After suffering from a virus that left me thinking my brain was trying to escape through my skull by bashing itself against the inside of my cranium* every time I stood up, on Thursday I limped my way to Norwich. I had won a competition to be one of the photographers for their Fashion Week and to say I was nervous/not feeling in tip top condition would be an understatement. However I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity to try two genres of photography I had yet to explore, Portrait and Fashion.
Greeted by the House photographer, the completely chilled not-at-all-lovey Paul John Bayfield wasted no time in making us feel comfortable and included. He lead us backstage and told us to get stuck in where we snapped away at models in various states of perfection and wearing more Charlotte Tilbury make-up than you might see available to purchase in Selfridges.
This was a proper butterfly in the stomach moment with the anticipation and excitement building as the models went from every day lovely to sparkly eyed vixens. Some of the girls has exquisite faces, you know you’re in the presence of real beauty** when even the Lightroom's 'clarity' setting reveals not one wrinkle!
For the ‘real’ show the music and lights became more intense and the spot we picked in photographers stand or ‘pit’ proved to be of vital importance. Luckily I managed to get some decent images even if I do say so myself.
With the first show over, an eerily quiet period ensued. The buzz of the lights and chatter of people disappeared as they foraged the Norwich streets for food or just enjoy a little downtime. But it all revved back up again with a few extra gears for the final show of the night. Again Paul was on hand to ensure we were OK when some of the other photographers that arrived seemed a little put out by our presence.
I took this opportunity to try a few experimental shots and whilst the results weren’t quite as good as I hoped, I loved seeing the show from a different angle. Like a kid watching their parent’s party from the staircase this view was special, if only to me. To be honest, I preferred shooting the slightly more obscure shots to those of the actual show, with one possible exception...
Hard life eh?
*by that I mean I had a headache
**by that I mean youth