Portrait of Mark Peterson

Thanks for your interest in Mark S. Peterson Photography.

My current work is primarily editorial and commercial assignment, rooted in the following genres:

Documentary Travel/Fine-Art Travel
I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout my life. Ever since I was a young boy of age six with my first camera, I’ve enjoyed nothing more during my travels than documenting the people, culture, architecture, and lifestyle of the places I visit, and creating photographic art from the scenes I encounter.

Among my deepest passions is a love for the outdoors. Capturing on film or pixels the natural scenes I encounter when outdoors has long been extremely rewarding to me, especially when adventuring off the beaten path. In recent years, I’ve likewise grown to like photographing the urban landscape in addition to the natural landscape.

Editorial Lifestyle Portraiture
I’ve always enjoyed creating portraits, especially of subjects engaged in their natural, real-life environment. Doing what they do, being who they are, looking how they look. As an extension of my other photographic interests described above, I’m drawn to creating portraits in outdoor urban environments or in the wild. That said, sometimes working in the studio is simply the best solution to the photographic challenge at hand, and that’s perfectly fine.

My photographic experience has spanned the full gamut of photography over my career: from early days as the sole staff photographer at a small college public relations office, to years as a fine-art photographer selling photographic artwork on the regional art festival circuit, to roles as principal staff photographer for advertising agencies, to many years of freelancing. I have produced and sold stock travel images via multiple stock agencies, and I have executed a number of gallery shows over the years. My fine art images hang in public and private photography collections in the US and in Europe.

Instructional Photography Workshops
From 2006-2016, I taught photography workshops via my own workshop company, Peterson Photo Workshops, and as of October 2021, I’m pleased to once again be delivering workshops. See my workshop calendar here.

I have always enjoyed being involved in the art community, and I have served as a juror for both photographic and non-photographic art exhibitions for organizations such as Octagon Center for the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, and Silos and Smokestacks Heart of America Photo Contest. I’ve been a member of the Octagon Center’s Board of Trustees (including terms as both Vice-President and President).

Partial recent client list
Ames National Corporation
Anheuser-Busch InBev
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
Surreal Beauty Magazine
The University of Iowa
think Marketability
Veux Magazine

So How Can I Help You?
I’m based in the very center of the USA and I am available worldwide for:
– Editorial or commercial assignment
– Fine art commission
– Portrait commission
– Private or group photographic instruction
– Camera club or photography enthusiast group presentations
– Select brand collaborations

If you’d like to discuss a prospective project or collaboration, please start a conversation.
I look forward to working with you.