Paul Wilson Goss: Photographer and Studio Owner
Paul Wilson Goss is the owner of Paul Wilson Goss Photography, a studio providing beautiful shots of families, children, engaged couples, high school seniors, and more. Paul Wilson Goss has also won awards for his still life and landscape work. Paul works both in eye-popping color and in striking black and white. His work as the primary photographer for a local modeling agency has allowed him to gain experience coaching the subjects he photographs, thus helping them to look their best in front of the camera.
Paul was always a passionate photographer. His love of the art form began when he asked for a Polaroid camera as a present for his eighth birthday. He carried the device with him everywhere he went, taking pictures of his unsuspecting family, his friends, his pets, and the sights he saw around his neighborhood.
In middle school, Paul took photography as an elective. He learned about the importance of proper lighting and the finer points of shooting landscapes or subjects in action. He spent hours afterschool working with various chemical solutions to develop his own photos by hand. If the photograph didn’t look exactly as he’d hoped, he would start again until the results were perfect. Paul’s keen eye for capturing a subject and his skills in the darkroom earned him several statewide photography prizes.
As a high school student, Paul continued to fill his class schedule with photography whenever he had the opportunity. It soon became clear that he excelled in the field. He would spend hours after school let out working with his teacher on his prints and accepting critique so he could improve. Paul also took a job at a local portrait studio where he learned how to photograph young children and students who were posing for their senior portraits. The experience photographing people helped teach Paul how to work quickly, particularly when dealing with fussy children or busy families that were pressed for time.
When it came time to apply to college, Paul Wilson Goss knew he wanted to pursue photography further. He ended up getting accepted into the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The program helped push Paul as a photographer. He was able to learn from experienced and knowledgeable professors, and he had access to national landmarks such as the Empire State Building.
As an undergraduate, Paul was able to build a beautiful portfolio that displayed his diverse range of work. While he preferred to photograph people, Paul was able to travel to London through his school’s study abroad program. This time gave him the ability to capture beautiful landscape shots. His portfolio earned him the attention of several photography studios, and after graduation Paul took a full-time job working for one of these studios. He used his past experiences to help him succeed at the demanding job.
Paul’s bosses always commented on his ability to bring out a subject’s true personality. Individuals who came in feeling stiff in front of the camera were quickly relaxed. This created more beautiful and authentic work. Babies smiled with toothless grins, engaged couples’ love radiated out of the photograph, a family’s energy was visible to anyone who viewed Paul’s pictures. This ability to bring out the best in a subject led Paul to pick up freelance work with a local modeling agency.
Eventually Paul realized that he loved picking and choosing his projects and wanted to work for himself. He felt he could develop a strong client list based on his past performance. He continued to freelance for the modeling agency, but left his full-time job at the photography studio so he could begin his own business called Paul Wilson Goss Photography. He started renting a studio located a few blocks from his apartment. Paul enjoyed having the ability to make the space what he wanted. He could light it how he saw fit, buy the props he wanted, and set up photo shoots the way he pleased.
He designed the studio to feel comfortable, airy, and spacious. He didn’t want the experience to feel intimidating to individuals experiencing a photo shoot for the first time. Subjects were greeted by a refrigerator stocked full of food and drinks, couches for lounging, plenty of space to change, and books of Paul’s past photo shoots to leaf through as they prepared and searched for inspiration. The environment was intimate, warm, and welcoming. Whether the session was for a birth announcement, a senior portrait, or a “save the date,” Paul made sure the people he was photographing felt comfortable. From behind the lens, he helped coach them on smiling, head position, and body language, so they would look their best and feel pleased with their results.
Paul Wilson Goss: Successful Business Owner
Paul Wilson Goss was able to grow his business based on his beautiful results and his ability to make any subject feel comfortable in front of the camera. Even individuals who had never before done a formal photo shoot ended up posing comfortably with guidance and coaching from Paul.
After a session, Paul shows each subject a few of the day’s best shots so they have something to look forward to as they wait for the images to get retouched and perfected. After reworking the images, he puts them on a private online gallery so the clients can share their work with family and friends. Paul works closely with his clients throughout the entire process, retouching photos exactly as they’d like and helping them choose which prints to order. He believes the entire process is important, not just the results. Paul wants his subjects to feel comfortable and valued when they work with him.
Paul Wilson Goss is a photographer who runs his own studio. Paul Wilson Goss has practiced photography since he was a young child. Paul Wilson Goss believes in making his clients feel comfortable in front of the camera so they’re able to produce the most relaxed and natural looking photographs possible.
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