Paul McStay is a native of Connecticut. He graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA with an Associate of Science degree and from the State University of New York (SUNY) with a Bachelor of Arts. He has traveled widely throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. His lifelong interest in photography culminated with his attending the Hallmark Institute of Photography from which he graduated in 2005. He and his wife Val reside in Naugatuck, CT and are the owners of Expanding Light Imaging.