Like many who have had a full life, Paul has had a checkered past. He spent most of his first paycheck from the International Accounting Firm KPMG to buy is first Minolta SRT-101. Although he spent the next 15 years with KPMG where he was ultimately a Partner, he continued shooting and spending evenings in his apartment’s half bathroom which was converted as a dark room. Finally in 2002 with the advent of a reasonably priced digital SLR (reasonably being $5,000 not $25,000) Paul was able to move his passion for photography to a professional level. Since 2002, Paul’s camera has taken him to 26 countries and crossed the US countless times. He has shot sub 4:00 mile runners, 170+ mph motorcyclists.
Paul is most recognizable sitting backwards shooting Ironman triathlons and endurance events from the back of his motorcycle. In 2011 he started also riding while sitting on the front and his passion for motorsports has grown and naturally expanded his interest in shooting motorcycle racing.
Paul is a two-time Olympic Photographer, has shot over 200 Ironman Triathlon and endurance events and is a BMW Motorrad NA Approved Expert Presenter.
As one of the very few US photographers ever to experience the iconic Isle of Man TT up Close, Paul works with BMW Motorrad Dealers in the US to present his multimedia program Up Close at the TT.
Paul is a regular contributor to:
Triathlon Magazine Canada
BMW ON Magazine
I truly believe that every shot is a lucky shot. No matter how great the equipment, how inspiring the background or how good you are, if there is no action, there is no shot! But to paraphrase Louis Pasteur ‘Luck favors only the prepared mind’
Our strategy is to do a lot of planning, work really hard, shoot intentionally and get really lucky. Fortunately, we get lucky a lot. None of this would be possible without the great race directors, their spectacular venues and hard work; and the amazing athletes who put on such a great show.
Long ago I realized that every photographer’s idea of a great shot is different and every photo editor is different than that. Similarly, I realized that no single photographer could adequately tell the story of a major event.
I am always excited when some of my great photographers/friends can join me for key events, most notably the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, the Hawaii Ironman and an occasional event around the world.
My thanks go out to Jonathan Phillips, Nick Morales, Joe Michl and Philippa Myers, for their amazing skills and vision, which add not only to our collective work product, but to me as well.
Paul is also a three-time winner of Triathlon Business International's Best Published Photo Award and winner of Canon's Editors' Choice Award for Sports.