Melissa has over 10 years of experience as a professional photographer. She specializes in high school seniors, families and weddings.  She worked for and interned under several well-known and highly regarded photographers in the St. Louis area before branching out on her own.  For the past 5 years she has been doing freelance photography under her own name while simultaneously working for Artisan Photography in Ballwin, MO.  

Melissa's background in photography started with her art-teacher father who inspired her love for all things creative.  In high school, he provided her with her first SLR camera and built a dark room for her to develop her own prints.  From there, Melissa took classes in college ranging from photography to graphic design and fine art portraiture.  It is this blend of artistic talent, professional training, and an eye for composition that sets her work apart - resulting in photography that is a fusion of fine art and fashion. 

Melissa has a great rapport with high school seniors and, being young at heart, is able to relate to them.  From her tastes in current music and fashion, to her knowledge of pop culture she is able to connect with teens on their level which helps them to relax and feel comfortable during their session.

Melissa lives in O'Fallon with her Navy veteran husband. In her off-time she enjoys gardening, reading, crafting and shopping for antiques to use as photography props.  She also likes to assist her husband with remodeling their home.  Melissa and her husband have four children, ranging in age from 14 to 24.