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Deirdre Beirne

29 March 2019

Carl was a joy to work with and produced amazing work. He was able to work around a construction zone and make the photos look incredible.

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Reeta

27 February 2019

Carl was amazing. This was our first time taking professional photos and Carl made us feel relaxed immediately. He had some unexpected and fun ideas and also captured some natural and candid moments, which led us to loving all of the photos! We’re extremely happy we found Carl and highly recommend him. More...

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Seth Kirby

27 February 2019

Carl was responsive and fun to work with. He helped us plan out our first family photo session with our 5 month old twins. Carl helped us think about the kinds of photos we wanted and prepped us on what to wear and how to easily set up our house. He was super engaging with the kids and captured moments that highlight the special connection between our twins while also letting their individual personalities shine. Bonus points for great work with my mother in law and for really fast turn around on the digitals and prints. He’s the best! More...

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Erik Clarke

24 February 2019

Carl was amazing. This was our first time taking professional photos and Carl made us feel relaxed immediately. He had some unexpected and fun ideas and also captured some natural and candid moments, which led us to loving all of the photos! We’re extremely happy we found Carl and highly recommend him. More...

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Araceli Cabarcas

28 January 2019

Carl was amazing! He was able to take amazing family/wedding pictures on location with 6 adults, 1 teen, 1 tween, 1 kindergartener & 2 dogs. He made everyone so relaxed that he was able to capture the very essence of each person's personality and our connection to each other. He's personable and fun to work with since he encourages fun! We were laughing during the shoot and very excited to see the final product. The photos we ordered were exceptional and better than expected. We were so pleased with his natural touch with photo edits that our family selected him to do edits on old family photos of a loved one. His work is simply superb and if you are lucky to book him, you won't be disappointed! More...

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Aaron Clare

29 December 2018

My husband and I interviewed 3 other photographers before choosing to have Carl be apart of our special day. Although Carl was out of our budget we had the best feeling about him. We thought long and hard about it and decided lasting memories would be worth it. Our engagement session was a trial run in our minds and we were completely impressed and even more excited for our wedding. Not only is he a quality photographer, but he made us feel so comfortable and beautiful. We were always able to reach him and he was happy to answer any questions we had. He gave us recommendations, but not too many so we didn't feel overwhelmed. On our wedding day not only were we impressed by him and his wife's professionalism (both looked extremely nice and came prepared), but after the wedding our family and many of our guest asked about our photographer and commented on how great they were. Even when details went wrong or I was feeling nervous they both were calming and relaxing. We also got our photos back much quicker than we expected and looking through our photos was the BEST! There were photos that we didn't even realize he was taking at the wedding and now we will cherish forever. All that to say, we would hire him again! More...

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Josilyn Clare

2 December 2018

My husband and I interviewed 3 other photographers before choosing to have Carl be apart of our special day. Although Carl was out of our budget we had the best feeling about him. We thought long and hard about it and decided lasting memories would be worth it. Our engagement session was a trial run in our minds and we were completely impressed and even more excited for our wedding. Not only is he a quality photographer, but he made us feel so comfortable and beautiful. We were always able to reach him and he was happy to answer any questions we had. He gave us recommendations, but not too many so we didn't feel overwhelmed. On our wedding day not only were we impressed by him and his wife's professionalism (both looked extremely nice and came prepared), but after the wedding our family and many of our guest asked about our photographer and commented on how great they were. Even when details went wrong or I was feeling nervous they both were calming and relaxing. We also got our photos back much quicker than we expected and looking through our photos was the BEST! There were photos that we didn't even realize he was taking at the wedding and now we will cherish forever.
All that to say, we would hire him again!
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Cobi S

29 November 2018

There are no words to describe the sheer talent and skill that Carl has for photography. His pictures are stunning and breathtaking. I still cry looking at my engagement and wedding pictures because they are so beautiful. My family is a very mixed bag of people; we have all sizes, shapes, features, and some varying skin tones. Every person in my family loves how they look in the photos which has never happened for us before. Above and beyond the photography, Carl and Randee (his co-photographer at my wedding) are incredibly kind and compassionate people and were an absolute joy to have at the wedding. I highly recommend Petersen Pictures to everyone. More...

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Kate Monthy

28 May 2018

Petersen Pictures was perfect from beginning to end. Not only was our experience professional and enjoyable, but family and friends can't rave enough about our wedding photos. I enjoyed the personal touches of this business. Carl takes time to understand what you are looking for in your wedding photos. In the end our photos were exactly what my wife and I were looking for. They are so terrific -- wedding websites and magazines have published them! One of my favorite memories working with Petersen Pictures was coming into the adorable studio in University Place after our wedding, being handed a glass of champagne and watching the phenomenal slideshow Carl had created of our wedding. It was our first look at this magical once in a life time moment and he captured it perfectly. More...

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Linda Nelson

28 May 2018

Despite the cold wind and pouring down rain on the day of our outside shoot, Carl made our experience a pleasant one. The photos came out wonderful. They will be treasured for years to come. Thank you again for capturing these moments for us. More...

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Matt Jentgen

28 May 2018

Carl was an excellent photographer for the photo session we had with our newborn. He was willing to work with us on our expectations and offered helpful suggestions. Carl was great with our young one, who amazingly stayed calm throughout (what a ham!). He captured some unscripted, genuine moments of our young family that turned out to be some of our favorite shots. Carl was patient and willing to work through multiple settings. The quality of the pictures are excellent, the whole album looks fantastic. More...

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Matt

8 May 2018

Carl was an excellent photographer for the photo session we had with our newborn. He was willing to work with us on our expectations and offered helpful suggestions. Carl was great with our young one, who amazingly stayed calm throughout (what a ham!). He captured some unscripted, genuine moments of our young family that turned out to be some of our favorite shots. Carl was patient and willing to work through multiple settings. The quality of the pictures are excellent, the whole album looks fantastic. The early weeks of a new baby are a hectic time, but we are very happy we had Carl take this photos that we'll hold on to forever. More...

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Lisa

15 December 2017

Carl was extremely friendly, courteous and professional. He did a fantastic job drawing my quiet/reserved son out of his shell and really capturing his personality in pictures.

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Andrea T.

2 October 2017

Carl and his wife Randee were our wedding photographers and couldn't be happier with how the entire experience was. He has a great artist eye for great shots, and provided great direction. I loved his blend of posed and candid photos. He also shot our engagement photos and I was so happy. Normally I don't like how I look in photos, but he captured our love and happiness that makes me so happy every time I look at the pictures. I also used him to video our ceremony and his edited wedding video is one of our greatest treasures from our wedding day, along with the photo album he created for us. Carl is great to work with, and I cannot recommend him highly enough for anyone needing photography or videography services. More...

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Andrea

30 September 2017

Carl was AMAZING in every way! He worked with us on our budget to find the package that met our needs. We really enjoyed doing an engagement photo shoot with him prior so we could get to know him and his style. On the day of our wedding, he provided great direction and followed us around "discretely" to capture all the moments of our special day including getting ready, the first look, ceremony, and the reception. We also used Carl to video our ceremony and SO glad we did. We watched our wedding video on our anniversary, and our albums he put together bring us back to that day. Cannot recommend Carl enough - he is great to work with! He has a great artist eye, great shots of posed and candids. Very professional, but at the same time, he was relaxed and his style put you at ease. More...

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Nate

26 September 2017

Carl was excellent with our new born baby girl. With Ruby being our first child my wife and I were of course very protective and only wanting the best for her new born pictures. Carl came to our home where we were more comfortable and he brought all of his equipment with him. Carl's efficiency made the process go smoothly and I would not recommend anyone but him as your photographer. More...

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Ta'Lisa

26 September 2017

It was really an honor working with Carl! I had an awesome time shooting with him. He was very understanding and creative. Would love to work with him anytime! More...

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Giovanna

26 September 2017

After experiencing what great work Carl Petersen did for our friend's wedding, I knew I would have to hire him at some point. When I found out I was pregnant it was the perfect opportunity for maternity photos.

It's a tricky thing when you're hiring a photographer because you never know if they are going to capture that feeling/ ambiance you are looking for. More importantly you never know if you'll work well together. If you don't feel comfortable with the photographer or if they don't give you enough direction, the pictures won't turn out. Being a sometime photographer myself, I am pretty picky when it comes to photos.

Carl was thorough in giving tips for before the shoot like what to wear, making a Pinterest board, etc. He was very relaxed when we met which made it easy to spend the next 1.5 hrs together. What I appreciated the most is that he took the time to make sure the pose and lighting was just right. He also paid attention to details like my hair or if something was on my dress or patting down weeds. Most importantly, he has the eye for creative shots. He nailed the vibe I was going for.

Just look at his photos and you'll know that Tacoma has just scored one of the best photographers out there. Loved my photos. You'll love yours too!
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Tessa

21 September 2017

Carl really captures your spirit in his photos, especially because it's easy to feel comfortable shooting with him. He is warm, attentive, hard working and has a great eye. One of my favorite headshots that he took of me has gotten me tons of auditions. (Thank you, Carl!) It'll be fun to shoot with him again when the time comes! If you choose to shoot with him, you'll be happy you did. More...

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Tim

21 September 2017

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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Wesley

21 September 2017

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. More...

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David

20 September 2017

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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Nicohlas

20 September 2017

Honestly Carl was the best! He was super relaxed and funny which made us relax. Right off the bat we felt like we were in good hands by his warm introduction and willingness to help us make creative decisions we were unsure of during the shoot. He allowed us to really relax in front of the camera (which has always been a problem) and feel like we were putting our best foot forward. In return we were thrilled to get the most stunning photos! More...

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Molly

20 September 2017

Carl was fantastic to work with and we loved the experience of taking photos with him - funny, playful, fresh, energetic, yet romantic and thoughtful. He not only accommodated our two dogs in the shoot, but he even scoped out all of our locations before the shoot to find the perfect nooks! The images came out beautifully and we couldn't be happier. We would recommend Carl to anyone! More...

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Suzanne

20 September 2017

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! More...

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Chelsea

20 September 2017

Carl is an extremely talented photographer! It is very difficult to get good pictures in constant rain and overcast around the Seattle-Tacoma area, but our photo shoot turned out incredible. We did a an old time feel with my fiance in his military get up; still amazes me whenever I see them. Carl made the whole experience fun and never rushed us; he treated us like family. I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you!! More...

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Ken

20 September 2017

Great wedding photos. Easy to talk to and fun to work with.

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Vinisha

19 September 2017

Carl was a very talented photographer and a pleasure to work with. We wanted natural, almost journalistic style, photos of our wedding and our guests. He did a superb job capturing of all the wonderful moments. We also did traditional couples photos, which were equally beautiful. Highly recommend his services. More...

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Reihna Maile

19 September 2017

I can't believe it took me this long to post a review! I had my engagement photography session with Carl in March 2016.

My husband (since 12/11/16) and I had such a fun time shooting our engagement photos with Carl! Carl was so professional, he made us feel comfortable, he's funny, and so easy to vibe with. He had so many ideas, and even worked with my ideas that I had sent him prior to our session (he printed them out and brought it with him).

The photos turned out sooo amazing!!!!! My husband and I we're in love; we absolutely loved the photos!

Thank you Carl, for capturing our love and our goofiness - we really had a great time. Thanks for also making us look super cool hehe.
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Jenny

19 September 2017

Amazing Vendor, couldn't ask for more!

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Jen

19 September 2017

Carl did a fantastic job on our engagement shoot last weekend! From the beginning, he was extremely responsive and professional, from answering all of our questions to providing us really helpful tips to prepare for the photoshoot. We are definitely a little awkward when it comes to posing for pictures but he guided us through everything and made sure that all of the details (like my hair being out of place) were perfect. He came prepared knowing specific spots to shoot, but as we walked around, he was very conscious of his surroundings. We stopped multiple times when he found a spot with a good view or lighting. At the end of the shoot, after he had already packed up, he found a spot that he couldn't resist. He was attacked by a bee that got stuck inside his shirt and stung him multiple times!!! But that didn't phase him and he still took some awesome shots! Thank you, Carl, for going the extra mile for us :) We really appreciate it! More...

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Kate

18 September 2017

Peterson Pictures is the ONLY choice for your wedding photos. We couldn't be happier with the moments Carl captured. He was professional yet easy going and we were able to relax on a stressful day knowing he was capturing the best moments. He has fantastic touches to his busines- my favorite was the champagne provided while we watched our DVD/slideshow for the first time. More...

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Amy

14 September 2017

Petersen Pictures took my wedding photos and I would highly recommend them! I am typically awkward behind a camera, but Carl Petersen 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! More...

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Lauren

12 September 2017

Carl and Randee are absolutely incredible! We did both our engagement photo shoot and wedding pictures with them, and we could not be more thrilled! All of the pictures were absolutely stunning! I am not one who loves having her picture taken, and Carl made me feel so at ease and have fun with it. Everyone that has seen our wedding photos always comment how many amazing, creative shots we got. We cannot thank them enough for being a part of our special day! More...

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Sheree

12 September 2017

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!!!! More...

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12 September 2017

There are so many things that I want to share with you about Petersen Pictures, but here are the top two:

1. Our wedding was in winter as the sun was setting. Sounds beautiful, right? But there are so many different lighting issues. Carl took outdoor winter photos and then transitioned into the church as the sun was setting and through a ton of windows, which cast light all over the place. We got our photos from Carl, AND THEY WERE ALL PERFECT! I loved the pictures in the church with beams of light at gorgeous angles! 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. And I had no idea how much I'd be in love with our wedding pictures and their quality.

2. If you're planning a big event or something else important, 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! He went above and beyond to help us move through all the different events on our wedding day--who knew your wedding photographer would also help you stay on time. So appreciated his extensive experience behind the camera and at weddings!
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Karla

12 September 2017

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 and beauty of the day!
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Melinda

12 September 2017

We had a great experience with Petersen Pictures. Our wedding was captured beautifully by Carl and his lovely wife Randee! Carl and his team did both photography and videography for our special day. We could not have been happier. Thanks for capturing every aspect so well. When we look at our photos and when we watch our video, it brings us back to our perfect day! More...

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Julie

11 September 2017

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 this November, 2015. 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!!! I also enjoyed getting them on a disc, so I could print up as many as I wanted to. 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. More...

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11 September 2017

Carl is FANTASTIC! I had been an avid follower of his work on IG, and knew when my husband and I got engaged that Petersen Pictures was the only company I wanted capturing our most important day! Carl definitely did NOT disappoint. Our engagement photo shoot was fun and flirty. When the proofs came back I was ecstatic. Carl had caught "us" perfectly in every shot. As if I wasn't already confident our wedding photos would be top notch, this shoot sealed the deal. Then came our wedding day. Carl and his partner arrived on time and got straight to work. The communication during the before ceremony pictures was well received and they didn't miss a beat in letting us know what ideas and suggestions they had for the perfect shots. During the ceremony they moved with ease throughout our guests, securing all the moments we would have missed otherwise. When I received the proofs I was floored. They were IMPECCABLE! Going through the proofs was like reliving the day. I cried, I laughed, and I was overall 100% satisfied with the finished product. There is no doubt in my mind Petersen Pictures is a phenomenal company. Carl's attention to detail, pride in his work, and customer's happiness is his main focus. I will absolutely recommend Petersen Pictures to anyone who is in need of outstanding photos and memories! More...

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Sarah

11 September 2017

The best way to reminisce about your wedding day is through photos! And Carl captured every moment of ours on film. He was in a million places at once, capturing everyones true self with stunning candids, and very beautifully choreographed images. He did so much more than I could have ever imagined one person would be capable of! If I had my day to do over again, Carl would absolutely be our photographer a million times over. I can't say enough about how professional and amazing he was to work with! Thank you Carl!!! More...

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Giovanna F.

16 June 2017

After experiencing what great work Carl Petersen did for our friend's wedding, I knew I would have to hire him at some point. When I found out I was pregnant it was the perfect opportunity for maternity photos. It's a tricky thing when you're hiring a photographer because you never know if they are going to capture that feeling/ ambiance you are looking for. More importantly you never know if you'll work well together. If you don't feel comfortable with the photographer or if they don't give you enough direction, the pictures won't turn out. Being a sometime photographer myself, I am pretty picky when it comes to photos. Carl was thorough in giving tips for before the shoot like what to wear, making a Pinterest board, etc. He was very relaxed when we met which made it easy to spend the next 1.5 hrs together. What I appreciated the most is that he took the time to make sure the pose and lighting was just right. He also paid attention to details like my hair or if something was on my dress or patting down weeds. Most importantly, he has the eye for creative shots. He nailed the vibe I was going for. Just look at his photos and you'll know that Tacoma has just scored one of the best photographers out there. Loved my photos. You'll love yours too! More...

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Nick Jacob

28 May 2017

I can't say enough good things about Carl Petersen and the work that he does. He is thorough, professional, and has a great eye for truly great shots.He did a wonderful job capturing my proposal to my fiancee Kate back in March at the state capitol. After the proposal, Carl took hundreds of photos of us at different locations around the capitol campus. The photos turned out beautifully, and will always be so special to us. We also really enjoyed the photo reveal at Carl's studio.As you can see by the rest of the reviews, Carl does a phenomenal job for his clients. Don't hesitate to get in touch with him! More...

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Reihna Tsui

20 January 2017

My husband and I booked Petersen Pictures to capture our engagement photos, and it was definitely a fun experience! Carl is awesome! He's professional, funny, and he is good at what he does...taking photos!

When we looked at the proofs, holy crap...I was so excited to order prints and to receive our USB w/the digital proofs. He really captured our love and our goofiness, he also made us look cool hehe.

I highly recommend him, you will not be disappointed!
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Maile T.

19 January 2017

I can't believe it took me this long to post a review! I had my engagement photography session with Carl in March 2016.My husband (since 12/11/16) and I had such a fun time shooting our engagement photos with Carl! Carl was so professional, he made us feel comfortable, he's funny...so easy to vibe with. He had so many ideas, and even worked with my ideas that I had sent him prior to our session.The photos turned out amazing!!!!! My husband and I loved how they all turned out.Thank you Carl, for capturing our love and our goofiness - we really had a great time. Thanks for also making us look super cool hehe. More...

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Nick J.

10 September 2016

I can't say enough good things about Carl Petersen and the work that he does. He is thorough, professional, and has a great eye for truly great shots.He did a wonderful job capturing my proposal to my fiancee Kate back in March at the state capitol. After the proposal, Carl took hundreds of photos of us at different locations around the capitol campus. The photos turned out beautifully, and will always be so special to us. We also really enjoyed the photo reveal at Carl's studio.As you can see by the rest of the reviews, Carl does a phenomenal job for his clients. Don't hesitate to get in touch with him! More...

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Ta'Lisa Neloms

30 June 2016

Moving from coast to coast, in the middle of planning a wedding, is never something someone would or even want to imagine doing. Neither, did I. Lost and stressed about what do to next was an understatement; and not having family or friends in Washington made it even harder. To be honest, my wedding was the last thing on my mind, especially after a long day in the office. All I could think about was unpacking. How did I do it? Your guess is as good as mines. Although, I knew time was winding down and time was not waiting for me to catch my breath. I knew, I had to start making decisions and I had to make them fast.

Finding Petersen Pictures to capture our Engagement was the ABSOLUTE BEST decision we've made so far. We were able to be ourselves and have a great time doing it. Not only did Carl give us what we envisioned, he gave us just that and MORE! TRUST ME YOU WILL NOT GO WRONG WORKING WITH HIM.
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Chelsea Chrzan

28 June 2016

Carl is an extremely talented photographer! It is very difficult to get good pictures in constant rain and overcast in the Seattle-Tacoma area, but our photo shoot turned out incredible. We did a an old time feel with my fiance in his military get up that still amaze me whenever I see them. Carl made the whole experience fun and never rushed us; he treated us like family. I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you!! More...

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Julie B.

13 January 2016

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 this November, 2015. 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. More...

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Misha S.

22 July 2015

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! More...

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