Fast Cars + Faux Fur with Burlesque Star Nicole Melrose

I've been lucky enough to work with beautiful Nicole on two occasions now...  We first met at the great Peter Coulson's photography workshop in Melbourne where I got to learn studio lighting and shoot some lingerie glamour with Nicole. 

On her last trip to the Gold Coast Nicole contacted me to shoot, the universe aligned and we squeezed in an afternoon of fun! 


Being a short notice shoot we didn't have a location in mind... I wanted to try something different and I know Nicole is always up for a challenge so we ended up on a rooftop carpark with a brand new E-Class Mercedes Benz - something different indeed! 


Nicole Melrose works as an actress, model, jazz singer and burlesque performer. She has a studied background in dance (ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary) and performing arts (film, theatre and television) which she has acquired through local and international training. Nicole Melrose has been modelling since 2004 and has appeared in various magazines so I thought who better to ask for some advice on how to bring your A-game to a photoshoot?! 


I love Nicole’s advice and her take on performing for the camera…

“When I’m in front of a camera I feel as if I am being given permission to do or behave in any way or role I desire. Depending on the attire and direction I am given, my performance will sway. To me it’s a freedom that I rarely get to indulge in, in daily life. I’m able to become the child again that used to play games and fantasize about being a princess, warrior, animal or anything, it’s limitless. It is excruciatingly nerve-racking (for me) before I am made up and playing but I keep in mind that the playground isn’t far away. Your mind goes to a magical place which leaks through your eyes and into the photograph. I think that is a step to creating a beautiful picture. Working with Jodi was wonderful too. Working with any photographer that you are at ease with and can communicate openly with I think is another key step to creating an encapsulating photograph.”

Hope you like our pics from the shoot! Have you always wanted to do a photoshoot in a car? This was such a great learning experience for me and I’m so keen to do it again! Get in touch if you are keen! All jackets and boots from this shoot are part of my complimentary wardrobe selection.


If you want to check out Nicole’s amazing performances you can follow her on Instagram HERE or you can find her at

Until next time,

Jodi x