*In January, when I wrote out my business goals, I had no idea I’d be checking a big one off so quickly. Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more! I hope you enjoy my little re-cap/behind the scenes description of what it’s like to shoot a runway show, and the gorgeous gowns! *
I entered the Westin Hotel, armed with my camera and a stomach full of butterflies. This wasn’t my first runway show, but it was my first Haute Couture show and I did not know what to expect. Thankfully, the pit (the end of the runway where the photographers sit) was very relaxed. I heard mostly French speakers, with a few British accents thrown in. I dropped my jacket to save my spot, a not uncommon practice but a risky one, and headed backstage. Models were being primped and painted. I quietly took a few shots then headed back to the runway.
Not surprisingly my jacket had been displaced by a camera bag. I promptly recovered my space and remained there until the show started. Once you get prime real estate, you don’t give it up!
I’ve only had positive experiences in the pit during New York Fashion Week, and I knew most of the photographers there. In Paris I was 100% solo. I made a few friends and, I am happy to say, had a great time shooting. Haute Couture week is much more relaxed than what I’m used to! NYFW is full of frantic action! I know photographers who’ve had cameras dropped on their heads and had to shoot the show with a bleeding scalp. It can get rough. Shoulders get bumped and cameras get shoved. Not out of maliciousness, but out of the desire to get the best shot.
We are all perfectionists in our work and we all have to deliver.
It’s a truly exhilarating experience!
Now, onto the fashion. Enjoy a few of my favorite dresses from Yanina Couture’s Spring 2017 Collection:
The level of detail was INCREDIBLE! And I desperately want embroidered tights now.
This green dress was probably my favorite! I just couldn’t get over the detail!
Tulle, tulle and more tulle. My inner ballerina was delighted!
Again, amazing embroidery!
And the lovely Yulia Yanina herself!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below if you want to see more fashion and hear more behind the scenes!