Farmer’s Table Cooking School. Photograph by Melanie Thortis.

Melanie Thortis

Melanie Thortis has been capturing life in Mississippi through her award-winning photography since 1998. A freelance journalist and owner of Thortis Photography in Brandon, Melanie's work has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Clarion-Ledger, The Vicksburg Post, The Natchez Democrat, various magazine publications and the documentary book, Mississippi 24/7. Follow her work at or on Thortis Photography's Facebook page.