50 Shades Of Summer

50 Shades Of Summer

A “sunglasses lookbook” inspired photoshoot

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*** This project is shot for the broncolor GenNEXT blog ***

I’ve been wanting to shoot a lookbook with sunglasses for a while – I always had some lowkey obsession with interesting looking sunglasses and I’ve been collecting them for the past ten years now. Since I’ve lately been feeling inspired by approaching my work in different themes and directions, I  wanted to dedicate this blog to one of those. Using artificial light on location is one of those and because it has become so incredibly easy to do with the Siros 800 – I’ve been taking any opportunity so far to practice in any light opportunity out there. With this shoot happening at noon – with what is considered one of those “worst natural light” conditions (or it used to be for me at least). Another motivation and inspiration behind this shoot is trying new themes – as I usually shoot  a lot of fantasy inspired work - and I had been collecting a lot of interesting styling in various second hand stores over the past year or two just for that purpose alone.

I asked my model, Saida, if she was down switching the concept of the shoot the evening before and go outside for it instead – which she happily agreed too and we met up in Antwerp city itself. My initial idea was to use a lot of interesting angles, capture the buildings in the backdrop and really give it an urban vibe. But when we went to the first location -  I saw there was a ferris wheel which served as an even better backdrop. After shooting the first set there, in the full sun – we decided to go to another location about 50 meters further as the weather was getting too warm for us to handle. Which ended up being even better than my first idea and we inspired on the spot on how to work it all out, resulting in the remaining results

For all of these I only used a single light, a siros 800 with a 60x100cm softbox , which is what allows me to work in almost any light situation – be it in the full sun like with the ferris wheel or as either a fill in light for the softer sets. Or even to create strong, dramatic light. It’s versatility is incredible awesome and allowed me to create a range of images that are pretty awesome, despite it being just a two-woman team on set where I had to take all creative direction on me. I did forgot my weights for the tripod so we had to slightly improvise to ensure my tripod wouldn’t trip.

Everything is shot in HS (high speed) as I prefer working with a wider aperture, with all of those being shot with a 50mm and an aperture from 1.4 to 1.8 , resulting in a beautiful bokeh in the background.


Shot on a 5D mark II with a 50mm 1.4
Lights used is by a broncolor 800 with a 60x100 cm softbox

Edited in Capture One Pro & Adobe Photoshop

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Some behind the scenes, including “Edward The Duck” we was hanging out with his ladyfriend “Eufrasie” (not pictured) with us for a while.

The Silver Spine & Baroque Bodies (NSFW/Nudity)

The Silver Spine & Baroque Bodies

Working with Ivory Flame has always been a big dream of mine - which came true (just) a year ago where we created some of my favorite images still to date. We spoke about working again somewhere in 2018 when she would be in Belgium maybe, but our schedules didn’t really align for her or me, so we where just waiting for a better time. Until Ivory Flame saw that I had again some of the amazing masterpieces of Eero Hintsanen here in my studio which I was going to shoot. Over Instagram she got in touch with me asking if we could work something out and I guess - needlessy to say - I was really and totally up for that without a question! So she decided to literally hop over from the Netherlands for just a few hours of creative work.

These days I rather only work with people who really understand what I’m going but also have their own vision and aesthetic of the process and this is one of those shoots. We had less than 2 hours that day, as the train got delayed and she had to catch her last train back to the Netherlands for a really awesome shoot with Nona Limmen the day after so it was a very quick shoot with very little preparation. We did go over some ideas as we both wanted to shoot it nude and use the human body as a(n almost abstract) canvas. But I also wanted to use some of my favorite colorgels to enhance the beautiful designs Ivory Flame brought with her from the equally amazing designer Emiah.

I kind of really love short, powerful sessions like this. It doesn’t leave time to mess up and at the same time it’s a whirlwind of creative energy with some supertalented people. We ended up creating these baroque inspired images featuring curves, dramatic light and the fine art nude I love so much but also these almost fantasy-wisp vibes with flowing robes.

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Credits

Model - Ivory Flame
Jewelry - Eero Hintsanen
Lingerie & Peignoir - Emiah

Lights provided by broncolor
Edited in Capture One Pro & Photoshop

From our very first shoot, I never shared these but I hope you will enjoy a little throwback nonetheless! Featuring work from my Arcadia series: with all the armor, redheads wielding swords and being epic - but also some kaleidoscope and fractal work. And Eden Project, basically everything I’ve been working on for a while and which I’m still working on to this date.

Credits

Model - Ivory Flame
Heart Necklace - Madonna Enchanted
Collar - Monarque Jewels
Black Lingerie Set - Emiah
(Cathedral) Halo - Hysteria Machine
Armor - Mytholon