Paul Hillier Image Maker

Paul Hillier is a learning-enabled bio human compiled in Montreal and shipped worldwide to gather the knowledge and skills required to create an image that will one day bring about world peace and universal understanding.

At his current level (+3 to visuals, -2 to common sense) Paul has taken photos in strange and sometimes dangerous places, of stranger and sometimes dangerous people. His work has appeared in Popular Photography’s Photo Manual, Maclean’s, Temptress, and online at CNN, Cracked, Geek x Girls and Comics Alliance.

To revel in the wonder of his photography, visit his website or check in on one the following social media sites, before they get smart and ban him.

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Cold blue night in the city of Toronto 

D800, ISO100, 16mm, f5, 5.0sec
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When Krissy came up to me and told me she was engaged i couldn’t be more excited until she told me about with her idea to do a Blade Runner inspired engagement shoot… I believe the term the kids are using now days is, OMFG YES!
Krissy Myers & Ken Wheaton
Assistant: Neil Ta
Photography: Me 
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A black & white high contrast look at my city. 

D800, ISO100, 14mm, f4.5, 6.0sec

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Check it out! The fashion video I did of Amplify Accessories new line for FAT- Arts & Fashion Week
I’m So proud to finally see my little baby video all grown up and released to the world! 

The how:
Nikon D800, (the same camera i use for all my photography)
50mm & 85mm lens’
Slider and Tripod combo
2 Lowel Constant lights. (often used for back lighting)
Edited using Adobe Premier and After Effects

Amplify Apparel by Allie Wood,
MUA: Larissa Palaszczuk
Hair: Chris Hassell
Models: Vanessa Kiraly, Erica Furness, Severin Stargher, Liam Colbourne, Bri Playter,
Assistant Ninja: Ross Alexander

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A perk of being a photographer is sometimes, you get flown down to Mexico and put up in an all inclusive to photograph a beautiful couple’s wedding.

I just updated my wedding site with this gem. Check out the full gallery!

I loved Alpha Flight growing up, What kind of red blooded Canadian didn’t? They were Canada’s X-men, and a big part of my childhood!  So when the chance to photograph Ego Assassin’s Northstar and Aurora cosplay appeared, I jumped on it!

I had some Canadian winter scene in my head but, admittedly I haven’t been a big reader of marvel comic books over the the last decade, so I wanted to first  refresh my memory of the superpowered siblings on Wikipedia. Alas my memories were heavily coloured with nostalgia. How you ask? First paragraph on Northstar,

He is one of the first openly gay superheroes in American comic books…

Whoa! Really!? How cool is that! Second, How the hell did I not know this? I didn’t have much of a life in the 80’s and I spent a lot of time with my comic books. I should have known this.

Apparently John Byrne intended Northstar to be gay right from the beginning in 1983 but editor-in-chief Jim Shooter gave him a hard NOPE! for his efforts as part of Marvel’s and the Comic Code’s policy against homosexual characters. Now being a straight male in 2014 I sometimes find it easy to forget that not too long ago the world was really afraid of sexual orientations they didn’t understand. It wasn’t until 1992 that Scott Lobdell was given permission to have Northstar state “I am gay” but the controversy that followed had Marvel bury the subject until 2002 when Northstar joined the X-men and was written to have a crush on Iceman. For almost 20 years a gay fictional character was too much for the public?

Upon research on Aurora I was reminded at how poorly women were treated in comics, her Wiki page reads like a trauma and disorder checklist; Split personality disorder, check! Dead parents, check! Suicide attempts, check! damsel in distress, check! Abusive relationship, check! After this read and reading about a few other female characters from the past I couldn’t help but feel that women were kind of treated like comic book writer’s personal punching bags.

So after that my idea for the shoot took a bit of a 180. Now I tried to imagine what life would look like in the 80’s if Northstar and Aurora shared an apartment. If the outside world couldn’t see, what would a scene look like?  Would introverted  Aurora always be talking to extroverted Aurora while Northstar was trying to hide porn behind his marvel comics? Maybe. .

Costume and Models: Ego Assassin
UA: Maya Make up

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70% of editing is just looking at your work for a few hours with this face


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My most popular post ever on tumblr (33,838 notes) and I wasn’t even the one to post it. I found this through searching my own name on pinterest

it’s a great example of “the best camera, is the one you have with you”. Shot with a cheap point and shoot.


Sakura Mountains Yoshino, Japan ~ Photo by Paul Hillier

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Downward Reflections,
Rooftop urban exploration looking down on the Toronto streets. 

Tokina 11-16
2 sec

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The short wedding story of Anna and Diego 

My dedicated wedding page coming soon! 

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