Not your average kiwi.
Adventure loving and full of life Melissa grew up in a small lake side town on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
A town of 40 people. Where wake boarding in summer and snowboarding in winter was the norm.
Her childhood consisted of dirt bikes, thrash cars and road trip adventures. Leaving behind a corporate career in her mid-twenties Melissa took that leap of faith and now has a lifestyle that resembles her childhood and dreams.
Graduating from the Brisbane College of Photography and Art, it wasn’t long until 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, Zoey Grossman, Benny Horne, Emma Summerton, Tyler Kohlhoff, and Bibi Borthwick.
A passionate traveller and fitness lover who regularly climbs rooftops for the best views, Melissa embraces each opportunity with open arms.
Her atheistic represents her lifestyle, her love for street culture and people chasing their passions and sharing positive vibrations.
During covid Melissa realised life is too short and timing is never perfect so she has taken yet another leap of faith and moved on from her assisting career in order to allow the momentum and flow to continue with open arms.