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Railroad photographer Paul Chaplo captures 
the rail industry in dramatic images from on-track, mainline bridges, to dynamic aircraft-based aerial photography.

Our service area has a bullseye on Midland, TX, the Permian Basin, and Eastern New Mexico.

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We are all about railroad photography 

Only Chaplo has the right stuff for mainline railroad: master's degree training from RIT, over a decade of experience, technical expertise and a creative eye to deliver superior images for our customers. From documenting new railway expansion to working on bridges, from hi-rail, work-boat, and aircraft, Chaplo is your railroad photographer in Texas and New Mexico. 

On the ground and in the air, we make engaging pictures to show your railroad assets, products, and people in their best light. By using the finest lenses, cameras, lighting, and precise exposure we make digital images that command the attention of your investors and customers. For aerial photography, Chaplo is unparalleled in his achievements in shooting for national ads and publications. We handle all your post-processing retouching needs.

When it comes to technical industrial sessions, photographer Chaplo can document your engineering methodologies, processes and innovations with expertise. We have even worked in clean room environments. The resulting illustrations can be used to show progress to investors, market your products, and train employees. We have done years of work on proprietary processes and our lips are still sealed.

Paul works coast-to-coast, yet specializes in the Fort Worth, Dallas, Abilene, Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX all the way to Carlsbad and Hobbs, NM. Our territory for photo assignments is all of New Mexico and Texas.

Get a fresh look for your railway sector visual branding, marketing, sales and shareholder relations with a photo session by Chaplo. 

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Bio: Railroad Photographer

Paul Chaplo, MFA, AIA-Assoc.
Chief Railway Photographer

Fit for duty
Lets face it, working on-track is no place for beginners. Raised in a military family, Paul Chaplo earned his Master's Degree in Photography from the world-renown Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he was awarded the sole fellowship in his entire graduate school photography class. His endurance as an avid outdoorsman and long distance runner serves him well on tough assignments in adverse conditions from extreme heat to subzero cold. With multiple safety trainings and eVerifile background check, Chaplo operates safely with cameras and safety gear on-track, mainline bridges, hi-rail, and in close quarters with trains, heavy equipment, confined spaces, at heights -- on the land and in the air for aerial photography. He is tenacious in accomplishing your photography objectives.

Chaplo wrote the book
Paul's book "Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country" was published by Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas. Paul knows the editorial process and passes the extreme standards of creating pics for publication.​

He is currently working on his third book which is a photographic aerial study of the lands of West Texas and the Llano Estacado. His work has been widely published and exhibited including a major exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend. Paul is also an AIA-Associate and photographs engineering achievements for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Building Survey (HABS), both Federal programs. We knows the lands of Texas and Eastern New Mexico

Field-tested and proven
As a railroad photographer, Chaplo is committed to extreme quality and reliability, even unsupervised. Give Paul specific objectives then you can decide to manage him closely, or wind him up and cut him loose to work within your goals. 

Visual Style Adapted Your Needs
Whether you need detailed documentation or creative flair in the photography style, Chaplo can customize the approach to fit your requirements.

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THE TEAM: Photographer Paul Chaplo and his wife Cyndi, an engineer and project manager (and our faithful dog Shelby!).


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On-Track Bridge Training

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Midland - Odessa, TX Photographer Service Area

Serving the rails in Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Texas and Eastern New Mexico. We are highly mobile and can travel anywhere. Also, we can cover multiple locations and large projects from the air. For example, we documented the 10-mile double track expansion for BNSF from Vaughn to Encino, New Mexico.


mobile: 972-898-6969

Book an Railroad Photography Assignment

To book an assignment in Texas, New Mexio, or anywhere in the world with Photographer Paul Chaplo, please call the number below:

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