7 Tips and Advice for Aspiring Fashion Photographers

The Fashion world is full of glamour and excitement. People connected to fashion world have every single update of fashion in trend. Fashion photographer captures every minute detail of clothing and other fashion items. Fashion photography is most often done for advertisements or fashion magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Vanity Fair. Fashion photographers require to translate their artistic vision into photographs. For a successful fashion photographer, your work should be seen by as many as people as possible. Michael William Paul is a leading director and fashion photographer of US.

According to Michael William Paul aspiring photographers need to focus on the little things that fall through the cracks when you are so focused on getting the perfect shot. A 100% technically correct image lacks of elements that truly make it worth looking into. Here are some tips and advice from Michael William Paul for getting the whole picture.

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Preparation:- The most important and first thing is to prepare yourself for the shoot in advance. Never walk onto a set without having concrete idea of what exactly you want to achieve. Grab some books of inspiring images to get ideas on makeup, lighting, styling, posing and editing. You will surely catch an idea or concept to develop.

Be a Director:- There are models who need a lot of direction. Michael William Paul said He direct a lot to create a shot. Never lose sight of direction.

Create Your Concept:- In fashion industry, there are stylists and makeup artists. Try to involve with everyone. Always open to suggestions to see what others can take to the table, however, do not let others take a toll on your concept. For a smooth execution of your story, it’s important to take control.

Shoot from every Angle:- Move and move to take the best shot. Experiment from every angle during shooting. Do not wait for the shot come to you, Go grab your perfect shot.

Break the Rules:- What you have studied in books and told by others. Do not follow them blindly. Break the rules and take your creativity out of your inner shell. You will be surprised to know yourself.

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Never Stop Shooting:- Your creative energy, boost your photographic brain to shoot perfect clicks. Shoot whenever, wherever you want. The moment you stop shooting, you will be losing your pace and creative energy. So Shoot, Shoot and shoot to stay away from falling into the dark hole of underestimating of yourself.

Confidence:- You have to trust yourself and be confident about what you are doing. Stay positive about your work. The best way to learn is to completely surrender yourself into it. Every time you make a mistake, you will learn something. Do not afraid of being screwed up. This is how you will learn things and do better next time.

Do yourself a favor and check out Michael William Paul’s creativity at http://www.mwpstudios.com

Originally Posted: http://michaelwilliampaul.blogspot.com/2016/08/7tips-and-advice-for-aspiring-fashion.html


Digital Photography Tips And Efficient Skills By Michael William Paul

Michael William Paul

Photography is the gift and behavior of creating still continuance pictures by recording aurora particles on a sensitive medium. Photography has been considering been a daydream time career and fun activity for people all around the world. There is an analytical history involved with all of the photography, multiple purposes for photography and general love of photography all around the world. Here Michael William Paul wants to discuss about digital photography and efficient skills.

MWP A Modern Model Revolution, Politics and Fashion Photographer

The emotion, the passion, the energy of Michael William Paul’s photography challenges the human race, jolts our mind, daring us to expand our consciousness beyond the passivity of routine thought. By Jillian Pacheco

But do protests equivalent to the caliber of those that fueled the revolutionary movements of decades past really happen anymore? How many of us really consider taking to the streets to protest when we’re dissatisfied with something going on in America? It has become popular in our modern culture to indirectly vent our grievances, taking to outlets such as social media without much intent of actually contributing to a possible solution. Not to say that social media isn’t a sound platform (since it was played a very influential role in the early Arab uprising and many political movements that followed), but I believe it is equally important, especially amongst the younger generation, to able to take our concerns to the heart of the issue, beyond the computer screen and outwardly display our passion. We are the future of this country, and by standing for something we have the potential to greatly impact its evolution.

I came across The Protest, a powerful editorial by director and photographer Michael William Paul that coincides with this idea of modern revolution. The images that comprise The Protest depict strong, beautiful, young women involved in a striking protest. Michael William-Paul fuses the world of fashion and politics encompassing the pure essence of a twenty-first century protest and conveying a much deeper message.


I caught up with Michael in New York City at his west side studio, MWP Studios, to pick his brain and find out what went into The Protest.

Where did the idea for the protest shoot come from? What was your inspiration?

Well ironically enough this production was done before the world broke out into protests and I had the idea well before that.  I had wanted to do some kind of fashion editorial protest shoot for many years…something that incorporated the drama and action of some of these clashes we have seen in history, at the same time not focusing on the revolutionary element as the center focus.  So I was more interested in something current, like  the contradiction of the peace and love image as they have just had enough a system breakdown.  This evolved when I started to look back at the WTO, IMF, G8, G20 and other types of civil/corporate clashes from the late 90’s and into the 2000’s. The economic crises in 2008-‘09 really gave way to a new rise in these demonstrations at a global level.  For many years I had been inside those meetings covering Heads of State and World Leaders so I wanted to tell the story about what was going on outside in the streets.

How did you decide upon the location?

It just so happened that the G20 was going to be in Toronto, a short hop from NYC, so this is where I decided to finally bring the concept to life.  Toronto is a city I know, with locations, crews, people, and a media that would surely get the town on their feet (and it did). Weeks before the production started the energy of anticipation had been so pre-meditated from the security chain fence wall that locked downtown, to the graffiti signs and early twitter posts foreshadowing the events to follow.

How did the energy at the actual protest affect you, your crew and the models? 

Well despite being well prepared, weeks of per-production, prep meetings, even security (I used male models as Secret Service Agents)–he chuckles–you really don’t know what to expect. Once you hit the streets and you have some 20 thousand people out there, police everywhere in full riot gear it’s hard not to feel the endorphin’s kick in. It was exciting to say the least and important for me to stay focused.

Did the environment lend way to new ideas that hadn’t been planned or premeditated?  Meaning, did the shoot shift or change your vision once apart of the actual protest?

Good question, and actually not at all. In fact the vision just became real.  This image had been in my head for years and now, finally, it was happening.  David Anthony* once told me–and if you don’t know who he is look him up because his work is brilliant– “80% has to be been seen before, 20% is left for randomness”, Film maker Michael Mann says and I paraphrase, “being completely prepared allows us to make our own accidents.” When the tools of preparation are applied it really is a great thing to watch unfold.

I heard you received backlash from people in the crowd about fashion and politics having nothing to do with one another, how do you counter that argument?

Yes, this is indeed true, some of the more radical participants of the demonstration, who held an opposition to the police line we stood up against, also held opposition to our little cultural message. They shouted “Fashion has nothing to do with Politics” I thought this absurd and that any intelligent person would know the opposite and I need not reference the history of fashions influence precisely on the political. But it didn’t stop us from doing our job.

Why do you believe people want to see something like this?

Well different people want to see different things, but I would want to see this, and I love art that is of this variety, real, confrontational, passionate. I hope to create more of it; hopefully people will want to see that stuff also.

Why only Girls?

Actually my boys were dressed as secret service agents. They are in a few scenes which never got published, but are available online.

Did you or anyone who was a part of the shoot experience any feelings of danger at any point?

I think the girls were probably the least scared, since it was a stage for them in a way, but I was more concerned for crew safety, I kept us back most of the time like a parent, the last thing I wanted was someone getting hurt by some crazy person or getting caught up in a stampede of tear gas and trampled.  We had many prep talks and security zones planned out, it was really the models that kept pushing forward, they were the brave ones.

What do you hope to inspire with this shoot, what do you want people to think about?

With all the media and world news since this, from the Occupy movements, Egypt and the Arab spring etc.  Our story was so well timed.  I sat on it for a half a year or more at my agent’s dismay, which is not like a fashion story that has to be out now because it becomes last weeks story fast.  I even held off through the Arab uprising, just releasing teasers and promos, then when occupy hit NYC streets, we were right on time.   The shoot has already been imitated many times by the very magazine that published it originally. In fact the editor made an entire edition based on this political genre, but in my opinion the momentum had passed. Looking back now, it sure was a great project to be part of.

Check out some images from Michael William-Paul’s Protest below.


Photographer’s Works Revolve around Current Issues and Fashion World

Michael William Paul has in his capacity as a fashion photographer, shot international advertising campaigns for various leading brands, and for numerous international fashion publications like Elle, Flare and Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few.

He has also been part of projects that are seemingly in a different world altogether from fashion. He has worked alongside heads of state from different governments and with groups in the UN focused on humanitarian and world development projects.

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He did a big project in Russia in 1998 when he was still a student. It just so happens the ruble crashed the year that he was there. It was only five or six years after the collapse of communism. So, while he was studying there, he brought a bunch of cameras and created a television documentary on transitional economics. He was there with graduate students, but I was an undergraduate. He was filming it and got a lot of really good footage that he composed into a television documentary.

And, from that exposure, in addition to shooting for the largest women’s lecture series in North America, which included personalities such as Jane Fonda and Maya Angelou, William-Paul started his journey onward and upward. He was initially recruited as a photographer.

Michael William Paul works with international governments, commonwealths, the UN and other NGO’s. He is not so much a journalist, his work is more official – people who have access are the governments, special publications, historical documentation, and so on. He is often considered by others to be more of an information and media consultant.

Many of the groups he works with are focused on economic development in developing countries. He works on the interest of focusing on the purpose of particular assignments, or advocacy or relating to the press.

Fashion Meets Global Purpose

William-Paul has strived to involve the fashion community in global issues. He founded Universal Models for Peace and is working on another project called the Model Ambassador Project (MAP). The first of the projects that UMP was involved in surrounded the International Economic Conference in West Africa. William-Paul worked to create a program around the conference.