This year is a big milestone year for Alternative Fashion Mobs's annual Alternative Fashion Week. This year is year number five with a show aptly receiving the moniker "Runway No.5." To amp up for the multi-day event, in collaboration with the inaugural session of The Camera Social held on May 27th, 2017 (hosted by Commons Studio), local photographers, models, hair & makeup professionals, and members of the fashion industry at large were invited to preview some of the Alternative Fashion Week designers. I was more than excited to be one of those photographers.
While I tend to model for the AFW show instead of shooting, it was a nice change of pace for me to get to work in the fully equipped studio space at Commons Studio at this first time collaboration. Shooting in an open space studio complete with tunes by DJ Donnie Mossman of Damn Girl and libations provided by 451 Spirits and Pabst Blue Ribbon , we had an audience of fashion industry onlookers, the designers themselves, and other hair & makeup/photographer/model professionals.
I was personally brought out of my comfort zone with such a large group of people and there not being a fully "scheduled" group shoot environment. I appreciate the open atmosphere and the general sense of collaboration, though, and feel like it helped me actually focus more on my lighting and model interaction.
While I did not have the pleasure of working with all of the models or individual designs, I am pleased with the connections I made and the images I did come out with. I tried some new lighting and editing techniques and certainly met some new connections in the industry.
I also shot one of the models, Thomas Price, after many of the others had left and I am really glad I did! He and I shot some edgy extensions of the shots we got earlier in the evening.
The Alternative Fashion Week event is actually several events spanning a whole month. These events range from July 8ths Runway No.5 being held at Newport Music Hall (Tickets)* to August 5ths Next Gen Designer Youth Fair. The fashion events are a mix of free and ticketed events and information can be found here. There is even an option to round up your tickets to make an additional donation. This year is special because AFM is working on funding a physical Fabric facility, to help local designers in the industry and make Columbus even more of a Fashion City!
Models: Thomas Price, Rachel Lauren, Lindsay Wilt, Sarah Anchor, Alana Rex
Designers: Kelli Martin of Anti.Label, Jefferey M. Steele, Jessica Driscoll, Katelyn Mary McClain, Ella Price and Co.
Hair & Makeup: Kate Wright, Cory Harrison, Kristy Kay
*Link Disclosure: By using the "Tickets" link above, I am receiving a portion of sales using this link. If you would rather buy your tickets through the Mob directly (no price change), you can do so here.*