How come you never go there

You may recognize the model in the next few photographs. Her name is Charlotte and I’ve shot with her quite a few times already now. I think it’s safe to call her one of the ‘regulars’, as I’ve known her from the beginning of her modeling carrier, back in the day when I was still shooting only digital and flash light. Funny how certain things can change so much and yet other things stay exactly the same. Anyhow, since I usually cast her as this angelic creature with long blond wavy hair, I thought we should mix it up a little bit this time and try something different.

The weather has been very unreliable here lately, so I was looking for an indoor location – but with enough light to shoot natural light. The MAS in Antwerp seemed interesting, even though I never went there before. We went, asked if we could take some pictures, and found ourselves on the eight floor where we had this wonderful view. Shooting this wasn’t easy though. I couldn’t be sure of my focus as I had all this light coming from behind her. Also the windows are bent and there are a lot of lines going on everywhere which makes it a bit more challenging to properly compose. I was also afraid there would be flares on every picture because of the way the light was hitting the lens. But to my surprise, none of this was the case. I’m actually rather happy how these turned out, especially taking everything in account. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Credits
Model: Charlotte @ Model’s Office
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

Blue skies are calling

I think it’s time for another shoot update, no? Last tuesday I had a shoot planned with the lovely Lidia, and I was hoping from the bottom of my heart that it would not rain. I just had to shoot outside. I’m running out of vitamin D. I also think Lidia has such a natural beauty to her that a forest setting would be perfect to shoot her in. And, what do you know, I got lucky. We went to a nearby forest because we were afraid we were going to get rained on, but even though we started out with a lot of clouds, there were even some moments when the sun came out and shared her warmth.

If you notice anything different about these shots, it could be the fact that I got them scanned properly by a lab. I usually use my poor people’s method of just getting prints and then scanning those with an all-in-one printer. It’s actually pretty sad if you think about it. I’ve been shooting analog for one year and a half now, so it really was time for me to find out what real scans look like. And, well, I like it. A lot. They just instantly look so much better to me – especially when you view them large. What do you think?

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Credits
Model: Lidia Nagibina
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal