Mark S. Peterson is a photographer based in the Midwest “Big 12” university town of Ames, Iowa.

Mark’s photographs have appeared in internationally-distributed large-circulation magazines, books, national and regional advertising campaigns, and both corporate and non-profit publications and annual reports. He has worked as the primary staff photographer at a liberal arts college, the principal photographer for multiple ad agencies, and has freelanced for many editorial and commercial clients since founding “Mark S. Peterson Photography” in the 1990s. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College, and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

Mark’s fine-art images 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, he actively exhibited work in regional fine-arts festivals around the US Midwest.

Mark has enjoyed serving as an invited juror for photography competitions such as the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, Silos and Smokestacks National Photo Contest, and as competition judge for many camera clubs. He has also juried art exhibits for organizations such as Iowa Arts Council, Iowa State University, Octagon Center for the Arts, and others. He enthusiastically accepts presentation invitations to speak to camera clubs and other arts organizations about photography topics.

Mark is known by clients as a hardworking, versatile, highly-collaborative team member who approaches each project with dedication and creativity. He enjoys photographically-challenging assignments and strives to create a fun studio or location experience for both clients and project team members.

Please contact Mark to discuss your next photographic project, portrait commission, or artistic collaboration.

Ames National Corporation
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications
Central Bank
Delta Dental of Iowa
Iowa Environmental Council
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa State University
Latrobe Brewing Co.
Meredith Corporation
The University of Iowa
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Mark’s photographic interests span numerous genres. Much of his current (2017) work is in the area of editorial lifestyle portraiture. He has also created literally thousands of global travel images in 2017, which will be shared on the blog and social media in the coming months.