The Asia Fashion Collection is an incubation project that contributes to the development of the fashion industry in Asia. Promising young fashion designers from Asia are selected by the Taiwan Textile Federation and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to make their runway debut at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. This season, six designers including TSUBASA SHINYO, ZOKUZOKUB, Old honey, Noirer, Athena Chuang, and NelsonBlackle were chosen to present their designs in New York. Below are my shots of their collection presented on February 14, 2015 at Lincoln Center.
Here are the looks from the Sally LaPointe Fall/Winter 2015 Collection shown at the Skylight Modern on February 13, 2015.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to shoot backstage and riser photos for Thomas Wylde Maison’s fall/winter 2015 collection. Thomas Wylde Maison was founded by fashion industry veteran Paula Thomas in 2006, and this was their first runway show. The collection featured an elegant and sophisticated mix of both patterned prints and solid neutral colors that looked absolutely beautiful. You can see their entire collection below. All photos are by Grant Friedman.
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.
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.
One of my favorite reasons for maintaining a blog is that it gives me so many opportunities to meet new people. One of my wife’s favorite blogs is a site called NYC Pretty. NYC Pretty is a popular fashion and fitness blog run by Christine Bibbo Herr.
My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Christine at an Athleta event earlier this year, and had so much fun getting to know her. Christine styled my wife, and I got to talk shop with Christine’s photographer-husband. It was a great evening.
I think one of the most-important things that you can do as a blogger is to be supportive of other bloggers. That is why you might see me liking, favoriting, and retweeting just about everything that I see online. So when New York Fashion Week approached, I let Christine know that I would be happy to shoot some photos of her if husband wasn’t available.
During Fashion Week, I was busy running all over New York shooting various shows and attending events with my wife, but luckily, I did have a few moments to shoot a few photos of Christine, on two separate occasions. Here are a few of my favorite shots.
This season, Hallie and I had the opportunity to attend several Fashion Week events throughout the city. My wife and I love fashion week. It’s such an exciting time to be in New York. There is so much creative energy in the air, as a photographer, I just can’t help but to be inspired, and I know, my wife feels the same way.
Fall/Winter 2014 was my third season shooting photos during NYFW, and I had the opportunity to shoot 6 shows over the course of the week. As a relative newcomer to NYFW, I’m still learning the ropes, but with each season, I learn something new.
The first time I shot a show at NYFW, I was completely unprepared. All I had was my camera and a kit lens. I didn’t realize what I would need to shoot the show properly. As I shot more shows, however, I tried to pay attention to what the other photographers were doing. While most of them didn’t carry a crazy amount of gear with them, I noticed that most of them shot with a long lens, were stabilized with at least a monopod, and many brought step stools with them, just in case they needed to shoot over someone’s head.
By this season, I felt I had the process pretty well in-hand. I shot the shows with my Nikon D800, had upgraded my kit lens to a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and was using a monopod to stabilize. In addition, I also shot my photos using continuous auto focus (in 3D mode) so that I wouldn’t miss the focus as the models walked towards me. This all helped me to get better photos.