A walk between the cherry trees

Hi guys! How are you all doing? Times are so strange right now, it’s hard to wrap your head around it. One good thing though is that over the past weeks, spring has finally arrived in Belgium, which has made being stuck at home 500% more bearable.

One of my absolute favourite moments of every year is April, when the cherry trees in my neighbourhood start to blossom. This time I decided to make a short video while going out to shoot some self portraits early in the morning. The blossoms are gone right now, but I’m really happy I made a video to have a permanent memory of the beauty that I was lucky to be surrounded with for a few weeks.

And here are a few more photos for your entertainment:

I hope you are all doing well and keeping up the spirits! See you next time. :)

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. :)

When you’ve got time on your side

Recently I discovered I have only been photographing brunettes the past months. I don’t know what happened, maybe I was going through a brunette phase, maybe I was sending some weird ‘brunette vibe’, or maybe – and most likely – it was all just a coincidence. But having been blonde deprived well, this entire year, I was very happy to be able to shoot with Camille, a new face at Flag Models. Turns out this shoot with me today was only her second shoot ever. But I would never have guessed. She’s a complete natural. And she looks like Agyness Deyn and Ashley Smith (cute gap between teeth included) melted together. I could not have been happier. If this girl doesn’t make it, I don’t know who will.

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Credits
Model: Camille @ Flag Models
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

We are Spice Girls yes indeed

Last week I had a shoot with my two muses, Charlotte & Yaelle. I have had several photoshoots with them and I never grow tired of shooting them. This time I had a somewhat crazy concept in mind, involving spices and patterns, and I knew they would not mind going along with my craziness. Here’s a small behind the scenes video I made for fun while makeup artist Kathleen was doing her work.