Renée under the cherry trees

Each year the blossoming cherry trees in my street provide the perfect location and inspiration for some portrait shoots. This year I was happy to shoot with Renée, a model I’ve known for what feels like ages. Our last previous shoot is still one of my absolute favorites, and I was surprised to find this shoot took place four years ago already! Time really does fly. Just like cherry blossoms.

Credits
Model/ MUA: Renée @ Flag Models
© Els Vanopstal

Rainy days and origami cranes

What do people do on Sunday afternoons? Exactly. Make origami cranes and hang them up on the ceiling and then take pictures with them! Duh. ;)

I don’t know what it is with me and origami. I just get so fascinated by it. Back in the day when I was still young and innocent and working on my first 365 project, I already had a strange love affair with origami birds. I guess it is just one of those things you can’t explain.

Anyhow, after making some digital self portraits with the cranes, I also made a polaroid self portrait. And while doing that, I also made a behind the scenes video! It’s like I’m three people in one! ;) So here’s a little insight into what goes on in my living room when I get a creative rush.

And here is the scanned polaroid. :)

At the heart of it all

It is true: shooting digital is faster, easier, safer and gives you a whole lot of frames to choose from. There are times when I feel my film camera is just weighing me down, and as it is also heavy and slow, it has been getting left behind quite a bit lately. But honestly, when I think about it: I just can’t get over film. I just love the emotion of it. And while I love my 6×7 camera (Mamiya RZ67), maybe the square has had me from the start. So here is one from the archives, with model Renée Van Osta and makeup artist Kathleen Van Walle.