Paul Gero has been a full-time photographer and visual storyteller since 1983 when he started as a photography intern at The Chicago Tribune. That opportunity led to a full-time position six months later and in 1985 the paper transferred him to their Washington, DC bureau. While there he covered the second term of the Reagan administration, the Iran-Contra hearings, political campaigns and conventions in 1988 as well as civil unrest in Haiti.
In 1989, he became a contract photographer based in Washington D.C. for the French photo agency Sygma.
In 1990, he left Washington D.C. and took a position on staff at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While there he documented stories on the U.S./Mexico border and inside Mexico, photographed the Phoenix Suns in their run to the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls (Barkley vs. Jordan), The Super Bowl and thousands of other photographic assignments while on staff.
During that time, he also did extensive freelance work for Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, Time Magazine, US News & World Report and many others.
His portrait of Pat Tillman high in the lights at Arizona State University from 1997 has become one of the iconic images of Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger in 2004 after walking away from a lucrative career in the NFL in the aftermath of 911. Those photographs have been used by the Pat Tillman Foundation, Arizona State University and were featured prominently in a documentary on Tillman produced by NFL Films in the fall of 2016.
In 2002, he and his wife Nicki relocated to Southern California to open Paul F. Gero Photography, specializing in portraits, weddings and commercial work. In addition to his stills work he is expanding his offering into creating video for business and other projects in his area.
He is the author of the book "Digital Wedding Photography (2004)” and “Mastering Digital Wedding Photography (2016)", has taught hundreds of students through his seminars, and through BetterPhoto.com. Paul is a proud member of the Sony Artisans of Imagery Program.
Nicki and Paul live in Ladera Ranch, CA along with their two children Kate and Matthew (AKA "Sparky"). Documenting their lives is the highlight of his photographic life, his life-long project.
You can find Paul on the web at: www.paulfgero.com and on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/paulgero