Melissa Jones

As far back as I can remember, I've played with cameras. My father had a passion for photography, and I was constantly swiping his cameras and using them myself. My parents gave me my first camera in 8th grade, a Kodak Disc 4000. Since then, it seems I've always had a camera in my hand, but I didn't develop a true passion for photography until several years later.

One of the biggest influences has been my involvement in the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas. A friend encouraged me to become a member in 2010, and I realized just how far I had to go in developing my skill. But I was surrounded by others who shared not only my passion, but their knowledge. Over the years, I've gone from being a student to being an instructor, though I continue to learn about photography every day. Today, I am a PSNWA Fellow and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and I could not be more proud to be a part of this organization. (If you're interested, visit

As for my photography, I can still be seen almost constantly with a camera in my hand, but now, I use a Nikon DSLR most of the time, an iPhone some of the time and one of my antique cameras any chance I get. My passion for photography, as you will see, spans many genres, those my favorites are weather photography, architectural photography, bridge photography, landscape photography and photography with antique cameras.  The primary purpose is to tell the stories these photographs capture before they're gone. I hope you enjoy them.