Peg: Helping Seniors Celebrate A Right Of Passage

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“This time in a young person’s life is just so optimistic which really is energizing and infectious,” says Senior portrait photographer Peg Raciti, “Plus they are all so beautiful—youth is gorgeous.”

How did you get started in photography?

I have always loved photography, even as a small child.  I would beg every family member to show me their photo albums, and a vacation slide show was not torture, it was magic. I bought a used 35mm Minolta during my teens and have been hooked ever since. My career path took many directions and my life took me to the Boston area when I got married. One of the first projects we did in our new house was put in a darkroom. When I was expecting, my OB starting sending me maternity patients to have their photos taken. (you could say he was my agent!) Imagine the pregnant lady photographing the pregnant ladies. It worked! Then, with each stage, I added a new client base. First maternity, babies, toddlers, families, headshot, then products and now high school Seniors!

 

What do you love about senior portraits?

Senior portraits really are a celebration of a right of passage and I love the duality of the photos.  At once a child and also, certainly, an adult.  It really allows for interesting expressions both by me (the photographer) and the graduating Senior.  This time in a young person’s life is just so optimistic which really is energizing and infectious.  Plus they are all so beautiful—youth is gorgeous.  I am so happy that I get to create personalized photos that Seniors love.  Since I am able to spend so much time with each Senior, I am able to create photographic stories, small editorials, and perhaps a dreamy celebration. You just can’t do that with a 10 minute studio session.

Who/what are your inspirations?

I am a lover of old movies.  Cinema in the past had to rely on low-tech means to create mood and effect. Mainly this was done by manipulation and mastery of light.  I really think that it has really had a huge influence on me.  As a result, I shot black and white film for many years exclusively.  This love has really propelled me to capture light that will not only flatter the subject, but create interesting and memorable compositions and textures be it in black and white, or in color.  Photography has had a technological boom over the past decade.   I am so glad to be able to combine all the latest modern advantages while still preserving my classical influence.

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love to garden and grow food.  This year I planted some heirloom seeds from Monticello.  Thomas Jefferson’s peas are awesome.  (Wait does that sound right?)

 

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

We lived in Brussels and I would love to just go back and visit my friends.  Speak a little French, go to a farmers market, eat an amazing meal, complain about the weather.  Perfection!

 

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