Melissa 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 and olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.
She has shot documentary projects for the Alicia Keys' Foundation, 'Keep A Child Alive' (filmed throughout sub-Saharan Africa) and projects in India, Malaysia and Argentina for the 100 People Foundation. Working internationally has taught her the value of diversity, collaboration and generosity.
Melissa shot the award-winning short film 'Right There' 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. In 2017 her work formed a chapter of Ugo Rondinone’s exhibition-as-artwork love letter “I 🖤John Giorno”, in a video environment created by Rirkrit Tiravanija to screen ‘John Giorno Reads’.
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.
Currently based between New York & Valencia, Spain.
“Melissa's technical ability and feel for beautiful lighting is only matched by her eye for form and composition, and her amazing ability to help people feel comfortable in front of the lens.
I couldn’t recommend her more highly. “
- Florence Buchanan, Director 'Right There A Short Film About Tolerance'
Member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600.