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 her norm.
Her childhood consisted of dirt bikes, the outdoors and road trip adventures. Deciding to leave 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 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.
Melissa then 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 aesthetic’s before her next goal, New York.
Leaving Sydney 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.
Now Melissa jump’s between her bases in New York and Los Angeles while any moment she can will be doing what she loves most of all.
A passionate traveller and fitness lover who loves to train and learn new skills, Melissa embraces each opportunity with open arms.
Her aesthetic represents her lifestyle, her love for street culture and people chasing their passions and sharing those positive vibrations.