Melissa Rawlins

Melissa Rawlins

I was born and raised in the nutmeg state of Connecticut. After high school, I started my own photography business specializing in family portraits and weddings. Three years ago, this December, I was fortunate enough to land a job within my own back yard; photographer/editor at ESPN. By joining the ESPN Images team, I’ve learned how to deliver amazing employee and commentator stories from a unique and photographic perspective. Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed watching documentaries and reading human interest pieces. My love of storytelling is fulfilled in a place like ESPN where we get to tell stories internally (InsideESPN) and externally (ESPN Front Row). I am thankful to be part of an amazing team that touches various aspects of the company from the inside out.
“We hope that these stories will illuminate an issue or a person’s experience and help create empathy.”
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“We hope that these stories will illuminate an issue or a person’s experience and help create empathy.”

Olympic legend Michael Phelps' saga is the latest in ESPN's ongoing storytelling regarding the intersection of mental health and sports.
“I was able to frame the chaos that was unfolding in front of me”
COVID-19

“I was able to frame the chaos that was unfolding in front of me”

ESPN Images shooter Phil Ellsworth recalls his greatest Final Four moment, capturing the finish of Villanova's 2016 title game victory…
“The game-winning jump shot framed perfectly for me as my position was downcourt”
ESPN Images

“The game-winning jump shot framed perfectly for me as my position was downcourt”

ESPN Images photographer Allen Kee recalls his greatest Final Four moment, capturing Arike Ogunbowale's Notre Dame 2018 championship game-winner.
“InVincible:” Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs
ESPN Images

“InVincible:” Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs

As college football turns 150 years old today, Allen Kee remembers a hectic season that culminated in Vince Young's heroics…
You’ll Believe (Bull)dogs Can Fly: Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs
ESPN Images

You’ll Believe (Bull)dogs Can Fly: Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs

Joe Faraoni's recollection of capturing a Georgia star's head-over-heels victory celebration continues ESPN Images' weekly photographic countdown to CFB150.
Some Bliss From The Rose (Bowl Game): Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs
ESPN Images

Some Bliss From The Rose (Bowl Game): Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs

Photographer Scott Clarke's words and pictures combine with Gene Wojciechowski's narration for this ode to "The Granddaddy Of Them All."
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