Last Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing, for the second time, one of Calgary’s… no… one of Alberta’s top fashion shows. The show is called PARKSHOW and was put on by PARK, a network of young Calgarian’s eager to promote and support fellow emerging artists. If you recall my post from last year’s event, PARK stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture.”
I really enjoy photographing runway shows and overcoming the challenges that each one presents me. In my post titled “Tips on Photographing a Runway Fashion Show”, I explain the steps I take in order to produce the best images I can to represent the event. There were quite a few photographers at this year’s PARKSHOW, so I needed to make sure my images were top-notch in order to stand out above the many others.
This year’s PARKSHOW was fabulous. Approximately 500 people packed the Arrata Opera Centre and with Ian Keteku on the mic and talent from Sophia Models gracing the runway, the show was one of pure success. Lacey Taylor from The Little Vegas Dance Company had everyone squirming in their seats as she kicked off the show with a stimulatingly seductive burlesque performance. From my perch atop a step stool with my shoulders tight against my fellow photographer’s, I think I heard more camera shutters going off in the media pit for Lacey’s performance than I did during the rest of the entire show. We were so tight, in fact, that a few of my images caught the mic of my friend Paul Spenard‘s video camera.
The show’s amazing posters and other creative imagery were produced by Studio Coalition, the duo of Derek Heisler and Joey Camacho. I love their photographic work and regret not introducing myself at the show.
Ok, enough jabber and on to the images. Below are the collections that were presented by each designer. Click on any of the collections to view all of the images larger on Facebook, where I encourage you to comment on them and tag any of the models you recognize.
If you are one of the featured designers or models from the show and would like more information on obtaining copies of my photographs, send me a message on Facebook or email me at photo[at]ianharding.com
Alecyn Lea with Cat’s Eye Vintage (jewelry by Alecyn and clothes provided by Cat’s Eye Vintage)
KARA by Kara Chomistek
Apiana Que by Ashley Quan
Emogene Couture by Michelle Baynes
MaNoKin Design by Marsina King
Madame Wolf by Jenna Etcheverry
N.R.T. Fashions by Nicole Rita Tomney