Peter Crichton is an experienced full time professional photographer of 24 years. He studied at Photography Studies College Melbourne and then went on to build a photography business on the Gold Coast in 1996. His passion is photographing people with over 2000 shoots in Weddings, Portraits, family, Corporate events and commercial photography.
Peter has a passion for finding the very best character and expressions in people and bringing those emotions and moments out in the finished image.
Peter says I'm so happy when a person, couple or family say " You have captured our true characters perfectly in that image"
When shooting commercial work it is important to create an interesting, colorful or emotional image which grabs the customers attention says Peter.
I love to photograph people in their best moments. Expressions of love and family are everywhere at a wedding, birthday or anniversary. Family photo shoots have lots of love and fun and the kids show so much expression. It's very satisfying to capture real love and emotion in a photograph that will live on in memories for ever. It's just priceless!
I also love the challenge of business and corporate shoots. Here I like to show the friendly humane side to the business or event. It's always there and I love to discover that and bring it out in the final image.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I love to photograph all types of people so I shoot weddings, events, families and business people. I was fortunate enough to have a brilliant teacher and mentor from the start. A man who became my best friend and who I still speak to every week. He taught me the definition of a great photograph is EMOTION! A great photo should make the viewer feel some type of emotion. With weddings and family its joy and love, with events its fun and happiness, with business its compassion and trust. With a Bride and Groom shoot I'll stand back with a long lens out of ear shot and let them talk and kiss and create a loving moment. With a family I let the parents play games with the kids to create joy and love. With an event its watching with concentration and an eagle eye for split second candid, fun moments. With business it's setting and testing camera technical stuff so I can then talk and joke with the people. When I do this people forget about the camera and show a natural friendly compassionate expression.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have never entered for any photography awards. I believe my customer is the best judge of my photographic ability. I was the finalist for 4 annual awards with ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Awards) I did not enter, the votes came independently from my brides.
A fun fact about this photographer
When digital photography first came in my kids were young. At parties I would tether a digital camera to a massive big screen TV and shoot the kids having fun. They were so excited to see the image live instantly on a 2 mtr screen. I would photographed them on skate boards , skimmer boards and surf boards with the dogs too and printed 2 mtr canvas's that I hung all over the house. They thought I was nuts :)