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The life of a professional cabaret dancer

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When you meet someone following their dream, leading a very different life to you; you just have to find out more.  From dance classes in rural NSW to the stage of the Paris Lido, Leah's amazing dance career has taken her around the world from the Cannes Film Festival to the Warsaw Opera, with 6 months in a circus motorcycle act thrown in for good luck!  Leah sure is kicking up her heels and living the dream. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and photographing Leah in Paris recently - we had such an amazing time taking photos in some of Paris' most iconic locations. Currently dancing in a new show in Macau while on a break with Le Lido, Leah generously took time out from her schedule to put her feet up and chat about her life as a dancer. Tell us about yourself, your background and what motivated you to...

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Rocking a Vintage Turquoise Dress

All photos Copyright Kris Ashpole

What do you get when you mix a talented singer and performing artist with a vintage 1930's style dress and a fabulous location in Sydney?  A little bit of magic and a really fun portrait shoot. Channeling Hollywood glamour (maybe even American actress Veronica Lake), Carly-Anne chose an amazing turquoise vintage dress by London design house, John Charles for our shoot.  The dress was found by her Mum and Grandmother at an antique market in Wales (where Carly-Anne and her family are from), and was a gift for Carly-Anne. Carly-Anne wanted a range of images to display her versatility and depth as an artist so we created a series of photos and different looks based around some fab outfits - mostly found in antique markets. Our first series with the fabulous turquoise dress was shot at Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street.  Not where you'd expect to do a fashion lead photo shoot but as Sydney's oldest hospital with buildings...

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Portrait Shoot Winners

Since launching my new website at the end of November, I've been overwhelmed with the response. I've received so many beautiful comments about my photography - its been amazing. Big thanks to everyone for all your wonderful messages, for your support and for participating in my portrait competition.  I feel incredibly happy and so grateful. So the time has come to draw the winners of my portrait give away.  I know I would have found it hard to giveaway only one shoot, so I decided early on to give away two portrait shoots, with the winners able to choose either a private portrait session or a personal branding session. Having written all the names of everyone who participated on a piece of paper, I threw them into my camera bag (thought that was an appropriate place), shook it up and pulled out the winners. And voila...

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New website – win a portrait shoot

I’m excited to launch my new photography website and home (and with a few little butterflies) and to celebrate I'm giving away a portrait shoot (more on that below). My other website has been around for a while and needed a new look and feel to showcase more recent work and my focus on portraits for women.  I remember one of my photography teachers saying ‘If you don’t show your work, it’s almost like it doesn’t exist’.  So true. Inspiration for my website and portraiture often comes from my love of Europe.  So much so that some of the images included in my website are from on a recent trip to Italy, including some of my favourite frescos from the stunningly beautiful Santa Chiara Monastery in Napoli. Photography is my passion – it gives me energy and makes me feel pretty happy - I can spend many an hour absorbed in it. I love...

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