NYFW: Day 1

For the last couple of years, I kept saying that I was going to come to NYC for New York Fashion Week to shoot some street style.  Well, now that I LIVE in New York City, I knew that this was it!  I was so excited leading up to NYFW.  I reached out to two of my favorite photographers (@cookayemonster and @jendayiasha - follow them!) who I knew had shot street style at NYFW before for some tips and advice.  They were both coming up to shoot again this Fashion Week and both were super sweet in providing some tips.  Imagine how excited I was to actually run into and shoot alongside Kaye!  My first day shooting I ended up staying out there for about 4.5 hours shooting.  Once I got my first great shot, I was hooked!  And then I started seeing faces that I knew and felt confident enough to call out their names and ask them to let me get some shots of them.  AHH! They all obliged!  You can check out some of my favorite shots on my Portfolio page, but here are a few with some behind-the-scenes stories:

 

  Caila Quinn .  When I saw Caila walking my way, I first noticed her outfit and thought, "this is something that I would wear."  Then I thought, "I know her from somewhere."  At first I thought she was another blogger I know of and assumed that's who she was.  I didn't call her by name, but asked if I could take some photos of her look.  She was very nice and said yes.  As you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me lots to work with.  Just as she was about to tell me her Instagram handle, I saw this next person walk by and called her name... 

Caila Quinn.  When I saw Caila walking my way, I first noticed her outfit and thought, "this is something that I would wear."  Then I thought, "I know her from somewhere."  At first I thought she was another blogger I know of and assumed that's who she was.  I didn't call her by name, but asked if I could take some photos of her look.  She was very nice and said yes.  As you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me lots to work with.  Just as she was about to tell me her Instagram handle, I saw this next person walk by and called her name... 

  Leomie Anderson.   "Leomie!  May I get some shots of you?"  She said, "Sure."  Guys.  I was so pumped.  I follow Leomie on Instagram and she's one of my favorite models.  I. Was. Pumped!  As you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me some model LOOKS.  Simple, but SO GOOD.  AHHH!  After I snapped about 7 shots, she said, "I've got to run.  I'm already late."  I thanked her and she hurried off.  I assume she was heading into the studio to prepare to walk in the next show.  At this point I realized that Caila had walked off and I felt so bad because I interrupted her right as she was telling me her Instagram.  I saw her up ahead and ran after her and apologized and asked if she could give me her Instagram.  She was so sweet and understood and wasn't bothered by my slight rudeness earlier (hey, a photog has to get her shot!)  She said, "My Instagram is @Caila..." I started typing and asked, "Just Caila?"  She said, "@CailaQuinn."  I said, "Oh! I know you!"  She said, "Probably from The Bachelor."  I said, "That's it."  (If you don't know she's also a blogger and influencer now as well.)  I thanked her and she headed off.  Less than a minute later, I saw her heading back my way, so I lifted my camera and...

Leomie Anderson.  "Leomie!  May I get some shots of you?"  She said, "Sure."  Guys.  I was so pumped.  I follow Leomie on Instagram and she's one of my favorite models.  I. Was. Pumped!  As you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me some model LOOKS.  Simple, but SO GOOD.  AHHH!  After I snapped about 7 shots, she said, "I've got to run.  I'm already late."  I thanked her and she hurried off.  I assume she was heading into the studio to prepare to walk in the next show.  At this point I realized that Caila had walked off and I felt so bad because I interrupted her right as she was telling me her Instagram.  I saw her up ahead and ran after her and apologized and asked if she could give me her Instagram.  She was so sweet and understood and wasn't bothered by my slight rudeness earlier (hey, a photog has to get her shot!)  She said, "My Instagram is @Caila..." I started typing and asked, "Just Caila?"  She said, "@CailaQuinn."  I said, "Oh! I know you!"  She said, "Probably from The Bachelor."  I said, "That's it."  (If you don't know she's also a blogger and influencer now as well.)  I thanked her and she headed off.  Less than a minute later, I saw her heading back my way, so I lifted my camera and...

 She saw me shooting her again, and as you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me a few looking right at the camera and some looking off, but never broke her stride.  I said, "Thanks again!" just as she walked by me again.  She said, "You're welcome!"

She saw me shooting her again, and as you can see on my Portfolio page, she gave me a few looking right at the camera and some looking off, but never broke her stride.  I said, "Thanks again!" just as she walked by me again.  She said, "You're welcome!"

  Stephanie Hill.   Several minutes later I was standing on the sidewalk outside of Spring Studios waiting for the next big shot, when I spotted a face I knew.  I said, "Stephanie!"  She looked up and said, "OMG!  What are you doing out here and not in there?" and came over and gave me a hug.  I've known Stephanie for about 6 years - since before she and her brand @TheStyleBungalow became such a huge influence in the fashion space.  I told her that I'm now on the other side.  That I don't really blog anymore (umm, I guess I still do because, well, here we are, right?) but now I'm doing photography.  She asked if I'm still in DC and I said no, that I'm in NYC now.  I told her that she had to let me get some shots of her and she said of course.  Stephanie is a pro at posing (just check her Instagram) so I knew I would get a great photo.  We said how great it was to see each other and she wished me the best with my photography (and we took a selfie).  If you've never met her in person, let me tell you that she was super sweet when we first met 6 years ago and she's still as sweet as ever at over 166K Instagram followers.

Stephanie Hill.  Several minutes later I was standing on the sidewalk outside of Spring Studios waiting for the next big shot, when I spotted a face I knew.  I said, "Stephanie!"  She looked up and said, "OMG!  What are you doing out here and not in there?" and came over and gave me a hug.  I've known Stephanie for about 6 years - since before she and her brand @TheStyleBungalow became such a huge influence in the fashion space.  I told her that I'm now on the other side.  That I don't really blog anymore (umm, I guess I still do because, well, here we are, right?) but now I'm doing photography.  She asked if I'm still in DC and I said no, that I'm in NYC now.  I told her that she had to let me get some shots of her and she said of course.  Stephanie is a pro at posing (just check her Instagram) so I knew I would get a great photo.  We said how great it was to see each other and she wished me the best with my photography (and we took a selfie).  If you've never met her in person, let me tell you that she was super sweet when we first met 6 years ago and she's still as sweet as ever at over 166K Instagram followers.

  LaShoundra Young.   By this time I was getting a little tired, but saw a familiar face walking through.  I didn't want to call her name and mess up her moment as she was walking through the photographer area.  I snapped a few pictures (not the one above) and let her continue walking through.  About 20 minutes later, I saw her walking back my way and she said, "Don't I know you?"  I said, "Yes, you do, LaShoundra."  She said, "You look exactly like you do on Instagram."  I'm always so happy to hear that because I don't want to be out here catfishing on the 'Gram.  We hugged and I said that I wanted to get some shots of her.  I looked around and noticed an area with some scaffolding (so NY).  I asked her to go down the sidewalk and walk towards me.  Normally, I have people do this at least 2 times for me, but I knew that we had nailed it with one walk through.  See above.  

LaShoundra Young.  By this time I was getting a little tired, but saw a familiar face walking through.  I didn't want to call her name and mess up her moment as she was walking through the photographer area.  I snapped a few pictures (not the one above) and let her continue walking through.  About 20 minutes later, I saw her walking back my way and she said, "Don't I know you?"  I said, "Yes, you do, LaShoundra."  She said, "You look exactly like you do on Instagram."  I'm always so happy to hear that because I don't want to be out here catfishing on the 'Gram.  We hugged and I said that I wanted to get some shots of her.  I looked around and noticed an area with some scaffolding (so NY).  I asked her to go down the sidewalk and walk towards me.  Normally, I have people do this at least 2 times for me, but I knew that we had nailed it with one walk through.  See above.  

So, this was my first day shooting street style at my very first New York Fashion Week.  I saw other people in the fashion industry that I recognized and called their names and got their photos too.  I'm patting myself on the back because (a) I went out there and shot without knowing anyone (I was happy to run into Kaye though!) and didn't feel intimidated at all (even though I hadn't picked up my camera in 2 months); and (b) these are some of my best photos to date.  I think that I truly love the nature of shooting street style photography.  It shouldn't surprise me because I've always said that I think that I would love documentary photography and shooting street style is a lot like shooting documentary photography - you're catching people in their element.  

Because of the weather and because I have a full-time job, I think Saturday is the only day that I'll get to shoot this NYFW season, but I WILL be back out there in February shooting during the Fall 2019 season shows.  My goal is to get an opportunity to work in the photography pit at a show.  I'm just putting that out into the universe and I'm going to add it to my prayer list.  

If you see me in these New York Fashion Week streets, say HI!