PAUL CUTHBERTSON

Confidence is a big thing for me regarding my photography. I only first picked up the camera to start shooting models in September 2014, and at that point I wasn't very confident in what I was doing. I am completely self taught and pride myself on that. It took a while for me to find my feet and realise the mistakes I was making and to correct them. This then gave me my own personal style, which I'm glad some people admire and relate to. I still remember my first shoot, my confidence was quite low and I didn't really know what I was trying to achieve. In my head I knew the type of shots I wanted, but when it came down to it, I wasn't putting that into the shoot. Even now, a year and a bit on, I still get nervous before shoots; that am I going to be good enough and produce the goods. Thankfully for me, I'm working hard on my art and in my eyes, produce some good work. I try not to compare myself to other photographers. Of course, I can gain inspiration from work I see but at the end of the day, I'm just trying to be me. When I have times when confidence is low and I lack inspiration, I look back on those first few shoots I did; this gives me the realisation of how far I've come in such a small amount of time.

 

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When I'm working with models, news ones or professionals, I try to get that connection. --A connection between them and I that will come across in the photos. Yes, I try to have a laugh and get a good atmosphere on a shoot, but as soon as the shutter clicks, it's serious time. I pride myself on making my work natural and also posed. I try to portray the feelings and emotions through the camera and capture the realness. There are a lot of photographers out there that are producing quality work. That is why it is so difficult to set yourself apart from these and show people a form of art that captivates them. Having only been shooting for just over a year, I find it hard to give advice, as I feel I am still learning myself everyday. If I could say one thing, though to any photographer, model or creative, it would be to never give up. There will be times when you think that what you are doing isn't good enough, but just look back on what you have achieved and build from that. Create, don't copy!

 

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I think this all depends on who I'm working with, to be honest. I feel more comfortable when I'm shooting my style, which is a mix of glamour and fashion. I can portray the sexiness and sensual emotion well with a model who is comfortable in her own skin. I like be to play around with light and shadows and use this within the images I try to create; I feel this gives a air of mystery to a photo and keeps people wanting to see more. If I could choose any look to shoot a model, a good lingerie set is where I'd be most at home. --This coupled with good lighting and a connection between the model and I is where the images are made. I have tried my hand at "fashion" photography and would like to do more of that. I just feel I need to work with some more models who specialise in that field.

 

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I'd say [Danni's shoot] has been my favourite shoot to date. Everything just seemed to click and we smashed shot after shot. I came across Danni on Instagram and dropped her a few comments about shooting. We had a few messages back and forth then set up the shoot. This always helps, I think. If you can build up a good relationship pre-shoot, then it makes the shoot that much easier. On the day of the shoot we had a quick chat about what outfit styles we were going to use, and then just got straight to shooting. Danni had only shot a few times before so is still relatively new to the modeling game, but as you can see, she's going to be a name to remember. I tried to keep the shoot less posed and more natural, picking out shots that I felt would work. Luckily, the shoot went that well that we submitted to a magazine and will be having the set published in a few months time.

 

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I try to look for a model with a unique look or a quirkiness to their style. Many of the models I have previously shot with are relatively new to the game, but we've still achieved some awesome photos. I've got a few shoots lined up in the coming months with some amazing models, and also  one of my all time models, Scarlet Bouvier.

 

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Please complete the following sentence: One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: The challenge of creating a piece of art. I love the challenge of working with a model to create an image that people can look at, feel the emotion, and appreciate.

 

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Having only been shooting for just over a year, I'm optimistic everyday as I can see improvement in every shoot I do. I've been lucky enough to have had six international publications and a front cover in my first year of shooting. I'm eternally grateful to the people behind the magazines who took that chance with me. Future plans, I'd like to keep working with amazing people and creating. I love the fact that I can build a good reputation with the models I work with, and call them friends. I'm very lucky that I have the support of my wife in all that I do. I know there aren't many women out there who would let their husbands pick up a camera one day and decide to do this. It helps that she has a good eye and helps with some of the editing process on what works and also is an MUA on some of my shoots: @embelleished.

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Lack of creativity.

 
















01 // Becky Burton // becksburton
02 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10
03 // Becky Burton // becksburton
04 // Chloe Bain // chloebain
05 // Emilia Nardini // envrdini
06 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10
07 // Chloe Bain // chloebain
08 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10
09 // Becky Burton // becksburton
10 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10
11 // Emilia Nardini // envrdini
12 // Chloe Bain // chloebain
13 // Becky Burton // becksburton
14 // Tara Stevens // vodkadonuts
15 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10
16 // Daniella Lucas // danilucas10

 

Paul Cuthbertson // ohjustpaul // justpaulphotos.com

 

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