Keith's work focuses primarily on photographing lifestyle and editorial content, conferences & events, and a long-term project documenting people at work. His favorite images are the candid photos that capture the complexity of a passing moment.  

As a former communications director, Keith understands the needs of his clients and prides himself not just on the quality of his images, but also on— 

  • Understanding the diverse character and compositions of images needed for different uses and media; 

  • Being a flexible, easygoing team player in a constantly changing environment; 

  • Transferring ownership to clients in almost all cases. Never again worry about needing permission to reprint, being refused full-resolution images, or being required to awkwardly include a byline attribution

  • Providing up-front, transparent pricing



After finishing his Peace Corps service in Kazakhstan in 1999, Keith spent a decade shooting photography part-time while working for the international NGO IREX in the US, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Georgia.

In 2010, he transitioned from his position as communications director to full-time freelance photographer and spent 27 months traveling throughout 38 countries on three continents, coordinating photo assignments with various NGOs and media organizations.


Since 2013 he has been based in Washington, DC, and is a proud at-large member of the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild, Communications Workers of America. In his spare time he enjoys live storytelling, hiking & camping, and far-flung travel.

Email: kmellnick@gmail.com

Tel: +1  202.744.1839

Partial client list / Credits



Others: National Geographic Books, American Hospital Association, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Nations, CREDO Action Network, The Atlantic, Bob Woodruff Foundation