves by standing still and you can learn only from your mistakes. Right now, this summer of 2018: I'm going to be 2 years in official full-time business. In the first weekend of september I opened my little studio officially.

It's still one of the best life decisions I've ever made and I'm stoked to see what the next two year will bring me! But I focus on the present now, as that will shape how my future will look like. This summer I've deliberately took it slower on the client front because I feel I needed some time to focus and revisit what the past two years have thought me:

One major change is a realisation I spoke about in today's mentoring class I was teaching as well: "You get what you pay for" ; something we often use in relation to products we buy and what quality we (didn't) get. It's also used sometimes in relation to the services - to both validate why we paid so much for something or to take action if it's not what we wanted.

Because of that and taking everything that happened in retrospect I've decided to at least double my prices for my portraiture services from the 1st of september 2018 on. This is for a multitude of reasons: What I offer with my studio has been tripled in wardrobe and technical quality and material ; especially now I have the honour to work as Gen NEXT ambassador for broncolor - allowing me with some of the best gear currently available on the market.

On the other hand - I've also come to a new realisation: you get what you pay for and I've decided that my time has become to valuable to spend too short on what I offer after ten years of non-stop practice, upgrading, educating and growing myself as a professional. Because of that I've decided to take on a certain amount of personal sessions each month, pre-planned so I can deliver a level of quality and service I've only been dreaming of so far. It will allow me to not spend a set amount of time, but up to a day easily to create stunning imagery that is worthy of being printed and framed or even mounted on big format to hang in your living room or bedroom, because the art I create for you has to live outside your screen.

I want to create each portrait like a piece of art, that will not grow less valuable as time passes by but will be a piece that can be passed on. And not only as a final product; I want to approach each of my bookings like I do my personal work: with research, preparations, have the time for a consultation and even the opportunity to bring in new pieces which they can shoot as first for an unique concept that has not been done before. Creating moodboards and themes, coördinate each session like it's a high end commercial production.

I want my sessions to become a real experience - even more than what I already have been offering so far and bring in details and a service I have been dreaming of. From beginning, with the preparations and during each session and after.

And I can only do that if I start valueing what my business is worth - and after two years of welcoming clients from all over the world: Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Finland, Slovakia, ... It's time to start a new chapter. And it's going to be so worth it.

You get what you pay for.
I want it to be priceless from now on.
With no exceptions anymore.

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"Bizarre Romantique" - A Makeup Collaboration

I rarely shoot for others on a collaborative base anymore; especially when it doesn't involve designers. However, exceptions can always be made when they they either greatly inspire or when I love the one who contacts me dearly. In this case it was a matter of both + a great deal of gratitude and this is the amazing result! This is "Bizarre Romantique" - a project entirely created by Jane Von Vintage for her portfolio and her very first publication in Femme Rebelle (March 2018, Book 1). Jane took care of everything: from the concept & casting to preparing everything else art-directory wise. She borrowed a wig and a dress from my wardrobe to complete the look and concept. And last but definitely not least: she did the makeup look on the beautiful Nymphiah who came from the Netherlands to make this concept happen.

My part was only photography & editing the project as she also took everything else under her wings: including the selection of the final shots. I haven't done much of these yet on a collaborative base, but it's really refreshing sometimes to "only" take care of a small part and do a collaboration almost as a paid job. I do am really happy with the results and I hope you like them too!

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"Bizarre Romantique"

Concept/Make-up - Jane Von Vintage
Model -
Nymphiah
Wig - Webster Wigs
Photography & Edit - Sheridan's Art

*Click on the photos to enlarge*

And as published in "Femme Rebelle" - March 2018; Book I

Retouching Commissions

Retouching Commissions

Art, Fantasy & Portrait Retouching

In the past month I received a lot of inquiries regarding "if I also retouched other people their work" ; something I was both surprised as happy to receive: I've been doing these kind of assignments for the past year I've been in business and I've had my portfolio up for a while together with that as well. Maybe it was because I never (was allowed to) share more about it or simply me overlooking it in more detail ... Either way; I'm happy to get messages like that. Because I always love doing these kind of commissions! Retouching has become one of my biggess passions over time & I would absolutely love to make this a more prominent part of my business.

In my genre & style; I've mostly specialised myself in (natural) portrait retouching as well as achieving a beautiful fantasy like theme or painterly kind of look. Most of my past commissions have been that as well: turning simple studio photos in galaxy themed promotional material or old paintings or a recent job where one of my dear friends Aeons Of Silence wanted her photos to turn into a fairytale themed setting with a friesian horse (photos below).

If you're curious, you can find my retouching portfolio here & if you have a project you want to work on together with me, feel free to contact me to discuss things!
 


Photos above: Model Aeons Of Silence with Arion
Photos below: by/for Miss FD
Retouching by me

Client Commission: Skull Special & Osipa

Kim is one of my lovely clients who had booked two specials of mine: one with the epic Skull make-up by Kika Von Macabre & a second special with the design of one of my favorite designers Agnieszka Osipa Couture. I'm finally able to share these results which I'm absolutely in love with! Shooting these special kinds of commissions are one of my favorite things to shoot these days, allowing all the creativity and working to the tiniest details possible.

if you're interested in your own session, I'm taking bookings for the summer! Just contact me through the contact form on here & we can work something out.


Credits

Model - Kim
Halo & Chestpiece - Hysteria Machine
Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Credits

Model - Kim
Couture - Agnieszka Osipa
 Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Mytholon Lookbook 2017

Shooting for Mytholon

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be posting this blog exactly a year later I wouldn't have believed it. But its here and its real & its awesome!

A while ago I purchased my very first set of armor from Mytholon to start my "Arcadia" series. Due to a simple tag and a message shortly after (followed by many weeks & months of preparations); it happened: I was shooting the catalogue and promotional material for Mytholon. For someone in the fantasy industry & aspiring to progress further; this was a dream coming true! Who else can say they shoot elven warriors and mages for a living right?

After a long casting process, I got to work with some amazing new people and some familiar faces: Alain, Peter , Dorian, Gwen & Loes. The entire wardrobe (except for 2 pieces) is provided by Mytholon ; including all the armor, weapons, staff & details. Only the branches crown from Hysteria Machine for our mage & a simple golden crown from Pendulous Threads aren't from them.

It was one of the biggest challenges ever so far, but in the end it all came together so amazingly and I'm so excited to be finally sharing this set with all of you! I had to keep it under wraps for a while ... soon I should have some of the marketing material featuring my work and I hope to share those shortly as well!  For now, I hope you enjoy!

If you're a designer or brand looking for an unique lookbook like this, please don't hesitate to get in touch! My services are available for a wide variety of budgets and styles.

The Goron Chronicles

The Goron Chronicles

Meet Cornish landlord Goron as he is forced to fight for king Mordred against evil forces threatening the kingdom. After fierce battles on the cornish coast, Goron returns as a true hero. Being jealous of his success Mordred sends out Gwenora, a blue witch, to seduce Goron to the dark side, turning him against his own people. Torn between two worlds, Goron ultimately finds the power to confront Gwenora in an ultimate battle.

Will he succeed ?


This has been a project in the making for many months and one I deeply cherish for it's adventure, meaning, challenge & opportunity. It all started when my warrior "Goron" (aka Wim), turned 50 and decided that he had to celebrate this occassion in a very special way. Before I knew it, I was shooting a real life myth at Tintagel castle, many miles away from Belgium in England under his command.

Aging is something none of us likes to do and seeing how he dealed with it was so absolutely amazing and so inspiring. We called it "dealing with a midlife crisis the good way" and its definitely I'm aspiring to do now as well once I hit those dreaded life-marks!

It all started many months back when my dear friend Saida (you all know her as Ophidia) asked me if I would be interested in shooting her father with the rest of the family in a "Game Of Thrones" styled setting for his birthday. Needless to say, the answer was a big yes and wheels set in motion.

Before I know it, I found myself at their home discussing the details as no effort would be to much: we where going to England, Cornwall to be specific, to shoot the project. Together with me was Kika, who was going to be our makeup mastermind who was invited as well. Fast forward, a purchase of armor later (last-minute) & a bunch of preparations we headed off to Cornwall for an entire week to shoot the series.

It was amazing. Every second of it.  Even though I was also really nervous. I had no clue what to expect, what the locations would be, how I would be able to pull off the story over so many days ... not to mention, would I be able to bring it all together later? What if the shots didnt match up? What if the story didn't unfold? What if I couldn't pull it off technically? What if the weather was bad?

There where so many things yet once we where there, car loaded to the roof with costumes and props, it all started. We shot it over about four days time, ranging from "our backyard" in Fowey to the iconic place Tintagel. Standing at the edge of cliffs watching over what I only have been reading about with my obsession for the celtic & arthurian mythology (I grew up with "mists of avalon" as bedtime story, over & over again).

Shooting it all was breathtaking, in the end. I had so much fun. I pushed my boundaries. Became a hairdresser on the job (I shaved a viking mohawk hairdo on him!) and shot my first fantasy family portrait. I never shot a project this big, this complicated and this intense. And it was awesome. Receiving a call yesterday that they loved the shots was one of the coolest moments of my life, followed by being able to share these results with all of you!

I hope you find this story of "how someone deals with a midlife crisis at 50" equally as inspiring & I hope you love the shots. Below you can find the "outtakes" that they didn't select for the story, but which I'm allowed to share. This was the coolest job I've ever done and I hope more will come over time!

*Find the behind the scenes here*


Credits

Goron & Family (Wim, Daisy, Nando & Saida)
Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Armor (Leather & Steel), Weapons & Chainmaille - Mytholon
Cloaks - El Costurero Real
Photography & Post-processing: Sheridan's Art