Paul Leavitt

 

Ever since Paul got his first real camera waaay back when he was 13, it's been his right hand man. His sidekick, his #1. Think Tonto to The Lone Ranger. Yep That about sums it up. Inseparable.

But times have been a-changin', and... no wait, they're still inseparable. Paul upgraded his trusty steed to a Canon 60D and then to a 6D, bought an assortment of extra gear, and as icing on the cake, a backpack specially designed to bring man and camera just a little bit closer together.

With more than 7 years of experience under his belt, or rather, around his neck, Paul has traveled all over the country with his Tonto, and even made a few trips into Mexico, photographing anything that moves, and a lot of things that don't. Nothing can escape his sharp eye, landscapes, animals, sunsets, even cats can't escape the crosshairs of his Canon.

But you may have noticed that one category is missing from that list. That's because up until a couple of years ago, Paul had barely ventured into the world of capturing images of God's crowning creation: people. Whether it was due to shyness, an embarrassing moment that happened as a child, or simply a lack of skill, he spent most of his time photographing everything but people. But then something changed. As he was scrolling through his ever expanding photo library looking for a face show a friend, he realized that he had almost no pictures of his family and friends, save the occasional family portrait. He was taken aback at all that he had been missing, all those people who meant so much to him, so much more than any mountain or iguana ever could, and hardly any photos of them. 

He knew something had to change.

Armed with his new camera, he set out to change his focus, and set his sights on the crown of God creation. He started out trying to capture the un-posed moments, leaning around a wall to catch a child laughing, taking a hip-shot of a group of men having a discussion, or getting behind a telephoto to capture some volleyball action. And as he became more comfortable candid photos, he's began to become more bold, getting closeups at conferences, asking a friend to pose for him, to standing right in the middle of the walkway to capture that perfect smile a little girl was sending his way. It wasn't long before he was asking anyone he knew (and a few he'd never met) to strike a pose to be frozen in time, be it at a conference, a wedding, or a local 4 of July party.

So what's Paul up to these days? He's focusing on improving his skills at taking creative and unique photos of landscapes, animals, flowers, and of course, people. He's actively studying portraiture, and offering his services to take portraits of individuals, couples, and families as a way to improve said skills. I hope you'll get the chance to meet him some time, but if you do, be warned, he'll probably take your picture.