"Get off the runway!" A crazy adventure in photography with the Kardashians.

The year was 2011, it was a mild September day in New York. I was going to shoot, what I thought, was just another runway for Fashion Week. When I arrived at the door of the Trump building, there were paparazzi snooping outside the front door. The guy at the check in was nervous and jittery. Suddenly as I went to enter the door, out of nowhere, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian began to walk towards me from the sidewalk. The paparazzi snapped away as the check in attendant literally dropped his clipboard and froze. It was as if he was being graced by the presence of an otherworldly spirit. As they walked by me, I didn't snap photos, as I have no need for a photo of them walking into a door. There was no adrenaline rush for me, i'd seen them before and after all my experiences, I was numb to celebrities. Once inside, I learned about a girl named Kendall Jenner, the Kardashian's step sister. She was walking her first runway as a model at the young age of 15. That's when it occurred to me, things are going to get interesting.

(Above) A shot of Kendall Jenner from the night. I think she was looking at me...

The reality TV cameras roamed about, always taping around the Kardashian sisters. Often this kind of thing comes up. If you added up my 4 cameos on reality shows it would equal 2.1 seconds of ultimate fame. So there was quite a commotion as they sat down to watch the show. Finally it began, and I had an idea of what Kendall looked like from a quick iPhone search; however, I received audio confirmation, when a model walked out and Kim & Kourtney cheered. As the runway continued, a woman with the camera crew had found her way directly on the runway. She was blocking a lot of the runway shots, and ruining the background. A few other photographers began to get upset, and began yelling "Get off the runway" at the woman. It wasn't out of the question, one time should have been enough to alert her, they weren't getting shots. For the photographer working for the designer label, that's a big issue. You can't redo these shows and it's their job to get flawless shots. As Kendall walked out again with her second look, once again some people yelled "Get off the runway!" Immediately I thought, this is not good, she is going to think they are referring to her. It was her first runway, she was just a kid, and under immense pressure already. I mean come on, if she fell it would have been international news, above the debt crisis. She had to have heard them, as she smirked nervously for a moment, but kept her composure and blocked it out. For that I give her a great deal of props. I managed to work around the video person in the middle of the runway, but it's a show I will never forget. Perhaps it was an elaborate setup to initiate drama for the reality show? I'll never know...

(above) In this photo you can see a member of the film crew directly in the runway, lower left corner. She's filming on a DSLR.