published August 18, 2004
This shooter is for hire
Photographer tries to capture candid
Paul Wright is the owner and lead
photographer of Shooter4Hire Photography.
Nine-year-olds usually have a pretty simple
work agenda – playtime.
Paul Wright, on the other hand, was a
nine-year-old with a career plan.
Sure, he was his father’s pride and joy as a
boxer for nine years – being invited to the
Olympic Trials and fighting on the same All Star
Amature show as Lennox Lewis – but all Wright
could think of from nine to his late teens was
his obsession with wanting a camera.
"All I wanted was a camera in my hands … after
starting high school and getting involved in
first photography class … landing a co-op
opportunity at the Burlington Post Newspaper with
my mentor Ron Kuzyk … boxing was history," says
Wright, owner and lead photographer of
Shooter4Hire Photography. The group includes the
team photographer for the B.C. Lions, has shot
Indy, and the CART Series.
Wright, a candid photo journalist, is also a
highly sought after wedding and events
photographer who creates images "the way a photo
journalist would for a magazine."
"It’s not just ‘say cheese’ at Shooter4Hire
Photography. I look for the photos that capture
the inside story – the reaction photos of both the
marrying couple plus all those in attendance,"
Taking more than 700 images per wedding, easily
400 more than the traditional wedding
photographer, plus giving you all your negatives,
Wright and his hand-picked colleagues have gone
high tech with the addition of short wave radios
for communication between photographers (think
secret service) at your event to ensure the
smallest moment is never overlooked and the
photographers don’t take attention away from the
"If I’ve seen the moment (without my camera)
that means I’ve missed the shot," says Wright.
Mostly self-taught, Wright mentions that while
traditional schooling was not the route for his
non-traditional style of candid photography, he
did learn a lot from watching and understanding
how photographers manipulated lights, found
impossible angles and took advantage of natural
"I see the shot already printed. It’s a
combination of technical and story telling
techniques … identifying the theme, raw emotion …
the extra edge that makes it a knockout story
photo rather than a staged one," says Wright.
Wright has plans of sharing his non-traditional
candid photography by hiring co-op students and
has even hired Ron Kuzyk, his childhood mentor, to
work on Shooter4Hire projects – not to mention
he’s got his Grade 10 teacher’s wedding lined up
For package information visit http://www.shooter4hire.com/ or
call Paul Wright at 905-616-3876.