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rent was born in 1959 in Redwood City, near San Francisco - and raised in Gilroy, California, the second of three children. That's right, that Gilroy -  the Garlic Capital of the World.  It was a great place to grow up with great memories and friends.  Brent played all the sports available:  tennis, baseball, football, golf, soap box derby racing, etc.  His family camped each summer in Yosemite National Park or at Lake Tahoe, and owned a cabin in the redwood forest in Felton, near Santa Cruz, and spent countless hours exploring the California coast and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

He graduated from Gilroy High in 1978 and went on the next year to play tennis at Gavilan College.  After serving a 2-year church mission in Montana, he transferred to and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management.

During his senior year at BYU he and a friend made a trip to Yellowstone National Park in September 1985.  That trip led to his first published article and published photos and a re-awakening of his adventures as a youth in California.  From that point on he was determined to create a life for himself in nature in the western United States, through photography and by writing about all he saw and discovered.

After more than a decade of shooting freelance for magazines he ventured into portrait photography.  His strengths as a portrait photographer come from understanding light, composition, and balance - skills he learned as a nature photographer.  He spends most of his time leading photo safaris around the west and teaching photography in 22 cities in California, still does some commercial photography, and actively sells his images as stock and fine art.

His wife, Jacqueline, and his sons (and now with their wives and children) have all spent adventurous hours chasing the ultimate wildlife images in California, Yellowstone National Park, and throughout the American West.  Whether wading in tidal pools near Carmel, photographing bugling bull elk in Yellowstone National Park, or battling the swarms of mosquitoes at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah - he and his family have continued their adventures to this day.

"If my photography has influenced my family's lives for the better then my career has been a success.  College, marriage, and jobs have sent them on different life paths but I know the memories remain, and those experiences last a lifetime.  I feel like I am a lucky man."   BRP

Publication Credits

is images have been published throughout the United States and in a number of foreign countries including Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.  He has had approximately 1100 publication credits and over 700 commercial image sales as well as 28 published articles and 10 Magazine Covers.  Besides magazines and newspapers, his images have appeared in books, online magazines, business brochures, product packaging, professional reports, roadside billboards, nature guides, government reports and brochures, magazine advertising, and in calendars, on credit cards, etc.  Currently his stock library of 35mm slides, medium-format slides, and digital images exceeds 250,000.  His stock files are represented in iStock and Dreamstime online.

Publication credits include Outdoor California Magazine, Utah Adventures Magazine, Wild Outdoor World, Peterson's Photographic, Bugle Magazine, Arizona Wildlife, Utah Business, Utah Highways, Audubon's American Birds, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birder's World, Hunting Magazine, Utah Wildlife News, Montana Magazine, Fur-Fish-Game Magazine, St. George Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Deseret News, the Herald Journal, Cache Valley Parenting Magazine, the Daily Spectrum, and the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park Newspaper, Yosemite Visitor's Guide, among others.

Corporate Clients

Kaweah-Delta Hospital (CA) Tulare Regional Medical Center (CA)
Sierra Lifestar Ambulance Co (CA) Exeter District Ambulance Co (CA)
Sierra View Hospital (CA) Preferred Outlets of Tulare (CA)
Sequoia National Park (CA) Zion National Park (UT)
Utah State University (UT) Ute-Ouray Indian Tribe (UT)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (MT) Ernst & Young (Switzerland)
Associated Foods Inc (UT) Brooks Lake Lodge (WY)
Turpin Meadows Ranch (WY) North American Bear Society (MT)
Malt-O-Meal Corporation (UT) Herff-Jones Inc (UT)
Green Valley Resorts (UT) Weathershield (UT)
Sun Capital Bank (UT) Kolob Ranches Resort (UT)
Harris Research (UT) St. George City (UT)
United States Forest Service (US) Bureau of Land Management (US)
Echo Communications (UT) The Sock Outlet (UT)
The State of Utah (UT) Defender's of Wildlife (US)
Custom Innovations (UT) Moose Jaw Cham. of Commerce (Canada)
Tetra Tech NUS, Corp (UT) Simmons Flex Ski Company (UT)
The Logo Shop (UT) Institute of Ecolonomics (NM)
Suntime Aviation (UT) KBLQ Radio Group (UT)
First District Court of Utah Digital Slant (UT)
Spendlove Research (UT) K&G Ranches (CA)
Starrsteppers Dance Company (UT) Pinnacle Recruiting (UT)


Brent Paull is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and a past member of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA).

Yellowstone 2014

Yellowstone 2002

A Son's Wedding 2014

with Leonard Lee Rue III  2003


Photo Credits:

(top) Gary Kunkel
(2nd down) Family Album
(3rd down) Family Album
(bottom) Family Album

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