We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I loved taking these photos of the beautiful Ashley.  She is leaving Australia at the end of January to spend an exciting 14 months dancing at Tokyo Disneyland, following two years teaching at the National Theatre Ballet School in St Kilda.  I met her at the start of 2012, when my daughter joined her class.  Ashley was awarded her Diploma of Arts (Classical Dance) at the school, and has danced with The Melbourne Ballet Company and Melbourne Opera.

We will miss her very much while she’s away.  She is an absolutely gorgeous person, wonderful teacher, and Sophia adores her!  We wish her all the best on this new adventure, and can’t wait to visit her in June.

M x

Ashley 1

Ashley 2

Ashley 3

Ashley 4

Ashley 5

Ashley 6

Ashley 7

Ashley 8

Ashley 9

Ashley 10

Ashley 11

Ashley 12

Ashley 13

Ashley 14

Many thanks for the assistance of Cristy Walker
Wardrobe & Styling Mel Riddell

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  1. Jody Ryan January 20, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    Mel these are jus beautiful. For me these are some of my favourite images of yours. Just wonderful to see.

  2. Jane D January 20, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    stunning! I want more!

  3. Mish January 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Divine work Miss Mel! xxxx

  4. mary January 21, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    Mel, these are simply stunning!

  5. Margo Plowright January 21, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Mel these ballet shots are the best photos you have done clearly stunning. hugs margo x

  6. Roberto January 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Just extraordinary, that dance is the fruits of hard work and perseverance, the hours of a constant discipline, so beautiful I salute your efforts.

  7. Jen March 12, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    Gosh – what beautiful work Mel – you sure have found your place and I’m loving it! xx

  8. Mary March 13, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    I adore this! So pretty and soft!

  9. crystal lynn March 13, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    I absolutely adore these images. Such a pretty girl and beautiful images!

  10. Stephanie necessary March 13, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Love! Fantastic location, and gorgeous model!

  11. Shuanna Ewing March 13, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Beautiful photos!! I love photos w dancers and hope to do one someday.

  12. Las Vegas Portraits March 13, 2014 at 2:56 am #

    These are lovely portraits xoxo

  13. Kristie Robin March 13, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    this is beautiful <3

  14. Jessica Downey March 13, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Wow! I love the crisp yet dreamy feel to these.

  15. melriddell April 22, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Thank you everyone for your lovely words!! This is one of my most favourite shoots, so it makes me very happy that you all love it too! xx

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