"For someone just starting out in photography, I would recommend just getting whatever camera you can get your hands on and just go out and shoot."
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Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Paul, how would you best describe yourself?
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.
I'm a 19-year-old photographer from New York City, and I love to capture portraits of people that embody life where I live. I came from a family of photographers and slowly became invested into it, developing my own style and look. I like taking portraits of people because I feel that every face tells a story and it's definitely rewarding to be able to portray that in an image and see the reception it receives. Aside from this, I simply enjoy street wear and fashion. Taking portraits allows me to share my vision.
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Paul?
I intend to take photographs for street wear brands, fashion collectives, or even musicians one day. I see myself growing into that potentially, but I also just want to be able to take good photos for people that share the same creative interests as me.
How do you communicate with people Paul? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I have a website in development at the moment, but I can be contacted via email or Instagram. I'm super patient and friendly because I've been trained in customer service through retail stores. I've dealt with a lot of the places that I've worked, but I've been able to power through. I'm pretty open to clients requirements, but I'm also a full-time student and soon to be the personal trainer so there could be time constraints.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Paul?
I would definitely have started taking pictures and taking more opportunities earlier that I started. I wasn't really confident in reaching out to people before until recently because I was completely new to this and lacked confidence in my work, but that was a mistake. Time and time again I've come to realize that nobody starts off doing something at a high level, and that everybody has to start somewhere. The only way that you can get better at something is to actually try and try again, which is what I've been doing to improve my photography.
Who is your hero Paul, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
If I had to choose, my hero would be my high school football coach. I always grew up being shy and scared to try new things, but he's helped me grow and develop into the man that I am today. He taught me to keep working on my craft no matter the circumstances and to work for what I want. I've taken that mindset and brought it to photography. Even if I don't have the best equipment or subjects, his mindset taught me that I just have to do what I have to do to hit my goal; in this case, it's to take good portraits and build my brand.
How important are creative education courses Paul? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I majored in Media Communications in high school and learned a lot about the technical aspects of post production editing and took a lot of inspiration from my teachers and classmates. I think that they are important to an extent, as they help steer you in the right direction. However, at the same time, I don't think that somebody can teach you creativity. That comes from within, and is what I feel is 90% of what makes your work stand out. That being said, creative education courses can offer good help to get you started, but I don't think that they can teach you how to make good work. You just have to channel yourself and think of something that you feel is unique.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
For someone just starting out in photography, I would recommend just getting whatever camera you can get your hands on and just go out and shoot. Shoot nature, cities, and people and just experience what it's like to be able to capture moments in the real world. You don't need to have the best camera on the market or all the accessories in the world, but just the skill of using your eye to frame shots and even manipulate your subjects. From there, that's when all the fancy stuff comes in to supplement your eye and help achieve certain looks. I also definitely recommend learning how to edit photos and developing your own style, because editing is a huge part of the photography process and can make or break an image and maximize the potential of a shot.
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Paul Ramirez @lito.visuals