Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Serocki.
Peter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Photography always played a big role in my household, with my parents taking photos wherever they were, but it took me until senior year of high school to fall in love with it. As a senior taking Photo-Yearbook class, I got my hands wet in a school darkroom, developing images and designing my school yearbook. I did have a great teacher that pushed me to get better and to learn. I took some photography classes at Marween Foundation in Chicago, credit courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but after High School, I never had any formal photography education.
I found a job working for at the time what used to be the largest professional photography retailer in Midwest. For many years I was working retail helping others to take better pictures. I did some assisting, and shooting of weddings, birthday parties, and general events, and always photographing my surroundings. That’s how many years had past and I didn’t really pursue anything that had to do with photography.
I suppose sometimes you need to take a leap to get somewhere. A few years back somebody asked me if I could shoot a fundraiser for Test Positive Aware Network Anual Boylesque month-long event. The fundraiser was a series of events happening at different venues highlighting different Burlesque and Boylesque performers and raising money for HIV/AIDS-related causes. At the time I had a decent camera and one basic lens. I took a leap and purchased a professional lens to cover the event.
I suppose people liked my images because different producers started asking me if I could shoot their events. At the same time, I started shooting live music, and performers in the studio and on location. I rent a space in Wicker Park to do my studio work now, this is where I do promotional photography, headshots, portraits, but I still shoot live performances, and I’m always working on my own personal projects. This year my goal is to book more sessions and I would love to start to teach my own photography courses.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Some people have a formal photography education, but I did everything on my own. Sometimes it feels I need to do something to learn that I’m lacking a skill, and only then I know what I need to learn.
I think my biggest struggle is to value my own work and skills. Many love my work but I always feel like I can do it better. There are always issues with hardware, software. I don’t have an assistant to help me with my sessions and it seems something always breaks or is lost when I’m shooting alone.
Peter Serocki Visuals – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in performance art photography, from live burlesque and boylesque shows, drag shows, concerts to promotional studio photography for the performers, as well as headshots, and portraits.
I love to hear when people tell me how great they look, that they love my images. I’ve been told that I capture the emotions of the moment in my images, and I make people look great.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I had strangers out of the blue come up to me and tell me how great my images are.
- Studio photo session 1~2 hr $200
- On location, photo shoot $150
- Headshots $100
- Address: 4536 N. Magnolia Ave. apt# 206 Chicago, IL 60640
- Website: www.peterserocki.com
- Phone: 847-770-7921
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/peterserockivisuals
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/peterserockivisuals
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