Michelle Kawka is an award winning and internationally exhibited professional photographer. She uses a distinctively bold, graphic and emotional style to create striking images for clients. Her attention to detail has brought success to a diverse list of clients, from individuals wanting distinctive portraits or attention getting headshots, hosts of social or professional events, creatives needing quality images for their projects, or couples wanting to preserve the most important day of their lives.
Michelle’s work has appeared in publications such as Business Week and Surface Magazine and has photographed for companies such as Microsoft, Wella Hair Color, Proctor & Gamble, Scholastic, Amida Care, NexCare First Aid Products, Post It Notes and Oscartielle Refrigeration.
In addition to her commercial work, she pursues artistic projects. Most recently, a photo from her series “Beauty in Devastation” was selected out of 10,000 submissions to be a part of the Rising Waters exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, which deals with the effects of the New York area of Superstorm Sandy. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, Curate NYC, the City Hall of the 9th Arrondissement, Paris France & The Langston Hughes Cultural Center & Library. In 2009, her project This Is Our Queens, was named one of the best of 2009 by the American Society of Media Photographers.
As Vice President of the American Society of Media Photographers New York Chapter, a professional organization for photographers, Michelle has facilitated educational events. She introduced the Sandler Sales Program to ASMP NY, which guides photographers through all aspects of the sales process, the first program of its kind to be brought to the photo industry by a professional organization.
She was named a Rising Star by the Queens Courier newspaper, an award given to young professionals under 40 who display exemplary business skills and service to the community.
Most recently, Michelle was asked to be a mentor for the Young Photographer’s Alliance, an organization the mentors aspiring image-makers with access to the kind of practical industry knowledge, experience, resources, and contacts they need to build sustainable careers as photography professionals.
Michelle is a graduate of Wesleyan University. She discovered her love of photography while studying in Padova, Italy. She continued her study of photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.