Nikon and Sony.
I prefer hostels.
”Cien años de Soledad” (“One hundred years of solitude”) by Gabriel García Marquez.
Héctor Paris: Paris, as he prefers to be called, has positioned himself as a photographer with his own style in editorial, documentary and commercial photography. He was recently invited by Hunter & Gatti (New York / Barcelona) to be his assistant for an editorial shoot produced in Mexico for GQ Magazine (Covers and Editorial for Jon Kortajarena & Charlotte McKinney).
Héctor Paris has created editorials for printed and online fashion magazines In Mexico and recently in New York, and also worked for fashion designers and clothing stores in Mexico, Buenos Aires and New York multiple times.
He has won an open-call made by the Social Research Institute to collaborate with documentary photography of Mexican families in a book that will soon be published and has also done a couple of exhibitions of his documentary work/
In Mexico he has given lectures and workshops in basic and advanced photography.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
I used to work for a chain of supermarkets in the area of market research, so I had to travel throughout the country to understand the market and opportunities for new stores. So I started taking pictures while travelling during my free time and little by little, I realised that I had enough of them and that I should take it more seriously. Although I never did until I had a disease (cancer) and when I recovered, I knew I had to finally do it.
-What words best describe your style of photography?
Natural, clear, sexy.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
I usually have my aperture between 1.8 and 2.2 and based on that, I set everything else.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I look the pictures right on the memory card and I start to delete the pictures I don´t like or that did not work out. I try to erase as many as possible. After that, I pass the final photos to my computer and I look at them again in Lightroom to get closer and try to delete more. At the end, I edit the final photos in Photoshop.
-What is your dream project?
I want to be a travel photographer, I love to travel and know new places.
-What is your biggest resource in relation to technical knowledge and how long did it take you to master your technique?
When I started to become more interested in photography (formally), I decided to study a diploma and take all the workshops I could, it really became an addiction. I also used to use online tutorials, now there is nothing better than practice, self-learning and even self-criticism.
-How do you approach posing or directing your subject?
Over time my confidence became greater. I want my photos to look somewhat natural, or not so forced. I am very direct in saying what I want to highlight in each photo, sometimes I even try posing myself although I do not do it very often, I look too bad.
-How do you select your locations?
I´m big fan of using natural light and white reflectors, so I prefer brightly lit locations. It is basically what matters most to me, if is possible.
-Do you see your work as documentary, commercial or art based?
Commercial mainly, although also documentary with respect to the photos that I make of my travels.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Don’t compare yourself and start to work everyday to overcome yourself.