About Me

Mariana Melendrez is a photographer, retoucher and self-portrait artist. She first discovered the world of photography at the age of 14 and was captivated by the drama and intrigue of editorial fashion photography. She quickly fell in love with the enchanting world of haute couture fashion and decided to pursue her goal of being a part of it.

Music, art, and cinema have been heavy influences as Mariana’s sources of inspiration throughout her life. In recent years the path of her work has been changing dynamically with self-portraits that entice the viewer with eye-catching, vivid colors and fascinating perspectives with a subtle editorial touch.

After graduating college she felt the natural transition of exploring other realms in photographic work such as landscapes, beauty photography, advertising photography for commercial clients and professional retouching work. 

Mariana currently resides in San Diego, CA. and regularly travels for assignments between Imperial Valley and San Diego.


Please include what kind of photography services you are interested in along with some details of your project to best assist you.

Currently serving the Imperial Valley and San Diego areas. 


Selected Group Exhibitions


"Personality: Contemporary Portraiture"  PH21 Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

"2020 Favorite Photo Exhibition" Lenscratch


"Unseen, Unnoticed, Unheard" Palomar College exhibition, San Marcos, CA.

Talks, Panels, Conversations

Guest lecturer in advanced photography class, Palomar College, 2022.

Panel; Students Making Money in Photography, Palomar College, 2021.




PERIOD Magazine Men's Issue. October 2022

Men's CRUZE Magazine, MEN'S Fashion Special Edition Issue. November 2022

Evon Magazine, C.O.L.O.R.S Issue. April 2022

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