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Emmy award winning videographer who can rock a still camera! This guy is something else and if you can slow him down enough to get in front of his camera you'll be in for some great shots. We hung out at my very first Headshot Intensive where he shot and produced the commercial for the workshop. Can't thank him enough for that and am happy to have him as part of the Associate team!
- Peter Hurley
About Peter Kertz 

I've won twenty Emmy Awards in photography and editing over the past twelve years. While most of my work is through my video production company, I love the time set aside for headshot sessions. Capturing a marketable image for my client is my top priority. However, making people look cool in their photos is pretty fun by itself. As a bonus, once our session is over, your image goes into a portfolio that I use for my video commercial work as well.  I show these headshots to my corporate clients for them to choose an actor or model. I don't take a commission for this service.
If you would like to read more about my previous 30 something spins around the sun, then here you go…
I graduated from Robert Morris University in 1994 with a commercial pilot’s certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. On the path to fulfilling my childhood dream, I was accepted into the Niagara Falls Air National Guard pilot program. I was one chest x-ray away from flying the T-38 and KC-135 Stratotanker. Unfortunately, an injury to a vertebra in my back, would prevent me from flying any aircraft with ejection seats.
I moved back to Pittsburgh, faced with the choice of flight instructing on single engine aircraft or freelance photography.  I flew for a while and then my friend, neighbor and eventual mentor, hired me as a photographer for NBC. 1 year later, in 1996, I moved to Arizona and embraced photography as my new career.  My style began to evolve - angles, creative lighting and shallow depth of field helped me win 20 Emmy Awards and Arizona’s Associated Press’ top photographer three years in a row (2004-2007).
I’m now focusing more on my headshots and commercial photography.  However, engagement photos and weddings are a challenge that I accept on a limited basis.
I live with my wife and children in Arizona. When I’m not taking photographs, I love to ski, scuba dive, run on the beach and take pictures of my family. But if you ever catch me staring towards the sky, I’m probably watching a jet streak by - trying to figure out if it’s a MD-80 or DC-9.

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