This post has SO. MANY. PHOTOS. Buckle up!
Last week the social guys from Canon UK asked if I’d like to come along for an evening of fashion and photography during London Fashion Week. I POUNCED at the opportunity even though I wasn’t really feeling up for a trip to London and I’m so glad that I did. I won’t pretend that I’m a fashion guru – I’ve been wearing the same yoga pants for the last three days – but I love a pretty frock and an opportunity to take photos out of my comfort zone. So, I packed up my gear and got my butt to Londontown!
Canon gave us the opportunity to be in the photographer’s pit for the event and it was such a fun experience. The show that we shot was Avenue 32’s trend show which included a smattering of looks and visual styles from great designers (like Preen).
This is so embarrassing, but I didn’t even fully realize where we were (the Saatchi Gallery) until the end of the first show! I used to live quite close to Sloane Square and spent a lot of time at Saatchi, but a combination of not a lot of food, barely any coffee, and coming through the stage entrance to our seats left me thoroughly disoriented. The space conversion was incredible, so I won’t blame myself too much for not realizing it from the inside!
I’ve given up the dream of ever being able to pull off a romper, but were I to throw caution to the wind? I’d go for that one up there! So cute!
One of the trends highlighted during the show was “winter florals” and while I had my doubts, I became thoroughly convinced. It’s tough to find a pattern or color in my wardrobe, but I could get on board with this!
And this next coat? Is everything. Swoon.
Shooting a catwalk show is such a different experience than what I’m used to. While I love shooting events and capturing movement, there aren’t quite so many lighting changes and fast-moving people at, say, a cocktail party as there is at a fashion show. After being in a bit of a photo slump this year, it was really nice to chat with like-minded people, trade tips, and flex some neglected photography muscles.
I’m not convinced that fashion photography is in my future, but my eyes are open a little more to types of work outside of travel photography.
Totally unrelated to my photography journey: I want a lined version of those boots! [insert heart eye emoji and a social life that would support me having somewhere to wear those!]
By the end of the night I got to see some fun fashion and make great connections with fellow photographers and creatives. The value of getting out from behind the screen and actually interacting with people who are in the same boat is immeasurable and I’m really grateful that this opportunity presented itself.
Thank you so much to Canon UK for having me along and Avenue 32 for hosting the show!