About Melissa

From humble beginnings taking snaps of her friends on throwaways as a kid, Melissa has graduated to shooting some of the highest profile artists and musicians out there. In true gonzo style, Missa (as she is known by her friends) has honed her craft at countless parties and kick ons, to capture her subjects at their most honest and spontaneous. Candid yet composed, fragile yet bold, her style is distinctive yet perfectly suited to catching a wide range of photographic disciplines.

While many purists shy away from digital manipulation, Melissa embraces the creativity and possibilities her software provides. Seeing the world through a detailed eye, she uses innovative post-production to generate unique and dramatic results.

Making her bones in Melbourne with The Operatives, and going on to shoot Melbourne Music Week, Laneways and Let Them Eat Cake, she has staked her claim as a go to freelance photographer in the Australian music scene, numbering Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky and The XX among her ever growing list of subjects.

Never one to sit still, Missa continues to collaborate with a rich pool of Melbourne’s artists, graphic designers, illustrators and other creatives, adding her contemporary flair to produce alluring and provocative visual works.


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Melissa's Favourite Product

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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The Canon EOS 5D Mk III Digital SLR delivers the best of everything: unsurpassed image quality, high-performance operation, and a range of advanced and creative features that will whet the appetite of any advanced amateur or professional photographer. The EOS 5D Mark 3 DSLR delivers images like you have never experienced before, as a result of the incredible 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor and fast DiG!C5+ image processor. You'll be able to push your photography to new heights with numerous creative features such as HDR and Multiple Exposure modes.

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