With time and slight of hand

Yes! The first beach shoot of this year is a fact. Not that this would show in any of the following photographs, because I had a black and white film I first had to finish before we could go play outside in the sand and water. Annelies, a new face from Flag Models, was a great sport. I never shot with her before, and I was pleasantly surprised. I especially like the eye contact she has with the camera. This is something that I always look for. There must always be soul in the eyes. This is not an easy or an always natural thing. But she has it. More Annelies (with beach this time) in the next blog post! Stay tuned.

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

A better way to fall

Today I had another shoot with Yaelle (I think we need to do a book or something), and she asked me why I almost never shoot black and white. My answer was that it just doesn’t really feel like ‘me’. I am a color lover. Shooting b&w could make my life easier (there’s much more choice in black and white film, especially in low light conditions), but in the end I think I should do what I love most. And that is color. I feel like I can love a photo that is in b&w, but I won’t love it as much or as long as I would a color photo. It’s just a personal preference, I guess.

But during a shoot with Pamela a while ago, I found myself to be without color film (after using more of it than I expected to, blame the inspiring model). And what was the only film left lying on the shelf? A black and white Kodak Tri-X film I bought months before, thinking I should really try that one out sometime. But the occasion never occurred until I had no other option…

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Credits
Model: Pamela van Kruijsdijk
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal