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 :
On Saturday September 26th happened the biggest ever edition of Pop in the City, the urban adventure race for women in Europe, gathering almost 700 participants.
It was a good fun to run along the participants from down to dusk and to discover with them the hidden gems of the European capital. The highlight of the day was certainly to photograph them going down a zip-line from the roof of a Basilica from a height of 50 meters.
Photographs from the Holi Fusion Festival in Maastricht – September 12th 2015
This was my 3rd and last Holi Fusion Festival of the summer, this time in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The few drops of rain did not prevent the dutch people to enjoy the party and the event was once again a big success !
I have uploaded a selection of the best pics on this website, and you can also view the full album with many more portraits on my Flickr page
Holi Fusion Festival Maastricht 2015, September 12th
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 !
Photographs from the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven – August 22nd 2015
Once again I had the chance to cover a color festival, this time it was the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I have uploaded a selection of the best pics on this website, and you can also view the full album with many more portraits on my Flickr page
On Saturday September 13th happened the 5th edition of Pop in the City, the urban adventure race for women in Europe. This time it was taking place in Porto (Portugal) and besides visiting the city it was fun to be part of it as a photographer. The event started at 8am in the morning fog of the Rio Douro and ended at night on a private sand beach resort. Demanding, but rewarding…
During the event I had the chance to photograph the participants rappelling from the roof of a 70m tower, to visit the kitchen of a Portuguese restaurant cooking “Francesinha”, and to take wonderful portraits in front of the sunset at the beach. Oh and of course, hundreds of smiling faces…
Shooting at a color festival is a great occasion top take beautiful portraits, but you must be aware that the color powder is a threat for your lens and camera. The powder is as fine as flour and will enter through any gap or unsealed join. It is in fact made of rice or corn flour so at least it is not harmful for yourself. In this article I provide advices to keep your equipment perfectly clean and safe during such an event.