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She started her photography career in the mid '90's shooting live bands for arts and entertainment publications, then focused on luxury weddings and events shooting in a similar photojournalistic style. Over her 25-year career, her work started appearing in wedding magazines, art books, received mainstream press and featured as one of the top twenty wedding photographers in the world in 2008. As the digital age exploded, her photography career cooled and she battled depression and personal struggles for many years. Going into the darkness turned on the light of deep introspection and healing, she found workshops on love, intimacy and sexuality. After receiving her certification as a somatic sex educator she became a sexuality coach, bodyworker and a still-evolving badass shame slayer. She re-discovered her passion as an artist and started photographing sensuality in the boudoir, learning the art of documentary filmmaking and sharing personal stories from the underground. She is an activist for LGBTQ, BIPOC sex worker rights, a public speaker at events and conferences on the misinformation and conflation of sex trafficking and sex work.


Melissa Mermin

creative media maven

activist • shame slayer

 general badass

More facts about Melissa

  • Rides a bicycle almost every day 

  • Hasn't owned a car in 13 years

  • Has 27 vintage cameras on display

  • Devoted plant mom and obsessed gardener

  • Dirt or paint habitually under fingernails

  • Most creative between midnight and 3am

  • Can do a spot-on Boston and New York accent 

  • Starting to accept her gray hair 

  • Dreams about being interviewed by Terry Gross about her memoir

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