(CNN)Hours on end confined to two feet square, teetering atop a box amid screams, shouts and sometimes violence. And you might not even walk away with anything usable. It’s no life, working in the photographer’s pit.
Yet when fashion week rolls into town, photographers volunteer to enter the pit in search of the perfect picture. Perched at the end of the runway there’s nowhere to hide, and the difference between a front page splash and the virtual dustbin can be a matter of millimeters.
They’re a special breed and one worth examining, so we sent our intrepid snapper into the throng to turn her camera on her colleagues – and herself.
Years covering LFW: “I’ve shot 46 seasons not including Haute Couture.”
How has the job changed since you started? “More stress, less work and much less pay, but that is also businesswide in photography. Not being 25 anymore does not help on the knees and hips when we stand for hours on end.”
Why do you do it? Do you still enjoy it? “I got started with it very young and loved the challenge of the shoots, some of the travel, camaraderie and the fantastic venues and shows you get to see. I do love it most of the time, the schedule has become more grueling through the years with more shows and longer days. I easily clock 18 hour days or more for about 5 weeks.”
What’s the most shocking moment you’ve witnessed? “A model walk straight off the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier, she was completely blinded by the lights and suddenly just walked off a high catwalk, she was fine albeit a bit ruffled.”
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