Russell bought his first camera in 1979. He has worked for weekly and daily newspapers as the news and sport photographer and also as a reporter.
In the early 1990’s he photographed his first dirt sprint car race and became hooked on race photography. During that time he was series photographer for The All Star Circuit of Champions as well as the UMRA TQ Midget Series. He has worked full-time in NASCAR since 2005.
In the off season, Russell can be found photographing NHL, NBA, MLB and college sports for USA Today Sports Images. He has also photographed NHRA, Indy car, World of Outlaws and the NFL.