To God be the glory! That’s what Chance the Rapper said in his Grammy victory speech and that’s what I’m claiming as well. This weekend was nothing short of God’s provision. As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I went to NYFW to shoot some shows backstage — as a freelance photographer. For those that don’t know, getting into shows without being an editor, blogger/influencer, celebrity, or photographer associated with high-profile press (think, Getty & Vogue) is not easy. The shows I went to were not “big-name” designers, nevertheless, I was able to go. I can’t thank God enough for the opportunity.
It wasn’t my first time shooting at fashion week (in fact, it was my 5th) and each time, I realize that it’s easy to become jaded. I almost didn’t go to the last show I was supposed to attend yesterday. I was exhausted, hungry, and my feet were in so much pain. Something in me, however, told me to go. I followed that urge, went, and it turned out that the Lujin Zhang show was my favorite yet. I also met some pretty cool people.
What I’m getting at is that I could’ve left but I chose to stay and there’s definitely something to be said about staying at your post. There’s something to be said about being resilient and choosing to forge on, even if what you’re given doesn’t look like what you wanted it to – so I didn’t make the cut for the J. Crew presentation, and that’s okay. There’s something to be said about being humble and gleaning whatever value you can from your current situation – the practice I received was invaluable. So maybe I didn’t do this the standard way, but if this year so far has taught me anything, it’s that I should get used to the “unprecedented.” Take a look at my favorite shots from the weekend. And in case any of them are reading this, thank you so so much to the PR teams who allowed me to come and shoot; I’m truly grateful.
Left Image: Elizabeth Kennedy FW17
Above Image: Lujin Zhang FW17