WHAT FASHION WEEK IS LIKE FOR A BACKSTAGE PHOTOGRAPHER
ANY FASHION WEEK PRO KNOWS THERE’S A MILLION-AND-ONE THINGS GOING ON BEHIND-THE-SCENES, OFTEN ALL AT ONCE. DARIO CASTILLO CAPTURES IT ALL. WE SPOKE WITH DARIO ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM HOW HE GOT HIS START IN FASHION TO HOW HE PREPARES FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK AND WHICH MODELS HE EXPECTS TO SEE EVERYWHERE THIS SEASON.
VM: Which shows did you shoot during your first season?
DC: I started with Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown, Asher Levine, and Siki Im Fall/Winter 2013
VM: I’d imagine that you have a really good read on which models are going to be super-buzzy any given season. Who should plan to keep on our radar?
DC: DNA Models I always have on my radar. AI keep up with Dazed & Confused, I-D, Instagram’s feed for the latest news. Dazed Korea/Italian Vogue as well.
VM: How do your fashion week gigs differ from what you might work on normally during the year?
DC: New York Fashion Week pushes me out of my comfort zone (In a good way), It is very different and crowded. Meanwhile my editorials and other photo projects I love a closed quiet set with my trusted team.
VM: What are your goals for any given show season?
DC: My goal is to better at my work (stronger, graphic images) from each previous show, previous season in documenting and encapsulating for the next generation/readers and consumers of fashion to reference to, a part of fashion history. And its turning points.
VM: What’s your main piece of advice for newer photographers looking to do what you do?
DC: Practice, practice, and practice. Make sure when you pitch to editors to have a similar portfolio/events that you want to shoot. Be passionate about what you do and always remember its for everyone use. Not only for your NYFW Portfolio. Be mindful of what you focus on and what you don’t focus on when covering a show. Time is ticking when fist looks are done backstage but always have fun. Don’t be lazy on turn around times! Be on it! Pace yourself! Keep it 100 to yourself. It’s okay to say no and its okay to experiment with photo styles, just don’t take too long.