Families & Children

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High School Seniors

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About Me

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Hello!

A few things about me…. I am a mother of four and have been passionate about photography for the last 12 years. I have two sides to my photography. I love fine art and making artist books and have had my fine art work featured in galleries across the country. I continue to make this personal work and share it. I sell my art prints and handmade artist books all over the world. I have also had a portrait business taking family, children, and high school senior photos for the last 10 years. I feel incredibly blessed to get to do a job I love. Photography is really about seeing beauty and light in the deepest way, and I try to capture that for everyone I get to meet. I try to use the same artist eye I use to make my personal work with my client work as well. My goal when I meet you is to make the most meaningful, artistic, and authentic photos I can for you. I love spontaneity, real smiles and laughs, and connection. Thank you for taking a look at my work :)

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Contact me and Schedule a Session on my Calendar!

Take a look at my calendar to book a date that works for you HERE

If you have questions, feel free to send me a message at melissalazuka@yahoo.com



Awards & Publications

The Hahnemuhle Award, The Center for Fine Art Photography, 2018, Portfolio Showcase

Selected for “Most Interesting Photobooks 2018” - The Photobook Journal

Selected for “Photobooks of 2018” - 10x10 Photobooks

Juror’s Award, “Flight” Photoplace Gallery, Laura Moya

Exhibitions:

Photoplace Gallery, "Black and White", Juror, Sandrine-Hermand Grisel

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO , "Fly Away" series included in the Portfolio Showcase Volume 11, Juror, Cathy Kimball

Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont  "Myths, Legends, and Dreams" Juror, Amy Holmes-George

SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina " Shades of Black and White" Juror, Susan Burnstine

A Smith Gallery,  "Summertime" Juror,  Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Photoplace Gallery,  "Honoring Trees" Juror, Laura Valenti

Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, "Personal Narrative" Juror, Susan Burnstine

The Center For Fine Art Photography, "Dreams" Juror, Jennifer DeCarlo http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/dreams2016/

PhotoPlace Gallery, "Flight" Juror, Laura Moya http://photoplacegallery.com/flight/

The Cleveland Print Room, "Human Nature" , The Peer Show

The Center for Fine Art Photography, "Illuminate" Juror, Elizabeth Avedon, http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/illuminate-elizabeth-avedon/

The Center for Fine Art Photography, "Landscapes" Juror, Chantel Paul, 

Publications:

Artist of the Month, Fantastically Flawed,  http://fantasticallyflawed.weebly.com/featured-artist/melissa-lazuka

Review of artist book, “Song of the Cicadas” by Douglas Stockdale - The Photobook Journal https://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/melissa-lazuka-song-of-cicadas/

Review of artist book, “Song of the Cicadas” by Sabrina Mandanici - Collector Daily https://collectordaily.com/melissa-lazuka-song-of-the-cicadas/

Review of artist book, “Fly Away” by Douglas Stockdale - The Photobook Journal https://photobookjournal.com/2019/03/30/melissa-lazuka-fly-away/

Don’t Take Pictures Magazine “Photo of the Day”

Pricing Info

Portrait Session fee is $250 This includes our time together and my artistic vision and talents. It does not include any digital images or prints. It is due a week before our scheduled session.

Print and Digital Image Packages:

  1. The 20 Digital Images Package- I send you a Proof album of our time together and you choose 20 images for me to hand edit in color and black and white. You will receive an album to download the full size resolution images you chose for me to edit. $250.00

  2. The 40 Digital Images Package- I send you a Proof album of our time together and you choose 40 images for me to hand edit in color and black and white. You will receive an album to download the full size resolution images you chose for me to edit. $450.00

  3. The 75+ Digital Images Package + 2 11”x14” fine art prints- I use my eye to choose the best 75 + images of our time together and send them to you hand edited in color and black and white to download. You choose 2 of your favorite images to be printed on beautiful archival fine art paper. $750.00

  4. The Heirloom Book and 10 Digital Images Package- You choose 20 of your favorite images for me to create a beautiful 12 x 12 foil stamped lay flat album. 10 full size digital images to download are also included in this package. $600