24 Hours At New York Fashion Week With Photographer Melodie Jeng
I typically wake up between 7 and 9am
It varies - the ideal is earlier as I am usually editing and sending photos. I wake up, shower, edit, send photos, go over my schedule and make sure I have all my equipment, I am usually a bit "late" and working until the last minute possible.
I try to eat breakfast
If I have time, I like to make eggs, have coffee, eat some greek yogurt and fruit, and stay hydrated, but in reality this usually doesn't happen during fashion week. Usually I grab something on the go - yogurt, protein bars or fruit.
I am usually at the shows from around 10 am until it gets dark
In September, that means being out until about 7.30-8pm, but there are sometimes short breaks in between. I am usually outside the whole time going from show to show. I have endured basically any type of weather because I am crazy! This season, I am shooting more backstage, so I should be going in and out of some shows as well.
Sitting down to have a meal is a privilege and very rare
I usually grab quick bites to eat here and there. Probably snacks or nothing honestly. It's not very healthy. I like to have smoothies if there's a place closeby but usually it's whatever is closest and somewhat sustainable.
I'm not really a party person
I never really go to fashion week parties, I have maybe gone to 1 or 2 events for a maximum of 5 minutes. I am editing and resting at night. I am usually falling asleep by my laptop!
Sometimes I edit the images the same day
If it's required, I can, but I am usually shooting for multiple publications and have a lot of images. When I get home, I spend it going through images and making selections for each publication and deleting completely unusable photos. Editing the actual images does not take that long - I usually do basic editing, no retouching.
Usually, I crash out at night
Recently, I've been making my selection at night, sleeping, and then editing the images in the morning and sending them. I realized it is better to just sleep and have some more energy and last-minute motivation in the morning. I have thought about sending my photos to an editor or having someone help me select my images, but I haven't found someone that fits the job and my aesthetic yet.