From my home base in the American West, it's my happy place to narrate and photograph the intersection of people and place. I stand on my Iowa farm girl roots to shoot cowboys trailing cattle at daybreak in Idaho's Salmon River Mountains, and follow my yen for adventure to photograph teenagers canoeing, hiking and rafting in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. 


  • Agriculture
  • Local Food Economy
  • Rural Development
  • Equine
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Community Engagement
Melissa Hemken

Photographer. Storyteller.


Cowboys & Indians
Savory Institute
Western Horseman
Farm Progress
Wind River Visitors Council
Eat Wyoming
Working Ranch
Central Wyoming College
Farm & Ranch

Awards & Recognitions

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Honorable Mention

Recreation and Flora

Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest

Livestock Publications Council

Honorable Mention

Published Editorial Photography

Congressional Award

Gold Medalist

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