storylistener, travel, commercial and lifestyle photographer and speaker

Paul Tellefsen

aka technopaul

I’m Paul Tellefsen—known digitally as technopaul. Driven by purpose, I'm a photographer, videographer, writer and speaker. My mission is to explore and connect our world by finding spaces of solitude in otherwise busy destinations. Through the exploration of the less-exposed places, my ultimate vision is to encourage a more digitally disconnected yet personally connected society.

My work is framed around the idea of storylistening; something I consider to be the first step in telling a great story ... listening. That means I take great care in understanding a story before ever capturing it on camera or in words. Nevertheless, once shot, my images are best described as thoughtful, personal, and detailed.

I discovered my creative talent early in life, creating videos at age 12 and starring on stage in productions from age 5. I’ve worked full time in the creative industry since 2012, graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC). I'm the creator of Instagram Is: a now viral documentary released in 2013 that started as a college senior capstone project. It tells the story of forming relationships through emerging technologies in our digital culture. Multiple outlets picked up the project, including Instagram who pushed it to 85 million people. It has now been seen in over 150 countries and viewed over 5 million times. Soon after, I visited Facebook and Instagram headquarters and started traveling the world capturing and sharing stories. Instagram Is jumpstarted my career. Because of its success, I was able to help start Socality, a global creative movement, with Scott Bakken in 2014, by connecting influential members of the creative social media community. Currently, I oversee Socality’s community in person and online and our local Community Leaders globally.

My work has been featured in art shows around the world like Helsinki Design Week, One by One, and Life2 and on websites like Hypebeast, Digital Trends, Folk,  Petapixel, and Instagram's Blog. I've worked with clients like Buick, Marriott, Ford, Google, MR PORTER, Shangri-La, Cadillac, Toyota & Travel Alberta.

Photo by Scott Bakken

Photo by Scott Bakken

What people are saying about Paul.

Paul Tellefsen has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening now. He listens, and uses his considerable skill to creatively tailor his work to the task at hand. Not only does he meet expectations, he exceeds them. That’s precisely why I trust him with my brand.
— Paul Brandt – Singer/Songwriter, Member, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
Paul has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years. We know him for his enthusiasm, reliability, and his tendency to over-deliver on every project he works on!
— Sami Jo Siedband - Talent & Partnerships Manager, The Social Standard
Paul continues to inspire us with his vision and wisdom on culture, community and lifestyle.
His commercial photography, with his use of striking colors and strong characters, ushers in a realm of emotion often not seen in photographers his age.
— Joel Bear - Founder, MotifNo3
Partnering with Paul was a seamless and enjoyable experience from start to finish – he worked with the brand to ensure we were happy with every element of the partnership, from project management, to messaging to the finished product (which was as high-quality as expected).
— Taylor McKinnon - Social Media Manager, Saxx
I had the pleasure of working with @TechnoPaul on a content creation and social influencer program for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. Right off the bat, Paul was up for the challenge of 10+ locations in Portland, OR on a two-day shoot and did so with a smile. He was confident in his shots, flexible with client priorities and restrictions, and produced compelling content. Considering Buick was the first car brand in Paul’s roster, he excelled expectations of getting great vehicle shots, but also captured preferred angles and the brand aesthetic with ease. Do yourself a favor, and hire Paul for your next project.
— Meredith Grimm - Digital Producer, Engage M1 (formerly Leo Burnett)
Joyful. Professional. Creative. Insightful. Relationship-oriented. And of course, ADVENTUROUS. These are words that first come to mind when reflecting on working with Paul Tellefsen aka @technopaul. In efforts to increase awareness of Cookeville, Tennessee as an outdoor and culinary destination, our visitors’ bureau has had the pleasure of working (and exploring) with Paul on two projects in a year. His eye for framing images paired with his fearless determination to find the perfect point-of-reference (no matter how high the waterfall’s ledge!!!) along with his drive to provide results for his clients, makes Paul an ideal brand representative and destination ambassador.
— Molly Brown, TMP – Director of Public Relations & Marketing,
Above his creativity and craft, Paul’s contagious joy rubs off on all people involved in a project. This personability and passion for great work elevates him to the top of my list of creatives.
— Micah Davis - CEO, OvenBits
Paul visited our Nashville abode for a few days as a part of an influencer partnership and over his short stay filled the space with sound and light, truly capturing and embracing the spirit of the Urban Cowboy.
— Damaris, Urban Cowboy Bnb
Paul is not only creative but he listens well, captivates your ideas and then makes them better. He is smart, insightful and innovative. I am so grateful for the work Paul has done for my company. On top of his professionalism, Paul is a wonderful person to work with.
— Nancy Houston, MA, LPC, CST





Leo Burnett Agency

Social Standard Agency

Blitz Agency

Travel Alberta



Adelphi Hotel





Art Series Hotel Group

The Wendell Home

Tennessee Tourism

AdSpace Network

The Giving Keys

Adobe Youth Voices


Asus Computers

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Israel Collective


Arlo Hotels

Santa Fe Tourism

Publish Brand

Hudson Shoes




Giles and Brother

Dyer & Jenkins

Anvil Hotel

Zao Church

Ona Bags

Clae Shoes

Zico Coconut Water

Krochet Kids intl.

Clae Shoes

KIND Snacks

Corbeaux Bakehouse

August App


Paul Brandt


The Level Collective

Ski Santa Fe

Loretto Inn & Spa

Nancy Houston CST, LPC

Headway Design


Made in Mayhem

Bradley Mountain

Le Labo


Maritime Supply Co

Tuft & Needle

Sock Club

Christians United for Israel

Lone Flag

Chris Capehart (Author)



The Mizrahi Project

Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself

Matt Knisley (Author)

Scott Bakken Photo

Hotel Del Coronado

Urban Cowboy Bnb

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