We had the good fortune of connecting with Paulo Shishido and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paulo, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing I feel I’ve done is to show my son, Luca, that it cost nothing to be kind to one another. Even to those who are not kind to him. We are all going through something and we may not see their struggles. However, there are limits to everything and everyone has a different threshold. Also, life is about having balance. Where there is light there is darkness, you cannot have one without the other.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe it’s my ability to capture true candid memorable emotions/moments. To give you the same feeling, if not more, of the smile and warm-hearted emotions that I get after capturing moments of my son.
What I’m most proud of is the “job” I’ve been doing as a father. I was just telling my son that I had no idea what the hell I was doing and tried to prepare as much as possible, but you can only learn so much from books and most of it was hands-on. And I am still learning…
What I’m most excited about is that I am always one shot away from getting to where I want and need to be; I feel I’m close…
Lessons I’ve learned, nothing is EVER easy. You have to really put in the time and effort to continuously learn and adapt to new environments. This not only goes for photography, but life in general. Do not sell yourself short or chase clout; your work will speak for itself.
What I’d like the world to know about my brand is, it’s 1005 twice a day!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmm… we’d start in Little Havana, load up on colada, batido de trigo and a croquetta, we’ll need it, or I can make you a shot or five of colada. Work our way towards Downtown Miami, head to SoBe, grab a bite at La Sandwicherie with a smoothie and head to the Rickenbacker Causeway for sunset and night shooting.
I’m not the “going out” type- bars, clubs etc., but within the places mentioned above there are multiple areas to shoot and grab a bite to eat. And I always want to eat!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I always dedicate my photography to my son, Luca. He IS the reason I got into photography. October 5th is his birthday and hence, 1005 Photography (10-oh-5); it’s all dedicated to him.
I always shoutout my brother from another @jonjonvisuals. Being new dads, both of our photography styles developed from capturing our young ones moments; and we still do. As he got more into street photography, he showed me the ropes and it was on.
@ChocolateMilkMe also recognized my ability to capture Luca’s candid moments and that also gave me confidence to continue to shoot.
@the_healing_hand (Luca’s mom; HappyBirthday!) was the one who pushed me to actually create 1005 Photography. After the months of nagging, I finally gave in; thanks for nagging me.
Gotta definitely shoutout @mccoywitme for choosing me to bring his idea to life for his debut album- The Emerald List. I captured the shot inside the trunk of his car a la Reservoir Dogs. THAT has definitely been a huge accomplishment, motivator and confidence boost that I can accomplish anything in this space. Make sure to peep The Emerald List on all streaming services and his new single 80 Something!
I also credit Hip Hop as having an immense influence on my style. When editing, I typically let the music dictate the mood and flow of the photo depending on the type of photo I’m editing. I also look at the various photographers in the game that have changed and influenced the culture from a photographic perspective- Martha Cooper, Chi Modu, Jonathan Mannion, Ernie Paniccioli and Gordon Parks to name a few.
Last but not least, my dad. He was the family photographer and always enjoyed capturing family moments. I can always picture him carrying his Nikon camera bag on our trips to Peru and the many rolls of film in that bag. It was with his Canon 60D that I started shooting with a DSLR; iPhone 5 is how I began capturing Luca’s moments.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my journey and remember, everyone’s journey is different. And as genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist once said- everything’s gonna work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.
feature photo and photo of Luca and I by @jonjonvisuals