Melissa O'Neal Salvatore
Melissa has never had a moment's hesitation when it came to pursuing her love of photography. After finishing her BFA, she traveled the world making pictures, focusing on travel photography in Peru, Italy, and Indonesia, and then spending a year in Ireland under a Fulbright Scholarship. In Ireland, aside from learning to love coffee, Melissa spent her time teaching photography as a therapeutic form of communication to deaf children. Despite the enchantment of living abroad, Melissa returned to the states, landing in New York where she ran a portraiture studio, Classic Kids Manhattan, in the Upper East Side. Melissa loved working with athletes, celebrities, and magazines, but her true passion lay in photographing the families and children. Now she has a constant subject in her own son, Bennett, who is helping Melissa learn the ropes of parenthood, as well as providing a handsome model for any photo shoot. For Melissa there is no question of work-life balance. She is thrilled to be developing her style, creativity, family, and career all at the same time. After all, life is art.