2016 was a funny and strange year. The beginning started out pretty much status quo and October & November were just crazy in terms of response and engagement from my long-time followers and some new one!
This blog article is a mixture of my best of and favorite Instagram posting for 2016. What it breaks down to is what you thought and which ones have a personal reason for me to mention them.
The Top 5
This image was taken at NYFW SS16. I had just moved to New York about a week before and hadn’t started the day job that got me to New York. So I had plenty of time to cover it. And what a way to start out in New York.
This image is special for two reasons: It’s in my top 5 best Instagram postings coming in at #2. It’s also the first image to break the magic #100 Likes number that was my first self-imposed milestone in 2016! And it did it quite fast too! I couldn’t believe how fast it happened. It looked like a slot machine with all the notifications appearing on my phone!
I had always liked this image but didn’t feel it was flashy enough to do well. I loved her outfit and her grin is super cute. People certainly related to the image.
I think this term is a replacement for Blogger. Many of the reasons why fashion shows have beefed up exclusivity is because of bloggers. New York Fashion Week, which is quite open compared to others, really closed down doors because of them. Bloggers were blamed for turning shows into zoos. Simply speaking, many of these people didn’t know how to behave in a professional manner. Now, ‘The Influencer’ is born.
Irene Kim is certainly much different than the typical Influencer. She’s a model. A real enough model that she has a gig with Este Lauder. So she has real cred. But her real gig is her Instagram account.
This image came from NYFW FW16 at the Ralph Lauren show. I didn’t know who she was to be honest. I just loved the way she looked. All white with the colored hair and great smile.
Not only is she my “Influencer” pic, but she’s also in the top 5 at number 3.
You know, in my opinion, being super-sexy while being classy is super-tough without going over that line. This lady did it! I mean, there is nothing racy or flashy about the pic. But she looks damn sexy while still keeping it totally classy. Yes, she has a great body. But I think it’s really about her body language, grin and attitude. Perfect. I’m a bit old fashioned and I’m of the type that believes that less is more. It’s not about showing skin. There’s a time and place for that. But in my opinion, much less than it’s out there right now. Just love this kind of sexy. She’s in my top five at #4
I’m there at NYFW FW17 and I see this lady standing outside one of the shows with her friends/colleagues. It was in between one of the shows so there wasn’t much happening. But I thought she had this really great “Girl Next Door” look and was wearing this simple and yet so classy blue striped dress. Reminds me of a really young Grace Kelly. Maybe not as much physically. But in style in both her looks and style.
Nothing pretentious about her at all. When I asked her if I could take her picture, she asked “Me?” That sealed the deal. She’s the complete package. While she’s comes in outside my top 5 images at #6, she totally deserves to be in this group. And she broke that 100-Like barrier too!
She was a bit of a tough one to name. This image came from New York Fashion Week FW16 at the Ralph Lauren show. When I saw her, I knew I had to get an image of her. As did street fashion legend Bill Cunningham who also got an image of her at the same time! He was in front of her and I was off to her left. The image he took of her recently appeared in the New York Times. Hey guys, I’d be happy to discuss with you having my image of her published!
I called her The Embodiment because both Bill Cunningham and the lowly Ricardo Gomez both thought she had it going on. From the New York Times article, Bill thinks that someone wearing white is dedicated to making it look good. As it’s not easy to keep the color white clean in the Manhattan. I simply love it on some people. It’s pure.
So she covered the spectrum on who thought she has style. She appears on my top 5 at number 5
I love this guy.
So there I was after one of the shows, standing at a street corner a couple of blocks away. I didn’t get very many images so I thought “Why not stand at a street corner and see what happens. Sure enough, about 30 minutes passes by and this couple comes walking across the street. I love the jacket and his style in general. When he saw me pull my camera up to my face, he gave me this amazing smile! I gave him a thumbs up!
This just raced up to number one like I’ve never seen before. I hadn’t looked at it recently, but it is closing in on 200 Likes which is DOUBLE what I had been working for for months! Okay, he was with a hot lady too. That certainly helped. But I think most of the image is about him. I love that this seems to be some random person I photographed standing at the street corner. I love those shots!
There are those that I thought did really well and/or have special meaning to me. Got to include them!
At my first New York Fashion Week show, this lady appears and starts posing for all the photographers. After being to a few shows, I guess NYFW has models appear at certain shows to pose for photographers. I know it’s happened at least at two Fashion Week’s I’ve been to. It’s just so awesome!
This model appeared at NYFW SS16. I tell people: the images I got in those 3 – 5 minutes are such a high caliber. They could go into any magazine. I know it! It proves that when you work with the best, your whole game goes up. The funny part is: If it doesn’t go well, it’s all on you haha!
Paris Fashion Week
Street fashion in Paris is actually quite horrible. And since PFW didn’t publicize locations and times of shows, getting great images was brutal. Seriously, standing at a good street corner in Manhattan can get you better fashion shots than a week in Paris. Trust me, I tried. But there were two people that gave me flashes of what it could and should be.
The first is this lady who was simply walking and talking in a fashionable and shopping-oriented district. Beautiful and classy. If it weren’t for the smoking, I’d swear she was an American. She noticed me and smile as she walked past me. Parisians could get quite annoyed with street photography.
The second image is the lady in the white blouse and pink skirt. It’s not obvious, but you can see a reflection of a photographer. It was a pretty casual photo shoot but she definitely had the model thing going. This is what I imagined what street fashion photography would be like in Paris. It was certainly the exception rather than rule.
I saw this lady at NYFW SS17. Definitely a class act. But I love the colors and style. It was a quick shot as the framing isn’t perfect. But I love the shot.
I personally thing 2017 is going to be a fantastic year on several fronts. I haven’t done anything special for New Years. Year round hard work. So I shouldn’t be especially euphoric. All I can say is: Thank you for all the amazing things that happened in 2016 and thank you for that feeling of incredible hope. I wish the same for you!