About Me


My name is Petra (pay-tra), but I also answer to Pate. I'm a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in interior and architectural photography and lifestyle and travel photography (and fashion, but that’s a whole other site). American-made but a Scandinavian at heart, I’m almost as obsessed with interior design as I am with photography. 

I’ve photographed spaces and faces in lands both near and far, from my home in Chicago to Copenhagen, Paris, Buenos Aires, London, Barcelona, Mexico City…the list goes on (as lists tend to do).  Originally drawn to street photography and the beauty and joy of found moments and scenes, I instinctively give my images a natural, unposed feel while constantly striving to capture the mood of real life.

Have something interesting you need shot? I’m dying to shoot it. Have something boring you need shot? Let’s make it interesting. Can’t wait to work with you!

*I'm currently in Chicago but am always looking for an excuse to travel*

Select Clients + Featured In:

Architectural Digest


Apartment Therapy

Beyond by Airbnb


Business Insider


Common Living



Cup of Jo

Ashley HomeStore

Harper's Bazaar (Arabia)

Houzz (Germany & France)

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine

CID Design Group


Mother Mag



Kid & Coe

New York Post

WE Organization

Cotton, Inc.

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