Puglia – A Day At The Sea

 

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San Vito near Polignano A Mare

Hopefully by the time you read this I will be floating in the Greek equivalent of the water above!

I have been wanting to share some behind the scenes images of the recent Caravan Travel Photography Workshop in gorgeous Puglia so I figure the sea is not a bad place to start.

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I had one afternoon before the workshop started and I threw myself into the action at the local beach at Polignano A Mare with best buddy and workshop organiser Athalee Brown and Mr. Logistics Graham Seers (also known as super famous cyclist in his other life).

As you can see it was wall to wall flesh at the beach but hey people watching Olympics as a free bonus.

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Francesco has been telling me about the local delicacy for years, the Octopus panino.  It just so happened the day at the beach seemed to be octopus themed. This little guy caught his first ever octopus and I couldn’t resist a snap.

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Meanwhile on the other side of the cove and out the back of the fish shop the poor octopus is tenderised in a particularly brutal way. Not for vegetarians or animals (and octopus) lovers..

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Round 1 goes to the fisherman.

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Up the back of the beach in a little wooden shack is home to the local delicacy and Graham bravely lined up for his first Octopus panino.. Needless to say Francesco all the way from Paris glowed with pride..

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Ath considers taking a bite of hubby’s panino.

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Two lifeline friends who meet each day at the local beach in Monopoli. Ahh seems like the greatest of life’s rituals to me..

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Italy were playing the world cup so great to see a proud Italian supporting their team even at the beach.

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The old port in Monopoli, a beautiful boat and a rose patterned blanket.

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Monopoli early in the morning..

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Local fisherman preparing his lines, Dolce and Gabbana could certainly poach this guy for a new ad campaign.

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Where there is the sea and fisherman there is always a beautiful shrine (and Carla trying to sniff it out). One of my favourites in Monopoli.

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And where there are fishermen and fish there are bound to be sleepy cats with a tummy full of fish. Too tired to open his eyes..

Stay tuned for more posts on beautiful Puglia..

Wishing you a fabulous summer and hopefully you too are floating in transparent water.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

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PS: We are getting ready to announce the 2nd edition of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop. If you are interested and would like to be the first on the list for 2015 please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Monica Bellucci Inspired Private Portrait

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You may remember back in April I had a little give-away of a portrait shoot with moi in Paris? Well, it ended up being a tied draw as Avedon picked two names out of the hat (they were stuck together with his ‘croquettes’ kitty biscuits) and one of them was the fab Gabriella Pirisi.

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Gorgeous Gabriella packed up her life and headed to Paris a couple of years ago and dived head first in the sweet end. She has been studying to create those ridiculously gorgeous pastries that this city is reknowned for. You can find her on Facebook at Miss Pirisi – Patissiere

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When I asked Gabriella did she have any fashion icons or inspiration for her shoot her response was ‘Monica Bellucci’.. Ahh… One of my favourites..the prop gods must have heard our whispers and sent us crates full of sour cherries, preserved lemon and gherkins that we found lying around our location.

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So, gorgeous Gabriella channelled Monica Bellucci and I shot.

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Her warm, sweet and loveable nature oozes from every pore.

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Back to Monica…

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and the camellia’s were in bloom

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Giving Monica a run for her money..

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A quiet moment in the gorgeous ‘Contessa’s‘ vintage kimono she so generously gave me..

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I love this pic..

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 And what would a photo shoot be without one barefoot dance pic!

A hugh round of applause to the stunning Gabriella for giving so much on the day and allowing me to share these photos with you..

Grazie ancora..

“Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.” Monica Bellucci

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PS: If you are interested in learning how to fuse portraiture with fashion and to create emotion packed portraits with an edge, you might enjoy the Picture This  Workshop this January 2015 in Sydney.. Last places available..

Picture This Workshop 2015 – Portraiture With A Fashion Twist

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Would you like to bound out of bed everyday and do a job you love?

Would you like to take portraits of women of all ages that have an edge, are full of emotion and look like they come from the pages of a fashion magazine?

Picture This is a workshop that is perfect for photographers who are in love with fashion and portraiture and want to learn how to infuse this love of fashion into making your portrait photography more creative.

I want to show you the essential things I love and I have learnt working in fashion photography and how to incorporate them into your portraits to give you and your portrait photography an edge. You can see more of my images here.

I will teach you how to inject emotion, movement and love into your images. I will show you how  to have the courage to create the images that will make YOUR heart sing and how they will find you YOUR dream clients.

Learn about creating images for clients that speaks of their ‘brand’ for use on their social media and websites.

Check out the video from the Picture This Workshop in Sydney in 2013  and what the workshop participants had to say.

Date: 5,6,7,8 January 2015 SYDNEY

Workshop: Limited to 12 photographers

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What’s in Store for you:

4  day workshop with 50 percent of the time on location shooting

2 styled sessions featuring 6 different fashion portrait looks in two exclusive locations in Sydney with top fashion make-up/hair stylists and using subjects across a variety of ages.

Workshop limited to 12 photographers so that each group will have a small number of photographers working at a time with each model. There will be plenty of time for each person to work with the models on their own to create images for their portfolio.

Learn Carla’s secrets to using beautiful natural light and her techniques for working with real people, posing and creating emotion.

During the shoots you will be mentored by Carla, photographer Loc Boyle and one of Australia’s leading make-up artists. All groups will be supervised during shooting.

Learn Carla’s workflow, Photoshop techniques and the behind the scenes of a portrait business.

Jump on the train of one of the world’s latest portrait trends.. See this article in the New York Times.

I promise you will fall in love with photography and leave with beautiful images, new skills, a photography community and oodles of enthusiasm!!

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day.

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Investment $4600 AUD

REGISTRATION CLOSES 4TH AUGUST 2014

To register please get in touch with Workshop Co-ordinator Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Hope to see you in Sydney.

Carla x

Here’s what the previous participants said

Have a look at Carla Coulson’s work here

Have a look at Loc Boyle’s work

Have a look at last year’s video

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MINIMUM COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and know how F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speeds work.

Have a basic understanding of Photoshop

Have access to a SLR digital camera, one lens, cards and a lap top computer.

IDEAL FOR:

For portrait/wedding photographers who currently have a business but who would like to create have an edge over the competition.

Photographers who would like to transition to a knew career as a portrait photographer and who would like the whole story before they jump in.

Anyone interested in portraiture who want to create unique beautiful natural lit portraits.

REGISTRATION CLOSES 8TH AUGUST 2014

Full details here 

Investment $4600

 All enquiries please get in touch with Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Hope to see you in Sydney

Carla x

PICTURE THIS

 

Flower Girl

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Gorgeous and clever Sara Dobson is not only sunshiney but a talent to boot.

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Former dancer at one of Paris’s most prestigious cabarets, Le Lido de Paris, Sara has turned her talent to creating beautiful blooms in silk and you can see some of her creations below and at her website Purdy in Bloom.

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On a gorgeous sunny afternoon we roamed Paris with her blooms and her peels of laughter..

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A quick trip to the beautiful Tuileries as the sun died..

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Cate Blanchett kept springing to mind.

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and we couldn’t resist a pic in front of the Louvre with the last light of the day..

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Beautiful Sara and a perfect white rose she created..

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Adore her profile..

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Heavenly balcony…

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She’s got a point, everything is better in French…

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On the streets..

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One for hubby..

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One for Carla ..

A huge thanks to Sara for allowing me to share these pics with you and don’t forgot if you are in Australia check out her beautiful blooms at Purdy in Bloom and her Facebook page here

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

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PS: We will be releasing details soon of the upcoming Sydney Picture This Workshop this Jan 2015. If you like to be first on the list please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

 

The Artist’s Muse(s) – A Private Portrait Shoot in Paris

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Do you have a friend that you have known since childhood?

With whom you literally grew up with, shared your inner most hopes, fears and dreams with and together laughed your hearts out over the silliest things?

I have the great fortune to know this feeling, to have had a ‘bestie’ since childhood with whom I still talk to a couple of times a week and we still laugh about the things we did when we were twelve and trade secrets knowing they will remain in our childhood vault . Love ya Ath.

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When the beautiful Emily (in the black dress below) arrived with her lifelong friend Oliva dragging enormous suitcases and laughing their heads off it reminded me what a gift it is in life to have a friend.

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Sweet Emily, as a surprise for Olivia’s wedding, offered a fun shoot together and for me it was a photographer’s dream. Two gorgeous gals with  heavenly wardrobes, a shoe collection that would have any Christian Louboutin fan gasping for air and a dream Parisian artist’s atelier just the way you always imagined it would be.

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The atelier loved the girls and the girls loved the atelier! It was a match made in heaven..

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Olivia in one of her to-die-for outfits, she picked up the lace collar in a flea market in St. Remy..

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Too cute.

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For those who love vintage pieces, you will understand that there are some purchases that are totally impractical, you know you will probably never wear them but you just can’t walk out of the shop without them.  This antique wedding dress and the beautiful stool finally met again after all those years!

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Divine..

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There are days as a photographer when you feel things come too easily, this was one of them. It was as though the artist’s atelier and the flowering camellia tree just needed the gorgeous Em in a black dress with a perfect red lip and a high ponytail to complete the pic.

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Liv Tyler move on over..

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Or should I say Demi Moore..

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Whilst it poured outside floor to ceiling glass windows saved the (photographers) day..

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From the outside looking in…

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Heavenly Em..

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Ohhh and every girl needs at least one Helmut Newton inspired pic with their bestie for the archives..

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or two..

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love this..

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and this..

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Olivia..

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and that skirt!

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So lucky to have shared this day and the joy of these two great girls..

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Ohh and every gal when they are old and grey needs a photo like this (with bunny ears piggy backing their best friend) to remind them how it felt to be young and share the priceless gift of friendship.

Love you gals!!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

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