Pete Lerro is a graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania, where he studied video, audio, and photography. In his career as a photographer, Pete has done work for the Department of Homeland Security, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, and USA Gymnastics, among others. When he’s not on assignment, he organizes photo workshops across the country. With Pete’s unique workshops, guests can expect special access, private photo sessions, and a night of professional photography seminars. During some of the workshops, for example, railroads and museums are rented out for the evening. And there’s always one-on-one interaction with Pete for the guests taking part in the workshop.
Among Pete’s events coming up this year are lighthouse photo workshops on Long Island, New York, in Oregon, and in California. There’s also a special one in the works to photograph the famous twin lights on Thacher Island, Massachusetts. During these workshops, participants learn how to take great pictures at night by utilizing the light of the moon and stars. Pete has also done a series of “Lighthouse Keeper” photos utilizing a reproduction Lighthouse Service uniform and props like a handheld lantern and a spyglass. Participants in his lighthouse workshops get a chance to feel like they’re stepping back in time by creating unique photos like these.
Along with lighthouses, Pete’s extensive portfolio includes landscapes, railroads, cityscapes, historical reenactments, portraits, and more. You can see many of his photos and find out more about his workshops on his website at lerrophotography.com.
Joining in this conversation with Pete Lerro and host Jeremy D’Entremont is Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org