Sunrays and saturdays


Some time ago – I cannot say if it was last week or the week before or perhaps even the week before that; time seems to get all blurred lately – I had my second shoot with the gorgeous redheaded Laura. I like working with models I’ve shot before, because there is already some sort of basic trust established. And trust is something that for me as a photographer is very important. I ask of my models to allow themselves to be fragile, to be open to being photographed as a human being, and not as a strong and perfect model -as they are otherwise mostly asked to. For me it only gets interesting when people let their guard down.  When they dare to be breakable amongst others. This to me, is beauty.

We were shooting in front of a window, when suddenly the sun came out and gave us some beautiful rays of light. This only lasted for a couple of minutes, but I was happy to catch it. And now I have those rays of sun, forever.

Credits
Model: Laura Theys
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

When the dust has cleared (I)

As mentioned before, a while ago I had a shoot with my muses Charlotte & Yaelle. I will start off by sharing some of the analog photos I made with Yaelle, and show some digitals of Charlotte in a next post. The basic concept for this shoot was creating patterns on skin with spices, making them almost look like jewelry. If I recall correctly, I think Yaelle had the ‘honor’ of having black pepper and paprika powder pasted on her skin. Looking back, we could have done this with things that aren’t, well, spices, but the whole point of the shoot was doing something with food. I had to derive from the original concept though (because in my mind everything is possible but in reality this doesn’t always work out that way), so we somehow ended up in a different direction than originally intended. I still like some of the images though, and I did learn a lot from this shoot. And as Edward Phelps said: “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.”

Credits
Model: Yaelle
Make up & hair: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal