Starstruck

“Starstruck”

A collaboration between corset designer Valkyrie Corsets & goldsmith Eero Hintsanen

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I had been following Valkyrie Corsets her work for a while now and when we got in touch on Insagram, the place where all the cool people hang out still online, I was stoked to hear she wanted to send me one of her gorgeous designs and above that, a make a made-to-measure corset for my petite model My Fragility. Cue the awesomness and cue the hype! Especially when my dear Eline Deblauwe wanted to join us to make something bold, colorfull and alien come to life. I knew I wanted to do something alien. That’s basically what me and My Fragility always go for, so no surprise there. I’m really happy that Valkyrie Corsets trusted me with this and of course, that Eero as usual just let me go wild with his pieces. Obviously, more to come. One cannot shoot this piece a single time. But for now, I hope you like this take on some “alien showgirl from outer space making y’all starstruck” . Over & out.


Credits

Models - My Fragility
Hair & Makeup - Eline Deblauwe
Corsets - Valkyrie Corsets
Jewelry - Eero Hintsanen
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Gear

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 24-70mm 4.0
broncolor Siros 800 l + Octabox 150cm
broncolor move 1200 + mobiLED with a P45 modifier

Retouching

Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in
Capture One Pro. Cleaning & final toning happened in Photoshop.

Here is a picture heavy behind the scenes of the amazing transformation she went through to make this look come to life!


Backdrops & Abbeys

Backdrops & Sceneries

Because studio’s don’t always need to be inside

It’s one of these ideas I had for a long time, partially out of curiousity and fascination but also because I do like a challenge of working outside my box of creativity and vision - even if I’m not sure if it are my aesthetics. Location is one of those things as a whole, despite many attempts. I’m still a studio-lover mostly - but there is also this subject I’ve seen a few times of people taking backdrops on location and shooting around them. It really fascinated me for the longest of times but I never got around to it honestly. Until I became a Fine Art Backdrops ambassador (thank you again so much for having me!). There was no better time then when I would have these two beautiful backdrops so I decided to just try. It’s only “just a shoot” and if it didn’t work out, we would still have tons of fun and I would have tried something new.

I ordered a new stand online, some clamps and off we went. I did share already the first set “The Witching Hour” - a noir witch-aesthetic filled set featuring some gorgeous jewelry and designs, shot at the day. But this set just felt different and on it’s own, mostly because it featured almost the entire new collection of Church Of Sanctus - who graciously let me borrow it all in name of art (and my crazy ideas) and the jewelry of Eero Hintsanen.

The session itself took a bit of figuring out and while it’s not completely what I had in mind - I really want to try a second concept soon and I do really love the results nonetheless. They where a lot of fun and I love they look just different to what I have created so far.

I used both natural and artificial light for this so I didn’t had too much hassle with the ever changing natural light with the looming storm ahead.

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Credits

Models: Chloë , Anaïs , Tatiana
Styling - Church Of Sanctus
Jewelry - Eero Hintsanen
Backdrop - Fine Art Backdrops
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Gear

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 24-70mm 4.0
broncolor Siros 800 l
broncolor Softbox 60x100

Retouching

Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in
Capture One Pro. Cleaning & final toning happened in Photoshop.

The Witching Hour

“The Witching Hour”

Shooting at a 12th Century Abbey & it’s gardens

What happens if you live an hour from a 12th century abbey? You shoot there. A lot. It’s one of my all-time favorite locations and I actually got more sets planned, yet again.

But first: let me give you some history! The abbey of Villers-la-Ville: it’s an open air museum/monument of an abbey that started being build in the 12th century and was completed 100 years later. It has a rich history and I highly recommend visiting it if you ever have the chance.

On a previous shoot when I had some time over I decided to take photos of the surroundings in the abbey itself to see if there were any other angles I could work at. For a while already I had another idea I thought I could combine so I wanted to have something visual to refer to when working on the concepts in advance.

Fast forward to a few weeks back and I got in touch with Fine Art Backdrops, who created some gorgeous hand painted backdrops. I ended up getting two amazing sets sponsored (and becoming one of their ambassadors!) and I knew this was the moment to set things in motion:

I’m mostly a studio photographer but as artist and professional I always want to keep challenging myself to try out new things – one of those is a concept that intrigued me for a few years now, which is using backdrops on location and shooting with the scenery around it. And there was no better spot to try this out than at the abbey.

I reached out to some of my favorite people to ask if I could borrow styling and both Church Of Sanctus send me almost their entire new “Poseideia” collection and Eero Hintsanen was so kind to send me three of his designs, including his retired longer-then-life-spine necklace. After posting in my model’s group, I got a ton of response and I set out with one of those badass teams to create magic.

But as one do … rookie mistakes happen still: I realised I didn’t check if there where any concerts planned for a longer period of time, something that happens a lot in the summer season there and I found myself with a huge stage in the middle of the part of the abbey I wanted to shoot, blocking nearly every location I had. I quickly improvised and decided to shoot with my Canon 24-70 lens so I could capture as much as possible from the surroundings and go to the gardens after, which where in full bloom and gave an amazing scenery.

Originally, this blog was intended to be to showcase the entire collection with these awesome models and designers involved – but when processing the files, I realised that a specific set stood out. After long consideration, trying out various ways to process it and finally realising I couldn’t combine them – I decided to pick the one set that stood out. Jasmijn – who goes by the model name My Fragility – and I have been working for 10 years together and there is always this chemistry between us where I just let her do her thing and I capture what happens. It’s awesome and this was no exception.

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Credits

Model - My Fragility
Styling - Church Of Sanctus
Jewelry - Eero Hintsanen
Backdrop - Fine Art Backdrops
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Gear

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 24-70mm 4.0
broncolor Siros 800 l
broncolor Softbox 60x100

Retouching

Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in
Capture One Pro. Cleaning & final toning happened in Photoshop.


Since I had only very limited time to shoot these, I couldn’t do everything I wanted as the sun was at it’s highest and was peaking through the “windows” . I wanted to capture as much of the backlight and sunbeams as possible so I had to work quickly. For this I used my trusted Siros 800 with a single softbox (60cm x 100cm) to bring in the fill light for both the set in the abbey as outside in the garden. Everything is shot in HS so I could keep the aperture as low as possible so I would get a soft, hazed background so my model would stand out and I would capture as much of the light as possible. The Siros is an absolute beast and I take it everywhere with me, even if I intend to shoot with natural light only. With this it was absolutely necessary as I wouldn’t be able to get a gorgeous light on her that still works beautifully with the natural light to not overpower it.

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When working in the garden, I switched to a canon 50mm 1.4 lens and kept my settings the same: shooting at an aperture of 1.4 to 2.2 to get this bokeh backdrop. To ensure my images wouldn’t overexpose and become flat – I used the same softbox and my Siros 800 on HS for the entire series of images so my images wouldn’t become flat or overexposed. It also helped a lot to keep a near consistent setting in camera as the natural light was constantly changing due to the storm coming closer.


Some of the locations I scouted earlier - and my original plan. I still hope to shoot this soon! In a week or two I’m back there and I will see what the possibilities are so I can come back shortly after for more of this awesomness. STOKED! Any reason to go there is a good reason as it seriously never gets old.

And some behind the scenes. I have a second set coming up featuring my awesome team & more of the gorgeous designs by both Church of Sanctus and Eero, but that’s for the next blog :)

Ena - Inspired by Ophelia

“Ena”

Inspired by Ophelia and Preraphaelites

People always ask me where I get my inspiration from but honestly: it kind of just escalates and somehow I always end up finding the right locations and people. Call me the luckiest photographer on earth for knowing so many awesome people … This was one of those shoots:

I was working on a new story for the GenNEXT broncolor blog for august, so I reached out to some of my favorite people asking if I could pull any of their awesome designs. One of them is the amazing Eero Hintsanen who kindly borrowed me three of his designs yet again, including this awesome spine necklace I’ve been obsessed with for longest of times. Of course I knew I had to do something more (basically me organising as many shoots as possible …) with it and like many, the aesthetics and story of “Ophelia” deeply inspired me. While originally I had another story in mind involving water with the jewelry, when I heard Mara had a swimming pond I decided to turn things around and shoot there, creating this story with flowers and that slight touch of the macabre with the spine. I love bringing in these small details and I guess my love for the macabre and horror will always kind of creep in (no pun intended).

Also I think one can never go wrong with preraphaelite inspired things. I’ve been branching out a lot lately but this has been a forever love for me since the early days I started doing this. So I’m happy to share this with all of you! Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Much kuddos to my berserk team and the people for having us in their pond!

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Credits

Model - Illyria Okami
Assistance - Chloë
Halo - Honey & Ember
Spine Necklace - Eero Hintsanen
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Gear

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4
broncolor Siros 800 l
broncolor Softbox 60x100

Retouching

Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in
Capture One Pro. Cleaning & final toning happened in Photoshop.

* Click images to enlarge *

Our beautiful location we got to shoot in & a simple light set-up. I used a broncolor siros 800 l with a 60x100cm softbox. Currently my to-go-to setup as it’s so easy and versatile for any kind of shoot.

My models are freaking awesome for doing this. Here is Mara getting ready to go in the pool and Chloë being the assistant-in-peignoir for the second set.

The "Phoenix Gauntlets" Project

“The Phoenix Gauntlets”

A collaboration with Lumecluster

I realised I never followed up on my earlier blog and shared the awesome results that came out of this dreamproject come true: I’m in still in awe I was able to work with Lumecluster, who I have been following for like a decennia by now and her amazing craftmanship. When she reached out to me for shooting these I was in 7th armor heaven and it took almost two years for it to come to actual realisation; but that’s just part of working with artists. One cannot rush perfection.

For this I need to give a huge thank you to my amazing team of models, designers and Eline who was the one-woman-army behind most of these amazing hair and make-up transformations. This was such an awesome project to work and to be able to do it with some of my favorite people in this world is one of those dreams come true.

When we where discussing concepts and ideas, I knew Lumecluster wanted more “traditional” shots, mergen reality with fantasy. Literally making armor wearable. But as usual, things escalated again and I ended up working on a wide range of other themes (mostly that knight-inspired-stuff because that’s what I do I guess …). I reached out to Church Of Sanctus to borrow from her “Celestial Objects” collection as well as Royal Black Couture her “Dark Knight” design to ask if I could borrow from these awesome ladies for the styling. The rest is from my studio’s wardrobe mostly.

There is a big chance I will be working on a second take on the concept, now I’m writing this blog a few months after completion and my personal style has evolved. So who knows what’s going to come soon …

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Credits & Full Project

Model - Luce Del Sole, Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Corset - Royal Black Couture

Model - Chloë Lablanche, Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Suit - Church Of Sanctus , Collar - Raspberry Mazohyst

Model - My Fragility, Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Wings - Sirenpearls

Model - Lady Louiza, Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Dress - Church Of Sanctus

Model - Ardine , Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Dress - Church Of Sanctus

Model - Inez IV, Make-up & Hair - Eline Deblauwe , Dress - Church Of Sanctus
Second look: headpiece Ivy Designs, Kimono - Firebird Fusion

Model & Makeup -Shienra, Halo - Hysteria Machine , Dress & Armor - Mytholon


I also took the opportunity to try out some of these product themes images with my dear My Fragility (light set) and Luce Del Sole (dark set). I wanted to showcase the iridescence and simple gorgeous details and craftmanship of this epic set she made.