What Does It Take To Get That Perfect Street Style Snap?
Ever flipped through a magazine and turned back just to take a better look at a fashion piece shot in the streets?
Ever gawked at a fashion photo on the billboard in the street and been amazed by the natural quality of it?
I’m pretty sure all of you must have done at least one of the things mentioned above.
Well, if you have, then you have no one else to thank but the master brain and relentless go-getter behind that one shot you admired – the photographer!
In fact it wouldn’t even be wrong to call him or her a superhero, because that’s what it takes to get that perfect shot in street style.
Fashion photography as such is something that requires a great deal of talent and skills and when it comes to street fashion or urban street clothing, well, it’s a whole other level.
As we enjoy and take inspiration from millions of fashion photo shoots we go through every day, I think it is time we see the amount of work that goes on behind those photos and get to know the people who manage to make every celebrity look awesome.
What does it take to get the perfect shot?
Streetwear clothing or street style photography has become more of a sport now. It is not only a competition in front of fashion shows but also on the streets. And that’s not because people try to look fashionable on the streets. It’s the natural element that people want.
Photographers get booked by fashion bloggers and models for shots that look fashionable naturally, shots that showcase the raw and spontaneous nature of street fashion, shots that show how streetwear is more than just clothes.
Yes, it’s the emotion and the implicit culture that sells street fashion. For the same reason and of course, the depth in street style photography, it has literally moved in from the periphery of fashion and become an industry essential.
And to achieve that depth, photographers go above and beyond their work and comfort zones. Famous photographer Tyler Joe recalls working 13 and 14 hours a day without a single break for straight eight days in New York. And from there to the next destination in very bad climate, not to mention the jet lag.
He says, “In February, I travelled about 188 miles on foot, or roughly seven marathons.”
Many times, Tyler Joe has had to endure extreme weather conditions with temperatures ranging from 0 degrees in winter to as high as 110 degrees in summers. And that too along with the jet lag and miles of walking.
Similarly, it takes a lot of persistence and calculation to get the perfect shot. It’s easier when the celebrities walk on the red carpet and pose for photos. But it takes a dedicated photographer to catch an equally good shot when they’re not posing or when they are in a rush. It might require a lot of waiting, a lot of running and a good sense of timing.
Take a look at this shot below of Erica taken by Tyler Joe at Giambattista Valli show in Paris. He says that he missed the front by the time he saw her come out, so he just called her name in hopes of her turning around. But instead she just gave a twirl and that’s when he clicked this beautiful shot.
So as you can see, it is not the easiest thing to do in this world being a street style photographer. As they say, it is not for the light hearted.
Next time you see a great photo, take a moment and think of the effort taken by the photographer. Here are a few more great shots:
Author: Bhagya Rose is a die-hard fashion enthusiast, designer and writer, who loves exploring the latest trends in street fashion, indulging herself sans souci in some good old fashioned retail therapy every once in a while and is obsessed with everything Rose Gold.