Pink is my favorite crayon

There are two kinds of photographers: those who prefer to shoot black and white, and those who prefer to shoot in color. Even though I really like black and white at times, I will always prefer taking a good color photo over a monochrome one. It’s of course a totally personal preference, but there’s just something about color that really sticks with me. I guess it just feels more me. And whenever I have the chance to experiment with some color, I just get happy. Color makes me happy. So here’s some experimenting with a pink background with lovely and sweet Marie.

Credits
Model: Marie @ Flag Models
© Els Vanopstal

Marie on Polaroid

So yesterday I had a shoot with lovely Marie from Flag Models. I haven’t been doing much portraits this year and I thought it was high time to change that. Marie was such an inspiring model, that I even took some polaroids! And with my ever shrinking stash of the stuff, that is saying something. Anyway, I took two polaroids and then bleached the negatives, the results of which you can see here. :)

Renée under the cherry trees

Each year the blossoming cherry trees in my street provide the perfect location and inspiration for some portrait shoots. This year I was happy to shoot with Renée, a model I’ve known for what feels like ages. Our last previous shoot is still one of my absolute favorites, and I was surprised to find this shoot took place four years ago already! Time really does fly. Just like cherry blossoms.

Credits
Model/ MUA: Renée @ Flag Models
© Els Vanopstal

At the heart of it all

It is true: shooting digital is faster, easier, safer and gives you a whole lot of frames to choose from. There are times when I feel my film camera is just weighing me down, and as it is also heavy and slow, it has been getting left behind quite a bit lately. But honestly, when I think about it: I just can’t get over film. I just love the emotion of it. And while I love my 6×7 camera (Mamiya RZ67), maybe the square has had me from the start. So here is one from the archives, with model Renée Van Osta and makeup artist Kathleen Van Walle.