Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour PS

I got to Milk Studios for Suno’s inaugural runway show Friday evening as the sun began to set. I had been shooting outside Rag & Bone earlier along the West Side Highway and hightailed it back to Chelsea to make sure I got a decent spot on the photographer riser. I also wanted to make the most of the waning sunlight and shoot some more street-style.

A bit after 7 pm I was standing directly in front of Milk’s entrance, leaning against a parked car flipping through my photos, when I heard screams. Yes, screams. I looked up and saw her: Anna Wintour. I jumped into action and was able to get just this one photo as she walked right in front of me before jumping into a black car.

Yes, I was literally too close to Anna Wintour to get a decent photo of her. This is real life.

Shala Monroque

Shala Eyes Open Crop RS

I snagged this photo of fashion icon, Vogue regular, and blogger Shala Monroque after the Cushnie Et Ochs show at Milk Studios. I believe there was some type of issue with her transportation, and this photo is of her waiting for everything to be sorted out. I didn’t want to bother her since she seemed really stressed out about the mishap. After waiting for her to hang up her phone call I took three quick photos of her sitting on the railing like this and walked away. The last thing I ever want to do is cross the line from street-style photographer into a paparazzi. I’m sure some day I’ll get to say hello to her.

In the end, I think this photo is much more beautiful than a posed shot. I’m really falling in love with candid photography.

Coco Rocha

I met supermodel Coco Rocha at the IFB Conference on September 7th. She was a panelist on how to balance blogging with business. Coco writes about her life on her blog, Oh So Coco, and was the first supermodel to start a blog.
During the panel Q&A I asked a question about how to negotiate with brands. Coco was very sweet and jumped in to answer my question. She told me to always stand my ground, to believe in my dreams, and to never be afraid to fight for myself. She seemed like she actually cared about making sure that all of us bloggers realize our value, both as bloggers and as human beings. I knew Coco was a great person because I wrote a paper for my public policy class last winter about the viability of government regulation of thinness in fashion (like in Spain and Israel), and quoted Coco. She is a prominent advocate for healthy body images and actively works to make the world a better place by volunteering overseas
Coco is an incredibly inspirational woman and it was a privilege to photograph her for my blog. I only had a few seconds since her car was already waiting, but she was very happy to let me take her picture. Basically, Coco Rocha is a kickass person who just so happens to also be unbelievably gorgeous. Her inner-self is just beautiful as her outside.
Follow Coco on Twitter, @CocoRocha.