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Iâ€™m a self-taught photographer who enjoys creating something quirky, a lot more than just a portrait, needs to be expressive and eye-catching. I enjoy the process as an art form, from exploring a concept to collaborating with other creatives to achieve evocative imagery that I hope will stand out from others.
Paul, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Iâ€™ve always dabbled in Art and was intrigued with photography, even as a kid pulling apart my fathers Polaroid camera to see what made it work. I donâ€™t think it ever worked again. I wanted to treat myself to a DSLR, and as I was taking on a new direction in life, I needed a distraction. I found myself soaking up photography in every spare minute and havenâ€™t looked back.
Who is your inspiration in life Paul? How do you keep inspired?
No particular individual, I find that there are so many facets of life worth exploring and there will always be fresh inspiration finding its way to me.
We all make mistakes Paul; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I havenâ€™t been around the industry for long, so really havenâ€™t had any standout issues. I find that itâ€™s because I endeavour to work together and take on ideas from others. I try not to value the importance of the input of others.
Paul, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I always talk over whatâ€™s on everyoneâ€™s mind well in advance to a shoot. That way thereâ€™s no surprises, and we can focus on whatâ€™s important without feeling stressed.
Please tell us, Paul, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I organised a full body paint and had a vision of the full outcome. However, I may have been over ambitious considering it was my first. Seven hours in mind you and I still hadnâ€™t finished all the elements and was looking at not having enough time to shoot. So I peeled back a bit and made do. The shoot was fantastic, the results I was very proud of. Made me concentrate on getting everything working quickly in the end, utilising lighting and gels to pull it all together.
Paul, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There was a makeup artist that I was working with that was focusing on her direction, rather than considering the creative needs of everyone on the team. So as the shoot progressed I introduced some coloured gels and suggested some tweaks in makeup to enhance the look and progressed the shoot to take on various looks. The outcome was that we had more looks than just the one.
Paul, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I did a collaborative shoot, I edited and posted on Social Media to find that I was approached to publish in a magazine. I was thrilled, but not only was it a feature, but I was also getting the cover shot.
Paul, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was intrigued with body painting, so treated myself to airbrush as well as paint and brushes. I liked the look of metallic mica and setting on the body with mixing liquid so that I could airbrush on top freehand or with stencils without the base mica coming off. Did a practice run with various mica colours and an idea of a galaxy? Was expecting to do a shoot later in the month. However, it looked so good we ended up shooting that day.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Donâ€™t ever forget why you took up photography. You enjoy the art and creativity, donâ€™t forget that aspect.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Iâ€™m always open to collaborating with creatives, something that tells a story or evokes passion and a sense of fun.
Photographer: Paul Aracic @paularacic.photoMUA: MJ Nolan @mjnolanmakeupModel: Samantha Lou @sammyloumodelStylist: Susanne Stephens @frootbeach