Paul Hood, Photographer


     Welcome to my web site.


My photographs, artwork, and/or photo-manipulations are currently being held in private collections in forty-two U.S. States and ten foreign countries and counting.*

More galleries

Most of my functional art is here at Zazzle

Pendants and other art items are in our Etsy shop

My blog   Many photos there, and some of my writing.

Location: Chico, California

Please feel free to Email me regarding hiring, purchasing, or licensing. I do travel for work, and my availability varies. I really love California, so be sure to contact me if you have need of images specific to this locale. Did I mention that I’m in Chico? Because I am in Chico. California. Google doesn’t seem to think so, yet.

Many of my photographs have hit the front page news. My photojournalistic work has been published dozens of times in at least three newspapers, several web pages, a CD cover, book cover, posters and flyers. I have photographed nationally and internationally touring performing artists and musicians. I first got into this over 30 years ago, helping my dad out in his B&W darkroom, but I shoot all digital now. Digital photo manipulation via Photoshop and other programs is a big part of my artistic life.

In addition to nature photography, I love portraiture, especially photojournalistic candids and event photos. I’ve worked as a staff reporter and photojournalist. I was the weekly event photographer for Poetry Night in Washington. I enjoyed working for The Cody Rivers Show under difficult stage lighting conditions.

Using a combination of natural light; sometimes diffused and reflected, strobes as needed I achieve excellent results without the constant need for extensive studio lighting. Portraiture is truly an art in itself. It requires spontaneity, technical proficiency, empathy and intuition-- a combination that you may not get from just any photographer.

This website is primarily for you to get an idea of the kind of work that I do, and maybe a bit about who I am as a person. The working relationship between photographer and model (or subject) is very important. I approach this medium as an artist, not a mechanic or a technician.


On the “about me” page you’ll find links to other web pages where you can learn much more about me and my partner Sheryl Karas, about some of the other businesses we’re involved in and what’s most important to us.

    Contact me by email at with work related questions or for purchasing details.       

Thanks!  Have a look around and enjoy yourself.

Paul Hood

Copyrights: I retain all copyrights. You’re welcome to view, enjoy and purchase what you see on these pages, but be sure to get my permission for anything else. Do not copy or download my work without my express written permission. Retailer and manufacturer inquiries are welcome.

* My running list of States where my work is housed: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,  Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,  Missouri, Montana,  Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North and South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming,

Also internationally: Australia, Canada, Scotland, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia,

Still working on distributing my work to the following US states:  Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi,  New Hampshire, Northern Marianas Islands, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands,

... And anybody else who would enjoy owning my photographs! Anywhere in the wide world.