Who I Am

My journey to photography began in childhood: I am the daughter of a NYC magazine art director, and I spent my early years surrounded by photographers and artists. I spent the year after college studying photography at Parsons in Paris, France, and then I earned an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. My graduate work focused on photographing small moments in my family: the touch between parents and children, the way a young girl twirls her hair. I wanted to capture the things we take for granted, and freeze those moments in time.

I worked for many years as a magazine Photo Editor, where I hired photographers and produced and directed celebrity photo shoots. In the spring of 2002, I took a 2-month solo road trip through the American South, photographing as I went, and this work was exhibited in a solo exhibition in NYC in early 2003. Shortly after moving to Austin, I was chosen to exhibit my work in the Texas Women’s Photography Showcase at the Oswald Gallery, and also began teaching photography at St. Edward’s University.

I am now a mother to my own little pack of boys, and I know firsthand how important photographic memories are to a family's life story. I look forward to helping you tell your family's story. 

xo,

Melissa

 With my youngest boys in 2016.

With my youngest boys in 2016.

 During my 2002 Photo Odyssey. Photo by Nathan Miller.

During my 2002 Photo Odyssey. Photo by Nathan Miller.