Having been a professional photographer for thirty years, Dona Laurita considers her relationship with photography and visual art to be the most real and grounding of her life next to motherhood. Photography demands being present and a crucial awareness of one’s existence in the moment. Being present allows her to connect with emotion, light, drama, and depth, all of which are quintessential elements in her work.
Dona’s images invite the observer to explore ways of seeing. Her work encourages the viewer to participate in the essence of the ordinary, be it the power of a simple gesture, the quality and diversity of light, or a moment in time that may otherwise have been overlooked, in a deep, dramatic and sensitive way.
Her Fine Art photography has been exhibited in reputable galleries throughout Colorado and beyond for the past 30 years. She was a founding member the Sliding Door Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver, and has opened her own Fine Art gallery in Old Town Louisville, CO, at 820 Main Street in the Marketplace Building, with new exhibitions of her work and that of other notable photographers, painters, and visual artists changing monthly.
She has also facilitated dozens of Artist-In-Residence programs and workshops over the past twenty years in Colorado schools, children’s hospitals, summer camps and after school programs, working with Young Audiences, Think 360 Arts, the Denver District Attorney’s Office Restitution Project, and the Mizel Museum of Denver. In 2013, she was the co-recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for "Stories Matter", a several month long residency in a turn-around school in Aurora, CO.
Over the past thirty, Dona Laurita Photography and Fine Art, along with the incarnations of Foto di Vita and Laurita Fotografia, has photographed thousands of weddings, family portraits, senior portraits, bar and bat mitzvahs, B2B product shoots, architectural shoots, and a myriad of various special events, as well as births, deaths, and every rite of passage in between. We are in the business of documenting life.