Pasta & pasta.
The Devil Wears Prada.
Anastasia Vervueren is a Belgian photographer based in Brussels and also travels all around the world. Since a very young age, she has had the chance to discover wonderful places, each one more beautiful than the last. She learned from different cultures, loved different countries with their people and mentalities. She has enjoyed every single moment keeping it all with her forever.
Anastasia Vervueren lived for several years in Brazil, where she was part of a different world; When your soul feels like it’s on holiday every day. Enjoying the sun on your skin, birds singing loudly and that typical tropical rain that comes and goes every day.
She has trekked all over the world, from the North Pole with its overwhelming silence and landscapes to die for, to South Africa with its vivid colours, vast prairies, people and animals around every corner.
She realised she couldn’t keep this for herself. She had to share those experiences and beautiful images she kept inside her head. That’s when she bought her first Nikon reflex camera. To capture these landscapes, colours, people, all those memories. To keep them with her and show them to the others.
As time went by, she got more and more involved, changed cameras several times, wanting to do more, not just to capture an image. Her mind was overflowing with ideas and ambition; That is how she became a professional photographer. With more than six years of experience, she created her own universe. She is evolving through very soft portraits and playing with emotions and moods.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
By travelling and meeting people. I wanted to capture all those moments, to find a way to express myself through art.
-How would you describe your style of photography and what you do?
I would describe my style as lifestyle fashion. I love shooting portraits, for fashion, commercial or advertising.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
I always try to tell a story with a picture. I don’t want it to be a picture of just a model standing there. Therefore, I love playing with emotions. I also love shooting with animals and models for the harmony and complicity they represent together.
-How do you market your business?
I have been studying for five years commercial communication with a specialisation in digital marketing. This allows me to manage my communication and my marketing quite easily on social media or elsewhere.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
First, I select all my favourite ones in Bridge. Then I open them in Camera Raw, and slightly adjust the light so that shadows and highlights perfectly fit together. Then I open them in Photoshop and start the skin retouching, then the lights and the colours. All this while listening to music I love.
-What is your dream project?
I have a model bucket list with plenty of beautiful and well known girls I’d like to shoot with!
-What is your creative process like? What are you start, middle and end points?
Ideas and inspiration mostly comes unexpectedly throughout the day. I can get inspired by everything. Once I have an idea, I look up pictures on the internet or elsewhere that can complete this idea. It can be everything, a landscape, a makeup, some magazine pictures, quotes, etc. That’s how I end up with a very complete mood board and a well-defined mood.
During the shoot, I mostly give space to the model concerning the poses to strike. As for postproduction, I always try to be as faithful as possible to reality. I try to retouch the lights and the colours like I saw them on the moment itself.
-How do you pose or direct your subjects?
First of all, I do always have a very complete mood board, which already gives the model an idea on what mood we’re looking for. Secondly, I let them pose naturally and if I really want them to strike a specific pose then I just show them.
-What is your top tip for lighting?
I love shooting in natural light with some extra flashes to create some shadows and to detach the model from the background. My favourite shooting time is during the golden hours. Concerning studio lighting, I mostly shoot with a softbox that’s reflected on my white wall.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.