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.

Yaelle at the Serpentine

Had a short impromptu shoot with Yaelle a while ago when I was in London visiting my sister. The outdoor Serpentine Gallery seemed like an interesting location, and it was. Too bad we had little time left before dark and that the weather gods weren’t with us: it kept raining incessantly! That couldn’t spoil the fun, though. :)

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