Growing up in the awe-inspiring Pacific Northwest, I found my passion for photography amidst the stunning landscapes that surrounded my hometown, Olympia WA. After graduating from The Evergreen State College with a degree in photography, I headed to Burlington, VT, and found my second home in the Green Mountain State.

I never imagined myself becoming a wedding photographer, but fate had other plans. After moving to Vermont, I worked as a photo assistant in a commercial studio, and that's where I met a wedding photographer who would change my life. For two years, I worked as a second photographer at weddings, and I was hooked. There's just something about capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments that fuels my passion for this work.

Today, I'm back in Olympia, WA and I am the proud owner of Illume by Paul Reynolds, a photography company that allows me to pursue my lifelong dream. As a wedding photographer, I am privileged to capture some of life's most precious moments and turn them into lasting memories for my clients.

When I'm not behind the camera, I'm hanging out with my wife in our home in Olympia, WA. We've got two amazing kids, and we love nothing more than exploring the great outdoors and soaking up all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

When it comes to wedding photography, my approach is simple: prioritize the experience. I believe that when my couples feel comfortable and relaxed, it shows in the photos. By creating an environment where my clients can relax, have fun, and be themselves, I am able to photograph candid, spontaneous moments that truly capture the spirit of the day.

My philosophy is centered around creating a collection of photographs that not only look beautiful but also evoke deep feelings and tell a story. When my clients view their photos years later, I want them to be transported back to those amazing moments and feelings. By focusing on my clients' experience and emotions, I can ensure that their memories of their special day are cherished for years to come.


Your wedding day should be an unforgettable experience, and your photos should reflect that.

Beyond Weddings

I've got a wonderful life outside my work as a wedding photographer. I'm a husband and father to an amazing family. I like to travel, and I still love to have fun with cameras even when I'm not shooting weddings. Get to know me a little better through this collection of personal photos.

Hiring Paul was one of the best decisions we made. He is incredibly kind, talented and passionate about his work. I loved that we barely even noticed him during the ceremony, which was important to us. All our guests remarked on how much they liked him too! And our photos could not be more gorgeous. They truly capture the spirit of the day. I wholeheartedly recommend working with Paul -- you won't regret it!

-Elizabeth & Emilio

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