Paul Michael Cooper is a music producer and film photographer in San Diego, California, originally from Orange County.
Paul has had a passion for music from a young age and has been performing professionally as a musician since the age of 9 when he started performing as a singer. He was in the All-American Boys Chorus for 5 years, where he received vocal training and was educated in music theory. With the Chorus, he travelled all over the United States, performing on tours. He has performed at weddings, graduation parties, county fairs, and more.
He continued this in college at Chapman University, where he received a vocal scholarship, continued vocal training, and toured with the Chapman University Choir. He graduated from Chapman with honors and a BFA in Film Production (in which he learned audio recording and mixing techniques) and a Minor in Music.
Since graduating he has music directed and sound designed a number of musicals and plays in the Southern California area. As he has begun to specialize more in music production, he has worked with a variety of different artists, ranging from acoustic to rock to psychobilly to gypsy jazz roots.
In April 2016, Sour Gummy Records released the sophomore album of their artist The Harmless Doves. The Temporary Fix EP — on which Paul was chief recording engineer, co-producer, and mixing engineer — debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and at #48 on the Independent Albums chart.
Since then, he has continued recording, mixing, and producing for a variety of artists in widespread genres. In 2017, he founded Black Dog Music, a boutique music production service offered to independent artists.
Paul has been shooting exclusively on film since 2014, when his aunt gave him her old 35mm SLR. Since then, he has collected more film cameras and delved into the chemistry of developing at home.
Paul loves the hands-on quality of shooting film and cherishes the colors, tones, and textures inherent in film that can only be artificially manufactured in the digital realm.
In his photography, Paul specializes in street, nature, concert, and studio photography. He has also shot for aerospace products, portraits, engagement photos, musical instruments, pregnancy photos, classic cars, hair and makeup, and more.