Introducing Precollege Intern: Mahalia

Photo by Romy Weng

Hi! My name is Mahalia, I’m a photographer in the making, and I am an intern here at FIT’s Precollege Program. My passion for art, more specifically photography, was what brought me to FIT. I enjoy exploring different learning methods of art in different environments, and FIT is an incredible place for me to approach photography with a mindset on social components.

Out of all the different kinds of pictures I enjoy taking, landscapes, fashion, sports, etc. I adore taking portraitures. What caught my eye, was something about how humans react when they are on camera. People say you cannot judge a book by its cover, but I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words and more.

My goal in life is to become a professional photographer and be my own boss, which will require that I work extremely hard to reach that goal. In 2016 and 2017 I took classes at International Center of Photography (ICP) which taught me mostly about manual photography. However, right now I am focused more on the depth of digital photography and photoshop. Because not that many people know me, I also am learning how to network. Whenever I take pictures I am really fond of, I post them on an official photography Instagram account (@photo_moro) in order to make myself more known to the public.

Because I am a senior in high school, I deal with plenty of work and deadlines which builds stress for me. Coming from an artistic family, I find not only photography but art in general a stress reliever and much more. To me, art is something extremely fun and wonderful. Art makes the person I am today.

Mahalia :-)

Instructor Spotlight: Frank Rocco

Frank  Rocco is a New York City Fashion Photographer and has been working professionally and full-time since the nineties. He specializes in beauty, portrait and figure photography. Frank Rocco loves to photograph people and he appreciates the special connection between himself and his subjects. He feels at home whether he’s photographing a fast-moving guerilla-style shoot on location or a carefully planned studio beauty session.

Teaching Philosophy:
One of the benefits of fashion photography is that the photographer has more freedom to be creative with lighting, posing, angles and composition than a portrait or lifestyle photographer. I encourage my students to learn how to emulate images that they appreciate with consideration for lighting, angles, posing and composition and to make deliberate decisions regarding those elements. I also encourage the spontaneity that makes fashion photography exciting. I am a firm believer in completing the assignment and then going beyond expectations to create something new and magical.

Work:
Website: frankrocco.com
Frank Rocco’s figure and fashion photography images have been in multiple group exhibitions.
Solo show of abstract images in Martha’s Vineyard, June of 2017

Fashion Photography by Frank Rocco:

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Gabe!

CONGRATULATIONS TO GABE PECHIA WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR COMMUNICATION DESIGN !

Student: Gabe Pechia
Major: Communication Design

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HSX 022 Portraits for Portfolios

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information