Miami Swim '17
[Cover Model: Joy Corrigan] While traveling though the US, one of my clients invited me to come visit them at Miami Swim ’17. As it turns out, one of my good friends Michelle Bagarra was also in town walking for some of the shows, and so we got to have a few adventures [including Michelle having to bunk with me for a couple of nights after her air bnb was overrun by an irate local, and the police having to be called etc etc, ha!] - Welcome to Miami!
For those that don’t know, Miami Swim is annual the industry event for swim and resort - effectively where swim-resort designers and buyers go to meet. It was my first time attending, and to be honest, it’s a bit had to navigate - with I’m guessing at least 3 PR major companies organizing competing shows (that you can’t really attend back to back as they are at different venues. I even missed one show because I couldn’t find the tent. With that said, I had a great time, and everyone is really nice and friendly - and super laid back.
If you’re a brand or photographer, it’s a great place to cast for talent and shoot, as everyone is in a very small radius, and agency models are everywhere. The beach is close, and Uber pool is just $2 to almost everywhere. I met most of the models that I connected with, either at the shows or walking around with Michelle while she attended castings.
One of the highlights for me was the MINIMALE ANIMALE show, hosted offsite.
In my last couple of days, I managed to sneak in a couple of model tests: Egith, Tatiane, Lilian, Alexay, Michelle & Merla.
A few random snaps from the week... Michelle Bagarra, Egith Iggy, Joey Wright
Fashion Week Virgin // MBFWA 2017
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2017. Words & photographs by me (Dave Blake). Cover photo ft. Ollie Henderson (CHIC Management) walking for the jaw dropping final show of the week by Romance was Born.
This year was my first foray into the world of experiencing (and photographing) Australia's largest and most important industry-only fashion event, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA 2017), hosted annually in Sydney.
It's an event where the biggest and most ambitious designers (with the help of their PR teams) showcase their next season collections in $60-100K shows, fashion editors pen make-or-break reviews, and socialites, models and fashion bloggers have access to an enormous media army helping them push out so much content it's difficult to find a time where you don’t see video rolling or hear a camera clicking at 12 frames per second.
For those that don’t know me, I’m a fashion photographer that had a truly fashion-less upbringing in Far North Queensland where the accents are thick, and shoes are optional. To put another twist on the story, not long ago, I also used to be a computer programmer - a far cry from the mysterious world of fashion, models and socialites.
As a full-time shooter I do have visions of grandeur to go all the way in shooting commercial fashion and beauty, for top-tier clients.
I constantly surround myself with mentors that push me to not only work on my craft but also understand the industry that I purport to operate in; earning the right to wear the badge of “fashion photographer”.
This year, armed with my ability to shoot, a loose idea of what to expect, and some might say, hit-and-miss-boyish-charm, I applied for my media access to shoot, and set about navigating the wonderful world that is Fashion Week Australia.
This is my top 30 from the week - I hope you enjoy!