Florida grapefruit at Wasbar

Florida pompelmoes evenement in Wasbar Gent

Monday I was asked to shoot the smoothie workshop of Florida grapefruit in the Wasbar in Ghent.

It felt a bit like summer in the wasbar, with the smoothies made by Bart of Bartenders on the road. One of the perks of being the photographer, you get to taste everything.

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Engagement shoot 1920’s style: Mattias and Adinda

Mattias en Adinda 1920's themed engagement shoot on film

A little over a month ago when I launched my second I shoot, you decide, I got contacted by Mattias and Adinda. They are getting married in August and wanted to have an engagement shoot with the resulting large print to fill a hole on their wall.

Their wedding will have a retro theme, so they asked if I could do a shoot in 1920’s style. I loved the idea and we started researching and preparing the shoot. (Thank you Pinterest)

Fast forward to last sunday, we all ended up in the Jazz club – café Minor Swing in Gent. Not only were Mattias, Adinda and I present, but we also had a lot of great help from stylist Linda Van Waesberge and my girlfriend Sara. I would like to thank them both for being there, because without the outfits and props of Linda and the assistance I got from Sara, the shoot would have been very different.

Some technical info: 1920’s means film and even film noir, so I used my Mamiya RB67 and some black and white Rollei Retro 80s film. I also needed some flashes and my newest addition a smoke machine. We didn’t manage to shoot a behind the scenes video, but I’m pretty sure that Sara will put some behind the scenes photos on her blog, later this week.

Monday I developed the rolls, because when I looked at the digital test photos, I knew it would be an awesome result. But I’ll let you jugde for yourself, don’t hesitate to give me some feedback in the comments.

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Cinemagraphs in product shots

Nespresso Linizio lungo product shot animation

Whenever Sara receives a new product to review on her blog. I’m the one taking the product shots. Mainly, because it allows me to play and experiment with new things.

Something I was thinking of trying since I saw it are cinemagraphs invented by “From me to you”. Cinemagraphs are photos but with subtle motion in. It fascinates me, so I tried it out myself.

Campbells product shot animation

Although I’m not yet where I want to be, I do like the results. I would like the motion to be more subtle, but I can tell you it’s not easy creating these photos. If you want to do it with products it takes time and preparation. Anyway it’s really fun to do and I’m sure there will be more product shots like these.

Lunch beat: Party during your lunch

"Event photography: lunch beat with dj vineyard

Yesterday, Sara saw a tweet from @BartVandeVel, who needed a very last minute photographer for event photography during Lunch beat. I quickly responded and that’s how I ended up in Hotel Thon 2 hours later.

Event photography: lunch beat

Lunch beat is a party with a DJ, food and non-alcoholic beverages during 1 hour over lunchtime in a fancy location. About 150-200 people went completely crazy and had loads of fun yesterday. It was great fun to watch and photograph.

Some of my photos also got published in some Belgian newspapers like HLN.be, La Dernière Heure and Le Soir.

Event photography: lunch beat

You can learn more about the concept over at Lunch beat and for the complete set of photos, check the Lunch Beat facebook album

Electric car in Brussels

Electric car of ABB

Once in a while, everything seems to work out, just as you hoped. This was the case when ABB asked me to shoot an event featuring their electric car in the Jubelpark in Brussels.

The Nissan Leaf had just been cleaned, the location was gorgeous and the evening sun was casting a marvelous light on the arc. The only thing I could think of was, putting the car in a good position and start shooting. The only thing that could go wrong, would have been when the law passed by.

A quick edit in Lightroom and you get a result, that not only pleases your client, but also gives you a nice portfolio image. That’s all it takes sometimes.

Large format camera experiment

Large format camera portrait, Filip Bunkens

When I got some expired large format (4×5 inch) Polaroid film from Helena, I immediately wanted to experiment with it. Sadly enough I don’t have a large format camera, but I know people that do.

After a bit of texting back and forth, I met up with Ian and his Toyo 4×5 large format camera. We set out to create some large format portraits in the city centre of Ghent. It took all our combined film photography knowledge, but we managed to get some usable portraits.

Large format camera portrait, Ellen

We wanted to have everything ready before we started taking portraits of passers by, so off course I had to be the subject, as you can see at the top of this article. After we got it all working, we started to ask strangers to pose for a portrait, Ellen was so kind to help us out. Although the print is a bit light, because of the unpredictable expired film, I still like it. It may well be that it’s only because it was my first time using a large format camera.

Anyway the experiment was a success and I have something new to add to my wishlist. I really want to have and use one of those cameras.

Although not yet with a large format camera, take your chance to book an analogue portrait shoot. You get a signed large darkroom print and decide afterwards what it’s worth to you: More info

[PitsLamp shorts] iMinds advertising banner

iMinds advertising photo

In October the independent research facility IBBT changed it’s name to iMinds. They hired me to do some advertising photography for the resulting campaign.

This image was shot on a green key and extracted in Photoshop so it could be used in the design.

Don’t forget you can still book a portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info

[PitsLamp-shorts] Couple portrait Elke & Gerrit

Couple portrait Elke and Gerrit

Another portrait taken during the “I shoot, you decide” series in december. Elke and Gerrit asked for a couple portrait shoot.

Book your own portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info

[PitsLamp shorts] Portrait C.

I shoot, you decide: Portrait Caroline

During the first installment of the I shoot, you decide I photographed C. and this was the A4 photo she chose.

Book your own portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info

I shoot, you decide II: Large portrait

Book now a portrait and decide the cost later

Starting from now till the 10th of february you can book a portrait session and decide the price yourself.

Like last time there is a fixed package, but you can order extra portraits if you want.

The “I shoot, you decide” package contains:

  • A black and white fotoshoot (portrait, family, couple,…)
  • on location (at home, work, in the park, …)
  • A contact print with all the photos
  • 1 handmade and signed darkroom print in a size of 50x60cm on quality paper.

If you have questions about how this all works, you can check out the following blogposts FAQ: I shoot, you decide or I shoot, you decide: the results. But if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to qsk them.

Book the shoot now by filling out the contact form or call me at +32 486 36 29 61