An “Artistic” Adventure: How to Grow Even Further As an Artist
Item 07-Mary Mortensen, Monday March 18, 8:00PM CST
Join me on an artistic adventure that will focus on being creative, not so technical, with your photographic work. We will transform one of my favorite photos into a remarkable art piece. I will share how I play and experiment by creating projects with my camera, the computer using photoshop and painter techniques, and art supplies. My goal is to open your eyes to see the world in interesting and fresh new ways; how to see the extraordinary in the everyday; discover the emotion of color; and most important, finding the picture within the picture – all to create a fine art piece for yourself and to sell to your clients!
Mary Mortensen, PPA Certified, M. Photog.,Cr.,API,F-WPPA PPA Affiliate Judge, 2009 Wisconsin Photographer & Electronic Imager of the Year
Master of Science Degree – Business Management
Bachelor of Arts Degree – Communications and Management (with emphasis on Marketing and Sales)
Licensed in Makeup Artistry specializing in photography
Professional Photographers of America
American Society of Photographers
Wisconsin Professional Photographers, Past President 2005-6
South Central Professional Photographers Association
Past President – Southeastern Wisconsin Professional
Past President Women for MACC, Inc.
Background and Experience
Law firm of Mulcahy & Wherry, S.C., employed as a paralegal specializing in incorporations, real estate and probate for five years.
Miller Brewing Company, employed as Corporate Employee Programs Manager, responsible for company-wide employee communications programs for ten years.
Occupational & Family Health, Inc., a division of DePaul Hospital, employed as Vice President; successfully brought an existing division of the company from a $30,000 per month loss to break-even status within a two-year period; successfully negotiated, implemented startup, staffing, marketing and sales programs for a joint venture major health/wellness center located in downtown Milwaukee, WI.
Mortensen Portrait Design, LLC, opened with husband Allen in 1988 in Waukesha County, a western suburb of Milwaukee, WI. During the first three years the studio tripled business as a result of client referrals and an emphasis on marketing programs. The studio has established itself as one of the largest in the Greater Milwaukee-Waukesha area and is well known for its unique style of photography and personal approach to business. In addition to its portrait division, the studio also houses a full digital lab and school photography division. Besides the owners, the studio currently employees five full-time and seasonal part-time staff members
Awards and Recognition
Mary specializes in the photography of children and babies. For over a decade Mary has partnered with the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) and the Women for MACC in their fight against childhood cancer. Through photographic programs developed by the studio, the Mortensens have raised over $100,000 for childhood cancer research. Mary received the prestigious PPA AN-NE award for charitable marketing in 1999. She has been featured on NBC Channel 4 in the Greater Milwaukee Area for her work with children. She was been featured in Wisconsin Women Magazine, M Magazine and Alverno Magazine.
Mary has been recognized locally and nationally for her work. She was the first in Wisconsin history to receive the most awards given at one convention. She is the 2009 Wisconsin Photographer of the Year, 2009 Electronic Imager of the Year, winner of the Canon Par Excellence Award, 2009 Best of Show, 2009 Clean Sweep, 2009 Top Ten Imagers, two Fuji Masterpiece Awards, two Court of Honors and the American Society of Photographers Regional Medallion Award. She has received local and state Court of Honor and Traveling Loan Awards, Best of Show and Sweepstakes Awards from Burrell/Supra Color Lab and her work has appeared in the PPA Loan and Showcase Books, the Professional Photographers of America Magazines and in the ASP Elite Collection. Mary was the recipient of the PPA National Award in 2011.
Mary has worked with mothers interested in entering children for pageants and modeling. Her photography has helped clients win awards, including a 6-month old who won “Most Photogenic” in a national beauty contest. She has also worked with upscale beauty salons in the Milwaukee-Waukesha area that compete in hair color and makeover national contests sponsored by international hair suppliers. Her clients have received three first place awards and her photos have appeared in international hair magazines.
Mary is currently a member of PPA’s Approved Photographic Instructors, ACI Lab Speakers Team Fuji Talent Speakers Team and is a PPA Affiliate Judge.
Mary’s style is simple but artistic. Her knowledge of portrait artists and work with art galleries has set the tone for the studio’s emphasis on producing fine art and selling wall decor and gallery framing.
Mortensen Portrait Design
180 Kossow Road
Waukesha, WI 53186
Fax: (262) 754-8879
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