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*the sartorialist at wellesley college*

boston seems to be in the midst of a fashion photography moment…first, mario testino comes to town & now scott schuman, aka the sartoralist, famed street style photographer arrives to speak to the meticulously-dressed masses at wellesley college.

even though it was a dreary rainy night in the boston area, several fans, myself included and renata of scorpion disco, came out to hear mr. schuman speak.  it was a very informal talk that he gave…mostly personal anecdotes of some of the street pictorials he had taken.  everything from the woman on the bike that he tried to capture the glint off her prosthetic leg in the flickering sunlight to the very quiet & unassuming girl outside of a chicago art school.  i love behind-the-scenes type stories…just makes the man behind the lens more than just a name on a blog.

after his 30 minute talk & unfortunately a very brief Q&A session, we headed downstairs for mr. schuman’s reception & book signing. i’ll admit at that point, i was pretty tired, but i waited around with renata so she could get her boston phoenix interview that she conducted with him signed.  then, we took pictures, ate some brownies & left.  kind of a casual monday night.  how was yours? hahaha!

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*an afternoon of fashion photography with tracy aiguier at the MFA*

i seem to be hanging out at the museum of fine arts a lot lately, huh?  don’t you know? in terms of events & exhibits related to fashion, it’s the place to be!  hahaha!!!

this time, i was invited back to watch a photography demonstration given by tracy aiguier, one of boston’s best fashion photographers!  now, being a personal style blogger, my daily outfit photos are important to me & i’ve definitely been more interested in the technical aspects of image capturing over the years…everything from just getting better cameras to learning more how to manipulate the different modes on the camera to achieve the effect i want.  however, that still makes me *far* from any type of real photographer…like tracy.

i honestly didn’t know what to expect from this demonstration.  utilizing 2 models & 4 different looks/outfits…tracy showed us different lighting conditions & basically her thinking process on how to achieve the shot she wants.  even though i would never use this type of studio space or have lights like these (check out the huuuuuuge profoto parabolic light that’s twice as tall as tracy!), it was all fascinating to watch, and i was able to take away some tips & tricks that i will try to implement the next time i pick up a camera :)

i’ll be honest too…i just thought the models were super pretty & their outfits, i would totally wear all of the clothing.  the cut away back LBD with interesting poufy shoulder detail (you know i loves me some poufy sleeves!) was even modeled by school of fashion design student, sherika pitsch, who designed the dress herself!  i myself got caught up in analyzing the models, their best angles, how best to showcase their outfits, etc.  plus, joking & smoking with my photog buddy blogger, smita, made the interactive demonstration that much more fun!

if you’re a photographer, blogger or just someone who is interested in either fashion or photography, i highly recommend attending this demonstration.  you have one more chance as tracy will be at the MFA again wednesday, nov. 14 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  so go! learn!  enjoy!  and don’t forget your camera :)

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