laura denardo

Photograph by Heather Foster


I am traditionally trained in the fine arts and bring a strong and passionate understanding of classic composition to my photographs.

Photography offers me not only a method of creative expression, but also a way to share my vision, through a viewfinder, of surroundings, objects, nature and places that may otherwise never garner a second glance or a moment’s reflection. In an instant, through the lens of my camera and a fragment of exposure, I am able to make real and visible in what some may only sense or even dismiss.

When I see something that captures my attention, I study it. I look for all the possibilities. The angles, the light, texture - anything to influence the emotion I want my photograph to arouse. I like the seductive and dramatic effects of fog and mist, or juxtaposition of nature in an urban setting, to help sear a particular mood or sentiment into a photograph. And I am always fascinated by the concept that I can look through the lens of my camera, capture the moment and share a different and perhaps unexpected perspective.

I take great pleasure in searching for new photographs, be it on my block in Baltimore City or in exotic foreign places. During the past few years, I have had the opportunity to photograph in Italy, France, China, Vietnam, Bermuda, Nova Scotia and most recently in Cuba. In between trips, I enjoy the beautiful mid-Atlantic seaboard for my creative inspiration.

My work has been purchased nationally and internationally. I have numerous commercial and private clients. My photographs are in the collections of The Greater Baltimore Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carey Limousine, and Loyola University. My work can also be found at Longaberger Baskets, Ballard Design, Ethan Allen, and Crate & Barrel nationwide.

My studio and darkroom are located in the historic waterfront neighborhood of Canton in Baltimore City. I am a native of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, I hold degrees in Art Education and Elementary Education from Slippery Rock State University. I have also studied at the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, International Center for Photography in New York City and the Maine Media Workshops in Camden, Maine.


2015 Central PA Festival of the Arts - Award of Merit

2015 Arts in the Middle - Best of Show

2015 Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show - Award of Merit

2014 Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show - Award of Distinction in Fine Art

2012 Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show - Judge's Choice Award

2011 Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show - Award of Distinction

2009 New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival,
Third Place Photography

2006 Mount Gretna Fine Arts Festival,
Judge’s Choice Award

2004 Golden Lights Awards Top 50 Photographers – Print Competition -The Maine Photographic Workshops

2004 Maryland Federation of Art Spring Juried Exhibition – Juror’s Choice Award

2003 Golden Lights Awards Top 50 Photographers – Print Competition - The Maine Photographic Workshops

Gallery Exhibition:

The MPLS Photo Center
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN
“Still Life: The Inanimate Subject”
May – July 2015