Paul McGugan

"Model photography allows me to work with those that inspire me to generate images that inspire others."

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What's your first name?
Paul

What's your last name?
McGugan

Nice to meet you, Paul! May we have your email address please?
pmcgugan@sky.com

What's your Instagram username Paul? We'd love to check it out!
@paulfrancismcgugan

What is your location, Paul?
Country
United Kingdom

State / Region
Lanarkshire 

Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Paul, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Our readers would love to get to know you more Paul. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
The passion comes from the creativity and allowing my myself a freedom of expression in contrast to the other elements in my life that restrict it. 
Model photography allows me to work with those that inspire me to generate images that inspire others. 
From starting out in October of 2016, the success has been meteoric. Not expecting to be taken seriously for some years the contrast is that recognition for my work has been significant and posing greater opportunities to work with yet more talented artists Culminating in content that I am those involved can be proud to see recognised as a quality fit for an international audience of industry peers.

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos?
Keep interviewing me!

What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Paul?
I hope to see this develop to the point where I am a name known to the industry elite and able to shoot content for the biggest publications.

How do you communicate with people Paul? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I communicate with social media almost exclusively. I haven't even finalised my website yet as the Social forums are where I collaborate and develop opportunities. I reach out to those in the industry and ask the poignant questions. They pay interest in my work via those mediums and in turn, ask me to fulfil their brief. 

If you had to do it over again, what would you change Paul?
I would start a lot earlier in life. I wouldn't have let life carry me along before I thought took charge of my own creativity destiny. 
May also have made some better investments in my resources early on, but we live and learn.

Who is your hero Paul, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
Not sure I have a specific hero. I am overwhelmed with the extent of talent that works with me on every opportunity. Each shoot offers a growth potential and every person involved always gives me a boost in some way. The hero is the work itself.

How important are creative education courses Paul? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
Yes, I did a few. Started online in tutorials and then moved to study based. Taking what you have in your head and turning it into a product is a skill. Sure flair is a huge part, but the technical basics can be learned then u develop on those foundations to grow on them.

Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
I am just starting out in the industry, but in the little, I have experienced the most beneficial thing I have found doesn't be afraid to put yourself out there. Tell people u want them to see your work but be humble yet proud when they appreciate and recognise it because they didn't have to.