For 15 years I was a fashion photographer in Belgium for retail and magazines, this was my first choice to be active in the pro world of photography.
In Belgium, the possibilities are not abundant, due to the empty void and unpleasant atmosphere of this in combination with the financial and career possibilities I suffered from a burnout.
At that time, I did as sort of free work a photo session with a big white Borzoi, this dog posed in some pictures as a real elegant and beautiful model !
In animal photography you do not need a make-up artist or hair stylist to have a perfect picture, whether the animal is old, or blind or has one leg missing, is too fat or too skinny, every animal is like a top model and is perfect by itself !
I always try to search for the beauty in each of the animal models and of course here and there with a bit of fun.
Since 2014 I work with a permanent assistant, my wife Inge Nelis, who takes over the lead from the owners and it works very well. It is very important as Inge is very calm and gentle with the animals but also resolute, she gets more out of them than the owners do.
For the moment, we travel a lot to other countries for photo sessions, in every country we have an organizer who invites us, makes the planning and does the communication with the models before the session.
Everywhere we go, people are so nice, it is like a dream come true! I could not wish for more, well, yeah, maybe someday a lovely coffee table book with our favourite pictures :)