Photography by Melissa Salvatore
Melissa has never had a moment's hesitation when it came to pursuing her love of photography. Now, with 12 years experience in children's photography, her love has become her expertise. 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 finds the real fun in photographing the families and children. Melissa and her husband, Mike, have ventured into the world of entrepreneurship by opening three businesses, Heritage Bicylces, Heritage Littles, and A Little Photo Studio. With her own son, Bennett, Melissa is learning the ropes of parenting alongside running a photo studio. For Melissa there is no question of work-life integration. She is thrilled to be developing her style, creativity, family, and career all at the same time. After all, life is art.