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                                                                                                  Photo by Alice Gao

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 * 


E-mail: pketron@gmail.com


Current and Upcoming Lectures and Classes

Please email to inquire about private lessons, corporate classes, and other learning opportunities

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: Harnessing the Full Power of the iPhone - currently open for enrollment

The Image Flow - two classes currently open for enrollment

Firefly Institute: Photography Camps for Women - next Firefly: October 2019

The Compelling Image: Introduction to Photographic Composition - currently on hold

Creative Live: How to Grow Your Instagram Following


Mentorship Experiences

Passion Passport's Passport to Asia 

Passion Passport's Passport Express


Projects and Collaborations

Everyday Bay Area

Project 24 

American Express Gold Television Commercial

Pfizer's Story Half Told - Content available upon request

Cuba: Art of the Streets, Art of the People with Mat Rick


March 10, 2018 - Resource Magazine - Travel Photographer Pei Ketron Speaks on iPhones, Social Media

March 8, 2018 - Passion Passport - 33 Female Storytellers Who Are Changing The Face of Travel

March 6, 2018 - Rebecca Lily - Artist Feature

February 22, 2018 - Billboard - Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga on Subcultures' Endurance, Radio's Future & Advice for Young Women in Music

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 10, 2017 - Adobe Make It - Pei Ketron: Getting Likes on Instagram & Becoming “Insta Famous”

June 5, 2017 - The Everyday Projects - Defining the "New California Dream"

May 15, 2017 - CatchLight - Everyday Bay Area: Spotlight on Pei Ketron, Program Manager

May 11, 2017 - Firefly Institute - Patience, Optimism, and "The Right Time"

March 8, 2017 - Feature Shoot - 14 Influencers Talk About Their Most Popular Image on Instagram

March 5, 2017 - Artifact Uprising - Mobile Photo Tips, Part 1

December 22, 2016 - Digital Photo Pro - Social Media: Death Of The Influencer

December 20, 2016 - iDrop News - Four Expert Photographers Share Tips on How to Take Gorgeous Photos with the iPhone 7 Plus

December 6, 2016 - Apple Newsroom - Pro photo tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

November 1, 2016 - Shenaniwhims - “the Instagram Dream”: the Story Behind Your Favorite Photographer’s Road to Success

October 24, 2016 - Refinery29 - 13 Tips For How To Use Portrait Mode On The iPhone 7 Plus

July 6, 2016 - TIME Lightbox - How 5 Photographers Are Monetizing Their Instagram Followings

March 7, 2016 - Conde Nast Traveler - How to Take Better Travel Photos With Your Phone

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

March 1, 2015 - iPhone Photography School: How Pei Ketron Takes Incredible Photos with her iPhone

November 4, 2014 - Photo Biz Xposed Podcast: How to Use Instagram for Photography Business Owners

October 20, 2014 - The Fabulous Photography Show Podcast: Symmetry, Beauty, and Capturing The Perfect Jumping Shot

September 9, 2014 - Skift: Instagram Strategies for Travel Brands

July 29, 2014 - Artifact Uprising Blog: Mastering Mobile Photography: 11 Tips to Better iPhone Photos

July 22, 2014 - Photoshelter Webinar: Tips & Tricks to Build a Following on Instagram

July 2, 2014 - 10 Simple Ways To Get More Instagram Followers And Likes

June 5, 2014 - This Is Ground: Through the Lens of Pei Ketron

June 3, 2014 - EyeEm Blog: Taking Mobile Photography to The Next Level: A Chat With Pei Ketron

May 9, 2014 - ONA Blog: Photographer Profile

April 14, 2014 - Thrillist: 12 Travel Instagrams to Start Your Week

March 3, 2014 - Made in Shoreditch: Mobile Photography Has Democratized Photography – A Talk With Pei Ketron

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

October 18, 2013 - Complex: 50 Actually Talented Photographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

October 4, 2013 - Booooooom: 100-50-1: Fifty of the World’s Most Talented Mobile Photographers

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 31, 2013 - Asia Society Interview: Instagram Sensation Pei Ketron Points, Shoots, and Scores

May 28, 2013 - NewYork.com: Pei Ketron on Grandiose Buildings

May 27, 2013 - Photodoto: 30 Guys That Bring Faith Back to Instagram Photography

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