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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 homes in Southern California and 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.

I'm honored  to be included in Architectural Digest's list of '50 AD-Approved Photographers For Your Next Interior Shoot'.

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 work as a local in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Please feel free to enquire about projects in any of these cities, and beyond.*

Select Clients + Featured In:


The Kitchn

Architectural Digest

Apartment Therapy

The New York Times

Qantas Magazine

Hermès of Paris




Condé Nast

Soho  Home

Warner Music

BUST Magazine

Benjamin Moore


Harper's Bazaar (Arabia)

Bassett Furniture

Business Insider

Fireclay Tile



Cup of Jo

Cowtan & Tout

Hightower Group

Ashley HomeStore

Adore Home Magazine (AUS)

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine

House & Home Magazine (Cover-CAN)

Casework Interior Design

CID Design Group





Kid & Coe

Pulte Homes

New York Post

Muskoka Living

WE Organization

Find My Style (book)

Carnegie Fabrics

Common Living

Camira Group

Cotton, Inc.


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