Paul was born in Evansville, Indiana where he and his two brothers Bob and Chris grew up. They were all involved in the outdoors at a very young age; camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and swimming. They all joined the boy scouts and all three boys made eagle scout by age 15. Being experts in wilderness survival, the boys were asked to put on a summer long wilderness survival camp for boy scout troops in southern Indiana.
Paul had a fascination for archery hunting. He bought his first bow at age 13 and is still as passionate about archery now as he was then. He has hunted in Alaska, Colorado, Utah, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas and has harvested elk, muledeer, whitetail deer, bear, wildhog, turkey and grouse.
Seven years in a row he took month long trips to Colorado backpacking into the mountains, three of those years he took no food relying on his archery skills to survive.
Paul and Chris started competitive swimming at the age of 5 and were both city champions every year untill age 16, when they moved to Panama City, Florida. They continued swimming in high school where Chris went to college on a swimming scholarship, and Paul went into law enforcement where he competed in the police olympics setting State and World records. He competed in three International olympics, one of which was held in Sydney Australia. The last International event Paul competed in was in Birmingham, Alabama, where he took 7 gold medals in swimming, and a silver in the toughest cop in the world competition.
While working with inner city kids in the police athletic league, Paul was challenged to get in the boxing ring with a much larger opponent which resulted in his first knockout. He then started fighting in the ring and had an impressive record of 33-1. All 33 wins were by knockout and the loss was a split decision. He was offered a professional contract in boxing, but the decision was made for him when he broke his hand in the line of duty. Paul was asked to be on the departments first SWAT team. He got promoted to detective, working undercover narcotics. From there we went on to a burglary tactical unit, then on to investigations where he specialized in homicide, all while still being a member of the SWAT team.
He was sent to Glenco, Georgia to the federal training grounds where he was trained to set up a physical fitness program for the Panama City Police Department. He then conducted a physical training test and put every officer on a diet and workout program.
Paul identified over 500 suspects in a two year period from finger prints, all resulting in arrests.
He was awarded many certificates of commendation, one for solving a high profile bank robbery where three suspects had done more than 48 bank robberies from Boston to Florida, the last one in Panama City. He was also awarded officer of the year in 1991 for solving several murders and making identifications on finger prints resulting in arrests for the Panama City Police Department and the Bay County Sheriffs Office. One of the cases, where Paul identified a shoe print which solved a month long investigation in a brutal murder, was featured on Court TV crediting Paul for his outdoor ability for solving the crime.
Paul retired from the department in 1996.
In 1998 Paul started a career in wildlife photography. He researched equipment, and decided to go with Nikon. After he purchased his first camera he practiced for two weeks, packed his jeep and headed out west to the Rocky Mountains for a three month photo trip. He spent that time backpacking in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. That is when his addiction to photography began (hunting with a camera).He repeated the three month long trip the next year. In 2000, Paul was hired as Director of Security for Club LaVela, the largest night club in the United States. During the busy season for the club, Paul shoots almost daily around the Panama City area. After Labor Day he is headed out west or up north for his archery hunting and photo trips until he returns in February to start hiring his staff. Photography has become a way of life for him.
Paul entered his first photography competition in 2001. He didn't place, but enjoyed the competition, and seeing the incredible photography that was entered. That inspired him to perfect his new found addiction.
2003 Pelican, honorable mention, animal division
2004 Snowy Egret, 1st place, animal division
2007 Bobcat, 1st place, animal division
2008 First Flight, 1st place, animal division
Eagle, 2nd place, color division
2009 Robbins, 1st place, animal division
Frog, 1st place, color division
2010 Jumping Rainbow Trout, Best of Show
Great Egret with Fish, 2nd place, new professional division
2011 Royal Terns, 1st place and peoples choice
Roatan Paradise, 3rd place, and peoples choice
In 2008 Paul submitted his (First Flight) picture into National Geographic's, your shot competition. The picture was picked and can be seen on their web site in shore birds. In 2010 Paul's (Jumping Rainbow Trout) won best of show In Faces and Facets National Photography Competition and was picked for National Geographic's your shot competition, and as one of the Editors choice picks. In 2011 Paul was asked to judge Faces and Facets National Photography Competition. Judging was an honor but he also found it to be difficult, there were so many incredible photographs, it took him hours of comparing and placing pictures side by side to come up with his final decision.