My name is Melissa but no one really calls me that, it’s either, Missy, Smudge or Millsy, so take your pick.
I’m Australian with Italian parents and have been living in New Zealand for the past 3 years. This place captured my heart and I now have two places I call home.
I’m passionate as hell about my family and life. Being Italian it comes with my genetics. I love hard and feel loads.
Along with being passionate I’m curious as hell. So curious that I tattooed the word on my arm to never forget what drives me in life. Questions are how I learn.
I’m a mother to my two beautiful Sonny and Ivy. I never really yearned to be a mother but now I couldn’t imagine life any other way. Watching them grow is a privilege and being able to document their lives sets my soul on fire.
I fell into photography after searching for my own wedding photographer. I had always been in a creative field working in jobs like running a fashion magazine for a UK department store and working at the BBC in TV production but never thought I would have my own business based on creativity. I still pinch myself that I get to do what I do.
Photographing weddings is close to my heart. I love a wedding day, I get to step into peoples lives and get a taste of who they are and get to know their love story, which excites me to no end.
But besides weddings, photography is my go to in life. My journey with this craft is in it’s eighth year and I couldn’t be happier to do what I do. It helps me see the world and make sense of how I feel. Sometimes there are frustrations and doubts about who I am as an artist but these days I just let those things come along for the ride but they don’t have the power like they use to. I’m constantly pushing myself because I love this craft and I’m grateful for the way it challenges me.
About my work
Photography is not just a job for me. It's a way to step into people's stories, walk with them through one of the most exciting seasons of their lives. To feel all the feels alongside them.
As time has gone on I've realised there are certain types of weddings that set my soul on fire.
I'm about the real stuff. I love it when couples want a wedding that represents who they are and not what they are expected to do. When they appreciate documentary type photographs and want to capture the day for how it unfolds, from those heartfelt moments to the quirky, and everything in between.
I want be by your side to capture it all and I want to have fun in the process.
When you meet me I'll feel like an old friend, because being with people is seriously what I do best. I'm crap at many things but people are my thing.
And because of this you'll trust me, which means we'll get those natural shots you're after. All you have to do is be present and enjoy your day. Every magical second of it.