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Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Nate Peterson! - PPA Today

Imaging USA Speaker Spotlight On... Nate Peterson!

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

Let's Meet...

Nate Peterson, M.Photog., CPP

Twitter: npdp
Instagram: npdesignphoto

Sponsored By: White House Custom Colour

As a child, Nate Peterson was constantly doodling, never knowing this artistic talent would shape his career path. Formally trained in graphic design and visual communications, Nate then added photography to the mix and, with the introduction of the digital camera, fell in love with the craft.

Since then, he's been on a life-changing, nation-wide crash course, training with the leaders of the industry through PPA and state and local affiliates, WPPI, After Dark Education, and more, with the goal of becoming the premier portrait artist in his area. Nate's career has skyrocketed and with that, the expansion of his studio's personalized services, professional abilities, and boutique product options.

Today, Nate Peterson Design & Photography specializes in contemporary high school Senior portraits, sentimental family portraits, commercial product photography, and edgy sports images, based on the belief that a portrait is an artistic expression of its subject. Outside of his studio, Nate strives to help others find their photographic paths and stays active as a member of the American Society of Photographers, the Twin Cities PPA (where he served as a 2016 Board Member), the Wisconsin PPA, and the Indianhead WPPA Affiliate. 

Speaker Sessions:
Mon., Jan. 15 
8 - 9:30am The Grand Experience Experiment (Business, Inspiration)


What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A Disney animator
What was your first concert? Aerosmith. Floor tickets. Tripped on a wire track on the way in running toward the front row, but held my balance. Got crushed in the front against the gate for the next 2-3 hours. Vivid memories...
Coke or Pepsi? Sparkling Water/Club Soda/LaCroix - Gave up pop many years ago. But it was Pepsi growing up and Diet Coke in my adult years before I quit.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Just one more" as in one more pose, one more shot, one more look... to the client.
What has been your proudest moment? Completing a 5-year dream of leaving my full-time career and building a premier studio, purchasing and restoring a 100-year old commercial building for our studio and eventually selling our house to build a residence inside the studio building and getting my PPA Masters Degree and regional Senior Portrait awards all in the process. Now I'm just not sure what I want to do next. Rest maybe.
Most embarrassing moment: Very early in my photography career and as my previous career was winding down due to the economy and the future was uncertain, my co-worker and I found a new habit of leaving early on Fridays and heading to happy hour at the local sports bar/restaurant... After about four hours of sitting at the bar drinking, I got up to use the restroom. As I stumbled out back toward my barstool, I heard some kids excitedly yell "Hey Nate!" It was a family I had photographed a couple weeks before. I slurred a small conversation with them and probably left a very poor impression.
The good news is that was the beginning of the end for me with drinking. I decided if I were to make it in a small community with my name on the side of my building, I could no longer allow myself to be compromised like that. About a year later, I walked away from drinking all together. Life started getting better immediately... (not preaching... just sharing my experience.)
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Most days I'm "You Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story
What would be your advice for photographers just starting their career? Join the ranks of the professionals... Join their associations, such as PPA or local affiliates. Get to know handful of people whose imagery and business you admire. Learn from them. Listen to them. Implement what they teach you. And you can become the ones the next group of new photographers look up to and then give back to them. #mentorsrule

Nate Peterson is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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