About Melissa

I have always been a nature lover and would read about animals for as long as I could remember. I wanted a job that had to do with them, but ended up going in another direction professionally as a web developer. My interest for photography began in 2006 when I purchased my first point and shoot camera. I photographed mostly my cats and landscapes, but wanted more. In 2008 I decided to make the move to the dSRL world so I purchased a Canon XTi with a Sigma 70-300 telephoto lens and have been upgrading my equipment since. I currently shoot mostly with a Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm lens.

I started to photograph birds and wildlife very casually at local parks in New Jersey. In 2010 I moved to upstate New York and was suddenly surrounded by nature – my love for wildlife went to a whole new level. I started feeding birds in my backyard and wanted to learn about them. I joined a local nature club, started to go out on group walks and began my journey in birding. Within a couple of months I was hooked – I had started my life lists, I could identify birds and knew much more about their behavior. After around four years of birding, I can do so much more and even identify many of them by sound. They are now my main subjects – I want to capture their beauty so that others can see something that is often ignored.

I am not a professional photographer and do not claim to be one. I consider myself a birder with a camera. My photos are not perfect – I just enjoy my time spent with the birds and also enjoy sharing those moments with you.


Find my photography on:

Wild Bird Trust Facebook Page

Published in:

National Wildlife Magazine April/May 2013
How We See It…our view of our worlds published April 27, 2012
How We See It…more views of our worlds published October 31, 2012


BirdSpotter 2013 Grand Prize Winner