Paul Lorei comes from a photography family but began his career in advertising. He worked for Young & Rubicam as well as several small agencies before moving home to Erie in 1986 and working for his father in the school pictures business. In 1990, while in graduate school and teaching at Gannon University, Paul started Lorei Portraits. Since then, his adventures have given him the rare privilege of photographing thousands of families, children and individuals.
Paul has a BS in Marketing from the University of Dayton, an MA in English from Gannon University. He is a Certified Professional Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America. He served on the board of the Serra Club and the St. Thomas Moore House of Prayer. He is still--after many years--working on a children's novel. He and his lovely wife, Gretchen, have five mostly grown children. Paul and Gretchen are avid cyclists and cross-country skiers.