Melissa Carothers is the creative force behind Key Lime Pictures. An experienced writer, director, videographer, and editor, in May of 2015 she decided to form her own production company to focus on promotional and educational video, narrative film, and video portraiture.

Prior to opening her own business, Melissa worked in video and photography for eleven years, most notably as an editor for Richmond-based Metro Productions and as a director, editor, and teacher for Henrico County Public Schools. In the course of her work, Melissa has filmed and edited projects for diverse clients, including the Boy Scouts of America, Reynolds Metals, and the United States Army. Her work has included promotional and educational video, narrative films, commercials, video portraits, and portrait and event photography.

Melissa’s life began far from Virginia in Caracas, Venezuela where she was born to diplomat parents, and she spent her childhood traveling the world. At one time or another, she has called Venezuela, Guatemala, Serbia, Switzerland, and Virginia home. The global perspective she obtained during her travels taught her that there are always many sides to any story, and storytelling is at the heart of what she does.

Melissa is a 2004 graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design where she majored in Media Arts and Design with an emphasis in Digital Video, and minored in Photography and Creative Writing. She and her husband Jonathan live in the Short Pump area with their two children, Lorelei and Lennon. When she is not behind a camera or in an editing suite, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and writing fiction.


“Melissa has an amazing talent for storytelling. She has a vision for each of the videos she produces, which made working with her very easy. I love the video she created for my small business. I will treasure it for years to come.”
– Lindsey Martin Photography

“Loved the video so much. You captured so many beautiful moments.”
– Pamela Carden

“Simply, beautifully, amazing. Thank you Key Lime Pictures for this amazing video.”
– Brendan King