Fashion week is brutal. Beyond the beautiful clothes and attractive models, it can be very rough. First, you deal with getting into the venue and backstage. Occasionally the status I am given has been changed or revoked. For example, suddenly I am not granted access to “first looks,”which refers to the time when the models are fully dressed and ready to walk out on the runway. Sometimes you have only two minutes to cover first looks, which can be stressful. At times it can be quite chaotic backstage, with hair and make-up artists, dressers, PR and other photographers all trying to do their jobs in a small amount of time, and often on top of each other in tight spaces, like at Milk Studios here in New York. You’re really thrust into this world and it’s a sink or swim sort of situation. You try and do the best you can without ruffling too many feathers or being beaten down. But ultimately, everyone is just trying to do their best job and make the show a success for the designer. And obviously getting the most amazing images for you and your client are what’s driving you.