Paul Abell is an award-winning professional photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the former team photographer for the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to his action photography with the Braves & Buccaneers, Paul has covered hundreds of sports assignments, special events, portrait sessions, group photos, head shots and catalog sessions that make him one of Atlanta premier special event photographers.
After getting his start with the Arena Football Macon Knights, where he shot the league’s Photo of the Year in back-to-back seasons, Paul went on to capture national assignments for Getty Images, US Presswire and WireImage. His work was quickly chosen for publication in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, The Sporting News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and TV Guide. His images have also been featured in team yearbooks, media guides, on trading cards, posters, calendars and billboards.
Paul was recruited to the National Football League as he was named Team Photographer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2008, he was offered the opportunity to return home in a position with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves as their Manager of Photography and Graphic Design.
Since early 2009, he has operated his photographic services though Abell Images, his Atlanta based photography boutique. Abell Images specializes in providing Corporate Event Photography and on-site printing for sporting events, golf tournaments, conventions, special events, trade shows, conferences, red carpet, meetings, banquets and awards ceremonies. Abell Images event photography and on-site printing services are available in Atlanta, its surrounding areas, the Southeast or anywhere in the USA or abroad.
As a contract photographer, Paul regularly covers assignments around the Eastern United States for the Associated Press, AP Images, Getty Images, Picture Group and US Presswire.
His photographs are regularly published in many of the world’s top editorial publications and commercial applications across the US and abroad. Paul continues to cover a number of high profile assignments that have included the Super Bowl, World Series, BCS National Championship, NBA Playoffs, Reality TV Shows, Video Shoots and more.
Abell Images Atlanta event photography division is the official photographic organization for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge Golf Tournament and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Atlanta Tip-off Club, Naismith Golf Tournament, the Atlanta Sports Council and Kevin Brown Celebrity Golf and Clay’s Classic. For more information on Abell Images Photography Group’s professional photographic services, please visit the Abell Images website.
More recently, Paul has focused a great deal of his photographic efforts shooting as a unit still photographer and award show photographer for such organizations as MTV, BET and Atlantic Records, to name a few. He has worked on such television shows as Teen Wolf, The Game, Reed Between the Lines, Let’s Stay Together, Sunday’s Best, Born to Dance, Almost Married, Tiny & Toya Reality Show, Pay it off and the Monique Show. Additional credits for music video stills include Like Em All (Jacob Lattimore), Rock Wit’Cha (Bobby V) and As She’s Walking Away (Zac Brown Band).
Like all outstanding sports photographers, Paul has the unique ability to capture the drama of competition in a single frame. But his background as an award-winning graphic designer distinguishes his work with eye-stopping composition, as seen in his winning entry in the 2005 NFL Hall of Fame Photo Competition.
He is an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees (IATSE) Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and SportsShooter.com.
Paul earned a BFA Degree in Graphic Design from The University of Georgia and resides near Atlanta, Georgia with his daughter.