In April I was asked to photograph a wedding in Malta, and more precisely in the marvelous island of Gozo. The Island of Gozo has kept its authentic flair, and despite being just 15Km long it is rich of impressive locations, making it a paradise for the photographer. There you can find a medieval citadel, nicely decorated villas with swimming pools, beaches with crystal clear water or impressive cliffs. And if you add a beautiful weather and a spontaneous couple, all the ingredients are there to make memorable pictures, which we did ;-). So here is my selection of pics :
Composition – Creating many photographs with different crops of an original
Some of your photographs have the potential to look interesting with many different crops. Of course cropping reduces the resolution of your image, makes the noise more visible and reduce sharpness so you have to judge for yourself how much your are willing to crop.
For this article, I made an experiment with a photograph that I took of the singer songwriter Doctor Robert. There you can see how many variations are possible from a single image, and I invite you to experiment the same with your images.
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
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…