American West Photo Safaris - Brent Russell Paull (7:30 PM PDT)
About Brent Russell Paull
Brent was born in 1959 in Redwood City, near San Francisco - and raised in Gilroy, California, the second of three children. Brent played all the sports available: tennis, baseball, football, golf, soap box derby racing, snow skiing, 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. He graduated from Gilroy High in 1978 and went on the next year to play tennis at Gavilan College. After serving a 2-year LDS church mission to Montana, he transferred to, and graduated from, Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management-Finance.
He has lived throughout the west: (Montana) Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Great Falls, Billings, Stevensville, Sidney. (Colorado) Grand Junction. (Utah) Provo, St.George, Logan, Providence. (California) San Jose, Gilroy, Tulare.
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 photos. 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. After 18 years in Utah's Cache Valley, he sold his home and studio and moved to Tulare. Today, he spends most of his time leading photo safaris around the American West and teaching photography. His wife, Jacqueline, and his sons (with their wives and children) have all spent time exploring the vast reaches of the American West.
Brent has had unique photography experiences that have created a wealth of knowledge for him to draw on in his photography. He has shot air-to-air and air-to-ground in both planes and helicopters. He has shot for numerous government agencies, including: the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the