showcase brussels issue 245 Nov 2010Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest edition of Showcase Brussels, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Belgian capital's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated film and photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Knitting Against AIDS, 26th November. An exhibition and auction of unique designer scarves, followed by a night of live music and DJs hosted by Rainbow House, with all proceeds going towards promoting HIV and AIDS awareness.
- Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion, MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp, until February 13th 2011. A retrospective exhibition of the work of British milliner Stephen Jones.
Our cover image was shot by Pierre Dal Corso.
- photo agents
C'est Chic Agency Brussels photo agents
C'est Chic is a Brussels-based photography, styling and make-up agency. Created 10 years ago, the company is directed by Belinda Cordier who has over 20 years experience in the fashion and advertising business.
The agency represents artists both in Brussels and Paris and is filled with numerous professional talents. Enjoying the confidence of long-term clients, the agency manages its artists and their productions with an unrivaled passion and prides itself in combining commercial work in advertising and catalogues with a flexible creative approach.
Featured in this Showcase is a selection of recent work from the agency's photographers.
Claudia Trucco Brussels photo agents
Considered Belgium's leading photographers' agency, Claudia Trucco represents a selection of professional photographers specialised in fashion and advertising.
Established 12 years ago, the agency has gained a significant position in the international market by focusing on fashion, beauty, landscape, car and food photography.
Recent advertising productions include the worldwide Sony Reader campaign, shot by Luc Praet in Barcelona, and the annual international Leonidas Chocolates POS campaign, shot by Annabel Sougné (image shots) and Jasmine Van Hevel (product shots).
Lalo Gonzalez shot the cover story for November's issue of Belgian Elle, while Maria Dawlat shot a beautiful series on Parisian rooftops for French Cosmopolitan.
The agency also provides full stress-free production support for its photographers and clients. Visit the website to see more images and to sign-up for the angency's newsletter.
Antonella Baldassare Brussels fashion photographers
Nella Balda (Antonella Baldassare) has been shooting fashion and commercial photography since 2009. She began creating conceptual work in her late teens, moving on to shoot dreamlike romantic imagery and test shoots for professional models. As a result she has developed a very unique style.
Nella's work is inspired by great photographers such as Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Blumenfeld and Ellen von Unwerth, as well as artists including Josephine Wall, Tim Burton and Walt Disney.
Working from Paris to Milan for designers and clients from all over the world, Nella has shot for Dominique modelling agency, IMM Brussels and Elite New York. In what is only her first year in fashion she has already built an impressive portfolio filled with emotional work, and has even begun taking commercial and client commissions. Nella constantly strives for perfection and uniqueness in every shot.
Denia Zerouali Brussels portrait photographers
Denia Zerouali is a French photographer who is based in Brussels. She began her career in France in the 90s where she worked on commercial campaigns for numerous French and international brands. People, and especially portraiture, are her main subjects and through her unique style she tries to gain an insight into her subjects' souls.
Denia also shoots personal projects for exhibitions and was recently chosen by the Belgian Ministry of Science to shoot more than 40 portraits of leading European scientists. The exhibition will be shown in Brussels Central Station until 29th November.
Geert De Taeye Brussels advertising photographers
Geert De Taeye is a creative and multifaceted photographer who shoots advertising campaigns, portraits, landscapes and movie-inspired pictures. This diversity has been essential for the young photographer to distinguish himself and forge a place within a culture dominated by 'the image'.
Geert's approach is subtle and clever; he photographs and rearranges what he sees, reinventing and manipulating what is actually taking place at a given moment in time. He combines flawless techniques with the force of persuasion, irony and empathy. The truth is not always apparent and his work never ceases to captivate.
Visit his website for more information.
SteytPeña Productions Brussels fashion photographers
Laurence Steyt decided to study photography at the age of 16. Since the very beginning she was drawn to fashion photography; the elegance, sensuality, movement, and ever-changing styles and ideas contained in magazine pictures were a big appeal.
After her studies she moved to Paris where she assisted a number of well-known photographers including Tyen, Stratis & Beva, Takay and David Vasiljevic, gaining a huge amount of professional experience and advice along the way. During this period she also met her current photography partner Luis Peña, with whom she began frequently collaborating on a wide range of co-authored work.
Out of the pair's complementary styles SteytPeña was born. Laurence and Luis have been shooting together for almost three years now, creating a fresh and free approach that adds flavour to the detail and a globally conceptual feel. Their skilled lighting techniques and storytelling habits, combined with an ability to understand clients' needs, ensures the creation of any desired environment.
Laurence Steyt won the Weekend Photo Award in October 2010. Visit the website for more information.
Lieven Dirckx Brussels advertising photographers
Lieven Dirckx holds a master's degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Ghent and Reading universities. He has been working with various major creative agencies across Belgium since 1999, but he turned to his true passion in 2005 and currently specialises in advertising, portraiture and fashion photography. He has been able to successfully blend the skill of fine art photography with the rigorous demands of commercial work.
Unlike photographers who limit themselves to only shooting, Lieven’s expertise as an art director and designer have enabled him to deliver projects from beginning to end, blending lighting skills with knowledge of design, retouching and concept development. By going beyond the image Lieven has provided his clients with limitless opportunities to take their creative concepts as far as their imagination will let them.
His clients include Coca-Cola, Eurostar, Dupont, Saab, Lycra, Massimo Dutti, Greenpeace, Hema, Daskalides, Tucrail, Optima, Sabato, The Flemish Government, City of Ghent, Esko Artwork, Wolters Kluwer, and many more.
Mike Van Cleven Brussels advertising photographers
Mike Van Cleven began his professional photography career in 2002 and quickly matured to receive solid recognition in Belgium. His work - both cinematographic and moving - received tremendous recognition in his early years through multiple cover and editorial pieces in magazines throughout Europe and Russia.
Today, with an active presence in both Belgium and Los Angeles, he focuses on advertising, fashion and portrait photography while consistently working on editorial productions on both continents.
Late in 2009, Mike was selected to create the portraits for 'Chefs', a book promoting Belgium’s culinary and business finest that was introduced to a global audience at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
Mike is also a frequent guest speaker at Hasselblad and Profoto events.
- commercial production
Darlings Brussels commercial production
Darlings is a young and dynamic production company specialising in producing commercials for television and Internet campaigns. It also represents a wide range of talented directors.
Producing high-cost as well as low-cost movies, corporate films and all types of audiovisual projects, Darlings is extremely flexible thanks to its multi-talented team and light structure. The company handles much of the production process in-house, including casting, location scouting and styling.
Visit the website for more information.
- styling, hair, makeup
Adjouma Diakhate Brussels fashion stylists
Adjouma Diakhate runs a full service consultancy catering for all types of fashion styling requirements. Available for commercials, photo shoots, music videos, press shows, interviews and editorials, she also provides consultancy services and is able to follow a client’s brief to give advice on how to dress from head to toe for the maximum effect.
As a fashion stylist Adjouma is motivated by a love of fashion, client interaction and satisfaction through creating stunning visual images. She believes a great fashion stylist should be constantly up-to-date with new trends and key season looks and have the innovation and creativity to satisfy all demands.
"Fashions fade, but as Yves St Laurent said, 'Style is Eternal.'"
Adjouma is currently based in Belgium and travels widely to provide her services.
Brauhaus Brussels location service and scouts
Brauhaus offers locations for film and TV productions, commercials, photography shoots and special events.
The company organises all aspects of a shoot, including parking, clearing, contracts, permits, catering, hotels and transport. Its database is packed with a wide range of different locations offering houses, villas, lofts, offices, landscapes, cityscapes, roads, swimming pools, and much more.
Visit the website for more information.
Les Maisons De Zoë Brussels lofts and houses
Les Maisons de Zoë is the address for finding the perfect location. Over 200 exclusive references, including prestigious houses, lofts and apartments of all styles - classic, bohemian, design, baroque and minimalist - are just waiting to be discovered.
Should the dream location for the perfect photo shoot, commercial or short film not already be in the company's portfolio, Zoë will travel the length and breadth of France, Belgium and even Morocco to find that special hidden gem.
Visit the website for more information.
- rental studios
BACKFLASH photostudio Brussels rental studios
Backflash is an Antwerp-based daylight photo studio. With easy access from all the major motorway networks, the 110 m² studio is located on the ground floor and comes with an adjoining 55 m² apartment. Facilities include a make-up area, styling and dressing area, kitchen, bathroom and living room. The studio also has full blackout capabilities and is fitted throughout with high-speed WIFI.
The studio space can also be used for exhibitions, press conferences and castings.
Visit the website for more information.
- equipment rent
LA FABRIQUE 22a Brussels camera/ accessories photography
La Fabrique 22a is the number-one professional photo equipment rental partner in the Belgian market. The company places its expert knowledge and unique range of products at the disposal of every client.
From its Brussels base, La Fabrique 22a offers the latest generation digital equipment, fully equipped studios and digital assistants with more than 10 years experience.
Check the website for more information.
- models, actors, casting
Streetcasting.be Brussels fashion models
Streetcasting.be is a full service casting agency with access to a very wide variety of faces. Although it specialises in commercial and advertising photography, the company has been increasingly involved with TV productions.
A successful kids department has also been up and running for the past few months.
Clients include Peugeot, KBC, ING, Dexia, AXA, BNP Paribas, De Lijn, Delta Lloyd, Electrabel, Firestone, Heinz, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Pearle, Telenet and Renault.
Lô en Conscience Brussels fashion designers
Charlotte C. is a fashion designer by training and a creator by passion.
Some of her designs are made with bioethical silk. After much workshop research, numerous exhibitions and private sales, the idea of production - but not mass production - in an exclusive, luxurious and socially conscious way really appealed to her.
She is currently working to find shops that would be interested in her work, and from where she could have a base to market her collections.