Sorry I haven't posted in the last few days, I have just been so busy with Spring Fashion Week. I took over 700 photos and now I have to edit them, cut it down to 50 or so for Melbourne Street Fashion.com. It doesn't help that I have gotten home at 4am every night this week and I am super sleepy and hungover. I also have 3 essays due this week which I haven't started. But heck I had a blast this week, but boy am I glad it is only a week, no way could I have continued on like this for any longer (I have no idea how people do go out every night, at most I can manage it once a week)
Anyway I thought I might show you all the FREE stuff I got at Fashion Week.
From Left to Right: Vintage black and white scarf, 3 pairs of black leggings, skin care products, fancy shoe clips, heaps of pads and tampons, Marie Claire magazine, more skin care products, Smiggle stationary, Blue eco bag, De Lorenzo hair treatment, hair lemon hang over treatment, bath crystals.
Look at it all, and I gave away about the same amount of stuff to my sister for her Birthday (Happy Birthday Ebony :> your real present is coming asap). The best stuff came from the RAW parade, which was an eco fashion show using vintage clothes and organic fabrics at the Docklands. In that goodie bag I got a black and white vintage scarf and a blue "green bag" for the supermarket plus some De Lorenzo hair treatment. You can find out more about that show at Melbourne Street Fashion.com (photos of the parade will be there ASAP...remember I took over 700 photos so it is taking forever to edit them all, sorry)
My media pass. It was so fun to have this, being able to go to the VIP bar and drink it up before the shows for free was fantastic and then again after the shows. Not so much fun was me having to work during the shows in the photographers pit because boy are some photographers pushy. It is such a sexist industry, 99% of the photographers were men and there is me, Fashion Hayley in some crazy bright outfit and my kinda crap equipment compared to their $10,000 camera's with fancy smancy lenses. They think they can just walk all over you and make you move, well honey's I'm sorry but you can't! At one of the events I went to with one of our writers from Melbourne Street Fashion.com when the event coordinator saw us 2 girls she was like "where is your photographer? I thought you were bringing a photographer?" Hello I am right here! It was kinda funny in the photographers pit, I was the only one who clapped with the audience and seemed to enjoy the show. I guess for most of the other photographers fashion isn't their passion they are just there for work as a photographer for The Age or Herald Sun, normally they are shooting politicians or something. I also was the only one not wearing black.
I always wanted to be a photographer, and now it has kinda happened. I studied photography all through highschool and then at University. All that study is wasted now though, because I learnt all about film, film processing in black and white and colour and film slr cameras. My 1st digital camera wasn't bought until I was 21 and finished with studying photography, and it was only a 3megapixel camera (the most you could get at the time) and now I have a 6megapixel and a 8megapixel camera but the photos are just never as good as with film. I was thinking about how there is no way I could have taken 700 photos with film, that would just have been way too expensive, digital camera's have made everyone a photographer because it's just so cheap and easy now, but they have meant that everything I learnt and studied was a waste of time. When I was younger, about 13, we lived on the same street as this famous comedian and writer for The Age, and her boyfriend was a photographer for The Age as well. Well me and my sister became good friends with this couple, they were sort of like our mentors and they really inspired me in so many ways. They had spent a year teaching English in Japan and they were living a very bohemian life which I kinda aspired to do. Well when I told them I wanted to be a photographer they told me "Don't, it is too hard an industry" which kinda surprised me, but I didn't listen obviously, I kept on studying, but now I see what they mean. It is very competitive and really you are only as good as your equipment, and good equipment is very expensive. It doesn't help that everything that I learnt is of no use to me now, people just 3 years younger than me have more of an understanding of digital photography than me. My age group is just a little out of the technology loop, just a little, but enough to make a difference. I don't know what I'm going to end up doing, photography? owning a shop? fashion stylist? I've dabbled in both styling and photography and I love them both, maybe owning a shop can combine the 2 without me having to work for someone else. It is kinda exciting, I want to know what happens, it's like the beginning of a book and you can't wait for the end but the process of getting there is just as good. What I mean is I am happy and excited about life, the possibilities are endless.