Melissa is a highly regarded photographer and member of the LGBT community. She's a member of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Colorado, The Colorado Springs Professional Photographer's Gulid and the Intermountain Professional Photographers. She began competing in Print Competitions in 2018 and won Rookie of the Year in her first competition. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree.
She works with the National Western Stock Show, The Rocky Mountain Children's Legal Center, Special Olympics Colorado, The Horse Protection League, Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo, Jeffco High School Rodeo, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and The Crown and Glory Project. Her work was published in Cowboy & Indians magazine, Sagebrush Rider, Xposer, Rodeo News, etc. Her cover photo is on M.E. Tudor's latest book, Avalance Of Love, currently the number one Lesbian Novel.