[Me in front of the Lincoln Center]
Perhaps I should refrain from saying “dreams” because that tends to scare many, or conjure up this mystical, hardly-will-ever-happen scenario. For this post, let’s just call them “goals.”
My “goal,” as ambitious as it is, was to photograph New York Fashion Week and feed my passion for the runway with only one year’s worth of photography under my belt. With planning as my foundation and determination as my fuel, I have accomplished the goal I set for myself and experienced much more than I could’ve imagined:
-Spotting rising model star Henry Watkins at the corner of my eye on the “A” train the first day of Fashion Week, meeting him and then seeing him again walking the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger runway show.
-Seeing legendary fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier attend front row at designer’s shows
-Standing right next to fashion icon Andre Leon Talley at Manolo Blahnik’s (and so nervous that I didn’t say anything!) then later on in the week redeeming myself and meeting him after the glorious Oscar de la Renta show.
-Meeting the iconic New York Times street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham who, at the age of 81, is still as youthful and passionate about capturing great moments through his lens.
-The networking! The networking was stupendous- editors, stylists, illustrators, models, etc.
-Shooting amongst all of these “Hall of Famer” photographers and videographers in the media pit. I may take good photos with a one-year career, but amongst these 5+ years experienced photographers I was surely just a rookie.
-Photographing the world’s TOP models such as Karlie Kloss, Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman (!!), Freja Beha, Jordan Dunn, Noah Mills, David Agbodji, and Indian powerhouse Lakshmi Menon. To an aspiring photographer like me, these are celebrities.
-Photographing celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Fern Mallis, Andy Cohen, Rebecca Romijn, Kimora Lee Simmons, Rachel Zoe, Joe Zee & Robbie Myers, Russell Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger, Isaac Mizrahi, Hilary Swank, Nigel Barker, Jay Sean, Vogue Italia’s Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani (whoa), Anna Wintour (!), and Jay Alexander, amongst others.
There was so much action, so much preparation, so much waiting, so much moves-making…but where does achieving something like this start?
IT BEGINS WITH A DECISION.
Readers, nothing you strive to accomplish and achieve matters most than by first making a decision that you will succeed. Even before action, what matters most is your attitude, for your attitude will set the tone for everything you do…and don’t do. I encourage all of you to make a firm decision of what you want in life…then make it happen.
The second part of my goal, of course, is to travel and shoot London Fashion Week. But even if it does not happen due to factors beyond my control, I can at least say I tried as hard as I could. And to be honest, I’m quite content with what I achieved thus far with New York’s Fashion Week; there is always February for the next collections. But as always, I’ll keep you posted on what happens 😉
Thank you for reading.