Over 70 years ago, Hy Paul and his wife Ruth had a dream to open a professional photography studio. Their dream came to fruition in the late 1940’s when they opened Hy Paul Studio on Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia. They worked hard to build a great reputation for preserving the most special moments for thousands of families.

At age 13, Alfred Paul began to join his father in the family business. Alfred would go directly from school to the studio. He started out by developing black and white film, printing photos for albums and portraits, and learning everything he could about photography from the best and most knowledgeable person, his father. By the age of 16, Alfred was photographing weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs on his own, applying his own artistic ability into the photographs he captured. Striving for the best quality work, he became one of the few photographers in the city to print his own color photos. He did that for over thirty years before making the transformation to digital photography.


In the 1980’s, Sharon Paul entered the business full time. Her friendly and creative manner in assisting our clients enables them to make their photo selection and album design a pleasurable and easy one. She also manages all the product ordering and clerical end of the business.

At 12 years old, Barnet followed in his father’s footsteps. He wanted to learn the business as his father did, the hard way. He had a tough teacher, but the knowledge that he obtained from his father was bar none. By the time Barnet was 16, like his father, he was preparing to photograph his first wedding on his own. He knew he was ready and was looking forward to putting his artistic stamp on Hy Paul Studios ability to produce the total package by developing his video skills. Barnet used his great knowledge of photography and applied it to video to produce some of the most outstanding and unique productions today.

Zachary Paul is the 4th generation following in the footsteps of his Great-Grandfather, Grandfather, and Father. Zachary has added a whole new dimension of photojournalism and social networking to Hy Paul’s already great formula for success. Zachary’s dedication and youth will keep Hy Paul moving forward well into the future.

Whether it's a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, family portrait, birthday party, or anniversary, Hy Paul Studio has the knowledge and experience to handle your affair in a professional manner.