Melissa McGaw is a freelance editorial photographer who specializes
in travel, natural history, and outdoor recreation.
Her assignments have taken her from southern coastal swamps to
mountain hills and coves, from the studio to the interiors of quaint
Inns, from equestrian stables to craftsmen’s’ workshops.
Her career began in 1985 when she became a photographic assistant
to Jim Erickson, a renowned commercial photographer. After a few
years she left the advertising world and joined the NC Wildlife
Resources Commission as a staff photographer for their monthly publication
Wildlife in NC. During her fourteen years with the commission, she
used her fine arts background combined with skills acquired in the
studio to bring a unique perspective to her editorial assignments.
Melissa’s work has appeared in national publications such
as Wildlife Conservation, Innsider, American Forests, Spur, Defenders,
and Cowboys & Indians. On the regional level she has been published
in Wildlife in NC, Mid-Atlantic Country, Friends of Wildlife and
She makes her home in Cary, North Carolina.