So like most of the fashion world, we’re pretty obsessed with street style—but one of our favorite online destinations specifically calls itself "NOT a street style blog." Yup, we’re talking about Le 21ème and the site’s incredibly cool, bearded founder Adam Katz Sinding—who happened to give a couple fashion photo-focused sessions at FABB on Friday.
While the Canon-sponsored sesh was pretty technical, us amateur-photog attendees learned some cool tips, like to try and focus our cameras on an object in the foreground of ours pics and to shoot someone while down on one knee, proposal-style (the angle actually elongates the subject). Oh, and as Adam was flipping through his slideshow, he realized that he was wearing the exact same outfit that he modeled in some demo pics shot yesterday. Yeah, can’t sneak that past a room full of fashion bloggers.
We caught up with Adam after his session to get a few tips, straight from a street style (er, NON-street style?) fashion photo-journalist.
How would you suggest people posing for a regular photo stand for the most flattering shot?
I think breaking a leg—like shifting your weight to one side—for sure. I think it’s more flattering—it makes you look more relaxed. Everyone makes fun of me when I tell people, "chin down, chin down." I know a lot of people think it’s going to give them a double chin, but to me, looking at people through the top of your eyes is so much more engaging and intense and beautiful. To me, that’s how I like to take photos. It’s a preference. I think just being natural and not worrying it, just doing an anti-pose is the way. Just be yourself.
Through your fashion week photography, what trends have you noticed this season?
I’m not good with trends. I try and not pay attention to trends just because I feel like it’s going to close my vision. I’m probably the last person to ask, because I really do my best to ignore the trends in order to keep an open mind. Really, what the trends come from are the people who [look] the most comfortable in front of the camera. [They] look the coolest, look the most confident—thus people look at those photos and say, "Doesn’t she look confident and comfortable? I wanna dress like her."