Melissa is able to provide creative direction and/or follow a visual directive to communicate to audiences; her sharp technical/operative skills are coupled with artistic edge; she is attentive to nuances of color, texture, detail, and emotion; she offers on-location or in-studio capabilities; she is a warm, responsive and collaborative photographer specializing in food/restaurant, still-life, portraiture (candids & posed), events, and fashion.
Melissa is a full-time staff photographer with New York Magazine, the first in its 40 year history. She is self-taught in photography and studied Journalism and Food Studies at New York University. Her clients include National Geographic Adventure, Gourmet, Playboy, Maxim, Gotham, Blender, teenVOGUE, German VOGUE, BBC Good Food Magazine, Food Network Magazine, COURRiER Japon, Life & Styles, Conde Nast Traveler, and many more.
Client agrees to pay Photographer the agreed Creative Fee for the creation digital images and prints, hereafter referred to as Photographs, that Client commissions the Photographer to create.
Further, commissions in this contract can be described as Commercial (when Photographs are intended to be used for any publicity, advertising, political agendas, internal reports or newsletters) or Editorial (when Photographs are intended to be used for magazines and newspapers).
Except as otherwise specifically provided in writing, all Photographs and rights contained therein, including copyright, remain the property of Photographer.
Payment to the Photographer ensures the Client unrestricted and perpetual right to use Photographs in all forms, media, and manners, for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes.
Photographer retains, for life, reproduction and display rights to all Photographs for use in photographic competition, promotional materials and any publication of an original manuscript or portfolio presentation for trade or other use.
Images will be sent by an agreed upon date. Default turnaround time varies from one to three weeks. When requested, the Client may access the images online in a web gallery that mimics traditional photographic contact sheets, free of charge. The first copy of CDs is free for the client, which will be optimized for reproduction on a professionally calibrated monitor and set at 300 DPI. Additional copies of the CD can be sent to other requested parties for $10 each.
There is a $5 shipping fee for additional CDs sent via USPS, $25 shipping fee for CDs sent via FedEx/UPS and $35 for all CDs sent via messenger in the New York City metropolitan area. International shipping fees vary depending on destination and market rates.
New York University
Bachelor of Arts
2003 - 2007
New York Magazine
2006 - Present
Responsible for all pre- and digital post-production work. Comports enthusiastically, yet professionally under tight hourly and daily deadlines.
Penguin Group USA (Dorling Kindersley Publishing)
2006 - 2006
Collaborated with the editors and graphics department to generate book ideas, create layout plans as well as content, and design books according to style guides.
Editorial Intern, Photographer, & Fact Checker
2005 - 2006
Consistently debugging the site (checking for broken links, lay out errors, etc), building food film festival, vegetable, and cookbook databases; organizing contact and product lists, preparing tasting events, etc.
Client must deliver payment within 30 days of the invoice date. After 35 days, a 20% service charge will be added on the unpaid balance 30 days from the invoice date and at the end of every 30 period thereafter. Adjustments of these terms must be requested in advance of work completed by Photographer for Client.
Client will be responsible for expenses incurred in pursuit of generating the images. These expenses include but are not limited to: travel expenses (rental car, fuel, taxis, or mass transportation), assisting rates, hotel/lodging fees, and photographer’s and assistants’ meals (for shoots lasting longer than 6 hours. The Client will also be charged $0.585 or the current Internal Revenue Service mileage rate1, whichever is greater, for each mile driven while carrying out activities related to creating and delivering commissioned Photographs to the Client.