Why portrait photography? I love those old tin-type antique pictures hanging on walls. These are the new tin-types that will be hanging on walls far into the future. Let's work together to make amazing beautiful  pictures of you and your family for those future walls. 

pete erickson photography


Portrait, fashion, and using lights for photography were the most difficult subjects for me while studying photojournalism at San Francisco State University. When faced with a creative challenge I dig down deep and push myself to win. My first internship, and job, at a newspaper in Eastern Iowa (Dubuque) had a series called Friends and Neighbors. It was where a photographer would find random people, do their portrait, and answer a few questions about themselves. I used this opportunity to hone my portrait photography skills. After a year or so of practicing I was winning more awards for my portraits than all other categories combined.

After moving to Bend to work at The Bulletin I got married to a great lady, had a kid together, and started transitioning to wedding and portrait photography starting in about 2009. By 2012 I went full-time into wedding and portrait photography. Now I do wedding photography with another photographer, Michelle Tullis, at another company, Four Eyes Photographers, here in Bend.

For portrait photography I do families, kids, seniors, business head-shots, personal branding portraits, and another type I call Lifestyle Portraits. This last type puts my 15 years of photojournalism to work and lets you show what you love doing in a beautiful action shot. 

I don't do newborn portraits. That's too specialized for me. Jewel Images here in Bend does amazing newborn portraits. She also does great pet portraits.

My portrait photography business is currently transitioning to a studio setting. Right now I'm working on my studio portrait portfolio and am trading faces for pictures. The future of my work will be fabulous contemporary portraits with beautiful lighting. I'll still continue to do outdoors portraits, but the pricing will be changing to reflect my 25 years of continuous portrait experience and to make this business sustainable. 

I met my wife on Match.com. She contacted me after seeing an action shot of my beloved German Shepherd, Kate, on my profile. Kate always came with me on assignments and this was done while shooting a story about the Deschutes River.

So while thinking of this site, I thought it would be fun to give you the option of hiring a photographer trained in the art of sports photography do action portraits. Now you can have really cool pictures of you or a loved one doing whatever you or they love and share it online, make a canvas print for a wall, or do whatever you can think of doing with the pictures. 

If you have a beautiful Lifestyle Portrait on your dating profile it might just lead to you meeting the right person.

It's wonderful to work with creative and fun people.  Blending light and emotion as the creative process guides our session results in beautiful art reflecting the true you.  The pictures sparkle with magic and glow with a life of their own.  Your portraits will transform into treasures with the passage of time.



Located in Bend, Oregon

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