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Carly Dame

About the Artist

Carly Dame is a Canadian photographer currently based between Vancouver and Europe. After becoming an accountant post-college, Carly sought out a major shift; one that disrupted the lack of creativity she found herself in. She went all-in with no experience, no network, but she rediscovered her creativity, finally found herself in her work, and created a six-figure business with her film camera in the process. Since then, Carly has worked with companies such as Tiffany & Co, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Elle, Guest In Residence, and many others.

In addition, Carly founded The Modern Photography Association, a leading photography academy/community for photographers to gain extensive tools and techniques to progress their careers while also providing a platform for likeminded creatives to connect. 

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how it began

"In my past life, I was an accountant and bought a film camera to use as a creative escape on weekends... Eventually I knew I had to leave my nine-to-five."

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visual references

"Living in Italy is like a constant film streaming in front of your eyes - the style, passion, art, landscapes. It's never-ending magic."


creative inspiration

"I take inspiration from real people living Mediterranean summer."

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favorite quote

"You get everything you want in life when you help enough people get what they want"

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favourite project

"Shooting for Tiffany & Co with different artists across Italy included everything I love most - travel, adventure, connection, and freedom to create spontaneously"


triumphant career moment

"Moving from Canada to Paris five years ago without a single connection to the fashion industry. Building my career exactly the way I wanted it and never giving up on that vision."

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advice to creative entrepreneurs

"Passion beats technical skills. Focus on creating work that evokes emotion and the business will follow."

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- Carly

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