Paris is a dream destination for many of us. There is something about Paris – it gets under your skin and on this trip I fell in love with her all over again. Being able to do a portrait shoot in Paris was this photographer’s dream come true. Just to add to the dream, the woman who I photographed is a dancer and I love photographing dancers – they know how to move and the camera loves them. Leah is from Australia. In fact Leah is from Orange in Central West NSW (where I went to high school) and has been dancing her way around Asia and Europe for the past 10 years, currently dancing at the world famous Lido, located on the Champs-Élysées.
We started our shoot at the Airbnb where I was staying in the heart of Paris, then headed out to the Jardin des Tuileries. As the sun set over Paris, Leah danced on the Pont Alexandre III, drawing a crowd of people who watched her dance, gracefully swirling, moving, leaping, and pirouetting on the bridge. It was magical and such a fitting end to a brilliant day.
Scroll down to see the highlights from our shoot and the gorgeous gentleman who spoke to Leah during a break about the history of dance in Paris and his love for the art form.
Leah looking radiant on the balcony of my Airbnb in the heart of Paris. Hotel de Ville is in the background. All photos copyright Kris Ashpole.
All photos copyright Kris Ashpole
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Leah for doing this portrait session with me and for allowing me to share these photos.
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak - Hopi saying p>