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Meet Rawl Paredes of Rawl of the Dead Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rawl Paredes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started taking pictures on my iPhone and using Instagram to share and that’s basically where it started. I decided to buy a DSLR camera in 2012 and wanted to shoot anyone and anything at that time. I started shooting landscapes and random buildings. I didn’t think I would really do portraits and now that’s the main thing I shoot.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I basically started with no knowledge at all on how to use my camera, what gear I should use or edit on. I learned on my own using youtube as my main teacher and still use to this day. There were many times I didn’t really know what I was doing on my camera, but that’s how you learn and I still make mistakes but as long as you come away with how to improve next time then it was worth it.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My photography business has been great in the last 2 years I would say. I’ve gotten some good paid work doing portraits and also real estate photography. I photograph houses all the time and it’s been a great money maker for me. My main love is horror photography. I love to shoot cosplay and meeting people at conventions. I’ve made some great friends through that. I don’t really know any other horror photographers out there, a few here and there. So I am glad to be one of the very few in Los Angeles that specializes in the horror genre.

My proudest and most nerve-racking photo gig is when I photographed Metallica at the rose bowl in Pasadena. A good friend of mine got me a press pass to shoot for their newspaper. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life. Being at the front of the stage with fellow photographers and looking out to the crowd was just a moment I will never forget. Seeing Metallica up close like that is something I never thought I would experience.

What were you like growing up?
Oh man, I was a very shy kid. Didn’t talk much and stayed to myself. As I grew up I discovered rock music and heavy metal. I was a total metal teen and still love metal but also all kinds of music. I also love to do impressions of people whether its friends, family or a celeb, I don’t know how that started but I like morphing into someone else and making people laugh. I might take a crack at being a comic on SNL if this photo gig doesn’t work out haha

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