Interview: Photographer Paulo Cruz
This time, we talked to this awesome individual Paulo Cruz, and we got so pumped to learn about where his interest in capturing vivid moments came from and how he came to be as far as he is. Truly a unique and great photographer, so glad he took the time to talk to us!
How did you get into photography?
I’ve always had a camera in my hand since I was about 12 years old. I had a VX1000 camera for skateboarding, and i would always film my buddies skating. When I got into high school I had my first DSLR, it was a Nikon D200. Senior year came a long, and I asked my best friend, Shelby if she wanted to shoot cause i wanted to practice portraits. And everything went well after that shoot and i kept shooting.
In what ways have you noticed your style and technique evolve over time?
I’ve noticed my style and technique through the people I’ve met through photography. As well as my peers and the atmosphere I live in.
How would you describe your vision/style?
Hmm, I would say my style varies. It’s very bright and vibrant, with a kick off an old film type of look. Don’t know if there’s a certain word to fit my style haha.
What are your goals with photography?
My goals for photography would to be of course get exposure and get my name out there. I’m sure that’s everyone’s goal. But that would be nice to be well known. I just continue to put my content out there.
What’s your gear setup like?
My set up is very simple. I shoot with a Canon 6D Full Frame, 35mm, 50mm, and 28–135mm lens. I mainly use my 35mm.
What has kept you going?
The models I’ve shot with have kept me going honestly. Especially cause most of them are my friends. They make everything fun and that’s why I love what I’m doing and they keep the ball rolling for me!
What’s one of your favourite quotes?
One of my favorite quotes or sayings that i go by is “ Life isn’t’ about regretting. Enjoy what you receive to to the best of your ability. Keep your eyes set forward and welcome what has yet to arrive.
What does being a photographer mean to you?
To me being a photographer is seeing things in a way different aspect as someone else. You’re a visualist. You see things through the lens nobody else sees. And that’s why I love photography.
What do you have in your life that you wouldn’t have without photography?
Honestly, if photography wasn’t apart of my life, I wouldn’t know what I’d be doing. I’d probably be following my dreams of my 10 year old self of being a Professional Baseball Player.
What are you besides a photographer? A student? A vegetarian? A surfer? A Pokémon trainer?
Beside being a photographer, I’m a college student at an art institute in San Diego, CA studying graphic designing. My hobbies, I skate, and I surf. I work for a Surf/Skate retail company called “ Sun Diego Boardshops “ as the Social Media Manager / photographer.
What are your biggest inspirations and why?
My biggest inspirations would have to be my parents, brother and peers. Without their unconditional support, I wouldn’t know where I’d be right now. They inspire me. “ inspire people and learn to be inspired.
Biggest of thanks to Paulo for being so cool and amazing with us, if we ever catch ourselves in San Diego, we’ll be sure to check out Sun Diego Boardshops and support a fellow skater and photographer! 👊