Melissa Schelling is a life long photographer, getting her first camera at age 6.
She photographed professionally in Washington DC for 10 years, and in 1987 pioneered a new style of wedding photography that broke from the tradition of staged photos. She marketed this to her clients as “photogjournalism without the grit.” In 1990, Washingtonian Magazine listed her in the top 10 wedding photographers of the DC area, and featured her photo of a swirling bride for the lead in their wedding article.
In 1982 she studied full time at the Maine Photographic Workshops for a year and a half. This convinced her to open her own studio in DC using 4x5s, studio strobes, Tota lights etc.
Now she lives in Hawai`i and photographs dogs constantly. In 2006-2007 she photographed dogs every day for the 385 days of the Chinese Year of the Dog. Her next big project is Year of the Dog 2018-2019.