With fortunate experiences and supportive clients, Paul has managed over 500 tournaments that included special events, opening and closing ceremonies, awards, fundraisers, international, national, provincial and local competitions, street sports and magazine shoots and the pleasure of hearing "great shot". Ask any pro photographer and they will tell you those are the words that sing.
Professional sports coverage since 2006 adds up to over a million archived images, thousands of hours of photography and image editing, the best Canon gear available, and memories captured forever so that Paul can rightfully call himself a professional sports photographer.
Professional photographers are described as persons who use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that visually tell a story or record an event. The best advice Paul ever heard to become a better sports photographer? "Take 20,000 shots using manual camera settings and come back and talk to me".
The real world of professional sport photography is exceptionally challenging, with grinding hours, low wages, limited work and constant movement. It's often less than glamourous, and humility is the key to survival. You must work bizarre hours, maintain a quick turnaround and know your camera inside and out. You always need to get it right, sometimes you need to be lucky, and sometimes you need to a second job. It's tough, but crazy things can happen like this 2018 BC Lions game:
Sports photography is a dream profession and rewarding beyond measure. You enter people's lives as a 'photographer' collecting digital history. The second the shutter clicks, time stops. It's those images than become memories. Images are still valued time-keepers in every family's history. Sports photography is a tiny niche; 300 million images are posted to Facebook every day. Paul just wants to create one good image for you, one good image that will last the rest of your life.
It would be a pleasure to work with you. Please feel free to contact Paul. He's at your service.
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