Who is Pete Labrozzi?Nowadays a New York and Hamptons based photographer. But I wasn’t always. I grew up as a third-generation resident of a little town in the Hamptons called Sag Harbor. I always lived in the realm of creativity from building weird contraptions out of Legos to making homemade movies with my friends.
As I’ve grown and matured, so has my art form. These days I live and breathe to photograph interesting and beautiful subjects, be it a stunning landscape or a beautiful bride. Combined with my knowledge and experience digitally post-processing images to get the absolute most out of them, my photography has gone from a hobby to a way of life.
You know that incredible feeling you get deep down inside you when you’re doing something you really love? I get that feeling every time I pick up a camera and make a photograph. I love photography. I love taking photos, I love seeing others’ work; bring me to any museum and my favorite exhibits are always photography based. But funny enough, photography is something that just sort of snuck up on me when I wasn’t looking.
Don’t get me wrong, it was always there. As far back as I can remember in fact. I enjoyed playing with my parents’ Polaroid camera and after I received my first, there has never been a time I haven’t owned at least one camera myself. I watched as digital was born and grew while film slowly faded as the one and only medium. So when I say photography snuck up on me, what I mean is that for a long time, I had just never contemplated it as a career.
The reason I mention all of that is it’s important for me to illustrate that I took something that was a passion of mine, and have made it my life’s work. That same passion translates into every picture I take.
After a time in high school learning the ins and outs of both still and film cameras I went to college for film-making and graphic design. Two majors that you wouldn’t think immediately fed in to what I’m doing now, but in fact they gave me amazing training. Learning to tell stories through the lens of a film camera capturing 30 frames a second really gives you an idea of what it means to tell a story in only one frame. The story telling nature of both film and photography has always appealed to me. I learned how light works in the lens of a camera and how to frame your subjects in beautiful and interesting ways.My graphic design lessons taught me how to take an ordinary image and make it amazing. I learned how to use color and shading to make a photograph really pop, to create what isn’t there and to change and remove what is.
Then came the New York Institute of Photography. There I really focused what I had learned so I could apply it directly to my life’s work, making beautiful photographs that capture stories.
And lastly, I learn by doing. I learn from getting out, camera in hand and seeing what new or interesting thing I can find, or seek new ways to see things that are otherwise ordinary. I look at what others have done and try to figure out how they did it. I pick styles I like and try to practice imitating them until I get what I want out of them or learn to see things in a new way.
And that’s it really. I eat, sleep and dream about photography. I hope you enjoy mine as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
Pete has gained experience by working with talents such as Rachael Ray on “$40 a Day”, MLB.com and award winning Ken Petretti Productions. Having traveled to locations all over the world, Pete has photographed interesting people and locales worldwide. Always open to a new challenge and working constantly towards self-improvement, Pete invests himself fully in every client or company he works with.
My style is purely my own. No doubt you’ve heard the words “photojournalistic” or “traditional”. Some photographers choose to work only in one of these photographic styles. Personally, I like to do a bit of both!
Outside of that, I typically like to use a lot of color and tend to favor portrait (vertical) images over landscape (horizontal). I like my photographs to *pop* and spend a lot of time during your shoot and in post making sure each photo does just that!
- Children’s Museum of the Arts
- Comic Book Resources
- Coyne PR
- The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
- Kupona Foundation
- LAUNCH by Susan Young
- Saturday Morning Cosplay
- Spinoff Online
- Urban Aesthetics
- Visit South Africa
- Pete’s Photo, “It’s My Party” won Adobe’s Lightroom 4 Photo contest at Photoshop World 2012!
- Pete was selected as a finalist in Westcott’s “Shoot It First” contest.
- Pete’s photography has been featured in Fodor’s France 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. See here
- Pete and some of his photography was featured in an article on CNN.com. See here