working at fashion weeks can be a fascinating experience. After one year in this world and 50 shows, I start to get habits, make connections with the photographers, the PR, the journalists, the designers and of course the models. Show after show, I recognize the habits of the models: how they behave, how they walk, how they pose, how they take the light and the relations they build with the photographers. Some models are excellent at it, and some are really bad at it.
This year during the menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week, my camera has been particularly impressed and attracted by a new male model: Timothy Kelleher. He looks like a teen, he wear braces, but I was amazed by how professional he is. He’s from London in D1 Models and Ford Models Europe.
When a model arrives at the end of the runway he has to make a look for the cameras and Timothy does this special thing: he tries to look quick at all the cameras, so that gives you the time in the 3 seconds you have to get a good shot.
You would think that models all know how to pose for the cameras but believe me, it’s not the case. And models who give something special like him make a difference when you get back to your office to sort out your 1200 daily pictures. You know that his pictures will be good and it’s something we really appreciate as photographers. Chemistry is not something granted in advance, but with Timothy in front of your camera on the runway, you know it’s going to happen.
Later in that season, I had to work as backstage photographer, and my camera crossed Timothy’s path again. And there also he was excellently pro. He understands without one word what we want from him. No need to talk to him, just one eye contact and he gets what you expect. He’s very aware of all that is happening around him and pays attention when a photographer targets him with a camera. He will naturally take the time to pose for each photographers.
He is one of the most discreet models backstage. I can’t say if he’s shy, but he’s very low profile and very quiet. You can only tell he loves his job and does it perfectly. I’m sure he’s going to be really big very soon. And the last detail: he’s only 17!
I was so amazed each time I saw him that I wanted to send a word to his agencies to say: he is really good and super pro. So Timothy, if you ever read that, thank you for being as you are. It’s just excellent how the magic natually works with you. Don’t change.
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