We had the good fortune of connecting with Rawl Paredes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rawl, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I don’t know if i am a success yet, I know some people may see it that way. I am very passionate about what I do and I think everyone who has worked or hired me knows it to. I take great pride in bringing them the best images or videos for them. I also think being able to listen to what the client wants and not taking myself so seriously. I make the shoots fun and I keep it open to trying new things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart for what I do is the darkness of my images. Not a lot of photographers are doing horror photography. I have always loved horror and goth images so I love to do this type of photography. When I first started out, I was like anyone else. Not a clue of what I was doing. I continued to keep shooting and learning and always try to improve every time. It certainly wasn’t easy. It still isn’t in certain ways. I sometimes find myself in new challenges on shoots and when I get back home, I try and solve it so it doesn’t happen again. It could be as simple as a technical occurrence, why did something not work? maybe working with a new model, learning how they work and adapting to it on the fly. I have learned to be patient, do not rush things. I think about what we are doing days or weeks before a shoot to make sure we have everything covered to get a great photo shoot. Anyone that works with me will always get the best out of me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
During covid it is very hard to say where I would take anyone right now during this pandemic. But lets say it isn’t covid and we can do whatever we want. Visit the mystic museum, movie night at hollywood forever, take a drive to malibu beach, or what they have going on now, the stranger things drive through experience which I am going to soon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to everyone Ive worked with, they bring a lot to the shoots. Michelle halloween for being in charge of my magazine and of course my amazing fiancé April for always encouraging me and bringing me ideas and supporting me
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