Lorayn DeLuca Artists Music Guild Visual Artist Award Recipient 2018
I fell in love with the camera as a child when I saw how my father's use of his Brownie could turn an ordinary day into a family adventure and I have been a lover of the power of photography ever since. I know that a picture tells a thousand words and that you can't put a price on the value of happy memories or the power of a positive image.
After being awarded the Mayor's Scholarship to study Human Resources Management and Photojournalism in New York City, managing a portrait studio in Hawaii, Off Broadway & Film Actor, HR Operations Executive turned Charlotte entrepreneur, Board HR Chair Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter, Board Member Monroe Tourism & Development, I am privileged to call myself a Lifestyle Visual Artist.
That's why I was humbled to spearhead the Help-Portrait Carolinas Project, bringing professionals together to treat abused women and homeless families to a day of beauty and photography. I was grateful to recruit make-up artists, stylists and photographers who donated their time to give a much needed boost in self esteem to a group in need of a faith lift.Filming a documentary for the Micro Loan Program in Belize so that locals can start their dream business was a heart warming experience.
I am honored to be the recipient of the "American Red Cross Real Heroes Award for selfless consideration and extraordinary contribution to the public", Union County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Award, UC Chamber Business Woman of the Year Award, TownPlanner Calendar International Best Cover Award, Guild of Charlotte Artists Best Photography Award, AMG Best Freelance Visual Artist Award, Elevate Lifestyle Best of the Best Favorite Actress Award.
As stated in American Town Heroes publication, "She has the kind of spirit and heart that helps make a house a home and a town a community. It is not in her nature to sit idly by if there is a way she can contribute to making lives a little better."
***Focused Visual Artist equipped with a calm presence in fast-paced situations. Blends in easily while photographing large events to produce candid and natural shots.
Director,Stage Manager,Understudy,Off Bway/Film Actor,Writer-New York City/NYU Projects
On-Set Photographer Project Imagin8ion – Los Angeles, CA
• Captured behind the scenes in the making of the national commercial, Canon EOS with Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard
• Photographed high-quality images for social media and press distribution promotional usage. • Performed advanced computer processing of images for assignments. • Defined and recommended detailed solutions to capture images.
• Shot photographs on film set and field environments. • Archived photographs on computers and servers.
On-Set Photographer The Jack of Spades - New Orleans, LA
• Captured behind the scenes in the making of the feature film, Thomas Johnson-Producer
• Photographed high-quality images for social media and press distribution promotional usage.
Lifestyles Photographer-Portraits, Events, Commercial, Editorial
Photojournalist/Creative Team for Ballantyne Country Club Living Magazine
Digital Home/Business Inventory Specialist-Get the Snapshot of Your Life
Creative Director-South Charlotte Living Magazine
Photojournalist-Charlotte Observer, Enquirer Journal, Union County Weekly
Local Clients: Burke Hospitality Group-Executive Chefs Portraits-Mimosa Grill, Harpers, Upstream Restaurants; Carolinas Healthcare System - Healthy Living Magazine Cover/Feature Stories, Doctors Portraits; Carolina Voices-Theatres: McGlohon,Ovens,Knight,Duke Energy,Spirit Square,St.Johns Baptist Church; Carolina Dental Arts; Carolina Family Chiropractic; Creative Realtor Association-Events/Awards-Charlotte Country Club, Duke Mansion Estate Discovery Place Events; Matthews United Methodist Church-Belize Missions Documentary ;Matthews Police Department; N2Publishing-Marketing/Events-Diamond Direct; O’Charlies Restaurant-commissioned display images;Opera Carolina-Flash Mob/Fundraising Events; Towns of Matthews,Indian Trail, Monroe, and Stallings; Union County Government; Union County Education Foundation; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Union County Yellow Pages Cover; Union Symphony Orchestra