Tacoma Wedding Photographer Petersen Pictures
Hi! We are the Petersens, a husband and wife photography team in the Seattle/Tacoma area. We also photograph events throughout the United States and internationally.
I’m Carl Petersen, an award winning photographer and filmmaker. My last short film, “All the Marbles” screened in 7 countries and won 7 major awards as well as qualifying for an Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards. My style is a balance of timeless class and candid journalism. I would characterize my photography as Artistic Lifestyle. I give direction and then let people create the magic from there. I will redirect as much as needed, but there remains a movement to my images which comes from my background in filmmaking. Bride’s that hire us want iconic images that don’t look posed.
I lived in Los Angeles for 11 years pursuing acting and filmmaking. My experience directing and producing has greatly shaped the way I shoot and work with clients. I started working more behind the camera in 2009 and developed a new love in photography. I went on to train and work with some of the top photographers in the nation covering high-end Los Angeles weddings, private events on Rodeo Drive, and New Year’s Eve parties at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Whether it’s gathering a large group for a family photo or positioning a groom for the moment he’ll see his stunning bride for the first time, I’ve developed a talent for capturing people at their best. I’ll leave you with smiles, tears, and laughter you’ll want to keep in a frame for a lifetime.
My sidekick in work and in life is Randee Moll Petersen. She has a Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from USC, which keeps her busy working with the special education population when she is not shooting with me. Her love for photography began back when you needed a dark room… which she did. She has finally succumbed to the digital age and enjoys working with the rest of us computer nerds in the Photoshop suite. Randee has a warm personality, is great with people, and especially kids. She has proven to be a sharp shooter, has a great eye for composition and is perfect accompaniment to Carl’s style.
LA Filmmaker turned PNW Photographer
I like movement. I like incorporating movement in images. Good pictures move, great pictures move you. They should make you feel something. Photos should make you happy. They should be natural, spontaneous… and even though I pose people, they shouldn’t look posed. They shouldn’t be static. They should have life. Before moving to back to Washington, I spent 11 years in LA filmmaking and taking pictures. My experience directing and producing has greatly shaped the way I shoot and work with clients. I’ve trained and worked with some of the top photographers in the nation covering high-profile weddings, private events on Rodeo Drive, and New Year’s Eve parties at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
I have a talent for capturing people at their best. I see myself as an artist and my number one goal is to create artwork for you.
I’m Carl Petersen, an award winning photographer and filmmaker.
We specialize in Weddings.