Paul Ward Photography

Atlanta, GA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I love event coverage and I've covered everything from weddings, political gatherings, corporate events, family celebrations to university graduations. My repeat clients tell me regularly that they appreciate my professional, personal touch in capturing the essence of their events.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Working with quality clients. My past, and repeat clients include: YouTube, University of the South, MP&F public relations, Cande Cook Events, Vanderbilt University, fashion models, and many private families and entities.

Location

Atlanta, GA 30339

Background check

Complete

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

69

Reviews

50 Reviews
  • Syed S. Sep 19, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    People always say that a picture is worth a thousand words but it takes an artist to create one that can leave you speechless. Paul from the minute he arrived onsite was able to pull from his pool of creativity to catch the beauty and essence of our venue and our event. His knowledge of photography and his equipment enabled him to quickly adjust to whatever scenery, lighting, weather, movements or angle he needed to produce for us. Paul is truly an amazing and fun professional to work with. His bedside manner is that he will treat you like family and we plan to recommend him to all of our friends and family going forward.
    Paul W. Sep 19, 2017

    What a wonderful wedding in Norcross! I've enjoyed going through your images and look forward to sharing them with you! Best wishes, Paul

  • Martha S. Aug 24, 2017
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
    Not only professional and reliable but the shots are spectacular. Very happy!
    Paul W. Aug 24, 2017

    Go War Eagles! Thanks Martha!

  • Roosevelt N. Jul 19, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    A consumate professional and a genuine people-person, we selected Paul to take pictures at our family reunion. He did an outstanding job! I believe that his candid shots are his strong suit. He was successful because he was able to move around the room and interact with all of the family members--and as such,he became a member of the group. This was no small accomplishment as he was the only white person in the room. While you cannot go wrong using Paul Ward for your job, I give my highest recommendation--especially for those who placea high value on getting candid shots.
  • Diego H. Jul 7, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul did an excellent job. He arrived on time to our small private ceremony and was open to all our request. He showed his expertise in the business to guide us through the shoot without being pushy or rushing anything. I will keep Paul's contact for any future photography projects and will recommend him to anyone looking for a professional, kind and patient photographer for any event.
    Paul W. Jul 7, 2017

    What a lovely morning at the Park! I wish you both much happiness! Paul

  • Sarita D. Jun 29, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you Paul. His work is just perfect. He made sure that everybody is captured and very professional. The quality of work is excellent. Loved the pics it's a lifetime memory. He is just awesome.
    Paul W. Jun 29, 2017

    What a great event you planned! It was my pleasure to be a small part! Best wishes on the wedding!

  • Julie C. Jun 16, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul Ward - Master of the Lens! Loved, loved, loved his work. I highly recommend Paul. He is punctual, professional, personable, and has a perfect eye for the details. Paul was our photographer for a family celebration and he captured all of the"important moments" for us. As a family, we really enjoyed his easy way of coaxing folks into the pictures as well as the many candids he managed without notice! Looking forward to working with Paul again in the future.
    Paul W. Jun 16, 2017

    I had such a wonderful time with your family and friends. Thanks again for having me! Here's to 70 more! Paul

  • Dianne R. May 31, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul did an excellent job for our son's high school graduation party where we hosted approximately 100 people for three hours. He supplied us with great pictures, balanced between formal shots in a photo booth with spontaneous shots, along with getting pictures of the entire group together. He was timely, responsive, and made the pictures available to us quickly. Overall an outstanding job.
  • Andy K. May 30, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I was lucky I chose Paul out of many including some Indian one. With Paul you just tell him what you want and he does the job. Extremely professional, courteous to guests, he was smiling and was jumping all over to click a snap every 45 seconds - what more. We shall hire him for all our events best wishes to you Paul
    Paul W. May 30, 2017

    So glad you had me for the fun family celebration! Can't wait to work with you again! Paul

  • Bryan L. May 24, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We could not be more happy we hired Paul as our event photographer! He was extremely professional, a great communicator, and most importantly a fantastic photographer. We thought he was an excellent value, and his images speak for themselves!
    Paul W. May 24, 2017

    Thanks for allowing me to shoot your wedding celebration! You guys rocked midtown! Congrats on the marriage, and best wishes. Paul

  • Chris H. May 15, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul was very professional and easy to work with. We look forward to the next opportunity we have to work with Paul.
  • Justine C. May 10, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing Job! awesome experience and Paul is so patient with us! Thank you so much for the wonderful memory!!!!
  • Catie M. Apr 12, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Best Photography Experience EVER
    Paul was everything we had hoped for and more! He was so pleasant with all of the guests. The running joke with all of our guests and family members was that we need Paul for every event! He photographed my sister's Bridal Shower and captured every moment perfectly. What really stood out for me when finding Paul and looking at his website was that everyone looked so happy in all of his photos, and I thought "Wow! This guy knows how to capture happiness!". He completely lived up to this expectation. Not only was he so enjoyable at the event, but the turn around for photos was astonishing! Within 24 hours! The photos were spectacular! So bright! So many beautiful moments that were captured. I shared what moments would be most important to me (family photos, bridal party, etc.) and Paul met every one of those wishes. I will not be using any other photographer in the Atlanta area other than Paul. Paul, it was a true joy getting to know you! My sister and I adored the photos and look forward to having you at another event! - Catie
    Paul W. May 17, 2017

    Catie: The Event you planned and executed for your sister was amazing! It was an honor to help document it! Best wishes! Hope all is well... Hope to see you again! Paul

  • Adam G. Mar 30, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul is amazing!
    Loved working with Paul. He is very organized and sent instructions prior to meeting. He met with me, listened to what I wanted, and worked with me to take some really great shots. He's got an excellent eye and I'm super impressed with the results! I know for a fact that these professional photos are going to help take me to the next level in my career. Thanks Paul!
    Paul W. Apr 3, 2017

    So glad you were pleased, Adam! You did a great job and were also very well prepared, making my job easy! Best wishes with your future career advancements! Paul

  • Kevin C. Mar 27, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    University of New Hampshire Alumni Event
    Paul was terrific to work with. He was extremely professional and his photos captured the life and spirit of our University of New Hampshire alumni event. I would highly recommend Paul for photography needs you have.
    Paul W. Mar 27, 2017

    It was a pleasure covering your event at The Capital Club in Brookhaven. Well run, and enjoyed meeting your exceptional people.

  • Noah S. Mar 10, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent photos, communication, listening
    Paul's work was fantastic. He listened to the look and feel that we wanted to get across about our event (a large 2500 person international conference held at an Atlanta hotel). Very responsive and excellent communication. Post production work completed in a couple hours and we were able to produce a video and photo gallery to show on the last day of the conference. Quality of photos extraordinary!
    Paul W. Mar 27, 2017

    You put on quite an event! Thanks for having me, and I am thrilled that you were pleased with our coverage. Best wishes to you and all in your association.

  • Rebecca J. Mar 6, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    The best photographer I've used in a decade!
    Not only is Paul a friendly and charming person, his photographs were perfect! He captured everything at our Gala - from couples posed to candid shots to the auction and the dancing. As a "photographer" myself, I appreciate photographers who look for shots beyond the typical. Paul will be my recommended photographer from now on.
    Paul W. Mar 6, 2017

    It was absolutely my pleasure to cover the Charity Ball! You and your team know how to put on a great event! So glad you were happy with the imagesQ

  • Nancy L. Mar 2, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Fantastic photos-- I couldn't be happier!
    I hired Paul for a social mixer where he focused on taking individual as well as environment photos. He delivered gorgeous photos that exceeded my expectations. I am so happy with the results and will absolutely hire Paul again in the future!
    Paul W. Mar 6, 2017

    Thanks for having me for the mixer. You know how to run a fun event! I'm happy the final images exceeded your expectations!

  • Martell J. Feb 28, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome experience
    Very professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with!
  • Keiran F. Dec 16, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    5 Stars
    Paul was awesome! He showed up early to get a look at the space and figure out what we wanted. During the event, he was great at grabbing people for poses and also getting a ton of candid shots in, all while continuously checking in to see if we wanted a picture of something in particular. I had the digital images less than 24 hours later and they looked incredible. Definitely would recommend!
    Paul W. Dec 17, 2016

    Thanks for having me cover your holiday party! I had a blast meeting your people!

  • Jenny H. Dec 13, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Pleasure to work with; top-notch photos
    Paul was great to work with - very responsive to my email requests. The quality of his work was excellent and the turn-around time for the digital photos was super-quick! Next time I host an event in Atlanta, I need not look any further for a photographer!
  • Kimberly S. Nov 8, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Definitely a great choice!
    Excellent to work with. Very professional, and photos were exactly what we needed, plus high-quality.
  • Jolie B. Oct 31, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I would book again.
    High quality. Professional. Great images. Can't go wrong. I would hire him for any event in ATL again.
  • Ashley W. Oct 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Great photographer
    Paul photographed our wedding ceremony in Piedmont Park and also our reception at Monday Night Brewing. He was punctual and professional, and he captured some great moments.
  • Angela S. Oct 24, 2016
    GREAT photographer that is missed in Nashville!
    On a referral from a friend, I hired Paul to take some casual pictures for my daughter's graduation party invitations. I was STUNNED when I saw how beautiful they turned out as I was only expecting a few good shots. The pics were so exceptional (and so many!) that we decided to use him for the party as well. He was able catch an expression, a gesture, a moment, and an impromptu "pose" and we barely even noticed he was there. Afterwards, we were able to relive the party and see many moments that we missed, which was priceless. Paul is an exceptional photographer and I am forever grateful for the memories he provided through his pictures. Highly recommend!
  • Lindsay M. Sep 30, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Loved working with Paul! Did great! Took GREAT photos and made me feel comfortable in front of the camera! So happy I hired him!
  • Christina D. Sep 25, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome!
    Paul was absolutely amazing! He did great work and we loved having him at our event. Great energy. Great guy. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer.
  • Jacob H. Aug 4, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul was incredible to work with! On time, required little to no direction and produced quality photos. I would recommend using him to anyone in the Atlanta area.
  • Swathi M. Jul 6, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We are so glad we hired paul for capturing our best memorable moment of life. He had done an excellent job. Very professional and friendly and the picture quality was fabulous..
  • Paula H. Jul 4, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul is a great photographer for your events. Clear pictures of friends and family.
  • Sandy A. Jun 21, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul was great! He was friendly and provided a very fast turn around on the photos. Plus the photos he took of our event were great!
  • Amanda X. May 31, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul did an incredible job photographing my daughters high school graduation party at our lake house. He was very professional and kind. He captured some awesome pics on the lake. I will definitely keep him in mind for future events!
  • Ellyn G. May 25, 2016
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Paul to shoot photos at our 5K event in April. He was a delight to work with - he's a true professional and talented photographer. His shots came out great!
  • Test T. May 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul is a great photographer and very professional. I would definitely use Paul again!
  • Karin L. May 19, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We were extremely glad to have Paul photograph our professional conference. He was communicative and responsive before, during, and after the event, which we really appreciated. Great work. Very professional and easy to work with. We'd definitely hire him again when we return to Atlanta!
  • Shelly M. May 8, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end, and his work is fantastic. He has a great eye, and he really captured the essence of our Kentucky Derby Party for all of our guests to enjoy. We enthusiastically recommend him!
  • Donna W. May 8, 2016
    Paul has a gift of capturing a story with his photos. He has a great artistic "eye." I have worked with him professionally and personally used Paul's services to create priceless memories of my family. I HIGHLY recommend Paul Ward Photography.
  • Aneta M. May 2, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul was hired for creating the memories for 11 children and their First Holy Communion. He came to church not only an hour earlier to prepare and choose the best lenses for his camera considering the light in the church but also he delivered the pictures instantaneously. The event took place on Sunday at 2 pm and the link to pictures was ready on Monday morning. The pictures look marvelous. They are shot from different angles and you can see clearly who is focused in the picture. It was a pleasure to work with Paul and coordinate families for the main shot before the Mass. Thank you Paul. You did an amazing job. Aneta M.
  • George P. Apr 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    He photographed our 50 wedding anniversary party...reception and dinner. Nearly all of your others who quoted had only done weddings, but Paul had done anniversaries. He provided photos of everything..the venue, the cooks, the arrangements and all the group photos of family and each table and pretty much every person there. Very cooperative and through.
  • Laurie T. Apr 4, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul did a great job shooting my parent's 60th wedding anniversary. Came early, stayed late and made everyone feel comfortable!
  • Elizabeth S. Mar 31, 2016
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Paul for a last minute sports event. I needed pictures of my son for his senior banner. Paul responded immediately and fit us into his schedule. Though there was no requirement, Paul went to the field the day before, scouted out the best shots and prepared for the event. Paul was flexible, a great listener and really captured what I was looking for. I am very pleased with his work and will absolutely use him again! Thank you, Paul!
  • Adam L. Mar 16, 2016
    I have worked with Paul Ward since 2012. Each summer, he helps cover our 12-day Sewanee Writers' Conference. Paul's beautiful, natural, ad-quality photography is essential for our marketing. His pictures help us share the Sewanee experience with other writers and make our event attractive to new participants. Adam Latham Associate Director of Marketing & Admission for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Jason C. Mar 3, 2016
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
    Paul disbanded great job. I am very happy with his work. You will not go wrong if you hire Paul
  • Stephanie M. Feb 27, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional, yet fun! Awesome outlook, and takes the time to understand the client's personality and expectations.
  • Sherri B. Feb 15, 2016
    Paul Ward has handled all major photography events for my school for several years. He has a brilliant ability to capture people in the moment. The warmth he exudes towards his subject is returned to him in dazzling smiles and relaxation. His post production work is always handled quickly and he goesthe extra mile to provide the photos in the format(s) needed. I would recommend him without reservation.
  • Fritsl B. Feb 7, 2016
    Paul shot one of my sister's last college games this fall; he's also shot some of my musical performances and his work is amazing across the broad spectrum of events he approaches. He has an eye for intimate moments, and is talented at capturing them without artifice. The photos he's taken on my family and I are precious to me. I highly recommend his work and his professionalism.
  • Daren T. Feb 6, 2016
    Paul took action shots of my daughter's volleyball team. To say they were good is an understatement. His images are beyond great! He has an amazing ability to capture the essence of what he shoots. I had only seen his portrait work prior to him shooting the team pictures and was abundantly impressed with both. To top that, he is super easy to work with and goes the extra mile. If you need great images, Better Call Paul.
  • Kimmy C. Feb 6, 2016
    Paul Ward is the ultimate professional. He is organized, has great integrity and work ethic. The pictures that Paul takes are fantastic!
  • Jonathan W. Feb 5, 2016
    Exquisite attention to detail. A perfectionist at producing a quality result. Goes above and beyond in customer service.
  • Emma W. Feb 5, 2016
    I had my senior pictures taken by Mr. Ward, and he was incredible! The overall entire experience was a joy and a fun time! Along with the great time during our actual photoshoot, the pictures turned out better than any of us could have imagined. He is an incredibly talented photographer and I definitely recommend him!
  • Ron M. Feb 5, 2016
    Great experience with my website

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I always give a flat rate for my clients based on their coverage time. This helps my clients plan, and leaves no gray area. I do require payment in full on the day of services. If a wedding, I do require an in-person consultation and a 25% deposit to hold my time.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically consult via text or through the app first to make sure we're a good fit. I then ask clients to mark transactions as HIRED in the Thumbtack app. When a formal venue is reserved, and when possible, I like to meet clients prior to event at the venue. I find this helps tremendously in the planning process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Several master level courses and workshops under National Geographic photographers. I also teach workshops on people photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Corporate, families, private and educational institutions, sports teams, national photography stock services.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure to see their work in similar situations to your event needs, and insist on reviews.