About

Since 1999, Paul Nelson has been a highly regarded Minneapolis-based commercial photographer. Specializing in conceptual studio work, he has developed problem-solving skills, innovative lighting, and sound post-production methods. His experience and expertise — plus good-natured wit and sensitivity — add up to distinctive photographs with arresting visual impact.

Some describe his work as stylish, elegant, and exceptional. Others find it funny, clean, cool, vivid, and beautiful. You can supply the adjective; Paul will take the picture — in studio, outdoors, for advertising, for publication, for art, or just for fun.

His photos evoke a sense of narrative — that there is larger meaning behind the image. “Telling a story in such a brief medium is a challenge,” he says, “but it can be a powerful thing.”

Past projects include campaigns for Target Corporation, Best Buy, FedEx, Marvin Windows, Pfizer, Sprint, and more.

And then there’s Wild Birds Flying, his personal venture. It was born of a love of birds, an appreciation for uncluttered depictions, and a belief that beautiful images are as close as the backyard. Paul’s inventive photographic techniques produce almost surreal avian portraits, captured during bird bandings at Minnesota nature centers. See www.wildbirdsflying.com for more information.

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