About

I’m a photographer based in the Midwest “Big 12” university town of Ames, Iowa – thank you for visiting my website. I am available for commercial or editorial assignment, as well as for portrait or fine-art commission. I’ll be accepting a very small number of senior portrait sessions 2017-2018.

I have been photographing my entire life: I acquired my first camera and began actively taking photos at the age of six, developing my own film at eight, and I had a full darkroom in my parents’ basement by age 12.

In the interim decades, my photographs have appeared in internationally-distributed magazines and books, national and regional advertising campaigns, and both corporate and non-profit publications and annual reports. My fine-art photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in art galleries and public spaces throughout the Midwest, and appear in private and corporate art collections in the U.S. and Europe. For a number of years, I actively exhibited in fine-art festivals around the US Midwest.

I have enjoyed serving as an invited juror for photography competitions such as the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, Silos and Smokestacks National Photo Contest, and for many camera clubs. I have also juried art exhibits for organizations such as Iowa Arts Council, Iowa State University, Octagon Center for the Arts, and others.

Having gained some experience teaching college-level coursework along the way, in 2008 I created “Peterson Photo Workshops” – an instructional photography workshop series whose mission is to provide fun, affordable photography education to photography enthusiasts. I also occasionally teach for other photography education organizations. In terms of my own education, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College, and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

My photographic interest and experience spans many genres. Much of my current (2017) work is in the area of editorial lifestyle portraiture. I am also currently creating a new portfolio of personal work using digital rangefinder cameras and just a few lens focal lengths – as opposed to a big backpack full of zoom lenses that has generally accompanied me everywhere throughout my career. I will be posting about this new work on my blog (as soon as my new blog and image galleries are fully functional on this new website).

Living in the very center of the US enables me to be able to be anywhere in the country in just a few hours’ time. I’m known by my client base as a hardworking, versatile, highly-collaborative photographer who approaches each project with dedication and creativity. I enjoy photographically-challenging assignments and strive to create a fun studio or location experience for both clients and project team members. Please contact me to discuss your next photographic project.

Select Recent Clients:
Ames National Corporation
Anheuser-Busch
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications
Central Bank
Delta Dental of Iowa
Flyway
Iowa Environmental Council
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa State University
Meredith Corporation
The University of Iowa
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