Peter Billard self portrait with smoke machine

Peter’s interest in photography began as a teenager while living overseas. Sunday drives with the family and his Dad’s camera did it. He went to Beloit College (B.A. in Art), a semester at Philadelphia College of Art with Ray Metzker (now University of the Arts), Cherie Hiser’s Center of the Eye photography workshop in Aspen, and the Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops) with Jerry Uelsmann. Mentors, other photographers, instructors, fellow students, and learning on his own also played significant roles.

A big challenge was transitioning a photography hobby/interest into a livelihood. How?–by creating a new portfolio of appropriate images, making calls and visits to prospects, producing good work, and staying in touch. Early work consisted of product shots, interiors, architecture, portraits, advertising, corporate, and more. Throughout it all, Peter’s always enjoyed blending the artistic, technical, and business aspects of running a studio.

Peter started the Connecticut ASMP chapter in 1994 with the help of many other dedicated photographers. He served as president, board member, program director, and newsletter editor.

As the Internet, stock photography, and royalty free images were about to change the photography landscape, Peter switched from a broad range of work to a narrow one not about to be found online: corporate, professional, and business portraits. In other words, photos of actual people.

Peter has initiated community projects where photography played an important role, presented at secondary schools and community colleges, and raised significant funds numerous times for local educational and social service programs. He has served as a board member for the American Society of Media Photographers, Glastonbury Education Foundation, Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, CT River Valley Chamber, and Oak Business Commons.

The studio has been at its same Glastonbury location since 1982. Peter and Nancy have lived in Hebron, CT since before they were married in 1984.

The goal? Continue to raise the bar in portrait photography and make the world more beautiful by creating better looking photos of people, one portrait at a time.