Hey! I’m Melanie, a thirty-something independent mom to two beautiful babes— Emily (6) and Callie James (3). I love adventure and can usually find it on my YZ125. I live in Austin (but spend a lot of time in Houston since the love of my life currently resides there!) and am lucky enough to make a living as a professional lifestyle photographer.
I was born and raised in Texas, grew up outside of College Station. My country roots run deep. We lived in the country because my parents loved horses and we had several. It’s worth mentioning that before I came along, my mom and dad took quite the walk on the wild (rodeo) side: he held on to bareback broncs and she raced barrels.
Guess what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. From a young age, I’ve chased adventure every way I could, whether it was riding horses, four-wheelers and mopeds, competing in softball and cheer, racing around town in my Mustang when I was sixteen-years-old or getting serious about wakeboarding and wake surfing.
Generally speaking, I’m always down for a some good, clean fun. Life’s short. I learned that a long time ago. And I intend to live mine to the fullest.
When I started dating Travis in the Summer of 2019, he didn’t waste any time introducing me to the sport—actually, I’d call it a lifestyle— of Motocross. At first, I just loved going to the track. That quickly escalated to (1) I’m bringing my camera (2) I want to learn how to ride (3) that’s badass—I need gear (4) got my gear, now I need a bike (5) my bike’s so lit and (6) let’s ride!
Travis says I’m a unicorn. At best, he hoped I’d tolerate his love for Motocross and think he had a cool hobby. Never in his wildest dreams did he expect me to love it so much or want to learn how to ride and certainly wouldn’t have guessed that I would have my own bike in less than 6 months. I’m full of surprises!
I fell in love for so many reasons. Where to start? The experience and takeaways from this lifestyle are incredible. To begin with, hello focus factor: it requires a high level of commitment in order to ride safely and well. Then, you’ve got the community: I learned pretty quickly this is a group of people who you can count on and who support the heck out of each other. Let’s talk about life lessons: so many. And of course, the straight up thrill-factor: that feeling where everything else in the world fades away!
Riding dirt bikes is a form of re-wilding and for those of us who live for adventure, that sort of experience is absolutely crucial to our well-being.
Most of all, Motocross is this amazing thing I get to share with the guy I love.