Awards and Accomplishments
2013 Wyoming Photographer of the Year, Wyoming Professional Photographers Association (WPPA)
In Wyoming only one photographer is selected for this award each year. In 2013 Melissa had the highest scoring images and won this prestigious award.
2013 Is My Tie Straight Highest Score for a Certified Professional Photographer, WPPA
Not only has Melissa separated herself from the rest by being a Certified Professional Photographer, but she has the honor of having the highest scoring print among CPP at WPPA.
2013 Is My Tie Straight Photographers Choice, WPPA
Recently the photography community lost two very dear people. This award is in honor of their passing and is the first year that this has been given out. Melissa's image of a dog named Hank was a crowd favorite and selected by her peers as the best.
2013 Is My Tie Straight 2nd Place Illustrative and Judges Favorite, WPPA
A fantastic image of a loveable brown dog named Hank. Hank was a perfect gentleman while dressed in a blue tie.
2013 Say Cheese 1st Place Children's Portrait and Judges Favorite, WPPA
In mocking fashion, this young boy stood defiant in Melissa's attempt to extract a smile.
2013 Do I Smell Bacon 3rd Place Illustrative, WPPA
Tidas perks his ears in this perfectly done high key.
2013 In His Hands 3rd Place Children's Portrait, WPPA
Safe and sound this baby rests in his father's hands.
2012 National Photographer of the Year - Silver, IPC
Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition
This is one of the highest recognitions that a photographer can get in the photographic community. Competing with PPA members from across the globe Melissa proved that she stands out amongst the best!
2012 Moses selected for the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection book and exhibited at Imaging USA
Melissa's image of a baby floating in a boat upon a lake being selected, for the International Loan Collection, signifies that her work is the best of the best
2012 Montana Top Ten Photographer of the Year, Montana Professional Photographers Association (MPPA)
Melissa was honored with this award for placing at the top of the competition.
2012 Montana Best First Time Entrant, MPPA
Melissa's first time entering the competition, at the Montana Professional Photographers Convention, landed her with the highest scoring case of entries for a first time participant at the Montana convention.
2012 Moses First Place Children's Portrait, MPPA
The first part of the journey to loan.
2012 I Inhaled My Cake Second Place Children's Portrait, MPPA
This cute and curious little girl becomes one with her birthday cake.
2012 Certified Professional Photographer
Certification is a daunting process that less than 4 percent of pro photographers can say they have accomplished. It is a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence in photography and one of the highest achievements possible.
2011 Hardcore Beauty selected for the Professional Photographers of America Showcase Collection book and exhibited at Imaging USA
Melissa's first time into competition lands her in the coveted Showcase Collection with a beautiful image of an Olympic athlete.