What is in My Bag for Fashion Week?

What is in My Bag for Fashion Week?

Sometimes, people ask me about the gear that I bring when I am shooting runway shows during New York Fashion Week. So today, I’d like to talk a bit about some of the equipment that I bring with me when I am shooting a fashion show.

One of the great things about shooting photos for a major fashion show, like the ones held at Lincoln Center, for New York Fashion Week, is that you don’t actually need to bring a lot of equipment with you. I tend to pack rather light. During Fashion Week, you’ll spend a lot of time waiting in line for things, so I don’t want my backpack weighed down with a lot of items that I just don’t need. Below, I will list all the equipment that I use when I am shooting a fashion show. After that, I’ll explain what I like and don’t like about the equipment that I use, as well as what equipment that I would like to use in the future.

New York Fashion Week Wrap Up: Spring/Summer 2015

New York Fashion Week Wrap Up: Spring/Summer 2015

One of the most exciting times to be in New York is during New York Fashion Week. New York Fashion Week is a twice-per-year event where some of the world’s most prestigious fashion designers show their collections at events throughout the city.

During New York Fashion Week, the city feels energized with creativity as designers, stylists, hair and make up artists, photographers, bloggers, and industry insiders converge on the city to work and attend a week’s worth of shows.

For the last couple of years, I have been able to participate in New York Fashion Week by shooting photos backstage, and during many of the shows. This year, Fashion Week was cut a bit short for me, as I was attending a photography conference in Las Vegas, but I did manage to get back to New York to shoot a handful of shows at Lincoln Center.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from this season.

Guest Post: The Fashion Blogger’s Guide to Editing Photos

Guest Post: The Fashion Blogger’s Guide to Editing Photos

When I talk to other fashion bloggers, I always ask them a bit about their workflow for editing photos. Most tell me that they use Photoshop to edit their photos, but a surprising number have never even heard of Lightroom. That is surprising to me because Lightroom is the application that I use the most when I am editing fashion blog photos. While Photoshop is an amazing application for editing photos, it is only meant to work with one photo at a time, and it doesn’t give you the ability to organize your photos in any meaningful way.

Lightroom, on the other hand, allows you to import all your photos into one catalog, so that you can browse them, organize them, flag them, make edits, and then quickly export them at the appropriate size. Since it is an Adobe product, Lightroom also seamlessly, and non-destructively integrates with Photoshop, so that if you need to, you can quickly open up your photos in Photoshop and make more complicated edits there without having to worry about accidentally saving over and losing the original image.

Some photographers will tell you that it is important to get your photos right in camera. While that is true, to a degree, if I learned anything about photography during my 5 years managing a Photoshop and Lightroom website, it’s that if you really want to take your photography to the next level, it’s important to understand a bit about postproduction.

Recently, I wrote a guest post on Sleepless in Sequins called The Fashion Blogger’s Guide to Editing Photos. In that article, I explained a bit about my workflow for editing blog using both Lightroom and Photoshop. If you have a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Behind the Scenes: “Beauty in Bloom” Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot With Sarah Silver

Behind the Scenes: “Beauty in Bloom” Fashion Editorial Photo Shoot With Sarah Silver

Back in January, I had the opportunity to shoot some behind the scenes photos for photographer Sarah Silver, for an article that I wrote on Tuts+. In that article, I talked with Sarah about the process of shooting photos for a dance company. It was fascinating to be able to witness the photo shoot, and I loved being able to interview Sarah, and then share some of her process with all of you.

That is why I was excited when Sarah invited me back to her studio back in May to shoot some more behind the scenes photos for another project that she was working. Her amazing team included Makeup Artist, Vincent Oquendo, Art Director, Danielle Von Braun, Hair Stylist, Andre Cueto Saavedra, Manicurist, Kelly Baber, and model, Basia Szkaluba, as well as many others.

I loved being able to help tell the story of this photo shoot from beginning to end. It takes a lot of work to make a photo shoot like this happen, and everyone has a role. The hair and makeup team, the prop stylists, the model, as well as Sarah’s production team work closely together to make sure that everything is perfect, and that no details go un-noticed.

The final images from this photo shoot can now be seen on the cover, and inside of Issue No. 82 of Magpie Darling.

Shooting Some Fall Looks With Kendall Johnson for AprilMarin

Shooting Some Fall Looks With Kendall Johnson for AprilMarin

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a few shots for my friend, and fashion blogger, Kendall Johnson of Styled Snapshots. Kendall needed a few shots for AprilMarin’s fall line, and since her usual photographer wasn’t available, I volunteered to help out.

After postponing our photo shoot due to hot weather, we finally ended up scheduling a shoot in Central Park a couple weeks back. Kendall and I both felt that even though it wasn’t quite fall, that the park would make for the best backdrop for this shoot.

The night before, we had some strong storms in the city, so we were a bit worried that we would have to postpone our photo shoot a second time. The morning of the shoot, we were blessed with some heavy cloud cover, and the rain let up just long enough for us to squeeze in a few shots.

We started out at the southeast corner of the park, and began by shooting some shots at the Gapstow Bridge. I love the Gapstow Bridge, it’s one of the prettiest areas of Central Park. After that, we left the park to shoot some additional shots on 5th Avenue. I really enjoy shooting on 5th Avenue, the long unobstructed avenue makes for some fantastic leading lines, and it’s usually relatively free of people on the weekdays.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from this shoot. Big thanks to AprilMarin and Kendall for being so amazing to work with.