Alternative, Cosplay, Fetish, Glamour, Lingerie, Pinup, Portrait and Topless
I'm a photographer based in Belgium.
To be brief I used to define myself as a fetish photographer, but I've noticed over time that the understanding of the fetish genre can differ whether you're in the US, in UK, Germany or elsewhere, to some fetish means only latex. Actually I do not limit myself to the strictly fetish genre but play with & mix different genres such as burlesque, fantasy, cosplay, alternative etc. Sometimes adding one single fetish accessory or piece of clothing to a fashion or portrait photoshoot is enough (think to Helmut Newton's work, which inspired me from the beginnings).
The Villainess project
The Villainess project intends to explore archetypes of femmes fatales and mean female characters as pictured in classic and modern movies and comics in a personal and playful interpretation.
The best keyword to figure out what we are trying to do may be character. When working on a moodboard we try to build some kind of fictional villainess character, when shooting we try to add a touch of drama, our photography relies also greatly on costumes.
On the attitudes generally expected from a villainess, a villainess smokes a cigarette, that's not socially correct these days but the gesture is iconic, a villainess plays with guns and other evil props, a villainess is graceful, seductive and dangerous. This framework allows us a huge range of possibilities and variations, including expressive portraits, imaginative and unusual. Last, our main subject is definitely the femininity.
What we do?
- Personal works (books and exhibitions in project)
- Editorial works
- Works for commercial publications
- Private shootings
Sinical Magazine - April 2016
Femme Rebelle Magazine - June 2017
Nylon Magazine - January 2018
How we work?
All shootings including TFP are made under contract. We require a model release form since we have no time to run after the models to ask for a permission everytime we have an opportunity to publish or sell.
We always work with a professional MUA on the set and often with a hairdresser.
We have developed over time a huge set wardrobe, tens of outfits in the fetish/glamour/vintage/fantasy genres are at our permanent disposal.
We are deeply dedicated to the project, every shooting is planned and prepared in advance. Besides that a cool and friendly atmosphere on the workplace is important to us, having fun at work is our motto.
Finding models willing to work in that niche isn't that easy. That's why we started to look for alt models internationally in Germany, the Netherlands and now UK.
Note that Brussels is only 2 hours away from London with the Eurostar, even lesser with Ryanair. Our planned budget allows us to pay for transportation and accomodation costs when working with interesting models.
Villainess Photography has 7 references; 7 recommended, 0 not recommended, 0 late cancellation and 0 no-show.