Today we’d like to introduce you to Paulo Shishido.
Paulo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Every family has a photographer. My dad was ours. From family gatherings, park-days, dinners, holidays, etc. I guess the lifestyle photography was always instilled in me from him.
Quick backstory on my Shidkid alias. Being that, my last name is Shishido, some of my homies would call me Shid, then Shidkid; it stuck.
I was always into music. Whether it was the score from Superman (John Williams) or Alan Silvestre in Back to the Future (my favorite movie of all time) or Queen from The Mighty Ducks. Then, middle school came around, in woodshop class (shout-out to West Miami Middle c/o ’96) my homies got me into Wu-Tang. My brother, ironically got me into Bone Thugs and Coolio. Hip Hop is near and dear to me. I fell in love with it when I heard Things Fall Apart by The Roots, it embraces everything Hip Hop is about. From then on, not only was I fascinated with Hip Hop culture itself, but with album covers and their cover art.
With my brother from another Jonathan Ibero (@jonjonvisuals) on a similar path with parenthood, we used our kids as inspiration in our photography. He got into the street photography scene and one day, I just tagged along on an Instameet in downtown Miami. One of the first spots I remember hitting up with him was the Miami Marine Stadium. An abandoned marine theater/stadium that was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew back in ’92. We’ve been at it ever since. From the streets of Miami, Havana and most recently Japan this past summer.
A duo that also inspired me to shoot was Yesi and Hev from Chocolate Milk Photography (@chocolatemilkme). I also caught their eye and they said I had an “eye” for capturing moments; from the photos, I had posted of Luca on my @shidkid IG. They showed me the business side of photography too, which is a whole other animal. They taught me not to sell myself short.
Last but not least, my son’s mom also served as inspiration for my photography. She would always push me and at times it got irritating, to create my own photography business/company. I’m glad she did because eventually, I did create my own photography business.
Which leads me to how I came about naming my photography business- 1005 Photography. If you haven’t guessed it, it’s my son’s date of birth- 10/05: October 5th. I played with different names but ultimately, I asked myself- what inspires me to shoot? Luca…
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Photography seemed to have come naturally to me. Of course, you don’t get better without practice. With Luca, being my main source of inspiration, I definitely and obviously need to give credit to his mom, Mabel Gonzalez. Without her part, there’d be no Luca. She was always the one to push me to create my own photography business. Thank You!
A couple of years back, I felt uninspired to photograph anything. I couldn’t think for the life of me what it was. A writer’s block for a photographer, if you will. I took a break to see if the inspiration would just manifest. I went back to the basics and started to dig through the archives of photos and started with none other than, can you guess? Luca… that’s all it took.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about 1005 Photography – what should we know?
I feel my niche in photography is lifestyle. It’s what I feel challenges me the most. I’ve photographed everything from weddings to having dabbed a bit in model shoots and brands. I want to become a well-rounded photographer. What I am most proud of is hands down creating 1005 Photography. It’s not global, but it’s a little something I can call my own. What I feel sets me apart from others is being able to photograph candidly and anticipating “those moments.”
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I definitely have two that stand out. One is going to a bakery on Sunday mornings with my dad to buy Cuban bread for breakfast, off Flagler near Miami High. The other, my mom taking my brother and I to Playworld on Saturday mornings in Hialeah and the one across the street from the Flagler Dog Track (Magic City Casino, now). Those are two memories I will always cherish.
- Website: 1005photography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1005Photography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1005Photography
the photo of me was taken by @jonjonvisuals in Tokyo, Japan