i first met the talented fashion photographer/blogger michael tornato (aka the trendy dwarf)
last march when we both attended a swanky blogger event at the new louis boston.
he kindly took my photo and then we got to talking about boston blogging,
life in suburbia, and the fact that he was only in highschool!
|a tress (trench+ dress) on the trendy dwarf|
since then, i have seen michael here and there at fashion-related events in boston,
and kept up with his blog, which has grown by leaps and bounds in a year,
but i have not gotten to talk with him at length about his progress as a
photographer and his plans for the future.
so, here is a very selfish way of satisfying my own curiosity:
an interview with the brilliant young photog himself.
i met you ages ago at the louis boston event- is that when you first started your blog?
-i remember the first time we met! at the back of the louis boston store for the bloggers event. that was my first ever fashion related event that i attended due to my blog. i was starting my junior year in high school when i attended the event. that is not when i started my blog. i actually started my blog during my freshman year in high school in may of 2009. due to my lack of experience and lack of knowledge as to what to do with my blog and streetstyle i tried it for a year and then gave up for a year and then picked it up about 3 months before the louis boston event and went hard with it. SO essentially i've only been blogging seriously for a little more than a year and half now.
you are still in highschool, correct? what are your plans for college and beyond?
-i am gladly ending the nightmare that is high school. LOL! my plans for college are to attend the Art Institute of New York for apparel design. believe it or not...i don't want to become a photographer. my passion lies in fashion design. photography is only a hobby and if someone happens to like my work and hire me as a photographer...then it is what it is. after college i plan to work on my dreams of having my own clothing brand.
your photography appears to have become more professional- have you learned new techniques or gotten a new camera?
-i have always been a firm believer of the idea that a good photographer doesn't need a great camera to produce great work. i'm not going to lie...a good camera certainly does help. i used to shoot with an old 9-megapixel canon powershot(a point-and-shoot camera), but i upgraded since december of last year to the 18-megapixel canon T2i with the 70-300mm sigma lens. i must say however...looking back i think that one of the biggest improvements i've made is both my ability to spot the better dressed people and my eye for photographs. i used to simply ask for a picture and take it...now i ask for a picture and i set up the shot however i want to. i direct the person as to what i want them to do...i take more creative liberties.
tell me all about your experience in NY with fashion week and getting up close and personal with all the fashion elite! what are they like in person??
-my first time ever at NYFW this past season was an experience i will NEVER forget! It was so memorable and a dream come true. i have been a follower of the sartorialist and tommy ton for ages...literally. so naturally i have always looked at their pictures from all the fashion weeks around the world, especially the NYFW pictures. when i went this past february i felt like i was living in their pictures and i was able to see where they shoot their pictures. i was even able to meet both scott schuman and tommy ton and see them both in action. I was also up close with anna dello russo, susie bubble, terry richardson, and much more. i think karl edwin guerre from guerreisms was one of the coolest men i had the pleasure to meet because he was so calm and relaxed and kept the conversation going.
what are some of your favorite posts thus far? what do you hope to do next?
-i will give you three of my recent favorite posts:
and 3) age with style.
in terms of what i hope to do next with my blog? i hope to continue attending events/fashion weeks. posting as often as possible. i will however be changing some things of my blog...minor things BUT still important things. i also hope to grow my blogs community as much as possible...it has a great following BUT there's always room for more.
where do you take most of your images? and when?
-due to me living in boston most of my images are taken in boston. mainly either on newbury or boylston...that's where i do my streetstyle hunting. every now and then i will go off to the harvard square area or by the boston commons. there is never really a time i take my pictures. whenever i am in boston which means mainly before any event i am attending in boston or on saturdays.
-both have their pros and cons. i like shooting menswear much more because i can relate. i am all about menswear. although, men are harder to persuade to get a shot and they don't like it much so they don't give the best natural poses. women are awesome because they get into it. they are delighted to be shot for their ensemble. there are the very few that hate it and give attitude BUT for the main part...they're great sports about it. they give the best natural poses and cooperate the most when i ask them do something.
-i used to stop anyone just to get pictures to post. i don't do that anymore. i am very careful with who i select for the blog...not anyone can be featured on my blog anymore which was something that i used to do. i put a lot of time into curating my blog to provide the best content. SO the way i do it is if i think the ensemble is all around great i stop and ask the person. if i only like certain things about the ensemble i will only shoot those details.
what is the "monthly muse" all about?
-the monthly muse is basically the picture i think my readers as well as myself were most inspired by from the previous month. part of the criteria to make it on the monthly muse is that the picture must be a full body shot and not a detail shot. it's supposed to be a sort of honor to end up on the monthly muse. it is also supposed to add a bit more excitement to the blog.
what is the most exciting thing to come of your blog thus far??
-the most exciting thing was being sent to NYFW by zoora.com to cover one of the shows for them. i have also been working quite a bit with jeff lahen's which is a lot of fun and an honor as well. although, i must admit that the coolest thing that happened to me because of my blog was being invited to the UGG Australia store opening on newbury street which was also being sponsored by GQ Magazine and at the end of the event I received a free pair of UGG sneakers.
free ugg sneakers? i am totally jealous.
of that, and michael's obvious talent.