This week I was given the opportunity to shoot 3 runway shows at London Fashion Week with Canon. The first two shows were a showcase for The Outnet and then the final show was a showcase of the work of Jean-Pierre Braganza. I took a variety of gear with me to the event because I wasn't entirely sure what the venue would be like so I tried to cover all of my bases. There wasn't much of a need for variation - I shot 90% of the show on a 70-200 2.8 and switched to a second D610 with a 24-70 2.8 to get some wider shots.
I've had over 1000 images to look through and have only gotten home a few hours ago so obviously I haven't processed them all yet, I was just far too excited to wait till I was finished, I'll post some of my final images below for you to look at - let me know what you think!
The shows were amazing. It was what you would expect from London Fashion Week - the fashion, the models and the venue were all perfect. This whole experience was an incredible opportunity to get a taste for what shooting runway/fashion work could be like. Since this wasn't a paid job we were encouraged to be creative (instead of going with a shotlist such as getting all the looks, some detail shots, etc, that we might have for a client) so instead of just going for the stock-standard vertical shots, I tried to frame things in a potentially different way by utilising the space or trying to compose the models in a particular way. It's not the images are revolutionary but I like to think they're more interesting that the formulaic shots I previously mentioned.
We also attended a talk given by a photography for Getty Images (I forget his name!) who discussed his practice and gave us some advice about how to shoot a runway. It was pretty general but it gave us all a baseline to work from - things such as what settings to use or how to get consistent vertical images of each look for a client you might have, etc. It's always interesting to listen to other photographers talk abotut their experiences because A) Being exposed to other work is a good source of inspiration and B) Advice from someone who has a degree of success is really useful.
I've had such a great time being part of this show and I really hope that I can photograph LFW again in the future, fingers crossed for next year. I'll be continuing to go through my images over the next few days and will be posting them all over social media so I'd appreciate it if you kept an eye out for that by going over to my feeds! (The links are at the bottom)
Again, as always, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this.