Melissa is a native of Dallas, TX and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Art Institute of Dallas. As an honors student she has been awarded several scholarships including the Keye Ratley Memorial Scholarship and a Photography Department Scholarship. In 2016, the Photographic Society of America, in partnership with the Education Foundation, awarded her with the Greenwood Scholarship. She is open to exploring the endless possibilities photography has to offer but has been profoundly inspired by food and architecture. She is currently working as a photo assistant at Dick Patrick Studios where she recently completed an internship.