We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Stoll and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Customers are paying for the experience, not just the equipment. In the age where everyone has a camera in their pocket, anyone can make a movie or take a photograph. But will it be good? Experience brings knowledge in lighting, sound design, editing, and simply the tricks of the trade.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
San Diego is very saturated with photographers. With so many of them to compete with, you have to stand out in some way to be noticed. While there are so many beach engagements and family photos going on, I’ve gained a passion for Fine Art.
I’ve always loved sci-fi and fantasy, which is why I enjoy Cosplay Photography so much too. One type of editing I’ve started to do is Surrealism Photography. It takes a long time in the editing process, but once finished, you’ve created an original photographic piece of art. I’m very proud of the ones I’ve made so far and I am very excited to venture forward.
The challenge here is there is a much, much smaller demand for this niche. But as with everything else I’ve done, I’m staying confident and passionate for this craft.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a countless amount of things to do in San Diego. My favorite beaches are in La Jolla. If a friend from out of state is visiting, then eating at In n Out is a must. But if we’re hitting downtown, then we’re heading into the Gaslamp.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The foundation for everything I know came from Palomar College. There are so many amazing professors there that inspired and allowed me to be creative while pushing my limits.
Yelp: SDDI – Photos & Video
Other: SDDI focuses on our video side primarily (and family portraits). PeterStollPhotography focuses on modeling, cosplay, and creative portraits.
Peter Stoll – Photographer