Quiet Moments During the Chaos of New York Fashion Week.

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This month I was chosen by Tumblr to be one of their creators during New York Fashion Week Men's. They gave me an all-access pass and the freedom to create, so while most of the other photographers were trying to capture the insanity and action of the runway, I was looking for quieter, more personal portrait moments amidst the chaos. 

It was truly a photographers dream. With dozens of models, designers, and even their celebrity friends milling around backstage, I was able to steal them for a quick second to grab a portrait, usually ducking behind a rack of clothes for some privacy, or up against a window for some beautiful natural light. 

I covered the entire week of shows with my Sony A7RII (as well as my A6500 when I needed the on-camera flash) and my Sony G Master 24-78 2.8. It was the perfect setup for versatility; I was able to get wide shots of the runway and immediately run backstage for tight portraits of the models. Here are a few of the images from my experience.

I knew Herieth Paul had a cool look, but it wasn't until after I got a couple natural light portraits with her that she told me she's actually the new face of Maybelline! Shot on the Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/4

I knew Herieth Paul had a cool look, but it wasn't until after I got a couple natural light portraits with her that she told me she's actually the new face of Maybelline! Shot on the Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/4

The man himself! Billy Nye was one of the presenters for Nick Graham's show at NYFW, inspired by science and our solar system. I grabbed a couple quick shots with him backstage and thought it space would be an appropriate backdrop for him. Shot on my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 250 | 1/125s | f/2.8

The man himself! Billy Nye was one of the presenters for Nick Graham's show at NYFW, inspired by science and our solar system. I grabbed a couple quick shots with him backstage and thought it space would be an appropriate backdrop for him. Shot on my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 250 | 1/125s | f/2.8

It was almost pitch black backstage before the Palmiers du Mol show, but I knew I had to grab a shot of my favorite look from his show. Using the on camera flash from the Sony A6500 w/ Sony Zeiss 16-35 f/4, I was able to do just that. | ISO 640 | 1/160s | f/2.8

It was almost pitch black backstage before the Palmiers du Mol show, but I knew I had to grab a shot of my favorite look from his show. Using the on camera flash from the Sony A6500 w/ Sony Zeiss 16-35 f/4, I was able to do just that. | ISO 640 | 1/160s | f/2.8

Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 500 | 1/125s | f/2.8

Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 500 | 1/125s | f/2.8

These days women are dominating even Men's fashion week, and Madisin Rian is no exception. Shot on my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 800 | 1/200s | f/2.8  

These days women are dominating even Men's fashion week, and Madisin Rian is no exception. Shot on my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 800 | 1/200s | f/2.8

 

Steve Aoki debuted his collaboration with designer Dim Mak at this year's NYFW, complete with punk bands and models shredding on skateboards in a custom built half pipe. Before all the noise though, I was able to grab him for a quick shot backstage. Shot with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 640 | 1/125s | f/2.8

Steve Aoki debuted his collaboration with designer Dim Mak at this year's NYFW, complete with punk bands and models shredding on skateboards in a custom built half pipe. Before all the noise though, I was able to grab him for a quick shot backstage. Shot with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 640 | 1/125s | f/2.8

Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/3.2    

Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/3.2

 

 

Silver-haired models hanging backstage before walking out onto Nick Graham's space-themed runway. Shot with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 500 | 1/125s | f/2.8

Silver-haired models hanging backstage before walking out onto Nick Graham's space-themed runway. Shot with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master |    ISO 500 | 1/125s | f/2.8

A quick shot from the Woodhouse presentation. All the models were just standing still, but this one was kind enough to take some of my direction so I could grab an interesting portrait with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/3.2

A quick shot from the Woodhouse presentation. All the models were just standing still, but this one was kind enough to take some of my direction so I could grab an interesting portrait with my Sony A7RII w/ Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master | ISO 400 | 1/160s | f/3.2

Edsel Photo specializes in cinematic and stylized fashion photography for advertising and editorial publications in Austin, Texas and New York City.