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, but the primary purpose is to tell the stories these photographs capture before they're gone. I hope you enjoy them.