Hi guys, again my apologies for not being so attentive to my blogs. Lots to catch up on! Been travelling too much and working too hard, and besides there's always the time it takes to wait for retouched images from photographers...
Being a frequent traveller to Amsterdam, I have been networking with Dutch photographers on Model Mayhem. Well I've also had one British, an American and a German so I suppose not all completely "Dutch" but one of the native Dutch togs I had the honour to work with was Bart Wilmink from Apeldoorn. After corresponding, we booked a day at his house for 29 May 2010. He was interested in recreating works of artistic photographers like Peter Kemp (emphasis on rich colours with an impressionist painting flair) and John Peri (monochromatic, classy yet sensual nude and lingerie) which was also new to me so it was a pleasant change to do something different. Besides, I'm keen to move into the more "elegant" side of glamour modelling. The "lads mag" culture never really appealed to me.
Bart was kind enough to pick me up from our place in Amsterdam even though it was more than an hour each way to Apeldoorn. Apparently, it's even quicker than taking the train. When we finally got to his place, a rather quiet suburb, we discussed outfits which he has a room full of. I much prefer borrowing outfits for a change as I have never been seen in them and wont in the future. How many annoying photographers have I come across asking me to wear "that outfit you wore in that pic on your portfolio" especially for a TFP shoot!
The setting was already in place at the studio. Table, some ornaments and antique suitcase as a prop with a black background for the Peter Kemp scenario. I chose a gorgeous red basque and knickers set followed by a sexy cherry-red negligee partially unbuttoned in the front. With the negligee, we also shot in the bedroom which was adorned with a beautiful bed spread that looked as if even Queen Beatrix could sleep in it! Then back to the studio, I changed into another basque set but in light turquoise to contrast with the dark background. Then it was nude shoots with me carrying a tray of wineglasses or carrying the suitcase.
After a lunch break, we went back to the Queen Beatrix bedspread and shot with me clad in a black see-thru top and necklace then went downstairs to the lounge shooting by the french window. Then for the rest of the afternoon it was pretty much nude but in various settings with me donning heels and a different piece of jewelry such as pearls and necklaces to add enhance opulence and the classy mood of John Peri's works. Posh glamour so to speak...
Bart was very easy to work with and very relaxing with a great sense of humour. He was well prepared and organised about the shoot and I took his rather direct advice to heart: "CLOSE YOUR MOUTH! You want to look pretty, not cheap!" Well that's years of glamour modelling in England for you haha.
I was quite pleased with the outcome particularly with the nude ones though not too certain about the clothed ones he had edited for himself. Of course, photographers and models usually have differing things in mind for their own porfolios. I had a look at the unedited images and did find quite a few I liked and will be choosing some for him to retouch for me. Look forward to that and will post them up on my sites soon! And thanks Bart, for the day. I would very much like to work again with you soon :)