As my nearest and dearest already know (or in fact anyone who would listen), this past weekend I was asked to photograph at the Elegance Fashion Show for a local clothing line, Flock Boutique and was over the moon with the prospect. I really was quite chuffed to be asked to come along but it was quickly apparent there were some serious photography big dogs there. With their pricey Canon's and their mega flashes, I appeared slightly amateur in comparison. However it's been really interesting to compare some of the photos we all took and if I do say so myself, I think I managed to comfortably compete!
Check them out for yourselves - Flock on Facebook my photos are the obvious named ones.
The whole process of photographing at a fashion show is quite a lot trickier than it looks. The slight model saunters down the catwalk, strikes a pose, and swishes back down the strip. Easy right? Saunter, pose, SNAP SNAP SNAP and swish again. That's what I thought. However getting the right angle, the best lighting, a suitable backdrop and a striking photo is actually a bit trickier than it appears. Pressure was added as my camera decided to sporadically stall at the key snapping moments and left me with far too many shots of the models'...er..behinds.
The fashion show itself exhibited clothes from stores such as Cow, Freshmans, KKenco and of course Flock. Despite promising to be a major event, the show took place in the smaller Octagon room and just didn't have that sleek ambience you'd expect for a potentially major event. Without wanting to sound like a know-it-all, I do think a great fashion show event can be put together quite inexpensively with just some better organisational skills. It needed a more elegant setting (maybe an old theatre), a smart cocktail style dress code, a swish band or dj playing as you enter, some champagne and nibbles being handed out by some topless butlers (I think I know one) and some stylish modelling of decent brands shown for a good solid hour. Phew. Job done. Maybe my next venture!
For now though I'm hoping to get to some more events before Christmas. I really shouldn't be putting this much time into 'extra-curricular' things like blogging and seeking out good shoot locations but it really has been a long term of my head in the law books - and it's a nice way to relax. I've also found some pretty exciting new locations...all hush hush ;)! At the show I managed to hand out almost all of my newly made business cards - don't think I was forcing them on people either, it was like a free for all, who knew people would be so keen! And with this new interest, I'm hoping to get the ball rolling on expanding my photography and hope you can take the time to check out the new addition to my blogging:
Go ahead and give me some welcomed feedback!
I've only got 20 days left in chilly Sheffield til it's our Christmas break and I'm off to Cayman for some much needed sunshine. However before the bikini clad festivities begin, the weather predictions are suggesting we may be in for some heavy snow here in Sheffield - and this is GREAT news! Great news not least for the sledging fun to be had, but also for the photo expeditions that will no doubt look spectacular with a white canvas of snow. Let's hope I get these darn essays out the way soon enough!