Peggy Steinberg, M.Photog
Peggy Steinberg Photographic Arts
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I became involved with the arts as a child through music, dance and theater. I have always loved the visual arts, but didn’t consider it as a career until much later in life. I am a wife and mother of two grown children, and a grandmother of two young ones. I also share my life with our Labrador Retriever!
Where is home?
Washington Township, OH
When did you become interested in photography?
As a child, and I was a photographer for my high school yearbook.
How long have you been in business and how did it all start?
This is my 11th year, officially, although I really feel that most of that time has been on the job training!
I did some photography in a PR position for a local school, and then after that I started photographing for pleasure in a local florist shop. They asked to use my images for event postcards and my business began. I had no intention of doing portraits, but I was introduced to PPSO and then PPO. My journey took a turn for several years and I did portraits, events and weddings.
Do you have any professional training and if so what?
I have no formal photography training, but I have learned so much from attending the PPSO monthly presentations, the PPO conferences, PPA conventions and PPA Affiliate Schools. My participation in print competitions (and attending the judging) has played a big role in what I have learned as well.
Have you earned any awards/degrees?
- B.A. in Humanities from the University of Toledo
- 2013 PPSO Photographer of the Year
- 2014 PPSO Master Photographer of the Year
- The Central Ohio Award, a Court of Honors, 1st Place Fall Competition in Nature from PPO
- Two Bronze and a Silver medal from PPA International Photography Competition
- 2015 Diamond Photographer of the Year award from PPA International Photography Competition
- Master of Photography degree from PPA
What has been your “standout” moment in your career – one that you will never forget?
Receiving my Master of Photography degree from PPA in Nashville, TN was a moment I will always treasure.
Why is Photography important to you?
It allows me to continue to express myself creatively; and, it has taught me how to observe my surroundings, especially when in or with natural elements. I also love the emotion and story an image can create.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
I don’t really know from the beginning, but my husband Michael did encourage me to return to the floral and nature photography that I love to do.
Do you have a favorite photograph?
Referring to my own images, I love catching the moments in my family. And, I treasure the wall of prints in my dining room where I have images of my parents and grandparents when they were young – dating back to one of my grandmother fishing on her honeymoon in 1902. By other photographers – they are too numerous to mention!
Do you have a special style in your photographs?
I think it would be the use of textures in my images.
What do you enjoy most photographing?
Definitely flowers and garden elements!
In your opinion, what makes photography an art?
It is a creative expression that incorporates many art principles.
What motivates you to do what you do?
I am motivated and inspired in so many ways. Mostly, it is just an inner need. If i go too long without working on my art pieces I go a little wacky!
What advice would you give to other photographers?
Make certain you change it up now and then to keep things fresh and yourself motivated. Give yourself personal challenges. Take some time to shoot for your soul. Take some time to play.
What type of gear do you use?
I have used a Nikon D700 for several years. I just bought a Nikon Df. My lighting is usually natural with the aid of reflectors.