With his first paycheck as an accountant, Phillips purchased his first 35mm camera. His business career took him from being a partner in the International Accounting of KMPG, to heading a consulting practice specializing in strategic planning and economic modeling for large non-profit organizations, and publishing a book on decision making. In 2002, he moved his passion for photography to a professional level.
In 2007, Paul traveled with the US Women’s Soccer team to the FIFA World Cup in China and published Portrait of Passion, a book for teenage girls with the inspirational stories of these great role models. Portrait of Passion was a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2009 Billie Award for the outstanding portrayal of women in sport. Although Phillips says his bragging rights for athletic achievements have long since expired, he is a veteran of 14 marathons, was a two-time division winner of the 4-day, 500-mile Minnesota Border to Border Triathlon, Nordic ski raced for 10 years, and is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 2010, one of Phillip’s images was selected as a Canon Professional Network Editor’s Choice. In addition, his images were voted by the industry group Triathlon America as the Best and 2nd Best Published Triathlon Photos for 2010.
In 2011, Phillips traveled on assignment to: Abu Dhabi, Madrid, London, Copenhagen, as well as throughout the US. Recent major projects include being the Director of Photography (lead photographer) for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon; and the Ironman World Championship. Phillips is also one of 75 US photographers selected to shoot the 2012 London Olympics.