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This month I was chosen by Tumblr to be one of their creators during New York Fashion Week Men's. They gave me an all-access pass and the freedom to create, so while most of the other photographers were trying to capture the insanity and action of the runway, I was looking for quieter, more personal portrait moments amidst the chaos.
It was truly a photographers dream. With dozens of models, designers, and even their celebrity friends milling around backstage, I was able to steal them for a quick second to grab a portrait, usually ducking behind a rack of clothes for some privacy, or up against a window for some beautiful natural light.
I covered the entire week of shows with my Sony α7R II (as well as my α6500 when I needed the on-camera flash) and my Sony G Master 24-78 f/2.8 and 16-35 f/4. It was the perfect setup for versatility; I was able to get wide shots of the runway and immediately run backstage for tight portraits of the models. Here are a few of the images from my experience.
I knew Herieth Paul had a cool look, but it wasn't until after I got a couple natural light portraits with her that she told me she's actually the new face of Maybelline! Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/160-sec., f/4, ISO 400
These days women are dominating even Men's fashion week, and Madisin Rian is no exception. Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/200-sec., f/2.8, ISO 800
The man himself! Billy Nye was one of the presenters for Nick Graham's show at NYFW, inspired by science and our solar system. I grabbed a couple quick shots with him backstage and thought it space would be an appropriate backdrop for him. Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens.1/125-sec., f/2.8, ISO 250
Steve Aoki debuted his collaboration with designer Dim Mak at this year's NYFW, complete with punk bands and models shredding on skateboards in a custom built half pipe. Before all the noise though, I was able to grab him for a quick shot backstage. Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/125-sec., f/2.8, ISO 640
It was almost pitch black backstage before the Palmiers du Mol show, but I knew I had to grab a shot of my favorite look from his show. Using the on camera flash from the Sony a6500 I was able to do just that. Sony α6500, Sony 16-35 f/4 lens. 1/160-sec., f/2.8, ISO 640
Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/160-sec., f/3.2, ISO 400
Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/125-sec., f/2.8, ISO 500
Silver-haired models hanging backstage before walking out onto Nick Graham's space-themed runway. Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/125-sec., f/2.8, ISO 500
A quick shot from the Woodhouse presentation. All the models were just standing still, but this one was kind enough to take some of my direction so I could grab an interesting portrait. Sony α7R II, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. 1/160-sec., f/3.2, ISO 400
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