October 8th, 2012
I decided to share far more pictures than normal with this set. More shots mean a weaker selection but I thought it worthwhile sharing my evolution to some of the images plus my choices and the reasons why I chose them. So I apologise if you are on a slow connection but I hope the subtlety between frames is a worthy subject to study.
Now these pictures are what I call viewing files. Straight from Lightroom 4.2 without any Photoshop or skin softening. This is the standard I show my clients and then I work further on any that they buy for their album or folio. Prints are usually on art paper from 16 bit tiffs. What you see here is pretty much what I saw in camera on the shoot.
I drove my ‘cool’ new Fiat 500 to Cologne a couple of weeks ago just for the fun of it. My reason for the trip was to spend time at Photokina and to enjoy the delights of Belgium too. I’ve long been a fan of cities like Antwerp and Brugges and my trip to Cologne gave me good reason to pop in on and spend time with some amazing photographers. I stopped by Luc Peters sensational studio in the heart of Antwerp and was treated to a fabulous dinner in the restaurant opposite. The man is an inspiration on every level.
I then had a trip to De Haan to meet up with Tom Museeuw. I met Tom on Twitter and we struck up a relationship straight away. Tom is the master of reflectors and is rightly sponsored by California Sunbounce. Tom also has some Lupolux spotlights so we decided to set up a creative continuous light shoot. Tom mainly shoots children’s fashion and shoots more than 30 catalogues each year. You can follow him on twitter as @fotofolio. Boudoir was right out of Tom’s comfort zone and I admire that he agreed to give it a go. Tom booked me into the fabulously eccentric guest house Chant d’Oiseaux for a couple of nights and we took over the place on the day in between.
I had discussed the possibility of an impromptu shoot in the woods with Tom on the afternoon I arrived (the day before our scheduled shoot) but the sun turned to rain and it became stormy so we soon retreated to the hotel. I was feeling rather despondent at that point but Tom fired me up. The energy and passion of another photographer is such a valuable resource and I must admit the next few pictures are powered by Tom’s drive and determination…
On the main shoot day we started early, selecting locations and rigging a pool of Lupolux lights in the main hallway that we can draw upon as required.
Models: Elke and Arina
Make up artist and hair stylist: Tessie Callens
Photographic partner and inspiration: Tom Museeuw
Photographic assistant and all round great guy: Lieven Hoste
Location: Chant d’Oiseaux
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, 60mm, 35mm and 18mm lenses
All the time Arina and I were shooting together, Tom was shooting Elke. I think he was quite shocked at how hard I like my lighting. I happen to really like the way Tom bends light with reflectors and I made a commitment that day to learn the reflector way.
After the shoot we had a selection of Belgium beers in a beach front bar as we watched the sun going down across the sea followed by dinner with a couple more beers. Vedett (Sister of Duval) was my favourite light beer of the evening. Take a look at the Vedett website, pretty cool stuff.
If you would like to shoot with this simple but effective style then I have just the workshop for you. It is a two day event at a fabulous mansion in the heart of the midlands UK on the 6th – 7th of November. It promises to be my top UK event of 2012. It is called Fusion and brings together fashion, Boudoir, flash and continuous lighting over two days in a well structured and enjoyable way. Read here: http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/fusion_workshops.aspx or contact Blaise on 01275 853204 for more information and to preview our chosen models.
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