Melissa Schelling is a life long photographer and disaster survivor from the 2018 volcanic eruption in Hawaii. She photographed every day of the evacuation and created a solo exhibition 5 months later. APNews printed her evacuation story.
She photographed professionally from 1986-96 in Washington DC. In 1987 she introduced a new style of wedding photography, calling it “photojournalism without the grit.” In January 1990, she became a Washingtonian Magazine Top 10 Wedding Photographer. Her wedding photo was featured on the front page of the annual wedding article.
She studied full time at the Maine Photographic Workshops for a year and a half, 1982-83. The Royal Ontario Museum displayed two of her artworks in the 1964 Children’s Exhibition. She got her first camera at age 6.