The Pin-Up Days are photography events that bring together models, photographers, MUA and hairdressers in the Netherlands. The event is free of charge and is remarkably organized by the model Kim Deferm, and everyone contributes on TFP basis. The first events were focused on the Pin-Up theme, but they are now getting more diverse, with for instance candy or film noir themes.
A typical Pin-Up Day gathers about 5 photographers, 5 models, and 3 MUA/hairdressers, and lasts from 10am till 6pm. Some clothes, accessories, and props are provided by the organizer or participants, and even the photographers do not mind to share their equipment. It all goes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where friends are welcome to join. If you are curious about it, I invite you to visit the facebook page of Pin-Up Days where you can see more pics and also the behind the scene.
The picture below features the model Aarti Karmemich, whose make-up is done by Vanessa Jo.
Model : Aarti Karmemich – MUA/hairstyle : Vanessa Jo – Organization : Kim Deferm
Photographing “Music with Strangers” Live at Popei
“Music with Strangers” is a collective of amateurs, yet serious, musicians from Eindhoven. They meet every week to rehearse and teach each other music. The various bands that emerge from the collective regularly play in the cafes of Eindhoven , and twice a year they host a big concert on the stage of the Popei music hall. The venue has a professional lighting equipment and smoke machines, which makes it easy to capture colorful and moody shoots. So here a selection of pictures from their live concert, the pictures are pretty much straight out the camera. The complete photo album is published on my Flickr photostream
For this theme we have chosen to realize low-key images, using a black background and a lighting with high contrast for a dramatic effect. Many people came with make-up and costumes, and we could use the shishas in place of smoke machines! In post processing I added textures to the backgrounds and a color grading to the shadows, and here it is, all the pictures can be found on their facebook page, and here is my selection :
I worked recently on a new collaboration with the Cocktailbar Mundial. It started by taking pictures of the venue, and covering their parties. But a photographer can do more than simply taking pictures to promote such a place, by also being part of the entertainment. This is how we installed a photo booth during a ladies night event, together with the fellow photographer Sahare Studios. The customers loved it so there gonna be more of it in the future !