Re-Introducing Precollege Blogger: Michaela

Hey everyone! It’s Michaela and I’m *back and better than ever* (insert Hess Truck commercial song here). Sorry guys, shake the commercial out of your head and let me introduce myself with a normal introduction, I’m Michaela, a 15 year old sophomore from Springfield, New Jersey who strives to make these Saturdays at FIT her everyday life.

Before I begin my rant,  I would like to welcome everyone of you to yet another one of my journeys at FIT, involving my complicated decision making process of choosing what part of the fashion industry is right for me. I was introduced to NYC at a very young age and always looked forward to going to Manhattan that sparse once or twice a month, additionally Manhattan is the root of where my love for fashion started, so when I discovered Precollege programs at FIT my mind could just not fathom another way to spend my weekends. To me, fashion is more than just “having a good sense of style”. One of my favorite quotes is “fashion is instant language” said by Miuccia Prada. I adore this quote because generally I am a quiet person and I feel like my style says a good deal about me, maybe even more than I could explain myself to somebody. Whether someone is wearing a sweatshirt and jeans or a full out Lady Gaga style outfit you can tell so much about a person from what they’re wearing. Not only does an outfit show a person’s personality but it also shows what kind of mood someone is in that day. Fashion is sincerely amazing in so many ways.

This semester I am taking HFM 064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising and HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop. These are my 4th and 5th classes at FIT, so far I have taken the Mannequin Madness workshop, Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future and Fashion Art for Fashion Designers. Clearly, I sort of like it at this place. As you may now, back in the Spring I was pretty indecisive about what I wanted to pursue in fashion, well at this moment I’m still not positive but I’ve narrowed down quite a bit. At this point I’m down to the Merchandising/marketing/advertising/styling side. Okay, I know that isn’t very specific, but it’ll do for now.

When I’m not at FIT you can find me blogging, reading fashion magazines or anything under my “fashion sites/blogs” tab on my laptop, consisting of over 100 sites, yes, I am that crazy. However, the majority of the time you can find me doing homework and studying, I am a bit fanatic about schoolwork. I know that good grades are just one of many steps for getting into a school like FIT.

Now, I know you are all thinking “Michaela, why would you take a photography class when fashion is basically your life?”. Well the answer to that is since I started my own blog a few months ago (http://thecitycloset.blogspot.com/) I’ve been taking photographs of everything, including daily outfit photos and have become increasingly interested in photography and I thought what better place to learn more about photography than FIT? Thus, my decision to take a photography class was born. I’m really starting to appreciate photography in fashion, my favorite part is how in a photograph you’re able to see the most minute details in a person’s outfit, even stuff you wouldn’t see by glancing at the individual in person. Photos really do tell a lot.

Overall, I cannot wait to start classes again, I’m counting down the days! I’m more than thrilled to dig even more deep into my old found love, fashion and my new found love, photography. Blogging for FIT is such an incredible opportunity that I am delighted to be apart of. Most importantly, I hope you guys gain as much as you can out of my posts, whether it’d be advice for which class to take or a new trick I learned in photoshop. Blogging is such a passion of mine, it’s something that I truly enjoy. And again, I hope you guys enjoy and benefit from every post of mine as much as I enjoy writing them.

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

Capturing moments

I cannot believe that I already have to say goodbye to everyone! Writing for this blog came with sooo many benefits; it made me a better writer, it gave me a chance to inform other people about the AMAZING class I took at FIT, and I got a chance to show people all my accomplishments during this class. I am so happy that I signed up for this class. My friend asked me to do it with her and I wasn’t so sure about it at first because I did not think that I would be good enough, and I didn’t think I would measure up to all the other students because I thought they would be so much better than me. But when I got there I realized that we were all at the same point and someone is always going to better than you but that shouldn’ stop you because if you work hard enough you can be just as good!

By taking this class, I realized that classes aren’t always boring, especially if it is a class involving something that you love to do. I kept wanting to go back everyday, even if it was the whole summer I definitely would go. My summer was, overall, pretty fun with going to the beach and hanging out with friends. However, I can honestly say that FIT was my favorite part of the summer. I cannot tell you how many people I have told about this experience. When I go back to school and the teachers ask us how our summers were, the first thing I will talk about will be my experience at FIT. It was unforgettable.

As I mentioned in my last post, I realized that FIT is definitely a school that I want to go to. But in order to achieve that, I have to work really hard in school and continue with my photography. My goal after college is to open my own studio or be an event photographer. I know that is a big dream but if I really love it I think I can get there ! I am definitely going to do this class next year and maybe even take a class in the fall! It was so difficult leaving FIT but I know that taking that class will benefit me so much especially with my portfolio for college and I will be back next year so I am not that sad thinking about it!

Overall, I hope that you all enjoyed reading my blog posts and seeing all my photographs and work during the three weeks I went to class. Writing was such a cool experience and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to blog for FIT. I thank everyone for making this such a success and I hope my blog inspired everyone in some way.

Hopefully I will see some of you in the future as a student at FIT. Fingers crossed! But for now I have to goodbye :( Thank you again!

xoxoxo

-Brooke

My Last Class

I came into FIT on the last day of Summer Live with a mission: finish my magazine project. I had been working on the piece for the past three weeks, but still had so much to do before I could call it complete. The biggest task by far was to design and write my last feature story, “Special Effects: Secrets to Cooler Film Photos.”

Throughout the last week I had been walking around the FIT campus, snapping away at the subtle beauty of the city. I also played around with the camera at home, and when my roll of film was done, I frantically went to every pharmacy I could think of in a rush to get my photos developed in time for the last day of class (FYI- neither of the two Duane Reade’s near FIT develop photos). On the train I chose the best photos for my story and wrote tips (using knowledge I picked up last summer in the Digital Photography and Photoshop class) to go along with them. I was so relieved to have gotten it done and excited to get to FIT and put it all into Adobe InDesign.

When I arrived in the classroom I got straight to work. I first designed a colorful grid to place my photos on and a headline using typography skills I had learned in class. I started pasting my photos in and spent a big block of time arranging and rearranging them on the page. It got pretty tiresome, but Rome wasn’t built in a day! I kept trying different sizes, positions, and layouts and finally arrived at something I love. After adding in the tips, my story was finally complete. Making a magazine spread that I had photographed, written, and designed was the most rewarding experience. I loved seeing my original work come together in such a professional way.

my finished story

The last thing to do was put a the finishing touches on the rest of my magazine. After a myriad of saves and previews, everything was finally in order. All type was correctly sized, all colors rightly saturated, all design elements perfectly placed; I was finally ready to present to the class.

I was so impressed as Professor Lerner pulled up the magazines on the overhead- and not just with my own work. We had been doing class critiques every week, and I noticed that everyone had come such a long way. We learned new skills, refined our tastes, and created beautiful pieces unique to our own interests. It’s amazing how diverse the final projects were. I’m amazed that while I used the project to finally try film photography, others used it to to express their love of fashion, poetry, music, dance, history, street art, and so much more.

While I was sad to see the last day go, I was happy to look back on my FIT experience with amazing memories and a great appreciation for all the new skills I’ve learned. It’s truly a bittersweet ending.

Until Next Time,

Lindsay

Lights, camera, POSE!

Yesterday was like a dream come true. We went to the studio to take photographs of everyone. The morning started with me stuffing a bunch of costumes and props into my bag; whatever I could find that would make the people in the pictures look even better! It was tough carrying a huge bag on the train there and back but it was worth it! I arrived at FIT and then the day started. We got to the studio which was upstairs in the school and we set up everything to take photos. After all the lights and backgrounds were set up… we began. Almost everyone in the class modeled and we got some really amazing shots of each other. I am very proud of the work that I completed yesterday. Here are some of my favorite pictures from yesterday

At the end of my photo shoot I had about 900 pictures that I took of everyone. It was all about the timing and the lighting of the pictures. After this whole experience it helped me realize that photography is without a doubt what I want to pursue in my life, FIT made this dream become even closer over these past two weeks. Thanks to FIT, I can now create a portfolio for college :) Without FIT I do not know where I would be right now and in my future.

Ciao! Talk to everyone soon!

-Brooke

 

Fashion in the Family

My mom took this photo of my sister and I having tea after shopping at Bergdorf Goodman

I’m very lucky; my family has always been supportive of my fashion dreams. From an early age I looked up to my mom, who has worked for companies like Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren, and is now at Michael Kors. I often hear people say that it took them a while to realize fashion could be a real career, but because of my mom, I’ve always known that fashion is an industry and not just something frivolous.

My dad and my sister have also influenced my love for fashion. When I was growing up, my dad was always taking pictures. A few years ago he taught me how to take photos and helped me pick out my first SLR camera, and I’ve been hooked on photography ever since. Without knowledge of the camera, I wouldn’t have been able to start my personal style blog, The Style Child.

Images are such a huge part of fashion. Ad campaigns, magazine editorials, and online content all require skilled lensmen to capture the mood and emotion of a brand or story. My sister has been photographing me for my blog, and she does a great job of capturing exactly what I envision each time we shoot.

My family members have helped and inspire me, and they are reason I’m here at FIT. It was my mom’s idea to sign me up for classes for the past two summers, and I wouldn’t be able to get to the city each day without a ride to the train from my dad. I know not everyone has a family as encouraging as mine, so I’m grateful for everything they do to support me.

Until Next Time,

Lindsay