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New York Fashion Week: Photographer Miguel Rajmil has seen it all

Miguel Rajmil has been shooting fashion for more than four decades, and he says that a lot has changed on the runways in recent years. One of the biggest changes is the swarm of bloggers in the "pit" – the nickname for the area photographers occupy at the end of the runway. 

“They crowd the pit, and they get spots alongside us,” Rajmil told Fox News Latino. "Veteran photographers say: 'If you can make a call on it, then it's not a camera, and it doesn't belong in the pit.'"

The world of professional photographers who shoot in New York, Milan, Paris and London is a tight group of war-weary types who vie for the prime spots in the pit. They aren't above elbowing each other to get a better shot, Rajmil said. 

The perfect position is full-frontal, with the model’s legs in a perfect vertical line. All the photographers want to be in the center of pit, and they arrive early to mark off space – but that doesn’t prevent people from encroaching into their turf.

“We all know each other. The Europeans can be pretty pushy. You ask nicely, can you please move an inch, and they’ll fight you for it. We protect our space,” he said with a beaming smile.

Rajmil has covered not only fashion but the Spanish royal family and even took a stab at being a paparazzi. “I shot Lady Diana when she came to the States. I can tell you it takes a lot of patience and effort, but you make a lot of money,” Rajmil said.

His days "running and gunning," shooting celebs are behind him now. It's not easy carrying tons of equipment up flights of stairs and standing for long hours, but the fashion shows are worth the wait and the shoving, he said.

“Every year, I’m waiting for the fashion shows in New York in February and September. Why not? Beautiful women beautifully dressed,” Rajmil said.

His eye is uncanny. But it’s his editing skills that set this master apart from the others. After years of working for EFE, a major multimedia news agency in Spanish and the world's fourth largest wire service after the Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse, Rajmil selects the photos to send to the agency, he says maybe ten out of hundreds.

“When it comes to fashion I tend to focus on one or two interesting items, maybe the hat or a collar, and that’s where I’ll put my interest,” Rajmil says.

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Rebekah Sager is a writer and editor for FoxNews.com. She can be reached at rebekah.sager@foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebekah_sager.