I love chasing light. Moments, both big and small, excite me. I am committed to documenting the lives of people in my community, and telling their stories in new and interesting ways.

My work has been recognized by UNICEF, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, POYi, the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Southern Short Course, the Alexia Foundation and my mom (where clipping's proudly hang on her refrigerator).

I was a student at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2001 and have been honored to return for the last seven years as staff, where I've done everything from mow the grass and rake the leaves to documenting everything in sight as workshop photographer to leading, finding stories and coaching a team of 10 students. 

In 2001, I started an online community called A Photo A Day, with just myself and a friend from college, Allison Waters. Today there are over 1,650 members across the globe, and an annual get together that draws some of the most amazing speakers and attendees.

I'm a Floridian through-and-through. Born in Tampa, raised in Jacksonville, I went to the University of Florida in Gainesville before getting my first job in Fort Lauderdale at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In 2005, I was hired by the St. Petersburg Times, where I'm lucky enough to work on long-term documentary projects and occasionally fulfilling my desire to collect more stamps in my passport.

I can be reached at m [at] melissalyttle [dot] com or 813.215.8329.

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