“Paul Chokota is a master photographer with a keen sense of the sacred. His photos of our Catholic Cathedral and liturgical celebrations have captured the core of our prayer. They are beautiful meditations on the life of our Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.”
“Paul is a delight to work with and is always respectful of the persons, buildings, and events he photographs.”
Bishop Robert Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
I needed a picture of Bishop Finn for our youth conference to turn into a life-sized cutout as he couldn’t be there personally. Paulluc’s pictures were perfect for the job- a professional picture with perfect lighting at extremely high resolution. He was very accommodating to our budget and the teens are going to love having their bishop there “personally”. Thank you Paulluc!
- Jon Schaffhausen, Office of Youth Ministry Director, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
"I met Paul on a very special night regarding an ALS fund raising recording called "Keep The Light Alive:Celebrating the Music Of Lowen & Navarro". Jackson Browne was there along with the Bangles and other L.A. luminaries. Thankfully, Paul was there as well and helped us record the event via photos that showed the glee of the attendees along with the seriousness of the subject. Thanks Paul."
Mike Gormley: Co-Founder/Yes Dear Ent.
Photographer Paul Chokota did first-class work shooting our concerts and backstage promotional activities at venues large and small during the years I was marketing shows at New West/Contemporary. Projects shot by Paul ranged widely, from musical artists like Van Halen, The Firm, and the Grateful Dead to such performers as Red Skelton, The Who, and Pink Floyd. Paul has terrific rapport with his subjects, whether contest winners or celebrity artists, and a keen eye for composition and color. I highly recommend Paul and his work.
- Cheryl McEnaney (former Vice President, New West Presentations)
“I’ve been working with Pauly since the Summer Jam days at Arrowhead Stadium in the 70’s. We have a long history together in the concert industry and throughout the years, he has consistently delivered incredible photos. He has photographed numerous events of mine throughout the last 4 decades and is truly the ‘Rock n’ Roll Photographer of Kansas City’. No one else in Kansas City has the talent and vision of concert photography like Paul does. He has always been absolutely wonderful to work with and I would recommend him to anyone.”
New West Presentations/ President
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Paul Chokota for 3 years - he is our house photographer at Sandstone Amphitheater. I have never been so impressed with a photographer as I have been with Paul. He’s extremely professional, dependable and I’m continually amazed by the wonderful shots he takes each show. He goes out of his way every single show to deliver exceptional quality photos and his turnaround time is very quick as well. Hands down a great photographer and I’d highly recommend him for any photo needs you may have.”
New West Presentations
Hey Paul, I've had a lovely time choosing photos, although it was hard to
I liked them all - the quality is incredibly high and there are some
I wondered if the following list is too many ? I wondered also if I had
your favourites, and would love to hear any opinions you have.
I have copied Mao Solano our web/ visual guy here in Bogota, so he can
with you the best way to get the images to us.
Many many thanks for this Paul, I reckon these are some of the best
shots we have
ever had , you have a great eye , and have captured the real essence of
All the best
abrazo from Bogota
It was very nice to meet you in LA!
I am pretty sure Richard wants to use some of these photos of Sidestepper's performance in LA!
All the best,
My husband and I recently had the opportunity to experience all that Angela Christine and Paul'Luc has to offer when we hired them to photograph our wedding. She brought her colleague, Paul Luc, with her to capture two perspectives.
The initial meeting was more than I ever could have expected. They were both personable, professional, and more than willing to work with us to achieve our desired "look" of the photos.
On the day of our wedding, Angela and Paul'Luc were exceptional! They made not only the wedding party but the guests feel comfortable in front of the camera. They encouraged spontaneity and candidness. Not being a person who has ever enjoyed having her picture taken, I truly forgot that the camera was pointed in my direction; they made it that easy. We even began to think of them as invited guests (and close friends) and less and less as hired vendors.
The pictures that were taken are absolutely stunning. We were able to relive all the highlights as well as revel in all the little moments that happened without our knowledge. We are so impressed with all the pictures we received. I cannot recommend Angela Christine and Paul'Luc enough; I can't wait until we get to see them again for baby pictures. Not only did we meet and hire excellent photographers for our special day, but we also made some good friends in the process. Thank you again, Angela Christine and Paul'Luc !
Again thank you for everything and we look forward in our future endeavors in capturing the moments.
William and Mary Lee
Oh Paul, they're wonderful!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing these!!!!!!!! I'll pass them on to the web guy, and if he needs them to be larger in order to go into the Gallery, I'll let you know...
Hope we'll have the opportunity to have y'all with us again soon!!!!
Inn at Still Pond
120 Sutton Way
Axson, GA 31624
I met Paul 'luc when he was volunteering his time and talent at a Loch LLoyd Cancer charity event. When I booked a session with him to try and capture a beautiful family portrait I had very high expectations.
How wonderful it was when I discovered Paul 'luc had exceeded my expectations.
He captured so many beautiful moments that are truly more works of art than simply photography. It is so special to have such beautiful images of three generations that I know will be appreciated for generations to come.
The most difficult part of working with Paul 'luc was having to decided which portraits to select. What a wonderful dilemma!
Thank you again for your wonderful portraits!
Paul has such a creative eye; no one else could have captured our wedding day as intimately and meaningfully. The pictures beautifully represent our joy, feelings for one another, and our family and friends love for us. Do not hesitate to choose Paul so that you do not loose the opportunity; he is highly favored and will also create a wedding book full of treasures.
"Our family, our joy, and Paul captured both beautifully."
Sharon & Howard Schwantes
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE, The work by Paul Luc'!
I got married on 10-10-10 and he went above and beyond to capture the best moments of my special weekend and day.
I only had him scheduled to be at the church an hour before my wedding and throughout the day and night.
Well, he surprised me and was there for my rehearsal dinner snapping pictures left and right.
He got a wonderful picture that night and even had it developed and delivered to me on my wedding day.
It was so nice and meant so much to me!
For our wedding, he studied the layout of the Church to a degree where he knew where to stand and shoot the memorable and best looking captured pictures. He did a fabulous job. Him and his co-worker, Dennis made our wedding with all of the creativity in their shots and the time and dedication that they spent. All of the pictures after the ceremony where divine as well. I look at my pictures now and it they tell a story and capture every moment I felt because he did that good at depicting the moment, our expressions, and our feelings.
I would recommend Paul Luc' to the best of the best, because he is and he made my day GRAND!
I’ve been involved with Paul for nearly 25 years in live events including motor sports and concerts. His photography has always captured the essence of the event and represented the medium extremely well. I think his eye to detail helps make him an extremely successful photographer for most any event for which he shoots.
I am very pleased with Reflections by Paul. Paul is an amazing photographer and an amazing person in general. My fiance and I had a great time doing our engagment pictures and they were so beautiful! I highly recommend you to use Paul as your photographer! You will be so glad you did!
Mikala Calandrino – June 2, 2011
"Working with Paul'luc Chokota was an absolute pleasure. We were fortunate to have Paul'luc's support of the Catholic Soccer Camp. The pictures that he took were absolutely brilliant. I would recommend him to anyone!" Anthony J. Martinez - Catholic Soccer Camps
" I can't think of a finer photographer than Paul Chokota! Not only that, but he's easy to work with! How often do you find that combination? You know how those creative types are! But his momma raised him right. He works hard. He takes care of his customers. And he delivers on time! Hire him! That's one part of your event you won't have to worry about. I've used his services both personally and professionally. I can tell you that I've never been disappointed. Never. You can bet I'll use him again!
Hire him! Maybe then he can get a haircut. "
Morning Show 98.1 KUDL Kansas City
Paul and his assistant were wonderful to work with, they not only took wedding and reception pictures but were available to take photos at the rehearsal dinner and captured some great moments of the wedding party preparing for the ceremony. The quality of photography was excellent and Paul’s willingness to work with my daughter and future husband was exceptional. My daughter and I met with Paul to review his work and make a decision prior to hiring him to photograph the wedding, his attention to detail and use of light was what sold us on his photography services. Paul also spent an entire afternoon work with Megan and Patrick on engagement photos. There is one engagement photo outside of McFadden’s Pub in the Power and Light District that should be used for a professional magazine. Please check out Megan and Patrick McFadden’s wedding and engagement photos in Paul’s gallery. I highly recommend Paul for any of your photography needs.
Sincerely, Lori Gorenflo, Mother of the Bride
I am writing to you to tell you what an amazing experience My new husband and I had with you during wedding! I was amazed by your utmost professionalism, desire to get the perfect shot and being so patient with us and flexible with our timeline. From the first meeting and through the wedding day, you were upbeat, funny, conversational and really made sure that the shots we were asking for were a priority!
I was so happy that you took your time with set up of shots and took many many photos to make sure the perfect one was captured and that you were willing to show the photos as we went - most photographers don't like to spend even those few minutes reviewing shots with the clients, and it was so nice to have our opinion count!
Everyone in the family was drawn to your great persona, your smiling, your positive attitude and your great sense of humor! I was pleased with the quick turn around on the photos and the AMAZING edits you were able to make! I have gotten so many comments from friends and family that the breathtaking shots could not have been any more perfect!! You knew all the right locations for backdrops and worked with us on choosing the perfect setting!!
I can never write a letter long enough to tell you how much we appreciated your presence and your talent - I hope that i have the opportunity to use you again for other major events and will be recommending you to EVERYONE!! I would have never have thought that I would have such amazing and beautiful photos for such an important day, but you captured every one of them!!
Thank you again Paul, it was truly a magical experience!!!
All the best and sincerest thanks,
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mitchell
Reflections by Paul - www.reflectionsbypaul.com A+++++++++
link to photos - http://www.reflectionsbypaul.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=633381
OMG - i can NOT praise this man enough!! he was Ah-MAY-zing!!!! He contacted me several times since booking, meet us in person the day before the wedding (he traveled to our hotel at his expense) and went over time line, what we wanted and shared his ideas. He was on time each time, asked what we would like him to wear and was sooooo fun!! he made us laugh, joked around, showed us pictures as we went, and settled for nothing less then the perfect picture - the pictures on the link above are all un-editied and nothing deleted, but honestly, it is hard to find the photos that were "bad"....He was able to give us a copy of all photo proofs NEXT day and he delievered those to our hotel as well!!! He is in process of editing and touching up and we should have those within the week!!!! He even worked with us because we were not able to use him during the ceremony, he did come to the hotel 3-6p, and then met us back at the hotel at 9p and did some strip photos until 11p.
We did not do a "strip tour" but did a few key shots that we wanted....He was amazing with his flexability and personality and was soooo easy going and easy to talk to!! Everyone here LOVED him and he made everyone feel at ease - if you are looking for a guy who will work with your vision, def. get a consulatation with him - he can do anything!! :-)
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mitchell
You truly have a gift and it is not just me that sees it. I sincerely wish that I could have the opportunity to watch you in action, I love absorbing the creativity of other photographers and learning from them.......I believe that everyone has room to grow! It is my ultimate dream to have my own business just like you and to receive such wonderful praises like this one. I would find it so captivating to be apprenticed under you and learn from a great mind. Congrats on another awesome job!!"
"Paul 'luc Chokota and his work are UNBELIEVABLE! He definately has a passion for what he is doing!! We had our engagement pictures at Loose Park...I had a bridal shoot at Union Station (which will be used for advertising in The Knot) and then of course the wedding! My bridal pictures are absolutely stunning (hate to brag)....but everytime I look at them I just think...OMG that's ME! I had a detailed list of pictures I wanted taken pre/post ceremony (I come from a large/split-up family). Paul was on top of them all and in a very timely fashion!! After the ceremony we went to the Plaza and Kauffman Gardens for about an hour...wonderful time!! Paul goes ABOVE and BEYOND....many of the other guests wanted their family picts taken as well at the reception and he made time for everyone!! I've seen a few of the wedding pictures and can not wait to see the rest!! "
Don and Monica Harman
The Loch Lloyd Garden Club recently finished a book of photography with the expert help of Paul'luc Chokota. This was a 4 month project with 5 committees meeting regularly. Paul was an energetic, enthusiastic, and contributing member of all our committees. He has a great sense of humor and helped to make all the meetings fun as well as informative. His creative and artistic eye as well as his technical expertise combined to make this a very successful endeavor. His generous donation of time and knowledge was a tremendous benefit to us.
Chair of the Loch Lloyd Garden Club project
Our experience with Paul'luc Chokota was far beyond our expectations. He
was so professional and generous with his time. We were able to publish
a book about our Community and use amateur photography and verse to
honor friends stricken with Cancer. He helped us make the book beautiful
and "professional". The book "Seasons In Our Lives" has been warmly
received and is a successful project because of his expertise.
We all look forward to working with him again.
Loch Lloyd Garden Club
Erik Day, Estimator / Project Manager, Forshee Painting Contractors Inc. (business partner)
“I have seen a lot of Paul's work, and the word impressive comes to mind, but doesn't convey enough about his tenure in photography and the people he has been fortunate to have photographed.” April 6, 2010
Celeste Lindell (client)
Celeste hired you as a Photographer in 1989 and hired you more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
“Over the years, I have worked with Paul on numerous projects including concert photography, promo portraits and other magazine features. Simply put: he takes darned good photos. He's made the transition from film to digital seamlessly and it's always fun to work with him because he brings his personality into every job.” April 30, 2010
Thank you so much for taking my pictures on saturday, I absolutely loved them! I had so much fun working with you and it was a great experience. I cant wait to show all my family and friends my favorite pictures. I will be sure to give all of my friends your card."
The pictures that you took of Valerie are fabulous. We can't thank you enough. The problem is that we like far too many of them. I'm just wondering what our next step is. How many should we choose? Do we need to get together to discuss or go over the details? Just let Mark or I know how should we proceed. Again, thank you so much for spending so much of your time with us on Sunday. We really enjoyed it-you do awesome work! I look forward to working with you."
"Wow, thank you thank you! You are awesome, I will show these to Doug tomorrow and see which ones he likes thank you so much. You are very talented!"
The pics look great I am so glad that you were able to do the wedding. You were a huge hit and everyone loved you! Thanks again and I am thrilled with the way they turned out. I actually found some of me that I don't totally hate. :)"
We just wanted to write to say thank you for all of your hard work in making our album so BEAUTIFUL!!! Everyone that we show it to says how awesome it is. I believe that the comment we get most often is..."I haven't ever seen anything like this before!"....it is a big hit. We love each and every page of it and we are so happy to have something like this to cherish forever. We really enjoyed working with the two of you. You both are a lot of fun and easy to work with. We think it is important to choose a photographer that you feel comfortable around, and we definitely did feel that way with you. You made our wedding day photography stress free! I don't think there are many photographers that stick around until after last call taking photos just because they want to. We could not believe that you guys were still there at midnight! This just goes to show how much the two of you love doing what you do....and that is what makes you good at it! :) Thanks again for everything you did for us. We will ABSOLUTELY be referring you to everyone we know in need of a photographer and we will be using you again in the future I'm sure! We look forward to having you over to shoot family photos of us once we have children. "
Mike & Michelle Mora
"Paul thank you so much for making our day so special with all of the unique and beautiful pictures. The book was awesome and more than we could have ever imagined it to be!!! You were so fun to have at the wedding, we couldn't have asked for a better photographer, you captured EVERY moment and for that we are greatful. Again thank you so very much for the beautiful shots, book and all of the memories you captured!!! The photographer is always one thing that the bride stresses about and I can honestly say you took that stress from me! I am so glad we had the opportunity to work with you, we couldn't imagine the wedding with out you and your team being apart of it."
M & M Ortiz
First off I wanted to say thank you for being flexible and changing days so we were able to take pictures on such a beautiful day. Jason and I really enjoyed doing the photo session today. We felt that you took great photos and were great to work with. We look forward to seeing the rest of the photos that we haven’t seen yet.
Secondly could we get a picture or two as a tease while we wait for all of them.
Thank you so much."
Brandy and Jason
I've been going through the photos this weekend, Iike them, thanks for asking :-) My only issue is my computer is so slowwww, so it takes me a long time to edit them. But, that's a problem on my end, not yours ;-) I'd rather the files be high-res and take a long time to edit vs. low-res and quick!"
Just a quick note, I was Ashlley's stepmother and still love her dearly. I
was privileged to meet you briefly at her wedding. Her father sent me the
link to your website and I am in awe of your photos and talent. Thank you
so much for your kindness and generosity to her and Jordan. She has had a
rough life and is so deserving of a Cinderella story. Thank you!!"
Cherie M. Gordon
I find words inadequate to express the thankfulness I feel for what you have done for my son and his new bride.
Your creativity captured the feelings of the day in such a beautiful way. Your passion and compassion are evident in the art you create. Never would I have imagined that I could so vividly remember the feelings and events of the day thru photographs. But what you have created, are not mere photographs – they are moments of time that reflect the love and beauty that was shared that special day - captured forever.
I feel a mere “Thank you” is not nearly sufficient enough to convey to you the appreciation I feel, but until I find the words I seek, I will humbly tell you: Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Laurie Bogue (Mother of the Groom)
I went and looked at the pictures. You did good job on picking which pictures. Jason got a kick out the sticking the tongue out one. LOL. I wanted to also let you know I just made our guest book on mypulisher with our engagement pictures that you took. And I really excited to get to use it."
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