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Melissa Holtz – Photographer

I first saw Melissa’s work when I blogged about GIRL SKATE in September 2016 an event hosted by East River Skate Shop in collaboration with @femmeskate & @girlsridersorg / @gronewyorkcrew in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

She’s an amazing photographer who’s inspired by women who love to be active & have fun.  Her photos are amazing and I’m so sorry for not posting this sooner.  I thought I had and then when I was looking through my draft posts I was “OOPS”.  So without further delay here are some of Melissa’s favorite skateboarding photos and her thoughts on shooting girl skateboarders.


How/when did you start photographing skateboarding?  Do you skateboard?   If so was it before or after you started shooting skaters?

I started photographing skateboarding last year as part of a larger project to photograph women who skateboard, longboard, bike, and run.

I have been learning to skateboard, longboard, and ride electric skateboards while photographing women skateboarders.


How did you get involved with shooting skater girls?

I asked around to see who knew women skateboarders and met skater girls that way. I later connected with GRO NYC.

How has girls skateboarding changed since you started shooting?

Within the past six months, a lot of NYC-based press (Vogue, W Mag, NYTimes) and fashion brands have focused more on NYC women skateboarders.


What’s your favorite type of shooting –  for example street, bowl, vert, long boarding ???

I like it all.

Where do you like to shoot – for example locations, parks, events, contests ???

I prefer to work with the skateboarder to make photos versus simply take photos. So I prefer to not shoot events where there are a lot of photographers just recording the action. I prefer engaging with skateboarders to make awesome photos.

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What’s different about shooting skateboarding then other photography?

The way girls fly through the air in skateboarding is awesome.

Where can people see your work?

melisinestudio.com or @melisinestudio

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Did/do you have role models or people/organizations that continue to encourage and support your photography?

GRO NYC is an amazing and encouraging community for my photography, and also does great initiatives for getting more girls involved in skateboarding.


Thank you Melissa for sharing and for all the incredible photos you keep taking – you truly show girls at their most stylish.

Below “ollie into the sun” a favorite of mine because yes we are all meant to shine!


Gonna Skateboard Everyday Until the Water is Warm Again

Angelina aka angieshreds shares the picture above with this caption

Gonna skate everyday until the water is warm again.

Why are you skateboarding?  There’s a zillion ways to have fun skateboarding and when you share your pictures and stories more girls try it.

Thanks for sharing Angelina & for letting us know about all these East Coast skate parks supporting the girls.

Above Angelina

had fun checking out @homage_brooklyn in NYC with @girlsridersorg ! Can’t wait for the next all girl skate session with GRO! Repost @gronewyorkcrew

Above Angelina’s at Forth Union

Skate & Culture Organization

Skatepark, art exhibition & event space, and food trucks at the Carousel building on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Pouring Rain Couldn’t Stop these Skater Girls


Last night was epic!! My mom and I drove down to @forthunionap to host their first ever @girlsridersorg Girls Only skate sesh. It was pouring rain but that did not stop these awesome girls from coming out. By the end of the night we ended up with 46 girl shredders!! I gave lessons to 2 three year old girls who killed it! It was an amazing night! Nobody wanted to leave!! Thanks to the awesome staff and for everyone who made this happen! And thank u to the sponsors who donated some pretty #rad prizes!! @pinkpineapplesurf @downbeachskate @greenoliveclothingco

Zoe Herishen reporting about


Congrats to these girls who won Down Beach Skate decks!


Now some more memories.  First a picture and a video thanks to Pink Pineapple Surf



and a picture from Green Olive Clothing Co.  By the way Olive in the pictures is 2, showing us that skateboarding is for all ages.  And she’s keeping it stylish on her board with an “upcycled dress” made by her mom.


Thanks Zoe for reporting and organizing this awesome GRO event.  More girls skateboard when they see stylish girls skateboarding & get encouragement – Zoe does a rad job at both showing & encouraging!

Please share your stories & pictures.

Lori Weinstein – Photographer

GirlSkate – Sunday 9/25


The first GIRLSKATE   –   Hosted by East River Skate Shop in collaboration with @femmeskate and @girlsridersorg / @gronewyorkcrew was held on Sunday, Sept. 25th in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

They planned for skateboarding, eating, music, and art so of course it was a huge success.

First up some pictures from Femme Skate Skaters promoting and supporting female skaters


Nice group shot followed by the winners Bombette & Stella

I don’t know what’s in the goody bags, but I heard a special thank you goes to @femmeskate @gronewyorkcrew @rockstarbearings @bigmangaapparel and @codaskateboards for supplying product for the winner and participant goodie bags!  I absolutely love to see so many organizations encouraging girls to skateboard.


Stella shared this photo and said it was a great girls skate session & she had fun.


Plus there’s a video by Femme Skate


Melisine Studio Melissa Holtz – photographer inspired by women who love to be active + have fun. NYC ☆ LA ☆ SF shares these action photos





I spy Nina in the blue!

and  Yasmeen spies Camibeast

who do you spy?

Now some photos from East River Skate Shop


Above group shots at the park and at the shop.  Below my favorite kind of picture


Once at the shop there was music by Witch Slap a Brooklyn Based All-girl skater band featuring Colleen Pelech on guitar, Kabrina Adams on Drums & Lizzi Reid on vocals.  And beer thanks to PBR NYC.


And last, but definitely not least there was art by @lily__qian (artwork shown below!) &  @_miss.v_ a henna artist.


@lily__qian shares these pieces from the event



I know amazing – to see the details just click on the drawings.

@_miss.v_   shares a henna shot


@_miss.v_   “Who knew henna & skateboards made such a good pair?”

thanks for showing us @_miss.v_


And a huge thanks to East River Skate Shop in collaboration with @femmeskate and @girlsridersorg / @gronewyorkcrew  for thinking, organizing, and running this rad event and everyone who shared the event with me so I could write this blog post.

More girls skateboard when they see girls skateboarding and getting encouragement so please keep sharing your stories & pictures.



All Good Deeds Make the World Better

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Love that GRO – Girl Riders Organization took the time to share this rad event.   The more people who know about something – the more people who can do something & all good deeds, no matter how small – make the world a better place.  Kindness breeds kindness.

It’s easy to take going back to school for granted – there’s new clothes – new backpacks – and of course school supplies.  For many that’s not the case – getting back to school & being ready for school is a struggle.

I had the pleasure to help Skater Rising build backpacks for 20 in need on August 13th in Encinitas and I’m thrilled that more people are doing the same all over.  Hope many make it out to the House of Vans in Brooklyn on August 18th and even more check out Operation Backpack.

Thanks again GRO – love to hear how people are keeping it stylish on & off the board – hope more share their stories soon!


Skatingfashionista then & now

A bonus of writing the blog is seeing skatingfashionistas grow – below 3 years ago

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and now a recent video

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thanks for sharing okbna – if the name isn’t familiar to you it’s because I usually write about him as Skate Yogi.

A friend since the beginning of the blog – Skate Yogi spreads the culture, creativity, and community of skateboarding 

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more girls skateboard when they see stylish girls skateboarding and get encouragement – really means more people skateboard when they see stylish people skateboarding and get encouragement

The most stylish people in the world are those who share their passions and inspire others to be their best.

XOXO skatingfashionista


French Skater Girl living in NYC

Today we’re celebrating organizations that show the world girls can skateboard.  Showing the world is important to me because I believe more girls skateboard when they see stylish girls skateboarding.

One stylish French Skater Girl I’ve been able to see is co2vision real name Corinne Seguin.  She’s currently living in New York City.

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You can see her on her IG account and the accounts of femmeskate and spacycloud.  She actually came with the spacycloud founder, Tati Kolina to EXPOSURE Skate 2015 in November – where spacycloud was a sponsor and offered a collaborative deck.

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Femmeskate started as a Raquel Zerbe project to encourage and unite all female skaters by putting together a series of fashion/skate photo shoots.

Today femmeskate continues the adventure by showing females that they are not alone, impacting them to practice, to not be afraid go get out there!  Supporting fellow female skaters whether they just like to cruise or learn tricks.  As long as they’re trying and enjoy it they deserve support.

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femmeskate is always working with others like my friends at gro (girls riders org) because they know empowered girls empower girls and that we all win by working together!

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So huge thanks to spacycloud, EXPOSURE skate,  femmeskate, and gro for showing girls skateboarding.  And thanks Corinne for showing us girls skateboarding is global by taking your skateboard when you moved to NYC and how one girl can work with other girls to be the change they want to see.

Save the Date May 21st for GRO & Zoe in NYC

Zoe Herishen is a skateboarder who keeps it fun and shares the fun.  She may be small – 2nd in hot pink & young 9 – but she’s making giant plans.

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Zoe works with GRO Girls Riders Organization –  the first nonprofit organization open to all females in skateboarding, snowboarding and other action sports. Lessons learned through GRO help girls not only in action sports, but also in all areas of life empowering them to be leaders of positive change.

GRO operates throughout the United States and Zoe works with the New York City Chapter.   Zoe had the idea to have a GRO event at one of her favorite parks – the Brooklyn Bike Park – which is skateboard and longboard friendly.

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One of the things I love about doing this blog is seeing all the amazing skateparks around the world.  Brooklyn Bike Park doesn’t disappoint and if I had a travel budget I’d so be there on Saturday May 21st.  And of course I love seeing girls turn their dreams into reality.

I’m thrilled that Zoe thought to invite me and share the invite on this blog.

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I love getting invited to all girls skateboarding events – and an invitation from a 9 year old organizer with a vision and an idea to help bring girls from both skateboarding and long boarding together, and to teach some new girls to ride too – Zoe might be the best invite yet!

I hope this is the first of many annual Chica De Mayo skateboard events.  And I hope lots of girls go, have run, and then share there pictures and stories right here – skatingfashionista.com.

Photo:  Brooklyn Bike Park Instagram    And yes the skatingfashionista believes all types of bikes and all types of skateboards can coexist and grow together – because fun is universal and it’s always stylish to COEXIST!

this event is Free /waiver required – click on the invitation above or here to go to GRO website and find out more

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UPDATE 5/20/16

It’s this weekend – be sure to send pictures for sharing and here’s one of Zoe skating in New Jersey – so glad she’ll be in the collage of #girlscanskate USA because she inspires/encourages girls to skate for fun!

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