Photography, Filmmaking, and Design Explorations

Fashion Documentary Shoot

So, I’ve been wanting to shoot a fashion event for some time—this one came up, so I hopped on it.

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Runway

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Pull Back The Curtain

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show -  Designer john Leon Makes an Adjustment

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Red on Red Velvet

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Purple Pause

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - The Photo Pool is Going Bald

I wanted to work an event from the back—embedding with models in their environment during prep and while they were waiting to hit the runway. Documentary style.

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Waiting

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Hair Wait

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Don't Move

As usual, shooting f/1.2 posed challenges—but one of them wasn’t associated with a flash. Flash would have absolutely destroyed the ambient light and also wouldn’t have been practical—backstage, you can’t be popping flash, grabbing the audience’s attention away from the show.

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Shay Makes a Fix

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Curtain Curosity

Saints and Sinners Fashion Show - Light/Night

Documentary work shot at the Saints and Sinners Fashion Show (Philadelphia, June 2011), presented by Couture Du Passe Part ll. Featuring work by Scripted Designs (Shay Sutton, MM#813639) and John Leon Designs (John Leon, MM#1985534). I’d like to thank Shay for graciously letting me attend to shoot documentary style. To Shay, John, MUAs, stylists, and all models: Thank you for your patience and performance. A quick shout also to Danish Leica shooter Thorsten Overgaard for providing a brief (but critical) piece of last-minute advice.

BTW, I’m Will Stotler, the photographer, Model Mayhem #1338163.

See the full Documentary: Fashion Show set on Flickr, here.

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