Sunday Snapshot 12: Shoot First, Edit Later

Welcome to another edition of Sunday Snapshots. On (most) Sundays, I’ll post a favorite photo from my collection and share a little bit about it. You’ll go behind the scenes on some of my most memorable moments. Enjoy! 

Shoot First, Edit Later

As you may recall, I photographed KC Fashion Week back in March. It was a definite learning experience for me. At the time that really stressed me out, but now I can appreciate the learning environment that event thrust me into. When you're learning in a baptism-by-fire experience, you can't help but rise to the occasion. I mean, what was I going to do? Just sit in the corner and mope because I didn't know what I was doing? (To be fair, that thought did cross my mind a couple of times throughout the night.)

All I knew when I set out to photograph KC Fashion Week was that the majority of the space would be very dark, and the runway would be brightly lit. So lots of contrasting light. I had no idea how close I'd get to stand, where along the runway I would be, or if I even had the right equipment!

After arriving early to get the lay of the land and take some pre-show photos, I tried to position myself early for what I thought would be a great spot. I set up my tripod about halfway down the runway with a clear shot down an aisle through the seats. I was locked and loaded.

Then the show started. My, how quickly I realized my poor positioning! I was situated exactly perpendicular to the stage, which meant that each model swept through my lens's view in a matter of seconds. When you're shooting in low-light conditions such as a runway show, every second counts or you'll miss your chance to catch a look. I knew I needed to reposition myself along the runway - and fast.

I made my way towards the end of the runway, pausing every few feet to set down my tripod and take a few more pictures of the models.  When I reached the end of the runway, I encountered a couple of guards blocking access to the main photographers' pit. Luckily, I'd been really friendly to every volunteer and guard that I'd encountered during my pre-show setup. When I reached them the smiled at me and asked if they were in my way. Testing my luck, I asked if I could stand right next to them to get the clearest shot. They not only agreed, but they offered to watch my camera bag and make sure no one stood in my way! Score.

Thanks to these guards, I was now in a much better position to capture the models at multiple points down the runway. The most important shot was their pose at the very end. Thanks to my newly secured position on the runway I was able to capture some awesome poses at the end of the catwalk. Even better, a few of them looked right at me like this model!

Photographing KC Fashion Week taught me the true importance of shooting first and asking questions later. I have a digital camera with extra batteries for a reason. Film is no longer a limitation. I might as well get the most out of my equipment in a night. Editing through the 900+ photos I took in 4 hours was a bit of a chore, but it's worth it when you come across poses like this.