Featured Photographer: Paul McGugan



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

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Contact Details: Instagram: @paulfrancismcguganFB @paulfrancismcguganEmail: pmcgugan@sky.com

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 myself a freedom of expression which is in contrast to the other work elements of my life that generally restricts it. Model photography allows me to work with other creatives 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 far more significant than I ever thought I could. This in turn has presented greater opportunities to work with yet more talented artists culminating in content that I, and those that I am involved with, have been proud to see in publication. I see this as being recognised as producing a quality fit for an international audience and on par with many industry peers. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I hope to see this develop to the point where I am a name known to the industries best and be asked to shoot content for the biggest publications. My intention is just to keep producing the best work I know how and continue to learn and grow and put myself in front of more and more people that can potentially help me achieve that goal. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I communicate through social media almost exclusively. I haven't even finalised my website yet as the social forums is where I collaborate and develop opportunities. I have been lucky enough to be so busy that it isn’t yet a requirement but I know I must. I use the social media forums to reach out to those in the industry. When the opportunities arise I ask the poignant questions offer my services and direct them to my work. Hopefully they pay interest and in turn ask me to collaborate or commission me to fulfil their brief. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I would start a lot earlier in life. I wouldn't have let life carry me along quite so far before I thought to take charge of my own creativity destiny but since it began I wouldn’t change a thing. With hindsight I would now make some better investments in my resources earlier as I am outgrowing them quite quickly but we live and learn. Who is your hero, 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 choose to work with me on every opportunity. Each shoot offers 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? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Yes, I did a few. I started with online tutorials and then moved to some simple class based education. It proved invaluable. Taking what you have in your head and turning it into a product is a skill. Flair for the artistic certainly plays a huge part in the final product but the technical basics can be learned and you can develop on those foundations to realise potential you may never knew existed. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? I am just starting out in the industry myself but in the little I have experienced so far the most beneficial thing I have found is not to be afraid to put yourself out there. Show people your work don’t hide it. Broadcast it via Social media groups and ask for feedback. Tell people you want them to see your work and comment on it. Most importantly, be humble yet proud when people comment and hopefully appreciate it because they didn't have to acknowledge it at all. Positive comments are wonderful to hear but constructive criticism will help you grow. Let the haters motivate you to want to show them how wrong they were. I get disheartened from time to time but something always comes along to re-energise you and move you onwards and upwards.

Photo Credits:

Images and Cast: Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Image1:

Models: Beka Combe, Pavel Caldr, Jacqui Burrow; Orlaith Brogan, Gary Graham, Erin Cormack, Neve Cormack

MUA/Hairstylist; Lauren Adessi, Marianna Coletta, Kirsty McBride, Jackie Phillips Cormack

Designer: Toshiko Cave

Image2:

Models: Rebecca Wyman, Savanna Mackay

MUA: Laura Hamilton

Hairstylist: Melanie McGugan Stevenson

Image3: Models:

Model: Ema Frotan

MUA: Lauren Adessi

Hairstylist: Christopher Ian Barrett MacDougall

Boutique: MaralDress

Image4: Models:

Model: Rebecca Wyman

MUA/Hairstylist: LauraJane Courtie

Image5:

Model: Jade Manson;

MUA: Amy Wilson

Image6:

Models: Belle Eve, Andra Ioana

MUA: Karen Wong

Designer: Toshiko Cave

Creative Assistant: Lorraine Murray

Image7:

Model: Andra Ioana

MUA: Karen Wong

Image8:

Model: Jennifer Campbell

MUA: Lauren Adessi

Hairstylist: Christopher Ian Barrett MacDougall

Boutique: MaralDress

Image9:

Models: Clare Allen

MUA: Clare Allen, Karen Wong

Designer (Hat): Toshiko Cave

Image10:

Models: Chloe Armstrong, Savanna Mackay, Rebecca Wyman

MUA: Laura Hamilton

HairStylist: Melanie McGugan Stevenson

Designer: Toshiko Cave:

Contact Details:

Instagram: @paulfrancismcgugan

FB @paulfrancismcgugan

Email: pmcgugan@sky.com


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