29 February 2012

Reproduce a photo

A lot of us feel uncomfortable reproducing images. I believe it's a great opportunity to learn. It's how i was able to shoot the above photo. I found an image in a magazine that appealed to me. After carefully examining the photo; what background was used, positioning of the strobes, posing of the model, clothing, make-up, props, etc. it was time to enter the studio.

After recreating the actual example, i decided to change the pose and i ended up with an image i really like.

22 February 2012

Outdoor shooting

It almost looks as if the image below has a lot of post processing done to it. In this case i can reassure you it comes straight out of my camera, just like this. I only reduced sized for web use. I not even cropped it.
A professional model shot outdoors...
I had the pleasure of working with the talented Juan Portones, who helped us set up this interesting setting  somewhere in the city center of Madrid. It was amazing and exciting to see the images on my camera screen. Inspiring to experience how versatile photography can be.

15 February 2012

Don Flamenco

When wandering around Madrid's city center - Calle Leon to be exact - i saw this store full of Spanish sentiment and culture. Don Flamenco, a tiny shoe shop dedicated to nothing more but Flamenco shoes. Once inside i met with this crafts man, that would just be perfect for some business/crafts related portraiture shooting. We talked and agreed upon meeting again with my camera at hand.
Don Flamenco - Madrid
And that is how i ended up with these lovely shots full of Spanish culture. In this shop the final touches are given to the dancing shoes. The production takes place in another location half an hour outside of Madrid. Maybe one day i will have the change to go there and shoot some more shoe loveliness.

For those who want to visit the store in person, i'll leave you with their details:
Don Flamenco
fabricacion artesanal
C/ Leon, 17
28014  Madrid
Spain
www.donflamenco.com

12 February 2012

Beautiful... just the way you are

That is the feeling that came in my mind when selecting my favorite images of this photo shoot. A beautiful woman with sparkling eyes invited me over to her home and let me capture her personality.
Of course we had to get this little white fluffiness in the picture. She was around all the time. So cute...
A quiet moment, with a book in bed.
My friend has been really busy renovating her home. It turned out lovely, white and bright. A job well done! Now it is time to enjoy it.

Doesn't she look like a professional model?
We are all beautiful... just the way we are.


10 February 2012

Cute corners...

When stumbling upon cute corners i always feel this urge to capture the image. It is like bringing the cosy-ness home with me. Just like the other day when i walked out after having enjoyed a delicious breakfast at La Mojigata. They have an inviting chair sitting outside, a perfect match with the neutral colors of the walls and the greenery at the right.
La Mojigata - Madrid
Sharing the happiness with you all here. 
Hoping it will brighten up your day just like it did mine.

06 February 2012

Flowers are a girl's best friend...

The Netherlands are well known for their beautiful flowers. It is the heart of the international floriculture sector. The Netherlands is the place where supply and demand come together. From Europe and beyond. So, it should not come as a surprise that flowers are easy accessible for the Dutch public. How different can be it for the ones living abroad...
Living in Spain i learned that it is not at all as obvious to find a flower shop around the corner. And if you find one, they are most likely to sell plants instead of colorful flowers. So, you can understand that it makes me happy to encounter beauties like these. Luckily i had my camera with me, so i could bring some of the happiness home with me. They were not for sale...

04 February 2012

Colorful studio

The great thing about going to a professional photography school is that you have almost infinite possibilities to try whatever you feel like. Without the cost of having to buy everything one by one, try it and find out wether you like it or not. One day we were experimenting with some colored transparencies in front of one of the flashes. In this case a deep pink one.

It gave the black background a purple haze. It is one of those things i would normally not try (read buy at first sight) but with this model it came out as a perfect match. The background color really highlights the beautiful lips of the model. Besides it is just that tiny bit of color adding an extra spark to the natural colors of the subject.

What would you like to try if you got the chance?

02 February 2012

What story do you want to tell?

The other day whilst looking for a good portrait i realized something that for most photographers is crystal clear: a snapshot is not the same as a picture taken with a purpose. Although it might be obvious what i am sharing here, i do think it is an interesting story. Take a look at both pictures...
Same guy, more or less taken at the same age 
(not even a year difference between both photos).
What are these photos telling you?

To me it looks as if there is a huge age difference between the left photo and the right. At the left, the model looks innocent and young. At the right he looks adult and convincing. Mind you, there's less than a year difference between the photos taken.

A lot of this has to do with the viewpoint i used for shooting the model. The picture at the left is taken from above. The picture at the right a bit from below. But besides viewpoint, the environment and clothing are also very important for capturing the right image.

Both portraits belong to my (and the model's) favorites. However they do not completely meet the demands for what he and i were looking for. That's why i decided to do a shoot dedicated to what the portrait is needed for. Taking into account the story that needs to be told and the image we want to communicate.

I will be sharing the new photos soon.