Born in the suburbs of Pennsylvania to migrant workers, Melissa was taught to be very resourceful. From making her own clothes and props for photo-shoots to interviewing and photographing the life and aggression on the streets of Los Angeles. She attended Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began working as a portrait and fashion photographer.
Melissa's work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. She's also a contributor in FOTOFOLIO, an underground journal of exclusively black and white photography which has been featured in Europe and Asia, published by photographer Gusmano Cesaretti .
She currently resides on the East Coast where her roots are planted.