ABOUT Patrizia

Patrizia Montanari was born in a small town just outside of Milan, Italy. Growing up she was surrounded by the love of a large extended family. Uncles, Aunties and Cousins who's lives all entwined daily. She has blissful memories of spending long, hot Summers altogether in the south of Italy. Everyday, food was central to the family life. Her Mother up at dawn to prepare the daily meals, always from scratch and always with fresh ingredients. Another passion quickly absorbed by the young Patrizia.   

In 2002 she began to travel and experience a world outside of Italy, living and working in a number of places including New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and San francisco before finally making Historic Downtown McKinney her home in 2013 along with her husband Mark and two children, Lucy and Johnny. 

Patrizia has experienced and created art all of her life. In the last few years her love for portrait and figure painting naturally evolved into a love for photography. Taking photographs quickly became an obsession and a new way to express her creative side. 

Portraits are her passion and people are her biggest inspiration. Patrizia’s own need for learning has now morphed very naturally into her new interest in teaching and passing her knowledge on to others.

Patrizia teaches Natural Light Portrait workshops at Dallas Center for Photography and she is also available for Individual Tutoring.

Her desire to make people feel special and appreciate their own beauty brought her to create the Pampering and Portraits event, a collaboration with Pavitra Organic Day Spa that combines a wellness and beauty treatment with the art of portrait photography.

She is also the founder of the McKinney Photography Club, a contributor to the McKinney Moms Blog as well as the editor of On The Square Blog.

She hasn’t abandoned her passion for travel, and she will be spending the summer in Italy with her two children rediscovering her own country with the help of her brand new Fujifilm x100t. #lamiaitaly #italianportraits