Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige S. Wilson.
Paige, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was growing up in the 2000s, social media was on the rise, and I was very much into the Internet. As I entered the 8th or 9th grade, MySpace was pretty much the biggest deal. It was important to have an expressive and very cool profile picture.
So in my teenage mind, worried about fitting in, like any teenager would be, I started to come up with cool ways to edit my “selfies” before they were called selfies. That is what initially sparked my interest in photography. In college, I majored in English education but was into fashion in my spare time. I started to get into Tumblr and follow a lot of fashion blogs. I saw the amazing images and thought to myself “I could do that!”
So with my next financial aid refund check, I bought my first DSLR from Walmart. And my roommate was my first model. From there, I changed my majors to Fashion and Photography, got an internship in LA (I’m from OKC), and have been working at my photography/career goals ever since.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. Growing in up in Oklahoma City, in the middle of the map, where the cool stuff isn’t always happening was a bummer for me as a younger person.
Once I got older, got to college, and was able to travel on my own, I made sure I got to a bigger city as soon as I could. When I was a college senior and went to look for an internship (a requirement to graduate) I got a lot of negative responses from pro photographers in NYC and LA.
I was about to give up until I stumbled upon an article about a photographer in LA, Tamar Levine. I emailed her my story, we did an interview, and I flew out to LA to work with her. My goal was to stay in LA. Unfortunately, I had to move back to OKC. But 3 years later, here I am! Living in LA!
Please tell us about your photography work.
I am a freelance photographer and other things. I specialize in fashion and portrait photography. I’m known for my crisp quality, the colors I capture, and my retouching skills. I also style my fashion shoots pretty often.
I’m very proud of myself in general really. And I really think models and clients enjoy my energy and my creative execution.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would spend less time on Netflix/Hulu!
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