About Poetic Light

San Francisco Bay Area Commercial and Portrait Photography.

Family portrait photography shoot. November, 2020.
Lifestyle, Mill Valley, Marin Photographer, Child Portrait
My first camera. Christmas, 1989. Mill Valley, California.

Hendrik Paul, Founder

When I was 8 years old, I discovered my passion.

I was on vacation with my family in Northern California. One sunny afternoon, we visited a small, non-denominational chapel along the coast in Sea Ranch.

As I looked up, light gently streamed through the stained glass windows. I knew this was the shot.

My Dad handed me his silver Pentax camera. The weight of it felt good in my hand. I clicked my first photo.

And the rest is history.

Since that day, my love for photography has only grown. I find a deep spiritual connection with the natural world when exploring my surroundings, camera in-hand.

I love capturing moments in time. To tell stories with images. To tap into and communicate the spirit of what’s in front of me.

I have over 30 years of experience with a Masters in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. I’ve published two photography books and won awards for fine art photography. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Leica M6.

Based in Marin County, I specialize in Bay Area lifestyle photography, family photography, portrait photography, commercial photography, product photography and headshots.

Let’s connect.

Discover How I Can Help

My mission is to capture your essence with world class photography.

My relaxed and easygoing nature will help you bring your vision to life.

Whether you are looking for family portraits, or you’re a Bay Area business seeking fresh new images for your website and social media, I am here and ready to support you. 

Lifestyle, Marin, San Francisco Photographer, Iceland Self Portrait Landscape
Photography adventure in Iceland. February, 2016.

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