Melissa Golden

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Melissa Golden lives in the DC metro area, but she isn’t really from anywhere in particular. Her nomadic childhood, courtesy of the United States military, has led to a life marked by continuous change, renewal and wanderlust. Her work is influenced by all the places she’s called home at some point- the brazen oddity and beauty of Southern California, the tradition of the Deep South, the storm light of rural Florida, the heady intrigue of the Middle East and the stiff formality of the District of Columbia. She may not know where she’s going next, but her pictures help her to keep track of where she’s been.

Posts by Melissa Golden:

Iowa Caucuses – by Melissa Golden

Ron Paul

DC-based photographer Melissa Golden covered the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Robb Duncan, Master Gelato Artisan – by Melissa Golden


DC-based freelancer Melissa Golden photographed a story for the Wall Street Journal about a master gelato artisan.

Sarah Ivens for Marie Claire – by Melissa Golden


DC-based freelancer Melissa Golden recently photographed a story for Marie Claire about a woman who had to give up her pregnancy in Louisville, KY.

Up in the Air – by Melissa Golden


L.A-based freelancer Melissa Golden got a new point and shoot camera and photographed the state of California from the air.

Alice Tangerini for AARP – by Melissa Golden


DC-based freelancer Melissa Golden photographed botanical illustrator Alice Tangerini who works at the Museum of Natural History….and wears a pirate eye patch.

40 Lashes for her own 16th Birthday – by Melissa Golden


DC- based freelancer Melissa Golden photographed swimsuit designer Tala Raassi, who received 40 lashes as punishment for wearing a miniskirt to her 16th birthday party in her native Iran.

Frickin’ Laser Beams! – by Melissa Golden


DC-based freelancer Melissa Golden recently underwent Lasik surgery and documented her experience in her first DSLR video. 20/20!

The Holy Land Experience – by Melissa Golden

holy land

Washington DC-based photographer Melissa Golden visits a religious theme park in Orlando called the Holy Land Experience.