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Profile of: Paul Walker
Paul Walker's mastery of pet photography started from the tender age of five in Yorkshire. He often jokes that as was an only child growing up his mother bought a lot of pets because it was cheaper than having more children!
Paul was inspired by photographers such as John Drysdale and Elliott Erwitt and was determined to produce something unique than the typical photography so often seen either involving studio sets or white/black backgrounds. It was from this that his signature style of environmental pet portraiture was born.
Following an early career in Environmental Protection and a move to Scotland, Paul started his professional photography career in 2004. His work was quickly recognised by the Master Photographers Association through which he has won many awards for his work including the title of 'Scottish Master Pet Photographer of the Year' for four consecutive years and the top award of 'Scottish Master Photographer of the Year' in 2009.
The press regularly feature his work and following many early awards, in 2008, he gained the attention of the Ilex Press and was commissioned to write the title "Pet Photography Now".
In 2009, he became the only photographer in the UK to ever receive a Fellowship Distinction in "Environmental Pet Portraiture" from the Master Photographers Association.
Paul's eye catching style of pet photography has caught the attention of the press, radio and television. Earlier in 2011 he was featured on Scottish Television and various BBC radio programmes including "Barking at the Moon" to talk about crazy pet antics and the pursuit of a perfect pet picture.
He is also a skilled trainer and has delivered pet photography training workshops around the UK, USA, Quatar and Italy to date.
"At the lowest end of pet photography are the hordes of high street studios churning out very similar pictures to make you yawn and forget. At the very top end is Paul Walker, a highly talented 'one off' original who squeezes every last drop of talent and effort into his pictures which are alive, exciting, memorable, and as good as you get." John Drysdale, author of 'Our Peaceable Kingdom'
"Wow! As someone who has a great appreciation for what it takes to take great photos of dogs, I must say that this is absolutely the best I've seen! Congrats on a job well done", US Photographer, Bambi Cantrell
"Paul captured the individual characters of Molly and Matilda perfectly. He has a real understanding of dogs, and knows how to get the most dramatic action shots ever!" Jo Good and Anna Webb, Barking at the Moon, BBC London & Stars of Sky Television's "A Different Breed"