Caren Selina Maitreya (March 30, 1955), formerly known as Selina Oppenheim, but best known as Selina Maitreya is an international photography consultant and author. She has published two books, Portfolios that Sell: Professional Techniques for Presenting and Marketing Your Photographs (2003—Random House/Amphoto Books) and How to Succeed in Commercial Photography: Insights from a Leading Consultant (2007—Allworth Press). Karen Frank, the photo editor of O: The Oprah Magazine called Portfolios that Sell, “An absolute essential for the photographer creating his portfolio for the first time.” The Boston Globe stated Portfolios that Sell is for “amateur photographers who want to enjoy their [photos] more.” Selina has been consulting with hundreds of photographers for thirty years. She currently lives in Massachusetts.
Selina was born Caren Linda Mellis to Julian and Harriette Mellis in The Bronx on March 30, 1955. She was raised in Bellport, New York. In 1974, after hitchhiking to Boston, Massachusetts, she became inspired by the works of Weegee and Diane Arbus. She later enrolled in the New England School of Photography under the two-year program.