For the last eight years, contemporary portrait artist Tracy Montarti has been specializing in authentic lifestyle portraiture, helping families document their children’s milestones and the love they share through the creation of photographic heirlooms that will become family treasures. Tracy consistently emphasizes the theme of connection throughout her images, both between her subjects and with the viewer.
Tracy began her photography journey as a child in California when she made a pinhole camera at school, and was instantly captivated as she watched those images magically appear in the darkroom. She served as the family photographer thereafter and pursued photography more heavily in high school while dreaming of documenting indigenous people around the world for National Geographic. A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology was followed by 2 years living in Poland in the Peace Corps where she earned two Peace Corps Fellowships to pursue her graduate studies at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, where she met her husband, set down roots and started a family.
Having children reignited her practice of photography and led to friends and family asking her to photograph them. Word spread and Villa Montarti Photography took off from there. Since then, Tracy has focused mostly on child and family portraiture from pregnancy and newborns through high school seniors, and has recently begun working on two separate conceptual fine art photographic series.
Though she misses the sun and sand of her native California, she loves Pittsburgh for its family friendly atmosphere and relaxed pace. In her free time, Tracy enjoys traveling, visiting with friends and family, renovating her 1907 Dutch Colonial and living a joyful life with her husband and 2 children.