Paul McKelvey

Paul, who believes in storytelling through photography, has been a commercial and event photographer for over 30 years. Growing up in Northern Ireland, his love for photography began at home through the influence of his father, John, and older brother, Aiden, who built a darkroom in their family home.

His own career began in London working for a large screen-printing company as a camera operator. Following this, he backpacked throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., where he shot stock images for Tony Stone Inc. — now Getty Images. 

In the early 90s, he continued to expand his experience as a photographer signing on with a cruise ship, learning about fill flash and color film processing. With his green card in hand, California was calling. He got his first taste of “red carpet events” when he spent a year working in Hollywood as an event photographer. 

In 1994, he worked at a high-school portrait photography studio, where he helped bring the company into the digital age of processing and printing. It is also here where he met his wife, Sarah, with whom he has two beautiful daughters, Laura and Maggie.

In 1996, he started his own event and wedding photography company, which evolved into the successful Vero Image with Mario Romero. Events covered for clients include Hewlett-Packard, Rock & Republic, Pandora, Renegade Wheels, Real Simple Magazine, MAC Cosmetics, Billboard Awards, Clio Awards, Rubicon Project, Spotify, Clinique, Diesel, Reebok, GQ Magazine, L.A. Dodgers, Global Cuisine and Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.