The Play Time Fashion Show took place at the club Numbers in Hillcrest, California, on September 10, 2009. Jeremy Butts organized and MCed the show as a student project for the fashion program at the California Art Institute. He did a fantastic job of getting a good selection of sponsors to donate outfits and resources to the show. There we about 30 or so models each wearing at least two outfits apiece and a crowd of some 300 people in attendance at the show. He arranged for food, drinks, and a DJ to keep the masses happy. His only unsolved problem (just days before the show) was that he didn’t have anyone to do videography or a dedicated photographer. That’s where I come in!
It just so happened that I was at the right place at the right time to hear about Jeremy’s problem. Jeremy asked C on short notice if she could shoot some video of the event and also if she knew of anyone who would be willing to take pictures. She then asked me if I was interested in photographing the event. I might have taken a bit more than a New York second to say yes.
I arrived about an hour early on the evening of the show so I could find a good place to set up shop. The club looked great with a very long semi-circular runway that passed through two distinct rooms. I found an unobtrusive spot where the models were guaranteed to pause for a moment on the runway. The DJ booth was also directly in front of me; which meant that I could also use the color changing light panels on the DJ booth for an interesting background. The location was great except for one small detail: the light where the models would pass through was poor at best. In fact, the entire club was much darker than I was expecting. I was hoping to use only ambient light for the shoot, but that was definitely not going to happen.
Luckily, I had my off-camera flash setup with me. I mounted a 580 EX II flash on a stand with a shoot through umbrella and a couple of Pocket Wizards and I was ready to go. After a couple of practice runs with the models, I was all set and confident that I had everything I needed. All of the attendees were seated, the lights dimmed further, and the music started to crank. The show was ready to begin.
Jeremy took the microphone and gave a brief intro, and then the models started down the runway.
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