Based on my images from Men's Fashion Week, WWD brought me back to shoot Women's in September. Being that it was my first time shooting high profile Women's shows, it was a huge learning experience. It really takes a very large village to execute these shows - PR, hair, makeup, models, dressers, nail technicians, seamstresses, production, security, catering and more that I'm probably missing. Amidst all of these people, add photographers and videographers from different local and international press, and influencers trying to push out exclusive backstage content on Facebook Live & Snapchat, backstage becomes pretty crazy. Everyone is trying to do their job as best as possible and it all culminates in the runway show that all happens in what feels like a split second.
A few numbers to give you an idea of what went down on my end:
+ over 6000 photos
+ 8 consecutive days of photography
+ 19 shows
+ 12 juno rides
+ 1 unlimited metro pass
Here are some favorite images from each of the shows.
CREATURES OF THE WIND
As each show went by I would recognize some familiar faces both with in the casting of the models as well as fellow photographers. There's a bit of waiting especially during rehearsals so it was nice to meet people and make new friends like Spencer, Driely, and Alyssa.
A huge thank you to Ash, Jenna, Emily and Oona at WWD for making this happen!
The editors at WWD mentioned that backstage images would be used in a print spread for a round up of the men's shows in Milan, London, Paris, and New York. It was a nice surprise to find a few of my images in print on news stands!
More images from backstage in this previous blog post.
(Cover Image by Gorka Postigo)
Client: Cadillac Magazine / Campbell Ewald
Location: Hong Kong
Brief: A "process" story - getting a custom made suit in Hong Kong at alternative tailor enterprises
When I moved back to Hong Kong five years ago, I started out shooting #menswear because of the initial connections I had made in Hong Kong. It was awesome seeing the growth of The Armoury (now with 2 stores in HK and one in NY) and I became quite familiar with classic menswear and tailoring. It was awesome to get the call to shoot this story back in HK because I had the opportunity to meet and photograph another side of tailoring in Hong Kong. CUFFS was an interesting concept where you can select every detail of your suit - at the suit bar, pant bar, and shirt bar - in a contemporary setting with helpful illustrations. The other shop, Bonham Strand, has a social mission - reviving the tailoring tradition by having master tailors training disenfranchised youth, giving them skills and job opportunities. The owner hopes to expand the business model to 50 stores in the US, definitely inspiring! Huge thanks to Cassidy for the opportunity.
Check out the 6 page spread below, and a few images from the shoot in this project gallery.
The first time I shot anything for Fashion Week was for Cereal - I visited a few women's AW16 presentations and went backstage for two shows. I've always enjoyed shooting backstage because to some degree I can take my time to be a fly on the wall and look for great light, interesting angles and things to shoot through - figure out a way to capture interesting details/movements.
This was my first time shooting Men's Fashion Week backstage for WWD. I went to eight SS17 shows across four days around New York and it was an adventure! It was definitely more intense than the experience shooting for Cereal but also very exciting. The most challenging part was working around everyone else who is trying to capture stills/video backstage and turning around my processed selects before getting to the next show. Thanks to my Macbook Air and my mobile hotspot (which has faster upload then Starbucks!) it wasn't an issue. It also wasn't so bad despite it being crowded backstage because I made some new friends and everyone was nice (and the models were ridiculously good looking?) Here are some favorites from each shoot.
Mercantile Annex 38 is an amazing space with floor to ceiling windows, the natural light mixed with HMI's was a dream. Skateboards scattered all over the hair and makeup area.
Before the presentation all of the models walked through the streets single file onto the High Line for a group photo - it was madness but made for some fun shots. One of them even made the front page of the WWD Daily! :)
Parke & Ronen
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This was an awesome location as well and my favorite show out of them all because of the collection, the palette, the light, the models, and the styling (by Taylor Okata).
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