I have always been interested in working and collaborating with other photographers. It is always so valuable to see other photographers work and try to get nuggets of information, techniques or inspiration for your own work. This time I had one amazing chance to collaborate with amazing Laura from Sheridan’s Art. Laura is a fantasy art photographer from Belgium and as I was there to do my Chromaluxe workshop I decided to contact her to see if she would be interested about doing a photoshoot with me on my free day, just for fun and to share our passion to make amazing images.
Laura organized one amazing team: Two models Luuk and Thomas (Igni cosplay) to shoot and Jane Von Vintage to do some styling and makeup for the guys. The idea was to shoot the same models and we would then retouch the images with our own styles to see how they would be different.
“To see the difference between 2 artists is not always easy. But when you put 2 of them into the same room with a model, it becomes clear.” – Igni Cosplay (Thomas)
It is always so nice to do collaboration projects like this with amazing people. You learn so much and make friends forever. And this photoshoot was no different. I learned so much and gained a bunch of new friends.
Few words from Laura about collaboration
It’s been a while since I did a collaboration of this caliber; especially with other photographers! Lately (well for a while already) I felt a bit stuck and rooted down trying to find my way again into creating and opening myself and my studio up again to be inspired by others and welcoming them in my artistic mind space.
As a long-time admirer of Antti, I was happily surprised to get an email to meet up when he was in Antwerp for his workshops & spend the day together to create something in my humble studio here at home. Obviously, I said yes & I asked around if some of my main girls could come to hang out with us. I also invited my dear Igni (quickly becoming my to-go-to-male-muse) to hang out with us and create to compensate tour all-feminine-usual team. Also because Igni (Cosplay – aka Thomas) has an awesome Geralt cosplay so that was one thing down as I know Antti can create some really epic cosplay photography. Finally, I ended up with getting Luuk from the Netherlands over last minute with some of his costumes after work obligations came up for my earlier casted model. And last but not least: Jenske from Jane Von Vintage took care of all the transformative make-up stuff and she did her magic on both of them to make it real life.
It was actually really awesome; not only is Antti an amazing guy: he also shared some of his massive knowledge with me which is now literally throwing my entire technique upside down and I’m having so much fun creating again! Also being able to see what he does different then I – and the results that come from the exact same thing – is also super interesting for me to see. So I’m really glad to have experienced this opportunity with him! I cannot recommend hanging out with the creative and positive people enough to create and inspire each other.
So here are the results 😀 There are some similarities in the images but then again lots of differences and our both style is definitely visible in the images.
Be sure also to watch Interview with Laura and Jane Von Vintage from this BTS video of the photoshoot.