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.
Gretchen has helped out in many ways since 1990, once when she was eight months pregnant. For nearly twenty years she homeschooled Paul & Gretchen's five children. Since 2015 she has take a bigger role in the studio as both a client liaison and portrait assistant extraordinaire. Gretchen has an artistic eye an MA in Exercise Physiology from Univesity of Texas at Tyler. She too is an avid cyclist and cross country skier.