June 19, 2018 /

Carly Topazio | Ballerina | Lifestyle Session

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry...

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

This lifestyle session was graceful, pure and effortlessly my style. Meeting Carly was, of course, awesome we talked about travel, family, creative projects, relationships, photography and then she DANCED. Photographing ballet is such a beautiful art and I’m so happy I was able to meet and photograph her love for dance. Carly is truly a genuine soul and would be everyone’s first choice when inviting a friend to go hiking, camping or for drinks and conversation. She’s also a ballerina, yoga instructor and a free spirit who lives life beautifully. See images from our lifestyle session.

Location: San Diego, CA.

Questions + Answers

1. Tell me about your favorite scene from your favorite movie?  I have to say that most of my favorite movies are favorites mainly because of the musical scores…. and comedic moments. That being said one of my all-time favorite movies is True Romance, and I would go as far to narrow it down to the very last three minutes of the film (consequently its also the exact scene the movie opens with). Hans Zimmer’s “You’re So Cool” plays while Patricia Arquette is heard confessing the truest, and most gritty, earnest, love for her character’s husband while he and their son play on the beach at sunset. It’s the day after they survived almost certain death and to me, it’s just so honest and pure and a little cheeky! It makes me adore Tarantino so much… I feel like we understand each other 👌

2. What’s the most interesting thing about you we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media?  Oh boy… according to who? I think maybe the fact that 90% of the time I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’ve gotten pretty good at faking confidence… most of the time 🙂

3. If money and time were not a factor how would you seek to make a difference in your community? I would create and help others create more art. And share it. Everywhere. As humans we need art, it’s so vital to us… if we lacked the capacity of being infected by art, or even lacked art itself, people might be almost more savage, and, above all, more separated from, and more hostile to, one another.

4. Who are your top three dancers and why?  (1) Marianela Nuñez- She’s not only an absolutely beautiful ballerina with precision perfect technique, but she embodies so clearly the artistry and passion that I believe drives and is within most every dancer.  (2) Frances Chung- She’s just badass.  (3) Carrie Imler- She doesn’t fit the “ballerina” cookie-cutter mold, yet she made her way to the top of one of the leading companies in the States based on her talent and abilities alone. She’s very much a big inspiration for me.

5. Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be most significant in your career?  I dance professionally for City Ballet of San Diego. Becoming a ballerina has been the one thing I was told repeatedly, since I began this journey when I was 13 years old, that I would never do. So for someone who was promised to never have a career, I’m extremely thankful to be where I am today.

6. What has been the best advice you’ve received about dance?  There are two voices that I constantly hear in the back of my head…
The first voice is my superhuman mother. She told me when I was young,
“You have to come to terms with the fact that there will always be someone better than you. Do it for the love you have in your heart and no other reason.”
The second piece of advice came from a teacher of mine at Milwaukee Ballet, he said,
“Never save yourself for another time or another day. There’s no guarantee of it, you’re only guaranteed right now.”




Wow, just a wonderful session. Stunning images, and I love the question answer session below. Gorgeous ballerina and she sounds like a solid human being.

Thanks David, she’s in my opinion the “Queen of Cool”

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