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about Paul`s Photo

We continuously strive to provide our customers with the best tools, information, and service in the photography business. Our family owned and operated store has been serving the community for over 50 years! We offer three main services:

Our camera store offers the best in camera gear and expert knowledge from our sales team, all of whom have a passion for photography and experience in the field. We offer repairs, rentals, and expert advice and consultation. Come say hello and see why we've been voted the Best Camera Store from 1999 - 2015 in both the Daily Breeze and Easy Reader!

Our printing lab is among the best in the South Bay and we offer dozens of photo printing services: photo prints on glossy papers, canvas, metal, mugs or other accessories; we make calendars, photo books, canvas wraps, and greeting cards; we can restore faded or aging photos and get you ready for your next trip with a new passport photo; we can print banners, flyers, announcements - anything you can think of, we can make happen!

The Creative Photo Academy is adjacent to Paul's Photo and offers classes for all skill and interest levels. We have two classrooms, one of which also operates as a photo gallery showcasing students work. We have beginning classes, intermediate and advanced classes, night photo walks, photo shoots and bus tours, hands-on workshops with world-famous photographers, photo-editing workshops, and more! Click on the "Classes & Adventures" tab above for more information.

What people are saying about us

Join our team!We're always looking for great people to join us at PAUL'S PHOTO, The Lab and Creative Photo Academy. If you're interested please fill out an Employment Application and come meet us.

Mark Comon
Mark Comon
Vice President Of PAUL'S PHOTO

Mark finds passion and inspiration in all things. Photography is how he expresses that passion. Around here, Mark seems to be everywhere at once. He is indefatigable.

When not assisting customers, answering questions camera and lens related or not, teaching classes, interacting within the community, leading trips around the US and the globe, he'll be found at his desk (occasionally napping).  If you can't find Mark you must not be listening for him.

Jeff Ikemiya
Jeff Ikemiya
Manager The Lab At PAUL'S PHOTO

Jeff is our master printer and image processing guru. Don't be fooled by his quiet and unassuming manner, Jeff likes things fast!

When Jeff is not here, he's around town in his sports car or bike.

If you have a question on files or printing, there's no better person to talk to.

Boyd Miller
Boyd Miller
General Manager

Raised in a small town in northern California, Boyd has worked in the camera industry for over thirty years. He has worked in camera shops of all sizes from Seattle to Washington D.C., Oregon to our southern California store.

Boyd's favorite things beside cameras & photography include travel, anything to do with the outdoors, distilling, gardening and electric modes of transportation (even better if it only has 2 wheels!). If you want to get lost in conversation, just ask him about his dogs, the latest ultralight backpacking gear, bikes, making gin & whiskey or growing heirloom tomatoes.

John Eckmier
John Eckmier
Sales Team Lead

Johnny has established himself as a well-known and much published freelance photographer. Johnny has a passion for creating images of fast or classic cars and beautiful women, and well, all things beautiful. He has a huge devotion to his home town which is not Torrance.

If you ever are in need of a loyal and kind friend, you would call yourself lucky to have one in Johnny.

Sheryl Comon
Sheryl Comon
Keeper Of The Books

Sheryl is our Jill of all trades. She ensures everyone's grandiose ideas are really implementable. With all the possibilities, this keeps things very interesting for her!

Sheryl also keeps the books straight and can seemingly answer any question related to the business.

But please don't come looking for her on Monday afternoons, that's Mah Jongg day!

Gerry Imura
Gerry Imura
Sales Team

Gerry has an unparalleled interest in, well, everything. Ask him about any headphones, pocket knives, pool cues, car detailing, or try asking him about a good place to eat. Gerry brings the full force of his interest to bear when sharing about cameras: Full frame DSLRs, Micro 4/3s, vintage film cameras and lenses most people don't realize exist, you name it. Just be ready to listen because he talks twice as fast as a normal person and you won't want to miss any of it.

Margo Hendricks
Margo Hendricks
Logistics

Margo has always loved photography, but isn't a "photographer" like most of the crew.

When not at work, Margo can be found in her garden, or anywhere outdoors, and don't expect to see her anywhere else but dancing at the Renaissance Faire during Ren Faire season.

Margo oversees all shipping and receiving and repairs at PAUL'S PHOTO where she will begin her 20th year with the store in 2016.

Christopher Cambra
Christopher Cambra
Sales Team

Christopher loves using photography to explore new places and meet new people.

One of his best adventures was following three Santas through SF streets and ending up at a Santa festival! There's nothing like a sea of Santas to make you feel like you're on the right track.

He and his wife Laurie also love playing with their rescues, Roxie and Oliver.

Ray Vidal
Ray Vidal
The Lab At PAUL'S PHOTO

Ray had the intention of becoming a sports writer but he found storytelling to be much more rewarding when using images.

Ray covers sporting events for local news agencies.

When asked why he loves photography, Ray responded, "Telling someone's story with a split second of time still amazes me."

Wyatt Comon
Wyatt Comon
Office Team

Wyatt is our resident computer guru.

When he isn't playing Warhammer or hanging out with Iroh, his bearded dragon, Wyatt works his magic here.

If you're lucky enough to see him at the register or in the store he's probably doing a victory lap after solving a big problem.

Bill Balcer
Bill Balcer
Sales Team

There are not many picture types that Bill has not tried, His favorites are street, architecture, landscape, and macro. The more abstract the better.

When not at Paul's Photo, Bill can be found travelling domestically, riding his road bike, golfing, or hitting the slopes.

Helping people gain a stronger understanding of their photographic expression gives him great pride.

Lucy Bailey
Lucy Bailey
Creative Director

Lucy is our CPA resident from "down under." Along with photography, she has a passion for travel and has visited over 25 countries around the world.

When not at Creative Photo Academy you can find Lucy dancing away at a music concert or backpacking and hiking in the moutains with her husband and their rescue dog.