New York-based Stephen Mihalchik is one of our favorite fashion week photographers. Coming from humble beginnings, he’s worked to realize his dream of shooting fashion and glamour subjects in setting most people only dream about.
“I started my photography journey eight years ago out of the love and appreciation I had for the art since I was a child. For the first five years I studied photography and all the technical details, as well as doing tons of free work to practice my art. The two biggest influences in my photography career were the teachings by world renowned pro photographer and author Tony Northrup. I was also extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to train with the amazing fashion photographer Emily Soto at one of her elite workshops. Three years ago I started my own photography business and its been such a wonderful and wild ride.
“From such humble beginnings, I now shoot at the fashion shows during New York Fashion Week. This season was a mix of bold styles and lots of leopard print, super-long sleeves and elegant headwear. I was also very happy to see so many trends and styles from the ’80s coming back.
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Photos: Stephen J Mihalchik, LLC
“Hakan Akkaya brought back almost everything I loved about ’80s fashion. Puffy coats, animal prints, studded leather jackets and more. Rufat Ismailov’s Afffair collection was jaw dropping. A dramatic difference form last years stunning collection. Bold, bossy and eye catching. Clothing that instantly makes you respect the person wearing it. All the designers brought something different and fun this year.
Hakan Akkaya brought back almost everything I loved about ’80s fashion
“My goal this season was to spend more quality time with each designer’s collection and not rush through each show. To really immerse myself in their creations and understand their vision. I achieved that and enjoyed every minute.
My goal is to understand their vision
“I think back to when I bought my first little Canon point-and-shoot camera and started taking photos of trees and flowers for a local calendar in the suburbs. A few months ago I shot Paris Hilton.
“Never give up believing in yourself.”