Native New Yorker Paul Empson was born and raised in lower Manhattan. His father lived in Milan Italy so he was constantly traveling back and forth and as a result was always around fashion. His mother and grandmother were both fashion models and stylists. His step father was a well known photographer in the 70's. Paul was immersed in his family's vast knowledge of the history of photography, music & cinema at an early age.
Paul launched his professional career as a contributor to Italian Harpers Bazaar , Vogue Australia ,Vogue Mexico, Harpers Bazaar Latin America, Oyster working with notable stylists such as , Sarah Gore Reeves ,Mark Vasallo, and his sister Havana Laffite.
In 2001 Paul moved to Australia where he would be given the opportunity to collaborate with Fashion Director Garbrielle Hackworthy and Nicolas Jurnjack for Vogue and Kate Lanphear for Harpers Bazaar Australia.Paul returned frequently to New York where he worked with stylists Elisabeth Sulcer , Thelma McQuillan ,Tiana Wallace,, Anda & Masha, Trevor Stones , Stevie Dance, Natasha Royt and Michelle Cameron for publications such as Russh , Tush , Oyster , Black , Vogue Australia , GQ.
In 2009 Paul moved to Paris where he worked Elle France , Marie Claire France , as well as collaborating with stylists June Nakamoto , Alexandra Bernard , Veronique Tristram , Anne Marie Broulliet , Anne Raybaud , Teddy Czopp & Sam Ranger along with advertising for Louis Vuitton ,Giorgo Armani , Calvin Klein , Next, Tara Jarmon and Etam to name a few .
His celebrity work consists working with Naomi Watts Diane Kruger ,Monica Bellucci, Edgar Ramirez, Michelle Rodriguez, Anna Friel , January Jones and Frieda Pinto.
Today Paul works for Citizen K , Exit , Mixte ,Manifesto ,Red Magazine ,Flaunt , L’Officiel , Harpers Bazaar Australia,, Vogue China ,Black Magazine ,Glamour Germany, Harpers Bazaar España and Vogue Portugal.
Paul is currently living in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children.