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.
Andrea Sprickman graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Graphic Design and Photography. She has held positions in North Carolina & New York, NY using her artistic talents as a graphic designer, photographer, jewelry fabricator and marketing professional. Andrea is the office and production manager as she handles marketing, controls the schedule, processes production and is a certified framer. She co-chairs the Athena Circle of Trust II.
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.
Production Technician & Assistant:
Fresh out of college with a degree in Photography, Graphic & Interactive Design, and Art History from Edinboro University (yes, there were some sleepless nights), Ashley is a sweet yet spunky gal with a devout passion for dogs and tacos. You can always count on her quick wit to make you laugh and smile. She started out as an intern and now is the image organizational master, production assistant, website manager, (the list goes on) using her helping hand all throughout the studio. Ashley is also a member of Society for Photographic Education and the Erie Art Museum. So, yeah you could say she's a pretty cool person.