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About Paulette Mertes

Recently relocated to Albert Lea, MN, Master Photographer Paulette Mertes, has enjoyed a photography career spanning over 25 years.  She is an internationally award winning portrait photographer honored for photographic excellence by Canon.

"The 'You Look Divine' project has given me the privilege of photographing so many wonderful ladies.  I love our conversations - love hearing the stories women have to tell - love feeling their energy and strength.  

My photographic style is romantic, classy and sensual with a little Hollywood glam. Whether it's a Divine Portrait or Boudoir Session, I approach my sessions with the belief that all women deserve to feel beautiful and glamorous - and I provide that experience for them.  Getting their hair and make-up done and dressing in beautiful clothes is a real confidence builder - when my clients see themselves as I see them, as my camera sees them, it changes the way they feel about themselves."


Organizations, Degrees and Awards

Connecticut Professional Photography Association, CTPPA

Professional Photographers of America, PPA

American Society of Photographers, ASP


PPA Master of Photography Degree

CTPPA Master Court of Honor 2014-2015

CTPPA Portrait Photographer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013-14

CTPPA Creative Photographer of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012-2013

CTPPA Art/Electronic Imaging Photographer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011

PPA Photographer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011


Canon Par Excellence Award - Photographic excellence 

CTPPA Kodak Gallery Awards 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013-2014

PPANE Kodak Gallery Awards 2008, 2009, 2010

CTPPA Treskunoff Award 2011 and 2013 

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