Peter Nguyen’s photography has made an appearance on our blog before. Check out Eye-Popping Exposure Goodness. For him, photography is a hobby; it’s something he does just to blow off steam. Wow.

We used one of Peter’s photos for one of our new Exposure Ads. We were his first high-profile client. Impressive. Even more impressive is the shot. Here it is below.

I asked Peter to share about his photography. He has a knack for working with gorgeous models and producing great shots. Here’s what he said:

I started shooting in 2009 when I bought a Canon 50D. Editing and photography would help me relax after long hours in the ER. It became my hobby. It immerses me in something creative, what a great escape.

I tried my hand at golf. This had the opposite effect for me –not relaxing.

My first two shoots were of models from Model Mayhem. The shoots were simple, we ran around my complex.

I only shoot local college talent; I’ve never used an agency model. I like the typical girl next door. I find something about them that’s unique, that’s what makes them beautiful. It can be as simple as a spark in their eyes or a genuine smile.

I use Facebook to find models. Either I’m contacted or I’ll contact someone to schedule something. Facebook makes for quick and easy discussions about shoot details. College-age females are always on Facebook so it’s easy to brainstorm about shoot ideas.

Another reason I prefer Facebook is that it let’s me see what the model looks like without Photoshop. Everyone posts untouched candid snapshots. These are great to help determine whether a model will be right for a particular shoot.

One of my favorites is the orange-red series with Kendall and Vanessa. I used Exposure’s Fuji Sensia setting for the tone. The drama really pops. Exposure‘s presets have unique color tones that inspire me to finish images in ways I never would’ve on my own.