John Peltier

Owner & Instructor

I'm an Air Force veteran and pilot by trade, having flown the F-15E for nearly ten years, including 114 combat missions in Afghanistan. Then in a major life change, I bought a 27-foot sailboat and sailed from North Carolina to the Caribbean over a few years.

My journey as a professional documentary photographer also started on that adventure, networking with important nonprofits that desperately needed photography to get their message out. These days I'm an accredited Associate Photographer at Photographers Without Borders and have completed photodocumentary projects for countless organizations worldwide over the past several years. 

I teach in-person photography lessons in between documentary trips, and the continuous demand for lessons led me to start offering online lessons. It has been a joy to make these classes available for everyone. 

Lake Tahoe has been my official home since 1990, where I enjoy backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, diving, and volunteering on two search & rescue teams.

You may view my photography portfolio here.

Podcast Interviews

Hit the Streets With Valerie Jardin episode 126, Photography with a Purpose.

Focus Points Photography Podcast episode 18, Journeys and Education with John Peltier.

Projects & Publications

Photographers Without Borders
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Otra Cosa Network (Peru)
X-Suba Sport4Development Uganda
The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti
National Pony Express Association
The Giving Lens
Unlocking Silent Histories (Guatemala)
El Fenn Maroc (Morocco)
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Eno River Association
Triangle Land Conservancy

U.S. National Park Service
New York Magazine
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
National Geographic Online
London Daily Telegraph
Tahoe Quarterly
Nevada Magazine
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Air Force Magazine
Air Force Times

Nico Escobar

Student Support Assistant

Nico is a Peruvian-born creative with many years working in hospitality, tech, and various freelance pursuits. However, the one thing that stayed constant over the years is her love for photography. She first picked up a camera and fell in love with photography at 13 on a trip to Japan with her father.

After years of shooting with a Nikon, she purchased a Fujifilm X-T4 in the summer of 2020 and hasn't looked back. She is now an avid traveler and has visited many countries and, of course, documents every single one. Her favorite things to photograph include food, picturesque towns, untouched beaches, nature, and all kinds of cities at night.

Currently, she lives in the Yucatán Peninsula and is constantly visiting new beaches, towns, restaurants, and cenotes. Also in her free time, she is practicing illustration, learning to cook new recipes, and of course, editing pictures. You can see her work on Instagram, @nicocreates_.