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Meet our gorgeous Mel! Mel has been part of Surf Witches from very early days and many of our beautiful images are thanks to her insane talent behind the lens. This is a special edition Witch Wednesday as Mel is more Surf Photographer then surfer but we can’t wait to get this ocean baby back onto a surf board for some party waves!
What’s your ticky box:
<17 years old
⭐️ 25-34 (for another 2 months, I’m banking it!)⭐️
Where are you from originally?
Grew up in the UK, but not lived there for long time! Australia has been home for 11 years now.
How long have you been surfing and how did you get started?
Probably 5 years, I had my first lesson in Bali and then went back for a surf and yoga retreat which gave me a lot more confidence.
What board are you rocking?
I have a 7’8 gun – AKA ‘Big Carl’. He’s an awesome beginner board as he’s got heaps of volume.
What conditions are your favourite to shoot?
I really love those longboard days down at The Pass, Byron or Rainbow Bay, GC.
Where are some of your favourite places to photograph?
I think you can take a great shot anywhere, because I’m always focused on the person, but I absolutely love Byron, Bali and Hawaii!
What do you love about ocean\water photography?
I am always focused on making women look and feel great about themselves. There’s something totally magic that happens when someone that loves the ocean walks in – they have this amazing power and beauty that you just can’t capture otherwise.
What do you do for work? Any cool hobbies or interests outside of surfing and photography you want to share with us?
I work for a fashion brand as well as a Fashion Photographer. If I’m not playing in the ocean I’m shooting fashion campaigns, spending time with loved ones or planning my next adventure – if I don’t go overseas at least twice a year I go a little stir-crazy! With the covid lockdown I’ve enjoyed a little forced relaxation time – when you have 2 jobs it’s important to have some switch-off time.
What has been your best surf, shooting, or ocean experience so far?
One of my favourite memories was the first time I took my camera out in my water housing – Hannah and I went out at Currumbin. The waves weren’t amazing, nothing spectacular happened, but that feeling of combining my passions of creating with being in the ocean was amazing! We were out with a bunch of SW’s, and that sense of being part of this amazing community was so incredible!
Any surfing or photography goals you want to smash this year?
Ok, I’m going to be brave and set two. One existing photography goal I’ve been working towards is to have my photos featured in a surf brand campaign. The second is – wait for it – to get back on my board! I haven’t been out surfing for a long time now (I’m always shooting!) and I’m pretty sure I’m back at square one. I don’t care if I catch anything, but being back out on the board is the best feeling! Who’s coming with me??
What do you love about the Surf Witches?
I think it’s that sense of community. I’ve made some incredible friends through this group, and knowing that I never have to surf alone is an awesome feeling. More than anything, it’s how supportive and non-judgemental everyone is. There’s nothing better than being out and everyone’s cheering each other on – I’ve never ‘yeeeoowww-ed’ so much in my life!!
What advice would you share with other women starting out?
Just get out there! Who cares if you fall off or don’t catch anything? The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun, and sharing laughs with friends, that’s what it’s all about!
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