Earlier this year I made some self portraits featuring a white background and black paint, and since then I’ve had the idea stuck in my head of making a portrait like this. It’s always interesting to see how an idea in your head transforms when you try to turn it into reality. Victim of choice was Charlotte, who I’ve basically been shooting with since my early photography days (and her early modelling days). Of course Kathleen Van Walle, the only makeup artist who can read my mind, had to be there for the party as well. Another Sunday well spent!
Paint it black
Model: Charlotte Goyvaerts
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal
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There are two kinds of photographers: those who prefer to shoot black and white, and those who prefer to shoot in color. Even though I really like black and white at times, I will always prefer taking a good color photo over a monochrome one. It’s of course a totally personal preference, but there’s just something about color that really sticks with me. I guess it just feels more me. And whenever I have the chance to experiment with some color, I just get happy. Color makes me happy. So here’s some experimenting with a pink background with lovely and sweet Marie.
Model: Marie @ Flag Models
© Els Vanopstal
So yesterday I had a shoot with lovely Marie from Flag Models. I haven’t been doing much portraits this year and I thought it was high time to change that. Marie was such an inspiring model, that I even took some polaroids! And with my ever shrinking stash of the stuff, that is saying something. Anyway, I took two polaroids and then bleached the negatives, the results of which you can see here. :)
If you know my photography a little bit, you might know I have a thing for flowers. It wasn’t always that way though. Back when I was a teenager, my parents had a flower shop and I, well, I wasn’t very fond of it. I remember sitting in our living room filled with flowers during holiday season and absolutely hating it. Now I think I would have loved it and would have spent all day photographing it. People change, I guess. Well, at least I have.
So after visiting Iceland three times (obsessive much?), my next mission was to get there during lupine season. Nature is fickle so you can never be sure of anything to be a certain way on a certain date… But I got lucky. When I went there with three friends a couple of weeks ago, everywhere we went we saw fields and fields of these purple flowers. I guess that’s another one to cross of the bucket list. :)