For me, a photograph is much more than an image; it is once in a lifetime moment, forever preserved. 

Like most moms, I can never have enough photos of my three beautiful, vibrant, joyful children. What began as a quest to capture every milestone and moment of their lives, metamorphosed into a hobby, passion, and, now, a growing business.

Eleven years ago, I picked up my first “fancy” camera and began experimenting with different lenses, lighting, and exposure. Each time I mastered a new technique, I could feel  my devotion to the art of photography intensify.

In 2014, my father passed away rather unexpectedly. Clinging to the pictures of his smiling face, I was inspired to establish a Pay It Forward Project in his honor. With this project, I have had the privilege of photographing hundreds of families at little to no cost, with any proceeds received being donated to a charitable organization.

Since establishing Sandi Petersen Photography, I still make time for Pay It Forward photo shoots throughout the year. As a seasoned lifestyle photographer, my shooting style is natural, easygoing, and fun, capturing authentic images and bringing them to beautiful life with the magic of light and exposure.

Most days you can find me in my editing chair, making photo-magic, enjoying the beautiful Humboldt outdoors with my husband and three kids, or facing off with my foul-mouthed parrot.

I love working with wild toddlers, cracking jokes at once stern-faced children, and making reluctant husbands feel like male models. What can I say? I like a challenge. Whether I’m photographing a wedding, orchestrating a senior portrait shoot, or coordinating multigenerational family photos, I feel most alive when I am behind a lens.