As July 6th was approaching I started to think I made a terrible mistake. It’s Summer and I want to sleep late, lay on the Jersey beaches and scope out the local music scene at night. Instead I signed up for a 9:30 a.m. Summer class at FIT in NYC. What have I done? What was I thinking? I’m going to be waking up at 6:00 a.m., traveling 3 hours a day on a crowded train and sitting in a boring classroom with the possibility of time consuming homework. Am I crazy? Well, it’s two days into the program and I realize I made the best decision ever ( or as New Yorkers say…eva)! My name is Rachel K. You may see me around campus and recognize me as the girl whose makeup is always “on fleek “. I love to experiment with different colors and looks. I’m commuting from Central New Jersey and taking my first class, The Beauty Business-Art and Science of Cosmetics and Fragrances. I selected this class because I plan (hope) to attend FIT in the Fall of 2016 and eventually earn a BS in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing. My class is fabulously fast paced and fun. In the first two days we got a brief overview of the history of Cosmetics and Fragrances and discussed current job opportunities in this exciting industry. In addition, lab work included making body oil and henna. I even started my first project….A poster board depicting six decades of the evolution of eye shadow. The last thing I would call this class is boring! I’m looking forward to learning all I can about the Beauty Industry, making fragrances in the lab and going on “shopping” field trips. Most of all, I’m excited to blog and share my Summer FIT experience with you!
Student: Joan (17) from East Northport
Program: Summer Live
Pre-College Courses: Product Development
Describe your personal style: Funky, Floridian grandpa
Where do you go on your breaks from class? Lunch, bathroom.
What is your favorite thing about FIT? Watching.
Who or what inspires you? Pharell Williams, nature.
What do you want to do after you graduate from college? Be happy.
Student: Olivia (17) from Hammonton
Program: Summer Live
Pre-College Courses: Advertising & Marketing Communications
Describe your personal style: Boho chic
Where do you go on your breaks from class? Out to eat.
What is your favorite thing about FIT? The great location.
Who or what inspires you? Models such as Gigi Hadid
What do you want to do after you graduate from college? Find a career in advertising and spend some time in Italy
Student: Sumiko (17) from New York
Program: Summer Live
Pre-College Courses: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop
Describe your personal style: To be honest, I don’t think much about my style, I just wear whatever I want. So everyday I almost have different styles because I can’t be consistent.
Where do you go on your breaks from class? My friends and I usually just hang out in the hallways.
What is your favorite thing about FIT? Everyone here is so creative, it’s inspiring to be around such artful people.
Who or what inspires you? A photographer I met inspires me – he went to college and worked a normal job before realizing his true interest was fashion photography, so he went to SVA and is now a successful fashion photographer.
What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I want to become a doctor, so after college would be medicine school.
I started with one photography class in high school after my dad piqued my interest, then practiced & studied photography as a hobby on my own for about 20 years before I realized that it was what I most wanted as a career. I then took night classes part-time for three years and completed a full-time one-year program in photography. After graduating, I worked for several years assisting scores of very talented photographers and building up first my skills and then my business. In 2007 I cofounded event photography company Happening Photos with my good friend and award-winning documentary photographer Steve Hart. I now work primarily as an event & corporate photographer and take on editorial and portrait assignments as well. I have lived part-time in Central Asia for the past two years. My most recent assignment was to document for the US State Department a visit by a US scientific team visiting Kazakhstan to work on an international biodiversity project.
Professor Cornell currently teaches:
HPH 169 Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop
I think of myself as a consultant and my students as clients. It’s not my class, it’s theirs. I am there to help them accomplish their goals, imagine new ones, and discover the fun and satisfaction of playing with a camera. There’s nothing more inspiring to me as an instructor than someone who really wants to know something. And, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the enthusiasm of a student who’s putting a new skill to use. So, in class I welcome questions, ideas, suggestions, experimentation, and free-ranging conversation.
On Precollege Programs:
Regardless of age, there is a joyful sense of exploration in people who are new to photography that is infectious. What’s unique about younger students is the freedom from preconceptions about what a photo “should” be. I see in them an open-minded approach to image making that comes naturally and that veteran photographers work hard later in life to rediscover. It makes me want to go out and make pictures without an agenda, just for the excitement of looking and seeing.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
As cofounder of Happening Photos, I photograph all kinds of events – conferences, performances, weddings – and I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving on-the-fly in new and constantly changing circumstances. I also take on editorial assignments and make travel & landscape photos for publication and exhibition & sale as fine-art prints. My photos of Mt. Washington are in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Others are on the walls of private buyers around the world.