2016 was the second year for DC Swim Week and DC Swim Week came in as the weather in the area was at record highs. I did not make it to the first three events, but I did make it to the finale show at the Embassy Hotel in Washington DC. The show did not disappoint! The SWAG bags were amazing and so were the models and the music. Great designers from the area as well as several designers from abroad to include Brazil and Lisbon were on deck. Please enjoy the photos below and stay tune for DCSW17.
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A lot was learned in this week long fashion experience in the DC area. I closed out with the Indie Fashion Week Finale which I found out about the night before. I am certainly learning my way around the media circuit and how to get into such events. I can tell you that I have been bitten by the fashion photography bug and I am now headed in the right direction. I met a handful of business people in the area and any opportunity to network is an opportunity to grow and learn. I am very optimistic about my future in fashion photography.
Being in the DMV for two years has been an eye opening experience in many ways. One way was to be able to discover the local fashion scene here in the city and it only took two years to find out that DC has a fashion week. I was fortunate enough to be able to cover three of the events they had starting with the mens fashion show on the first night. The second event I covered was the emerging designers of the area and eight designers were featured. The finale night, which was my favorite, showcased a lot of the international designers that live here in the DMV area. Below are just a few of the images I was able to show on this blog but believe me there were plenty of amazing designs this year! I can't wait to see what the next season will bring for this DC designers.
Meeting new people is what I love to do. On a recent trip to NYC to attend a class I had the opportunity to photograph NYC/Miami model Aaron Bryant. He was a cool guy and we all had an amazing time at the session and capturing some memorable images. Please enjoy, like and share! You can also follow me on IG @catherineraephotography.
Everyone meet Sean or Shon as he is listed on social media! Sean is an aspiring actor who lives in the DMV and was awesome to photograph. He was more than willing to listen and opened to all the crazy ideas I had for his session. We have another shoot scheduled soon and I can't wait to see what comes out of it. Stay tuned!