When I first got to the 600 Block Party around 6:30’ish there was a good amount of people mulling around, the police had the block shut down and still I was hesitant to walk in the middle of the street out of habit. Wandering around a bit as the sun went down and DJ Mega started livening everyone up with some music I got my self into the “block party” groove. The evening’s party culminated with an amazing fashion show produced by several of the designers on the 600 block (MISRED Outfitters , All Sewn Up Boutique, 1 of 1 Customs with Rasta, House of Merch, and more).
Thoroughly, an amazing evening with, ridiculous turn out, packed venues, hot models, exceptional fashions? you get the idea. This was what First Friday (the monthly downtown block party here in St Petersburg, FL) really should be!
This past Saturday I shot the Garment District 813 fashion show at the Tampa Armature for Creative Loafing. The show consisted of Ben Chmura?s first Resort Collection: Lamia?s Wrath; and Raven Reda’s new collection: Coup D?etat. It was a great show, albeit amazingly hot in the Armature building. Overall some really inspiring fashion designs and many beautiful models in a very unique setting but also one hell of a day to have some of my gear malfunction on me!
I’m not exactly sure what went wrong with the focus mechanism but 8/10 of my shots were garbage. They were just slightly out of focus and the exposure was all over the board, plenty enough to make them unusable… I’m not in the habbit of chimping while I’m shooting if the lighting conditions aren’t changing. So needless to say it was of the most disappointing things that I can imagine discovering after an evening of shooting. Thankfully I was shooting with two cameras so I still got some good shots!
I was contacted by the Sarah Gerard and Mitzi Gordon from The Dali Museum of St Petersburg about photographing their portion of Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload event several weeks ago. They were going to do a temporary art installation in the form of a Dali inspired fashion show and performance art. To say that I was a little excited to do this is really denying my inner tendency for hyperbole.
Over the evening of shooting the Dali’s exhibit at Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload party) I met some awesome people and had a great time. I’d like to give props to Mitzi Gordon for all of her hard work organizing the exhibit, the designers Ivanka Ska, Aleka Pheonix, Ungala and all of the performers including the staff from the Dali Museum, the dancers from USF and University of Tampa, and Hillsborough Community College and everyone else involved. You were all amazing to work with!
I had to wait a little while to post my take on the evening so that the Dali could get first exposure on the entire set of photos from the evening and Creative Loafing could run with the photos that I took while wandering around with their street team after the Sensory overload party was over.
And with that, I give you my photographic story of the evening?
Related photos: The complete photo set that I provided The Dali Museum here, the street photos that I provided to Creative Loafing here, or view the whole set here.
My friend, Whitney, recently graduated from Aveda Institute here in St. Petersburg. She’s been planning on moving to California for some time and to help her out with her new career in a new place, I did some head shots for her last weekend.
Whitney got several girls together whose hair she had recently styled and my friend (and amazing photographer) Carrie Waite helped me find a suitable location in the torrential downpour that was going on. All said and done, we’re all very pleased with the outcome.
Good luck in California, Whitney, you’ll do amazing!