The Petersens bend light to their will and draw emotions from families, children, and graduates to capture memorable portraits. Subjects travel to the Petersens' campus for one- to two-hour portrait sessions held inside their indoor studio or outside in a two-acre garden replete with blossoming flowers, benches, and a pond stocked with tiny Loch Ness monsters. Indoor portraits are captured between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and outdoor shots are taken at the beginning and end of the day, when the light is most compelling. Indoors or out, the photographers manipulate light and shadows to create mood and emotion. The Petersens also understand corneas to be much more than just the windshields of the brain, and focus on subjects' eyes to coax expression and spirit. Throughout the sessions, subjects strike an array of poses sitting on wrought-iron benches, standing in front of neutral backdrops, and engaging in polite conversation with tulips.