Edge Photography in St Albert, meet the Owner Paul Thurlin!

Posted by Sharon Gregresh on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 4:32pm.

Edge Photography

Edge Photography is owned & operated by Paul Thurlin a National Award Winning Photographer. Edge Photography offers services for family portraits, weddings, corporate events & business purpose.

Interviewee: Paul Thurlin - Owner

Describe your business

Edge Photography is the creative imaging house for national award winning photographer Paul Thurlin. Paul offers balanced lifestyle portraits for families, children and for business. And for couples and weddings, romantic images that help you rekindle those courting memories. For actors and models, get captured with an upscale fashion vibe. Images that connect! Paul creates artful prints, albums and canvases to enrich your lives!

What made you decide to open this business?

A passion for photography and people.

What was it like when you first started?

It was a struggle. There are quite a few photographers in the area, and many part-time hobbyists trying to make some money on the weekends. I focused on children’s portraits, and the families came from there. I figured if I provided great images & great customer service that my clients would refer me to their friends. That started 24 years ago, and that’s still my focus.

What would your customers say they love most about your business?

That my clients could return year after year and always take home something new and creatively shot and post processed.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?

In the last year, I’ve moved to a larger space, with exciting studio features, like green screen and more background and lighting options. The future is now limitless – anything is possible.

What is something most people don't know about the business?

Most people don’t realize how much an image can be improved by retouching. When I capture an image, and share proofs with my clients, I try to impress upon them that retouching will take the image from raw capture to art. Each image that I master for my clients are truly art pieces that take 15-30 minutes each to become flawless.

Who are some of your business idols and role models? And why?

I follow some of the best photographers in the world. There’s always new and better ways of doing things, but having a consistent style is how a photographer can flourish. We are always looking to improve, and also deliver the best work for each and every client.

Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?

In order to have a sustainable neighborhood economy, you have to support your local merchants. We put money back into the community.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with other entrepreneurs?

Always be prepared for something big. Always do your best work.

What do you like most about being an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs put their personal stamp on everything. Excellence is always within my grasp, I never have to deal with a supervisor, or bend policies and my hands are never tied.

What do you love about this neighborhood?

St. Albert families have strong consistent family values. Pride shines through.

What are your favorite places to go in the neighborhood?

Definitely the river valley trails. I enjoy cycling, rollerblading, and walking our dog.

What are your favorite things to do in the neighborhood?

I like being able to drive across town in ten minutes. And having all the merchants and community centers within a short drive or walk. St. Albert has many steady small businesses.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had working with a customer?

Every time I create a custom wall portrait collection for a client, it’s memorable. When you see the final product hanging on the walls of my clients homes, it always reminds me how we all cherish our portraits. They are an investment for families, and a celebration of life!

Edge Photography by Paul Thurlin
Phone: 780-886-0138
Address: 9719 - 47 Ave, Edmonton T6E5M7
Website: www.edgephotography.com
Email : edge.photography@telusplanet.net
Facebook: @EdgePhotographyEdmonton
Twitter: @ThurlinP
LinkedIn: Paul Thurlin
Instagram: photopaul5000

Interview Conducted by Sharon Gregresh, REALTOR Century 21 Masters
Edited by Samantha Gregresh

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