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 Author, Speaker and award-winning internationally-published, 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 working 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. He lost his law practice that year in the turmoil of the Global Financial Crisis. In the days and weeks that followed he struggled with what he was going 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.
Since making the switch, Peter had won more than 70 Awards for his photography. His images have been published nationally and internationally, including online (in The Huffington Post, NBC-TY NY, Fox 5 TV NY, NY1 Spectrum News and elsewhere), and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His photos have also been shown on several television programs including The Weather Channel’s “It’s Amazing Out There!”, “Good Day New York” (Fox 5 NY) (three times), and LIVE With Kelly (US syndicated). National Geographic Magazine selected one of his photos as “Photo of the Day” on their website and his images have been published in Digital Photo Magazine (US) (twice), ACS Magazine, and Lens Magazine (EUR) (twice). He was a finalist in The Weather Channel’s 2016 Photo Contest, as well as the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Empire State Building Photo Contests.
For almost three years, Peter was an Official Photographer for Fireworks by Grucci®, one of the oldest and most well-known fireworks performance companies in the US. He travelled the world photographing Grucci performances, including trips to Dubai, the Maldives and various locations around the North America.
Peter speaks, lectures and teaches online workshops. He has spoke at Fordham University as well as to the Princeton Photography Club and uses his talks to inspire others to pursue their passions in life. He is also the author of “New York Cityscapes” (2018 Amherst Media), a New York City photography book, which is a collaboration with six other top NYC photographers. Peter sells framed, signed Limited Edition prints of all his work. In addition to many individual and corporate Collectors, the famed New Yorker Hotel in New York City recently acquired seven (7) original prints as part of a permanent installation at the Hotel.
Peter started a new chapter (quite literally) in his career in 2019 when he authored his personal-development book, “Be Bigger Than You Think You Are! Overcoming Our Self-Imposed Limits to Have the Life We Want.” Despite all his success, Peter’s transition from lawyer to photographer was anything but easy. For almost three years he struggled to get his photography business going:
"I was terrified to put myself out there as a photographer. It turns out I had a really negative self-image when it came to being a creative person! Eventually, I was able to overcome my fears and self-doubt and have a very nice career as a professional photographer. How I did that is what my book is about.”
While the decision to give up being a lawyer was difficult, and at times even scary, he has overcome the odds - and his fears. Peter is currently available for interviews and his uplifting story touch your audience in powerful ways.
You can find out more about Peter and see his work on his websites and Social Media pages:
What Peter's Fans and Collectors are saying:
"Peter is an excellent presenter, an excellent speaker, and a person who quickly and sincerely creates a bond with his audience."
"Couldn’t be happier.. what a beautiful image.. thank you!!"
Oliver S., Melbourne Australia
"The reason that I buy photos from Peter Alessandria is that he goes where I haven't and brings (me) back the moments I want to continue to see, from those places. The framing is of high quality and the value is priceless for me!"
Amy S., Denville, NJ