Experience Minneapolis Photographer: Paul Markert
Although he had been messing around in the dark room since he was ten, it wasn't until Paul turned eighteen that he consciously decided to pursue professional photography. He deliberately sought work with some of the best photographers in Minneapolis and was exposed to product, food, room sets, location, people, and architecture. In 1999 he went on his own. It's been a great ride—Although Paul enjoys shooting a variety of projects, his forte is shooting people.
In Paul's own words: "Born in California and raised in Minnesota, I was surrounded by art throughout my childhood. My parents, in fact, met at an art class. My father is a commercial artist who has painted everything from restaurant walls to hot air balloons. My mother, although busy with me and my eight siblings, never stopped using her visual talents and filled the house with art. My parent's studio at home held many good memories for me: the smell of the oil paints drying on the canvas, the dusty colored chalks that lingered in the air, and the mysterious chemicals in the darkroom that my parents set up for me."
Paul and his wife and children live near the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. They enjoy spending time together outdoors—Paul loves to fly-fish and bike in the summer and snowboard in the winter.
"My manager and I work at Wells Fargo in Wealth Management, and we hired Paul Markert of Markert Productions to come to our offices to take headshots for our team members for their bios and work profile photos. As my manager and I began the search for a photographer for our needs, we were impressed at the start by Paul's website that outlined his work, and explained how he worked. His online portfolio of other headshots and photos was impressive, and they just looked better than other websites we checked out. Paul was timely in responding to our inquiry, and prompt in answering any questions that we had about the job we wanted him to do. On the day of our team's photo shoot; Paul was on time, very professional, and it was a pleasure to work with him. We wanted some options for the backgrounds for our headshots to be added in later, and Paul came up with some great ideas and options from which we could choose. Paul's process of getting the initial photos, and then the finished products to us, went very smoothly. The team is really pleased with their new headshots, and we would highly recommend Paul Markert to others."
- Joan Randall, Executive Assistant to: Neel Johnson, Sr. Director of Sales and John Barone, Sr. Director of Planning Great Lakes Region