Peter Alessandria

Peter was born and raised in New York City and Long Island. After attending law school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an entertainment attorney. Today he is an award-winning, fine art, portrait and commercial photographer based in the New York City area.

Peter spent the first part of his work life as an entertainment and intellectual property attorney in Los Angeles. Working in the film and television industries sparked his own interest in creativity and in the early 2000’s he began experimenting with digital video and became an amateur filmmaker. But it wasn’t until he picked up a digital SLR still camera for the first time in 2004, that his full creative passion for image-making came into being.

Like many people, things changed dramatically for Peter in 2008. That year, as a result of the Global Financial Crisis, he lost his law practice. In the days and weeks that followed he struggled with the question of what to do with the rest of his life. It was only after much deliberation that he decided to follow his passion for photography, and in late 2009, he began pursuing photography full-time. Peter finds inspiration mostly in the work of other photographers – and not necessarily the famous ones. Rather, it is his peers, many of whom he connects with on social media, that inspire Peter to go out and try new things or shoot in new locations. This connecting with others has helped fuel his creativity greatly over the last several years.

As a both a photographer and filmmaker Peter’s intent is simple: create compelling images that appeal to his own sense of beauty and aesthetics. His goal is to use his art – and his life – to inspire others. He shares his photos in the hopes of touching people’s hearts and minds in positive and uplifting ways. Today Peter identifies as an artist. His photos are his own unique interpretation of the subject. He starts with traditional photographic techniques in-camera, such as long exposures, to create his art. He then takes the digital file from his camera into the computer and creates his own singular take on the world.

Peter’s intention going forward is to continue to hone his skills as a photographer while being of service to his clients in the commercial and fine art arenas. He also hopes to inspire and educate others interested in photography through lectures, classes and workshops. You can see more of Peter’s work on his website, here – http://www.peteralessandriaphotography.com/. More information can be found on his other websites and social media here – Instagram https://www.instagram.com/peteralessandria/   and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/peteralessandria and www.greatproductshots.com and www.superstarheadshots.com.

A late spring anvil-shaped storm envelops New York City, Peter Alessandria
Lightning storm erupts over the Empire State Building and NYC, Peter Alessandria
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  1. […] Peter Alessandria’s main passion is his fine art photography. He photographs the New York City skyline using unique compositions. He works with the sun and the moon in order to create these conditions. Most recently he photographed what he and collaborators have coined Statue Henge, a vantage point in Brooklyn during mid-June when the sun perfectly aligns with the Statue of Liberty. Early in his career, Alessandria worked as an attorney in entertainment law specializing in intellectual property. During this time he was also learning filmmaking which led to still photography. Of the career change from law to photography Alessandria says, “I can’t explain it other than it just became my passion, I might even say my obsession.” He explains that he was at first resistant to treating his art as a business but quickly learned that being a great artist is only half the equation. “One of the essential functions of any business is sales and marketing,” Alessandria admits. These days he says he spends more time marketing than he does photographing. It is this change, he says, that has made the difference between photography being a “glorified hobby” rather than the true career it is now. […]

  2. […] Peter Alessandria’s main passion is his fine art photography. He photographs the New York City skyline using unique compositions. He works with the sun and the moon in order to create these conditions. Most recently he photographed what he and collaborators have coined Statue Henge, a vantage point in Brooklyn during mid-June when the sun perfectly aligns with the Statue of Liberty. Early in his career, Alessandria worked as an attorney in entertainment law specializing in intellectual property. During this time he was also learning filmmaking which led to still photography. Of the career change from law to photography Alessandria says, “I can’t explain it other than it just became my passion, I might even say my obsession.” He explains that he was at first resistant to treating his art as a business but quickly learned that being a great artist is only half the equation. “One of the essential functions of any business is sales and marketing,” Alessandria admits. These days he says he spends more time marketing than he does photographing. It is this change, he says, that has made the difference between photography being a “glorified hobby” rather than the true career it is now. […]