Peter Bredholt is a professional photographer and the owner of Olaf’s Photography, which is located in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.  Peter has over 25 years of experience in photography.  His studio, Olaf’s Photography, specializes in Custom Portrait Photography of individuals and families (all ages) as well as Documenting Special Events through his Photography (Religious, Civic and Social ceremonies and events) in a journalistic style.

Peter is also an educator who loves sharing his passion and knowledge of photography with others, whether through running “After School Photography Clubs / Classes like the ones he has created and instructs in schools, his workshops, community group lectures or privately with individuals or small groups in his studio or their homes.  Having received a degree in Education and formal photography training from the International Center of Photography (ICP) located in New York City, Peter regularly teaches photography workshops, classes and conducts seminars for beginners in photography as well as advanced courses in  studio lighting /flash photography, Photoshop, Lightroom and printing.

Mr. Bredholt (Peter) or “Olaf” as he is called by his students offers classes and runs “After School Programs” and photography centered activities for children in grades four and up.

In response to being asked about the After School Programs in Digital Photography he offers to and runs in area schools, Peter says…”I believe that it is our responsibility as parents, educators and creative arts professionals to expose our children to the arts whether that be painting, music, creative writing  or as I bring to schools and other centers of learning in Bay Ridge and the surrounding area…Photography.  It is so important to provide young people the opportunity to explore the arts and discover what may be a hidden talent…that being photography.  Maybe together we can help a child to discover the path which leads him/her to become the next Ansel Adams or at least provide them with a new hobby and passion which they will carry into adulthood".


"In a time when children are spending way too much time looking down at their cell phones, watching t.v., playing vidoe games and the only way they communicate with anyone is through texts and social media I offer an alternative for parents and teachers to give to their children and students.  Photography involves getting up and moving about.  Taking and creating photographs involves old and young alike looking at and interacting with the world around them and not just looking down at a screen and communicating with people non verbally.  Photography not only exercises the brain but provides physical exercise as well.  Studying and using a camera teaches us how to see the world againn and be a part of it without a camera."

Prior to opening his studio, Olaf’s Photography, Peter Olaf Bredholt worked as a Community Relations Specialist for New York State and as a Director of Creative Arts Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation Departments in Long-Term Care Facilities and administrated Adult Day Care Programs for persons with Alzheimers disease located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY.  He is a certified Recreation / Music Therapist who believes in the healing power of "the arts" including Photography (Therapeutic Photography).  His skills as a photographer and marketer were used by many of the non-profits he worked for.  Peter has won numerous awards and recognition for his work with the geriatric population in which he created a program which taught seniors digital photography and established a senior computer education program.  Mr. Bredholt was honored to be invited to present his innovative programs as part of a” Best Practices in Long-Term Care Conference”,  which was held in various locations throughout New York State by the NYS Department of Health.  (“Seniors on the Web”).

What makes Olaf’s Photography special and unique?
Peter not only brings his formal photography education and training with him on every shoot or to every class he teaches, but he brings his many years of experience in working with people of all ages and ethnicity to every shoot or class.  He brings with him not only the ability to focus on the subject through the lens of his camera but through his genuine interest in wanting to get to know that person(s) he is photographing or teaching.  Peter is a very enthusiastic and encouraging person who makes learning photograph fun and being in front of his camera lens a fun experience as well.

 “Olaf’s Photography was named after my dad who was a very caring and compassionate man who had a way of bringing out the very best in people, and I have built my photography business on those values. The following quote by Eve Arnold expresses my philosophy of photography the best.”

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given.  It is the photographer, not the camera that is the instrument.”  Peter went on to share a quote by Paul Caponigro which says “It is one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like; it’s another thing to make a portrait of who he or she  is.”  “At Olaf’s Photography, I believe that a portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.  Whether it is a portrait of your child taken in my studio or in your own home, or a photograph taken at your grandmothers 80th birthday party, I believe in working to capture the true essence (persona) of the person and the emotion of the event.”  Peter says that his style of Event Photography is “story telling”- a form of photo journalism.

For more information about Peter and Olaf’s Photography and to learn more about his Photogrpahy Clubs etc. you are invited to visit his website
http://www.olafsphotography.com, where you can learn more about Olaf’s Photography and what Peter has to offer Non-Profits and Schools in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights and what he can offer you and your family as well.


Call Peter at: (347) 416 - 4362  or  Email Peter at: peterbredholt@olafsphotography.com