Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, speaker, and traveler based in San Francisco. Pei was born in Taiwan and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a biracial household. As a child, she spent summers enduring the monsoons of the tropics and the remainder of the year running barefoot in the deserts of the American southwest.
Pei holds a BA in Psychology from Pomona College and an MA in both Special Education and Assistive Technology from Simmons College. In addition, she holds a credential in Educational Leadership and a certificate in Digital Marketing.
After a decade teaching special education in the public school system, Pei now teaches photography classes privately and through companies such as Creative Live, the Image Flow, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She also serves as a photographic mentor for travel experiences with companies such as Passion Passport and has spoken at events such as Adobe MAX, SXSW, Alt Summit, and Start Conference.
In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer. She has amassed a following of nearly a million users on Instagram and was selected to be a part of Apple's Shot on iPhone 6 campaign.
Pei specializes in travel and commercial photography in San Francisco and worldwide. Clients include: Adobe, All Nippon Airways, American Express, Apple, Canadian Tourism Commission, Carnival Cruises, Google, General Assembly, Mitsukoshi Isetan Group, Mercedes, Michael Kors, Pfizer, Save the Children, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Turkish Airlines, and UNICEF.
Represented by Tinker Street *
Current and Upcoming Lectures and Classes
* Please email to inquire about private lessons, corporate classes, and other learning opportunities
STORY 2018 - Nashville, TN - September 20-21, 2018
AdobeMAX - Los Angeles, CA - October 14-17, 2018
Click Away - Dana Point, CA - February 8-10, 2019
The Image Flow - Mill Valley, CA - next classes: Spring 2019
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops - Santa Fe, NM - next classes: Summer 2019
Madeline Island School of the Arts - Madeline Island, WI - August 2019
Firefly Institute: Photography Camps for Women - next Firefly: October 2019
Online / Other
The Compelling Image: Introduction to Photographic Composition - currently on hold
Passion Passport's Passport to Asia
Passion Passport's Passport Express
Projects and Collaborations
Pfizer's Story Half Told - Content available upon request
March 6, 2018 - Rebecca Lily - Artist Feature
February 22, 2018 - Pexels - How To Gain Followers And Grow Your Photography Brand With Instagram
December 13, 2017 - PetaPixel - When Photographers Become Pitchmen
September 2, 2017 - Szeroki Kadr Artist Profile
August 25, 2017 - Adobe Create Magazine - 5 and 3/4 Questions
June 5, 2017 - The Everyday Projects - Defining the "New California Dream"
May 11, 2017 - Firefly Institute - Patience, Optimism, and "The Right Time"
March 5, 2017 - Artifact Uprising - Mobile Photo Tips, Part 1
December 22, 2016 - Digital Photo Pro - Social Media: Death Of The Influencer
December 6, 2016 - Apple Newsroom - Pro photo tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus
October 24, 2016 - Refinery29 - 13 Tips For How To Use Portrait Mode On The iPhone 7 Plus
February 16, 2016 - Passion Passport - Meet Our Mentors: Pei Ketron
February 15, 2016 - Impakter - Pei Ketron: Taking Beauty and Photography to the Next Level
January 20, 2016 - 7x7 - 5 More Local Photographers Who Got Their Big Breaks on Instagram
November 21, 2015 - INK361 - How to Take The Perfect Instagram Photo With Your iPhone
August 25, 2015 - Hashtagged - The IGers Podcast: Traveling the world with Pei Ketron
September 9, 2014 - Skift: Instagram Strategies for Travel Brands
July 2, 2014 - 10 Simple Ways To Get More Instagram Followers And Likes
May 9, 2014 - ONA Blog: Photographer Profile
April 14, 2014 - Thrillist: 12 Travel Instagrams to Start Your Week
January 13, 2014 - FLTR Magazine Issue 05 Interview: Reaching New Heights
December 9, 2013 - Whitsunday Times: Photographic phenomenon captures best of Airlie
October 22, 2013 - The Weeklings: Snapshots of Instagram's "Instafamous" Elite
September 30, 2013 - Discover Tasmania: Flipboard: The Great Tassie Instagram Journey
September 3, 2013 - Travel Daily: Instameet Shows off Tasmania
September 1, 2013 - Tasmania.gov: Tasmania Showcased to Over Two Million Followers
July 26, 2013 - VentureBeat: Meet the Top 20 Instagram Photographers
May 28, 2013 - NewYork.com: Pei Ketron on Grandiose Buildings
May 13, 2013 - GoMighty: Go Mighty Life List: Pei Ketron
March 13, 2013 - Wall Street Journal: How to Take Better Photos: Pro Tips
March, 12, 2013 - AMPt Access Live: Pei Ketron
January 14, 2013 - allMinimalism.com: Pei Ketron (Photography)
December 8, 2012 - Lomography: Meet On The Road Lomo Amigo, Pei Ketron
November 28, 2012 - Complex Art & Design: The 10 Best Photographers on Instagram
October 24, 2012 - The Daily: Secrets of Grand Central Station: Behind the Scenes
December 7, 2011 - Instagram Blog: How I Shoot: @pketron