How it all began...

I grew up surrounded by catalogues and magazines... JCPenney taught me about clothes... Nat Geo taught me about girls... wanted to be a top model, decided on a painter instead... cut out pictures, pasted them to empty ice cream buckets... painted photos from fashion mags... got tired of copying other's work... bought a camera to create images for painting... first day of shooting, I knew, was the last day of painting... taught myself how to shoot... searched the web, bookstores, anything on photography... millions of questions... "only downside of being self taught, is that you will pass up your teacher"... that happened.

i enrolled in the Academy of Art University... showed up at local fashion shows with no experience... covered street style, runway, backstage... bought a ticket to NYFW... showed up, got in, got kicked out, went somewhere else, got back in.... later covered Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris... Ralph Rucci, Francesca Libertore, Nanette Lepore, and Phoebe English... many, many more.

A few highlights so far... shooting with Bill Cunningham in NYC... talking supermodels with Arthur Elgort in Paris... London boys and Milanese women... celebs and street kids... blizzards, heatwaves, big feasts and bowls of ramen... and of course Karl Lagerfeld. 

A good friend told me to "Include Yourself"... I have.

I was born and raised in California. I live and breath for New York. The three of us are having a great relationship.


petefhopkins@gmail.com | 1.415.637.0039

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