Not your average kiwi.
You can understand why Melissa craves the lifestyle she does.
Adventure loving and full of life she grew up in a small lake side town on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
A town of 40 people. Wake boarding in summer and up the mountains in winter. You’d think a childhood of dirt bikes, thrash cars and road trip adventures she would have travelled further in her years.
But cut off from the internet and struggling with self-worth, Melissa never thought such a lifestyle could last. Dropping out of school at 15 and taking a safe accounting and payroll career for over ten years, it wasn’t until she was 25 that she enrolled to study photography part time.
Melissa threw herself into catching up and soaking it all in. It wasn’t long after graduation that Melissa’s first assisting position came with Australia’s top fashion photographer, Georges Antoni.
Upon deciding to aim for bigger heights, Melissa freelanced with other top photographers in Australia such as Simon Leikas, David Mandelberg, Juli Balla, Jake Terry and Daren MacDonald in order to gain experience with different atheistic’s before her next goal, New York.
From here Melissa moved to New York where she assisted photographers such as Craig McDean, Ethan James Green, Benny Horne, Emma Summerton, Tyler Kohlhoff, and Bibi Borthwick.
Melissa has since moved on from her assisting career. Landed in London for a Covid romance of which she plans to stay and see what success will come of her new adventure.
Melissa spends a lot of her time learning new skills and pushing her boundaries. A passionate traveller, piano player, artist and fitness lover who regularly climbs sky scrapers and bridges for fun. She embraces each opportunity with open arms – only now she has her like-minded companion by her side.
Follow the adventures and photographs from Covid romance and fellow photographer David, and Melissa on YouTube.