Last month, I got to know fellow photographer Derek Palmer. The first time we met in person, he let me tag along on a photo shoot with model Cristal Rouse. It was my first time shooting with a real model, and Cristal and Derek made it easy, entertaining, and often super funny. I love Cristal's photos, too! We shot in a few spots around downtown Durham and, since it was also my first time visiting the city, I feel like I got a little tour! I was able to hit Scratch Bakery (pies to go!) and the original Dame's Chicken and Waffles before I left town, too, so I think the day was a success!
My sister lives in Jersey City, where her neighbor and friend is fashion designer Joseph Singh. When he was showing in my neck of the woods at the end of September, at Charlotte Style Week, he invited me to see the show! I'd never seen a fashion show in real life (although I have watched A LOT of Project Runway...) and I was SO excited to go! I got approved as an official photographer, too, so was able to try my hand at fashion show photography. Nice!
Charlotte Fashion Guild hosts Style Week twice a year. They feature lots of different designers over the course of just a few days, so each day's show has several designers showing one after the other. On the day I went to see Joseph Singh's collection, there were five other designers showing. These included TWO Project Runway alums (yes!! bonus!) both from Season 12: Sandro Masmanidi and Justin LeBlanc, who is soon to be seen on Project Runway All Stars! I got to see a SERIOUS variety of fashions. Seriously. Some I personally liked more than others (I'll let you check out the photos below and make up your own mind… feel free to comment!) but I loved photographing it all! I don't know that I'm going to break out and do fashion show photography instead of portraits now, though - it was very fast-paced and a little stressful. It was a truly unique experience for me, and I learned a lot from my research/preparation as well as jumping in and trying it out. And getting to meet my sister's friend in person and seeing his clothes was excellent, too!