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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It was a wild night that predictably landed us in a Cybertron slammer.
#transformers #wegotthetouch #cosplay #costumes #gotg #policelineup

Band: The Cybertronic Spree 
Photo: Me (Paul Hillier)

Maleficent (part one of two)
D800, ISO64, 25mm F4.0 1/80sec

I present Maleficent!
When I saw Marika wear this costume at a Halloween party, the first unconventionally loud words out of my mouth were, “WE MUST PHOTO THIS!”

We assembled a small and efficient team of nerdy photoshoot ninjas, picked a date, and before we knew it we had crafted the above image! Something I couldn’t have done on my own. I wondered why a bunch of skilled professionals would dedicate any substantial amount of time and resources towards a shoot like this. It’s cold, wet, the day is long, and you haven’t slept. There’s no money in it, so why?
As the photographer, you are the captain of this boat, and to keep it afloat everyone needs to feel involved. They need to know that what they are doing matters. If they feel that, then going above and beyond the call of duty becomes second nature. And if you go above and beyond for someone, you give them permission to do the same for you and others.
A few examples of things I did on the Maleficent shoot and try to do on all my shoots as a rule of thumb is:
  • ALWAYS show the model the shots, Show them that this awkward pose actually looks awesome!
  • ALWAYS let the person holding the light stand (in the water), know why it matters, how it makes the picture better and if you can, show them! (**see below.)
  • ALWAYS lead by example!
  • DON’T ask anyone to do anything you yourself are not willing to do. (demonstrate)
  • DO go out of your way to make people comfortable and welcome.
  • ALWAYS respect the model’s limitations. Let them know what you hope to get, but above all, make sure that they are comfortable enough to communicate when they can’t.
  • Also, FOOD. Always food! Bring it, buy it, or order it. Food is a multiplier, making any good day better. (beware a food-less set

Super thanks to the super small yet efficient team of photoshoot ninjas!

Marika of Kink Engineering: Costume creation / MUA
Vudu Juju: Talented talent and awesome nerdy nerd.
Ego Assassin: Dress making geniuses 
Me: Photographer, pusher of camera and keyboard buttons.

BTS’s

Always budget more time then you think you need for make-up. There’s a lot of work and skill needed.

We’ve arrived on location selfie! Things we discovered, Inflated horns are surprisingly difficult to fit in a car.

Diagram of how we pulled off the shot. I knew I wanted to look like the light source was coming from her staff and that we wanted her lording over the lake so… Marika selflessly sacrificed her dry feet to the photos gods that day. note*  (Lighting a scene to look like an in camera object it doing all the works is called motivating the incident in cinema #TheMoreYouKnow)


Maleficent
 is sad because, a lot of people may not know this but latex does not retain heat at all! So the moment she took the jacket off she would have felt pretty naked to the elements.

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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 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! 
http://www.paulhillier.com/weddings/?gallery=erin-lee

The short wedding story of Anna and Diego 

My dedicated wedding page coming soon! 

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Abandoned: Turquoise filtered light colours the walls of the abandoned fisher plan in Detroit.

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Gwar at the Phoenix! My favorite shot After the show finishes and after the crowds have left the only thing to remain is the ocean of fake blood on the floor. 

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Glowing City, Toronto doing it’s best Metropolis #rooftoping

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Can you find Ryan enjoying the sunset from way the high up? 

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One of my favorite pray to stalk at this year’s ConBravo was the elusive photographer. 

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