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.

A dress fit for my warrior queen

I have a lowkey obsession with the designs from Fairytas, a Netherlands based designer who is specialising in fantasy couture. Over the time we got in touch with another and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on a variety of personal projects since then. When I reached out to her for a project, she offered me probably one of my most favorite designs I have ever worked with in my ten years of doing this: this gorgeous red and gold set, fit for a queen straight out of the Seven Kingdoms and universes beyond where warrior queens and shieldmaidens rule the earth.

I knew when I saw it I also had to use it for my “Arcadia” series and some bits and pieces in between. Forever inspired that I am and making time for “just one more concept”. Who needs sleep anyway when you can shoot epic designs right?

For this I reached out to my muse and dear friend, Mara (Illyria Okami) - with who I had discussed already that one day we had to do our iconic “Supremacy” image again - for the Arcadia series as well. It kind of escalated from there on in shooting for my “The Eden Project” (<—- nsfw link) and since I had this new, beautiful backdrop I decided I needed some tests on that as well. Since I know Mara pretty well, we ended up shooting all of this fairly quickly. Editing also went as a breeze and that’s how I ended up with a ton of images again I want to share on this blog with all of you today!


Credits

Model - Illyria Okami
Costume (corset, skirt & cloak) - Fairytas
Armor - Mytholon
Circlet - Ayalgas
Photography & Edit - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art


Gear & Post-processing

Everything is shot with broncolor. Mostly my siros 800 with an octabox and for the single (last) shoot I used a small stripbox to add that blue light as a contrast. I also used a giant reflector for the darker parts of each session to just bring in a bit of light and detail.

Most editing happened in Capture One Pro. Photoshop was used for any graphical elements, cleaning up the image, adding texture and minor clean-up.

Everything is shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm 1.4


Stars & Blossoms

Between Stars & Blossoms

Could you set up a shoot in less then 12 hours? I thought I would put it to the test again and give it a go! I’m incredibly blessed to have an awesome inner squad who’s always down for those crazy ideas I have and usually need to happen asap. Partially because I can rarely wait but because this time: those gorgeous blossoms wouldn’t bloom much longer. Cue some sirens, my lack of keeping track of seasons always end up rushing shoots because flowers don’t wait for my lack of preparations. I had a blast though and I had some lovely people on set!

For this shoot I decided to take out my (temporarily) retired “Starry” - this gorgeous dress by Alice Corsets I saved up a long time for and had in my possession since last summer somewhere. I just wanted some really ethereal and beautiful with a contract against the pink flowers. I was lucky to have Saartje on set for this and this beautiful white wig from Websterwigs to bring in that final touch to finish the look.

This set was shot a few months back now I think and I was still heavily experimenting with using artificial light on location - so this was one of those trial and errors and making it happen times! I enjoyed it a lot though. For the first set I used a light pink set to enhance the colors of the flowers a bit, for the second I decided to go for a deep purple and saturate the colors in post-processing. The first set I was more inspired by these vintage postcards so I made everything just more muted and soft.

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Credits

Model - Lady Louiza
Corset & Cloak - Alice Corsets
Makeup - Saartje Van Den Haute
Halo - Honey & Ember
Photography - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan's Art

Gear

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4
broncolor Siros 800 L
Modifier: broncolor softbox 60x100 cm

Retouching

Raw post-processing was done in Capture One Pro
Final color toning, clean-up and alterations where done in Photoshop

Here are some quick behind the scenes I made:

The Dirty Playground

The Dirty Playground

About trying to shoot in the rain and ending up playing in pools

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I’ve been wanting to shoot in the rain again for ages - but it’s just something I never got around too despite the belgian weather being ever changing and mostly pretty grey. So we had this great idea eventually to track the rain for two days, plan out everything to be out on set at 6am as it was raining like crazy the days before … Only to end up with some drops and nothing else. So far our idea. And not only that: we found the road being under construction so we couldn’t get to our location as well - which was this very industrial, abandoned looking place on the road.

Just when we wanted to turn around and find a different route, I saw this empty looking industrial terrain with this giant pool and bunches of trash and dirt. And somehow, it clicked in my brain. We decided to shoot right there and then in the water. We didn’t get the rain we hoped for but we sure had some water to play with. Improvise, adapt, overcome. That’s the fun part about being able to create without pressure or expectations from clients.

This entire set was pretty much for out of my comfort zone, both aesthetic and location - but also as I was very unfamiliar with the modifier I was using: the broncolor p45 with a grid (on a siros 800 l). But that was and still is my intention these days: stagnation is a creativity killer and won’t make you grow as artist. I realised that if I wanted to get better at my craft, I need to do everything that I usually don’t do. And I ended up having the time of my life honestly with it! I really love the results and it may not be something I do a lot as my heart lies with studio still - this shoot has inspired an upcoming GenNEXT blog I am DYING to share - all thanks because I tried out that p45 modifier.


Credits

Model - Chloë
Styling - Me & Chloë
Assistance - Sofie from Cosblossoms
Photography & retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Gear used

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4
broncolor Siros 800l
Modifier: P45 with a honeycomb grid

Retouching

Raw post-processing was done in Capture One Pro
Final color toning, clean-up and alterations where done in Photoshop

Product Photography: Raspberry Mazohyst

Lookbook: “Ghastly Bathory”

By Laura Sheridan
in collaboration with Raspberry Mazohyst

The same piece worn by My Fragility in a beauty project. Hair &amp; Makeup by Eline Deblauwe.

The same piece worn by My Fragility in a beauty project. Hair & Makeup by Eline Deblauwe.

I realised I never shared one of my favorite collaborations ever with Raspberry Mazohyst - an amazing Polish designer who walks the line between the dark fashion and fetish aesthetics. I’ve been admiring his work for a long time and I had the pleasure of collaborating with him on a variety of projects in the past year or two ro so. Thought this was the first time I photographed one of his collars in all it’s pure and simple glory and it’s still one of my favorite projects to date.

There is something about his designs that make my heart sing: I love the aesthetics that fetish fashion has but it has to have that line of sensuality and indepence, beauty and strength. I wanted to capture that yet also enhances the materials he uses in his work. Since he uses a lot of hardware and pvc in his work, I wanted to do something very clean lit to embrace and enhance his vibes, while keeping the colour pallete to an absolute minimum to not have any distractions.

The first set I did was shot on my black mannequin against a black backdrop; this resulted in a very chique and luxury kind of feel - exactly what I was going for. The second set I shot on a piece of black plexi with one light source to show the transparancy. One detail I absolutely love is his branding on the side, which also made for an awesome detail shot.

For more work you can check out my Jewelry gallery or follow my related IG account here.

If you’re a designer & are looking for images like this for your webshop and social media, don’t hesitate to get in touch! I would happily work out a special concept just for you!