Last weekend, I had the greatest experience. I attended a weekend class, Styling for Photography at Fashion Institute of Technology (aka FIT). About 15 minutes into the class, I realized then content wasn’t quite what I was expecting. As a disappointing feeling started to take over, I quickly reframed my thoughts. As long as there is a take away , a bit of useful information or I walk away inspired, then it will be worth my while. And guess what? The class turned out to be fantastic and I had so much fun!
My reason for taking the class was to learn the art of styling photographs. Although effortless for some, I find the process daunting. This class was geared toward someone who aspires to be a professional fashion stylist, however, I walked away with helpful information and direction. There were two teachers, a professional stylist and a professional photographer. The photographer, Maria, was extremely helpful and steered me in the right direction, suggesting the photography and still life styling classes that are more in line with what I was looking for. She must of been a comedian in another life because she was soooooo funny.
Our assignment was to come up with a concept and message using the color brown. There were two teams of 6. Each team had to come up with a still life design and two fashion outfits. Everyone collaborated on the still life.Our concept and message was urban nesting with nature. We discussed the look we wanted to portray, decided on the items we needed and the outdoor location for the shoot. The next day, we collaborated some more and came up with the final still life shot and the photographer took the photos. And boy are they beautiful! It will be a while before I will get her shots, so I snapped a few quick ones. Here’s the still life using some of the items we brought in.
The bird that looks like it’s sitting atop a nest is actually a hat that we will also used in our fashion shoot.
After we finished with the still life, our team broke off into two teams of three to create the fashion looks. We had a professional make up artist and model assigned to us for the shoot. Here are some of the fashion accessories we decided to use. I apologize for the horrible photo, Iphone and florescent lighting do not work well together.
Here’s the first look styled by the other half of my team.
It was so fun to see a professional model doing her thing up close and personal.
Natural and effortless.
And here’s the second outfit I helped style.
Never in a million years would I think of putting all these elements together.
Love, love, love the skirt!
And that’s a crochet bikini top peaking underneath the faux leather jacket.
By the way, the paper trailing behind her was intentional.
As one of my teammates schooled me, “fashion doesn’t have to make sense”.
This is my favorite pose.
She was as sweet as she was beautiful.
I plan to take the classes the photographer suggested, one of which concentrates on still life styling, and maybe, just maybe, I will be able pull this off all by myself.
This was one phenomenal experience! I felt like I was on me-cation/stay-cation. Laughing and learning are a great combo. I walked away elated and inspired.
Do you have natural styling ability or are you like me and struggle with it? Taken a me-cation lately?
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