Born in Alberta, Canada, Russell relocated to New York City in 1988 and then to Los Angeles, California, in 1991, where he continues his photographic journey.  He specializes in all forms of portraiture from the highest profile celebrity to the everyday man on the street.  His clients include Ben Affleck, Eliza Dushku, Martin Sheen, Eva Longoria, Brooke Burke, Paris Hilton, Naya Rivera, Sarah Michelle-Gellar and Shaquille O’ Neal.
His Work has been featured in all forms of media including movie posters, magazine covers and campaign layouts.  He has been featured on many television shows including Extra, Access Hollywood and Americas Next Top Model. Russell has contributed is celebrity portraits to numerous publications including Glamour, Maxim, Latin Style, Los Angeles Magazine, People, Teen People, Seventeen, Latina, Genre, TV Guide, Movieline, Hollywood Life, Zink, Time, Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Elle Girl.  His work with the children of Mozambique can presently be seen in a photographic exhibition at the United Nations South Gallery.