My time is a little unclear

Ah October. How did you arrive so fast? It just seems like summer has blended into a new season all without me noticing. Or perhaps I’ve just had autumn fever all along…

Anywho, one of my september shoots involved Mats, a new face at Jill Models Agency. This shoot was definitely different, just for the fact that Mats is – obviously – a man. I usually shoot women, but it was high time I did something about that. Perhaps I was afraid my more ‘sensitive’ approach would be hard to match with male models. What do you think?

Credits
Model: Mats @ Jill Models Agency
© Els Vanopstal

One more second and I almost

Alright! Time to get this blog back on track. Lets start by posting some digitals, that’s been a while. I really have a strange relationship with digital ever since I started shooting film. As I said before, it’s so clean, perfect – too perfect. Film just feels more ‘real’ to me. As if it is more capable of capturing true emotion.

But I admit: this may also have to do with how my shooting style changes. When I shoot film, I take it slowly, look down in the camera from a distance, try and get everything perfect – composition, light, the model’s pose and expression; while with digital I shoot more rapidly, trying to catch the perfect moment as it passes by. A film shot is more controlled, more thought over, but also more intense and perhaps therefor harder on the model because it takes a while before I ‘make’ the shot.

And perhaps that is it. I ‘make’ film photos, and I ‘take’ digitals. Sometimes digital can catch a moment I couldn’t have gotten on film. Just the littlest smile, a sudden glisten in the eyes – I could miss all these things looking down into the focussing screen of the mamiya trying to fix the composition. You cannot recreate these little moments. They float by and if you don’t grab them, they’re gone forever.

But both film and digital have their own moments. The trick is learning from their differences and trying to balance taking and making in order to create ‘le moment suprême’. The one split second we’re all waiting for. For everything to just fall into place.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for tonight. I have a feeling this probably won’t make any sense anymore in the morning so… Here are some photos of Charlotte to wish you goodnight.

Credits
Model: Charlotte @ Jill Models
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

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