This years Fashion Week was my busiest and best yet. I covered a total of 20 shows, all of them offsite (meaning not at the tents at Lincoln Center) and almost all of them I shot just backstage throughout the whole show, something I’ve been dreaming of doing since I first started shooting Fashion Week back in 2007.
Things backstage are always very chaotic, hair and makeup are usually done in small cramped rooms with people running around, working on 2 or 3 models at once. There’s a constant flurry of hairdressers running around applying clouds of hairspray, bobby pinning loose ends, makeup artists with pallets of foundation, blush and eyeshadow. Sometimes the models aren’t even completely ready, dressed and made up, until a just few seconds before they step onto the runway. The hardest part for a photographer can be just trying to stay out of the way!