With her home studio located in a tiny Parisian flat of just 30 square meters, fine art and portrait photographer Pauline Goyard has become an expert when it comes to “MacGyver-ing” her self-portraits to come up with creative and interesting results – often inspired by her background as an art director and graphic designer.
“There are always a couple of stands in the way, and my neighbors below get a bit tired of me moving the furniture around, but I love this place,” she says. “That’s the way I can do it at the moment, and my clients love the cozy atmosphere. Everything is not far when I want to shoot something, and this is what I love about this place.”
For Pauline, photography is about creating meaningful images showcasing a message, a concept and an emotion. And, while she says she’s happy to work with clients, shooting self-portraits gives her the freedom to experiment and try new things, knowing her failures will be a personal opportunity for growth, especially when she’s home alone with nothing to do.
“I think it was probably around 11 p.m. on a Sunday night, and creating something seemed, at the time, more exciting than watching Netflix,” she admits. “I have a few epic dresses that a good friend – Jackie Tadeoni, one of the best costume designers in Paris – lent to me for exactly this purpose. I just tried one of them and decided to let it inspire me.”