My last shoot for October was another one involved in the fashion and beauty industry. I was approached by an agency who are involved in engaging youth with brands and asked to produce documentary event photography as part of the Claire’s launch in Durban. Claire’s, unbeknownst to me at the time of this shoot, is an international fashion accessories brand aimed at young girls between the ages of 10 and 18. They make jewellery and other funky accessories. This particular event was the culmination of a competition for young ladies who were each given a different theme and told to accessorise themselves around the theme.
In-between running backwards and forwards between the contestants getting ready and the show itself, I managed to get these photos in extremely challenging lighting conditions as the sun went down over Durban North’s Oakridge School. There was literally one light aimed on the stage and it gave no illumination at all for photographic purposes. I had to push the ISO right up on my cameras just to get an acceptable shutter speed before I eventually gave up with that and resorted to using flash (which is something I very seldom do at any event).
Anyway, dealing with those challenges is all part and parcel of being a professional photographer. You have to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. This is what makes the difference in event coverage.