Full Service Photography

Petersen Pictures is a full service photography and video service in Tacoma, Washington with clients all over the United States and worldwide. We see you through the entire process from your first consultation in our studio, to designing albums and creating artwork for your wall. Everything that gets printed with us receives a premium edit so you will look your best every time.  We prefer to meet with all our clients in our studio so they can see the high end products that we offer. We are available for Facetime and Skype phone calls for clients that are out of the area.

We are award winning photographers and filmmakers. We’ve been featured by Seattle Bride Magazine, Wedding Chicks, Baubles & BowtiesGay Wedding Ideas, BasicInvite, 2Brides2Be, Desh Videsh MagazineGay Weddings and Marriage MagazineSecret Wedding Blog, and Gig Harbor Living Local MagazineExpertise has listed us among the top portrait photographers in Tacoma. Read some of our reviews below and find out why our clients love us!

Services

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Our collections start at $2999

All our wedding packages come with an album because we believe it will be your first family heirloom. After all the wedding day magic, the one thing you’ll have left are the pictures… and they better be good! We consider it an honor to document what is arguably the biggest day of your life. We don’t take that responsibility lightly.

Before I did professional photography internationally I was a published artist and award winning filmmaker. There’s a cinematic quality to many of my images because I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful images that aren’t overly posed in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

We've been told we have contagious smiles and maybe that's because we love shooting weddings! We aim to tell the whole story of your day and catch those loving smiles that speaks volumes. We want to leave you with photos where you look your best and that fill you with the same emotions you had on your actual wedding day!

We prefer to meet with all our wedding clients in person so we can show the products you’ll be receiving from your wedding. This will allow us to find the best package to suit your needs and budget.

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Our session fee is $199

Sessions are up to an hour and a half.

We are always happy to meet with our clients before their photo shoot to make sure that we are a good fit for documenting this important time in your life. This can also help us ensure that we are capturing the types of images that speak to you and your interests.

After your session we'll invite you into our studio to view a slideshow of your edited images and assist with product decisions. Prints, wall art, albums, and digital files can be purchased individually, but you can save money by going with a package. All packages contain prints. Print packages start at $399. The average client spends $600 in my studio after their session, however there is no minimum order required.

Before I did professional photography internationally I was a published artist and award winning filmmaker. There’s a cinematic quality to many of my images because I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful images that aren’t overly posed in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Our session fee is $199

Sessions are up to an hour and a half.

We are always happy to meet with our clients before their photo shoot to make sure that we are a good fit for documenting this important time in your life. This can also help us ensure that we are capturing the types of images that speak to you and your interests.

After your session we'll invite you into our studio to view a slideshow of your edited images and assist with product decisions. Prints, wall art, albums, and digital files can be purchased individually, but you can save money by going with a package. All packages contain prints. Print packages start at $399. The average client spends $600 in my studio after their session, however there is no minimum order required.

Before I did professional photography internationally I was a published artist and award winning filmmaker. There’s a cinematic quality to many of my images because I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful images that aren’t overly posed in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

I hope I have the pleasure of meeting you, and the honor of documenting your family tree.

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Our session fee is $199 for the first hour and a half.

We are always happy to meet with our clients before their photo shoot to make sure that we are a good fit for documenting your event. Whether it’s a concert, birthday party, bar mitzvah, fundraiser or a family reunion we want to be there to help make it a day to remember! We're able to tailor packages to meet clients specific needs including having multiple photographers or video, so please don't hesitate to ask questions.

After your event we'll invite you into our studio to view a slideshow of your edited images and assist with product decisions. Prints, wall art, albums, and digital files can be purchased individually, but you can save money by going with a package. All packages contain prints. Print packages start at $399. The average client spends $500 in my studio after their session, however there is no minimum order required. Please inquire for rate if you are only looking for digital images for your event.

Before I did professional photography internationally I was a published artist and award winning filmmaker. There’s a cinematic quality to many of my images because I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful images that aren’t overly posed in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Our session fee is $199

Sessions are up to an hour and a half.

We are always happy to meet with our clients before their photo shoot to make sure that we are a good fit for documenting this important time in your life. This can also help us ensure that we are capturing the types of images that speak to you and your interests.

After your session we'll invite you into our studio to view a slideshow of your edited images and assist with product decisions. Prints, wall art, albums, and digital files can be purchased individually, but you can save money by going with a package. All packages contain prints. Print packages start at $399. The average client spends $600 in my studio after their session, however there is no minimum order required.

Before I did professional photography internationally I was a published artist and award winning filmmaker. There’s a cinematic quality to many of my images because I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful images that aren’t overly posed in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

Graduating High School is a BIG DEAL. You're a BIG DEAL. Deal with it.

EVENT VIDEOGRAPHY

Our Videography Services start at $499 for up to an hour and a half session.

Our Wedding Videography starts at $2999

I am an award winning filmmaker. I have made 8 short films and my latest film, ALL THE MARBLES screened at Cannes Film Festival and has taken home multiple awards during it's film festival run. I have a background in directing and producing. I do my best to create artful moving images in a fun and relaxing environment. I would characterize my technique as artistic lifestyle.

We encourage our clients to meet with us in our studio to make sure that we are a good fit for documenting your event. Whether it’s a concert, birthday party, bar mitzvah, fundraiser or a family reunion we want to be there to help make it a day to remember! We're able to tailor packages to meet clients specific needs including having multiple videographers, so please don't hesitate to ask questions.
This can also help us ensure that we are capturing the type of video that speak to you and your interests.

I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.

 

Testimonials
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Hala & Hayden

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"My fiance and I were referred to Petersen Pictures by our lovely wedding coordinator. She had many good things to say about Carl, and I loved the photos I saw on the Petersen's website. His work really speaks for itself! Our engagement photos were shot at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, on a very brisk, but sunny day. Carl and Randee were so delightful. They made it a very warm experience, despite the cold temperature! They are very professional, organized, and prompt with communication. We are so impressed with the photos we received. The photos are beautiful, and they provided them quite quickly. Carl is truly an amazing photographer! We are thrilled to have Carl and Randee there on our wedding day next July!"

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Krista & Steve

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"We got our photos from Carl, AND THEY WERE ALL PERFECT! I couldn't have imagined better pictures in all ranges of light, indoor and outdoor, over 8 hours. He will give you the best quality of pictures in any setting. I strongly suggest working with Carl. Since he has been in the business for a while, he knows how events run. As an added plus, he can give you advice and suggestions pertaining to planning your special event. I also appreciated his timely manner. It is such a stress relief and calming presence to be working with a person like Carl at Petersen Pictures!"

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Molly & Zack

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"I am absolutely thrilled with the photos. The way Carl captured each emotion is incredible. He was organized from the very beginning providing an itinerary for the day which gave me a great idea of what to expect. The amount of thought he put into the "first-look" was impressive - and the outcome was amazing.
The photos of my husband and myself were beautiful throughout the ceremony and reception, and a nice bonus was the amount of time he took with our guests. We were able to relive our special day from the very beginning to the end. I can not say it enough, and do not know how to express how much I love and appreciate these photos. He was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. I found each photo to be beautiful in its own way. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone."

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Fatima & Nick

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"We could not have chosen a better team than Carl and his lovely wife Randee to capture every priceless moment at our wedding last August. Finding a well seasoned photographer who could magically capture my good side on my big day and who could magically talk my now husband into a few couple shots was a pretty stressful task. I had heard of Carl and his great skills from a very good friend/co-worker who's known him for a very long time. The instant we met him and his wife (who is his second camera/sidekick) we felt a positive connection as if we had known them for years! We instantly became friends and they made it so easy for us to be us in front of the camera. They provided that BEST service ever!!!!!! They captured priceless genuine moments from beginning to end that are one of a kind. There are no words to describe the immense gratitude for everything they did! My husband and I love reliving our wedding piece by piece with every picture! They delivered 100%!"

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Julie & Jeff

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"My new husband, Jeff, and I had the privilege of working with Carl and Randee to photograph our out of town wedding in Aptos, CA. We can't say enough great things about the entire process. Carl took time to get to know our photography style/interests, family dynamics and provided expertise in regards to timing and how to get all the shots we wanted done. He and Randee selected beautiful spots to take our pictures during our First Glance and continued using their creativity to capture our bridal party, family, and guests. Their patience and easy going natures made them easy to have with us all day/night. We, including our family and friends, LOVE our wedding pictures!!! So grateful to the Petersen's--they have got the photography skills and synergy as a team to create the storybook wedding album most brides dream for."

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Lauren & Jabari

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"Carl is an absolutely amazing photographer! He shot our engagements pictures, and I could not be happier. The pictures came out beautifully, and he was so much fun to shoot with! He completely put me at ease (which I hate being photographed), and I ended up having so much fun with it! I can't wait for him and his wife to shoot our wedding!"

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Sheree & Alfredo

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"Carl photographed my dream destination wedding and he captured some amazing photos. One in particular belongs in a magazine! He is very kind and easy to work with. The entire wedding party and guests felt completely comfortable taking photos with him. He is very professional, yet fun at the same time. He has a great smile and fit right in with us. Beautiful photos!!!!! Highly recommend!!!!"

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David & Gabrielle

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"Carl's a joy to work with and his photos turned out fantastic! He was the photographer for my engagement party and we couldn't be more pleased with the quality of our photos. Recommended HIGHLY."

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Miranda & Tyler

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"My wife and I were looking for someone to take some maternity photos for us and Carl was recommended to us by a friend. He was really great to work with and we're so happy with the shots we got. He was fun, relaxed, and gave us some direction while shooting (which is very helpful if you're not experienced in front of the camera). I'm sure we'll be calling Carl again soon to take some baby pics! All around great experience. Thanks Carl!"

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Tre & Kristi

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"Carl did our pictures for our wedding and did such a great job! We are so happy with the photos of our special day. Carl and Randee make a great team and because of them we are able to relive a day that we want to remember forever. My husband and I would highly recommend Carl for your event. I got to enjoy the reception knowing that Carl was everywhere and definitely made me feel at ease. He is super creative and took so many great pictures. Thank you Carl for all your hard work and getting our pictures back to us so quickly. We will be using you again in the future!"

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Wesley Stiller

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"Carl was super relaxed and awesome. Right off the bat I felt like I was in good hands by his warm introduction and willingness to help me make creative decisions i was unsure of during the shoot. He allowed me to really relax in front of the camera (which has always been a problem) and feel like i was putting my best foot forward. In return I got the best photos I've taken to date."

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Tessa

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"Carl makes shooting easy and fun. He has a terrific eye and a wonderful spirit - both of which help capture great photos!"

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John & Alexis

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"Carl is very easy-going while still professional and attentive to detail. He worked with us through our maternity photos and they came out brilliantly. The session locations were well scouted and the time spent creating the art was really fun. I can't wait to have him take our first baby portraits!"

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Suzanne

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"My son has shot with many photographers. And, being a kid, you really have to know how to work with them in order to get a great shot. Carl does that! He really made my son feel comfortable and also made the day a lot of fun!"

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Brock

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"Carl is an amazing talent and very professional. He is an excellent judge of location and lighting. You will be very impressed if you work with him! Don't waste time and money other places. Just call Carl!"

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Jenny & Kelly

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"Carl did such a fantastic job and made us both feel so comfortable in front of the camera which can sometimes feel very strange for the people getting their picture taken if your not used to it. He went above and beyond to make us both feel so at ease the whole time. When we left after our photo session, we knew without even looking at them that they would turn out fantastic. Carl's spirit and attention to detail made it by far the best photography experience we've ever had! I highly recommend Petersen Pictures for all your photography needs. Thank you Carl for making this time so special and truly capturing those moments for a lifetime."

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Amy & Steven

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"Petersen Pictures took my wedding photos in August, and I would highly recommend them! I am typically awkward behind a camera, but Carl and his assistant Randee made me, my friends, and family feel so comfortable! The photos themselves turned out beautifully, we have had non stop compliments since we got them. They look amazing in picture frames and in photo books, and more than that,they capture some of the most memorable and special moments of my life. Carl worked throughout the ceremony and reception as well, taking candid shots that have become my favorite among all of the pictures (and he gave us SO many pictures!). Carl took some photos that my husband and I specifically wanted, and asked for ideas from us weeks in advance to prepare, but he also used excellent creativity to produce some truly amazing shots that we love. If you are considering hiring Petersen Pictures for your wedding or special event, I wouldn't hesitate! It was well worth it, and a wonderful experience!"

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Tim Guest

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"I landed a top commercial agent and he picked Carl's photo over those of several other photographers as my primary headshot."

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Lauren & Jabari

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"Carl shot both my engagement and my wedding photos and I couldn't be happier! Carl and Randee are an absolutely amazing team! They made shooting so much fun and so easy. It was so nice not having to stress about pictures on the big day. The photos are absolutely breathtaking-all of our friends and family are so impressed! Thank you guys so much!!!"

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Rachel

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"Carl made my photo shoot relaxed, personable and fun. He listened well and dialed into the business headshot that I was looking for. I will definitely return!"

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Aaron

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"I am not photogenic, and so I often feel odd in any kind of photo shoot situation. I felt completely at ease. And the shots were fantastic. The tough part was in choosing from many great photos which one to use for my headshot. Thanks!"

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Adam

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"Petersen Pictures is pressure free photography that delivers what you want. Carl has the innate ability to capture the best of you, and deliver images that will exceed your expectations. Your time and money are well spent here!"

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Misha

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"Carl was such an amazing photographer! He did my son's bris and our pictures turned out amazing! He captured the moment so well! If your looking for a great photographer then you must book him!! Thank you Carl!"

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Karla & Emmanuel

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"So happy that I found Petersen Pictures! I wanted to have a last minute "cake smash" session for my daughters first birthday, but didn't have a photographer! My friend was adamant about asking Carl at Petersen Pictures....she had recently received her photos back from her wedding. He was so accommodating and sweet. The shots were AMAZING!! He even captured several awesome family shots...which I must say, is no easy task with two less than photogenic adults and a squirmy baby!!! We LOVED him and his work was so beautiful....we knew we had totally scored, especially because we were still on the hunt for a wedding photographer!
He captured the day of our sacramental wedding with such beauty, I am forever grateful!! He moved about the church and the reception with such ease capturing every special moment, including those that we were too busy to witness ourselves!! I can't say enough great things about he and his wife (and second camera) Randee.
Important things: they were organized, early, kept everyone on task to ensure we had every shot we wanted (he asked before the big day what it was that we envisioned, wanted captured...tons of stuff I wouldn't have thought of!) and were so kind and easy going that everyone LOVED posing for them!
We included several pics into each thank you card we sent, I've received so many calls and messages today saying how beautiful they are! They really captured the love and fun of the day!"

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Nate & Thea

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"Carl is the real deal. My wife and I chose to have Carl photograph the most important person in our lives, our new baby girl. Carl was completely understanding of how hectic things can become when you have a new addition to the family. Carl worked around our daughter's sleep schedule and came to our house with his photography equipment. Carl provided simple direction that only sleep deprived parents of a new born can appreciate. The pictures turned out perfectly and they are something we will always cherish. Thanks Carl, you will be getting a phone call from us to take more family pictures in the future."

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