New York City-based Director of Photography Melissa O’Brien is noted for her clean, graphic sensibility and attention to detail. With a strong background in still photography and editing, Melissa's eye for detail and nuanced lighting allows her to create visually striking images that compliment her directors’ creative vision.
Her client list includes Cole Haan, Playtex Sport, Essie L’Oreal, Victoria’s Secret & Nike and celebrity talent Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Spacey and Aly Raisman.
She has shot documentary projects for the Alicia Key's Foundation, Keep A Child Alive (filmed throughout sub-Saharan Africa) and projects in India, Malaysia and Argentina for the 100 People Foundation.
Melissa shot the award-winning short "Right There" for director Florence Buchanan, now in the permanent collection of the National September 11th Memorial Museum. Her fine art projects have screened at Gavin Brown's Enterprise and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Melissa has lectured at the summer workshop series at the International Center of Photography in New York CIty and at La Fémis in Paris.
Born in Dublin, Melissa graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with additional studies at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.