Shooting at a fashion show


I had the opportunity to photograph at a fashion show last week, I had announced it in this post and I published some phone pics on this one.

So here’s the post with some photos and my thoughts on it! 🙂


How did that happen?

As you know, I’ve been shooting and doing some projects with fashion blogger Romina from the blog Blaastyle for over a year now. The other day she told me she was going to a fashion show and suggested I RSVP to the event as well and ask for a photographer’s credential.

It’s funny how we tend to assume those kind of things are inaccessible (or at least I am the kind of person who thinks like that), so I’m glad she brought that up because otherwise I would have never asked for such a thing. I guess I should give myself more credit 😉

That’s how I ended up strolling around the Mode Suisse event with my camera in hand, photographing both the backstage environment as well as the models walking down the catwalk!


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It was pretty awesome! And for a first time I’m quite pleased with my photos.

I must say I’m not a very fashionable person, a pair of jeans and a t-shirt are my everyday clothes. I do like to dress up for special occasions, but most of the time I’m very lazy with my style. However, I love and always have loved seeing editorials on magazines, fashion shows on tv and I truly enjoy styled photo shoots. So I guess it doesn’t really matter if you like photographing fashion but you’re not stylish yourself 😉


Tips for fellow photogs if you have the opportunity to experience this for the first time like I did:

The light in the backstage is not the best so shoot with a wider aperture and pump up the ISO. Same for the catwalk if the ambiance is quite dark.

For the catwalk shots, I set the camera to AF-C (continuous auto-focus) mode so I could keep up with the models as they were walking down the catwalk.

I like to shoot in manual mode but aperture mode would have been fine too. The thing is to find the right settings, once you got them you’re good for the entire show if the light and ambiance don’t change.

Unless you own a big memory card, you’ll need to bring spare ones! You’ll be shooting a lot, everything is in movement so you’ll end up taking a few pictures of the same model to make sure you got it right. I personally don’t do it, but it may be helpful to shoot in burst mode too. In addition, if like me you shoot RAW then the images are going to take a lot of space!

I took my 70-200mm lens which is quite heavy and since I don’t have a monopod two things happened: I had no stability and my arms got tired quickly, meaning my photos started to be blurred. So I decided to sit on the ground, use my knees to support the lens and shoot from there. Which turned out to be a good thing because I really like the angle I got for the photos!


FYI I’m uploading more photos in an album on my Facebook page here.

I feel this post is getting too long so I will stop writing here. If there’s anything you would like to know that was not mentioned above, please ask in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “Shooting at a fashion show”

  1. I also thought you needed to be invited to those kind of events to be allowed to take pictures there. This is such a great opportunity and I really enjoyed your pictures 🙂


    1. Thanks Jule!
      I think it really depends on the event and people behind it. I asked to photograph a dancing show last year and they refused because they only wanted press photographers there. I guess we should always try, there is no harm in asking 😉


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