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*