#joyfulness, the emotion of great happiness

I haven’t been shooting that many personal projects recently so I thought it was time to do something about that . I was searching for something new (to me), yet not too far what I usually do.

With the #joyfulness series I’m trying to get deeper into the personal space of two people in love. By using a smaller and more intimate environment I hope to capture spontaneous, pure and raw moments of intimacy. An exercise to capture two strangers in love and make the pictures look personal and real.

Gilles & Larissa had a city trip planned in Hotel Bloom! and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them on a lazy sunday morning. Guys, thanks for the trust, the Herbalife tea and for making me feel welcome!

A series wouldn’t be a series if there is no follow-up. So I’m looking for open minded couples with a strong personality and some character that are willing to share their personal story through my lens. Couples living in Belgium or couples travelling to Belgium with a story to tell, do get in touch and maybe we’ll meet soon.


It also was a good time to test drive the new Fujifilm X-PRO2 a bit more. Really happy with IQ & AF. What I like most is how snappy responsive the camera has begon. EVF lag is non existent.

All images shot with the Fujifilm X-PRO2 (80%) and the X-T1 . 3 lenses used: XF16, XF35 & XF56). Natural light only. Check here for the full “what’s in my bag post”.

What’s in my bag: ONA, The Prince Street . Review

I’m a sucker for manbags. I don’t leave home without one. The only difference is, my bag has to safely hold at least one camera and lens. For my daily commute I use the ONA Union Street. Reviewed here. But for my everyday use (going out, client meetings, restaurant,…) I was on the lookout for something small & compact.

My requirements : look good but don’t look like a camera bag too much. It has to hold one (mirrorless) camera, one extra lens , wallet , keys, battery, phone.

After some research I quickly ended up looking at the ONA bags again and made up my mind. I went to the store to pick-up The Bowery but I didn’t like the awkward looking dimensions (ratio) that much. Instead I fell in head over heels with it’s bigger brother … The Prince Street.

ONA bags ooze quality, style and function. The Prince Street isn’t any different:

  • Waxed-cotton canvas with inside side flaps to protect your gear from rain entering via the sides.
  • A properly aligned (removable) leather top-grab handle.
  • Antique brass tuck-clasp closure
  • Leather closing straps and comfortable leather shoulder padding on the strap.
  • The inside is padded so your gear is protected

Waxed canvas versions are available in black, field-tan & smoke. Two luxury leather versions are available in dark truffle and antique cognac.

For my new #joyfulness series (blog soon) I packed all the gear I needed inside this little bag. It’s pretty insane what can fit in there.
Inside the bag: X-PRO2, X-T1, XF16, XF23, XF35, XF56, spare batteries, one Instax SP1 share printer, one prism, cleaning cloth, wallet and two leash (peakdesign) camera straps.

So even for weddings, this could be my go to bag. The two camera bodies don’t leave my Hold Fast Moneymaker that much. But I’m not gonna lie to you, I probably won’t use it on weddings because on days like that I tend to throw/lug/tow/drag my bag around a bit too much. And it’s way to pretty for that kind of beating.


I’ve been on instagram for some time now but under my childhood nickname @vstrash… (don’t ask!) Maybe it is time to grow up …

So as of today I’m on instagram under the name tomleuntjensphotography. Hope to see you all there for some more photography / fuji / gear and personal pictures.