10 Things About Me
Happiest in a window seat on a plane (I’ve visited 50+ countries)
My So Called Life defined my high school years #JordanCatelano
Arts Educator for 10+ years
The Dalai Lama once slapped my face
I climb big rocks and dive 140+ feet below sea level
I lived in Israel and Mexico for some time
Proud native New Yorker who needs strong coffee in the morning
I’ve led several photography workshops abroad
Self-proclaimed beauty product junkie
When I travel I always buy local honey and soap
I'm Melanie & I'm a photographer
I shoot news, sporting events, concerts, travel, Save The Dates, you name it! My style, aesthetic and overall vibe is photojournalistic, which I developed while working in the Middle East 15 years ago. I’m based in Brooklyn but travel often.
I’m a new yorker
My entire family was born and raised in NY.
I grew up knowing the best clubs and learned early how to parallel park.
As a nature lover, I often leave the concrete jungle in order to come back and miss it!
Travel was a major part of my upbringing and taught me to see the world through many different perspectives.
How Did I Get Here?
I was always more Artsy than Sporty Spice. I took art classes as a kid and every art elective in school.
Eventually, my darkroom photography teacher submitted a photo I took into a contest. After winning, it got me thinking, "How can I combine my passions for travel and anthropology?" The answer? Photojournalism.
Semester at Sea and my eventual move to Israel jump-started my career. I love what I do and where it’s taken me.
Each job is different, you need to adapt on the fly, know how to schmooze and have fun!
If you’re looking for spontaneous, on-location editorial imagery, a well-organized and executed process…
I tell visual stories
Let me tell yours.