It’s Live – Jumping Off The Rocks Positano

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It’s live in my print shop, probably the best photo I have ever taken!!  It’s a 30cm x 40cm limited edition silver gelatin print of 25, signed and numbered, printed by Paris master printer Toros till sold out.

The Story Behind The image

I was on holiday on the Amalfi Coast at the time at a beach I adored called Laurito. It was like being in a 1950’s movie, you arrived with an old wooden boat then teetered down a walkway to the beach that was lined with striped beach beds.

I had just bought an underwater camera and I was a kid with a new toy. I saw these kids jumping off the rocks and asked them if I could photograph them. The challenge was to tred water, trying to keep my head above water waiting for the perfect moment.

When this little boy formed the perfect cross I still ask myself how I managed to stay afloat and click the shutter at the same time without drowning.

This image brings me joy every time I look at, it reminds me of the joy of childhood, freedom, friendship, my love for Italy and all the reasons I started in photography in the first place.

You can make it yours here.

A limited edition of 25 prints worldwide till sold out.

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Save The Date – One Of My Best Prints from Italian Joy

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SAVE THE DATE – One of my favourite images ever taken will be available in my print shop Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 10am Paris time, 6pm Sydney Time and 1am California time.. Jumping off the rocks Laurito, Positano 2001 Limited Edition image print of 25 signed and numbered, silver gelatin hand print 30 x 40cm on baryte fibre based paper printed in Paris by master printer Toros.

This is possibly the ‘best’ photo I have ever taken and on Wednesday 22nd April it will be available in my print shop!

I was on holiday on the Amalfi Coast at the time at a beach I adored called Laurito. It was like being in a 1950’s movie, you arrived with an old wooden boat down a walkway to the beach that was lined with striped beach beds.

I had just bought an underwater camera and I was a kid with a new toy. I saw these kids jumping off the rocks and asked them if I could photograph them. The challenge was to tred water, trying to keep my head above water waiting for the perfect moment.

When this little boy formed the perfect cross I still ask myself how I managed to stay afloat and click the shutter at the same time without drowning.

This image brings me joy every time I look at, it reminds me of the joy of childhood, freedom, friendship, my love for Italy and all the reasons I started in photography in the first place.

black and white hand print, limited edition travel photography, fine art travel photography, carla coulson, italian joy Master printed Toros has hand printed this image in the darkroom in a traditional analogue photographic process of silver gelatin onto Baryte fibre based paper, archival museum quality print. All images have been retouched by hand.

This is how I felt and still feel about photography when I took this photo:

Is photography about truth, beauty and honesty… Yes

Am I shouting with joy on the inside… Yes

Am I shouting with joy on the outside.. Yes

The world stops and life appears to turn in slow motion, the moment appears in the choreography of the everyday, amongst the sensory confusion of the ordinary, the scene presents itself and I seize the moment, intuition takes over and I find the perfect frame.

Intuition… without intuition I have nothing… my way of feeling is my vision. I know what I want before it happens…without thought, without question, this feeling is with me every day in every waking moment and in every click.

Living life, breathing in every moment is the connection; the depth of feeling is my trigger. Spontaneity is everything. I feel it, I know it before it happens.

The future becomes the past in an instant and makes the capture bigger than all of us.

Grazie photography!

Print Details:

Paper Stock: Baryte fibre based archival paper

Process: Silver Gelatin Print

Print image size –  24 x 36cm

Paper size – 30 x 40cm.

Limited Edition: 25 prints signed and numbered till sold out

Packing:  Flat packed in an art folder and sent with a tracking number

Available: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 10am Paris time, 6pm Sydney Time and 1am California time

 Where: In my print shop here 

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” William Stafford

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Paris in Blossom

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Is there any season as marvellous as Spring?

The re-awakening of the senses after the slumber of winter, the colours, the light and the trees. Bulbs burst in bright colours from the ground and plants miraculously come alive and along with it that feeling of hope and positivity that you can’t wait to start all over again.

In the depths of winter I often doubt whether I ‘have it in me’ or whether I ‘do it all over again’. Then those magical rays of sunshine breathe life into wooden sticks and branches and deep down in my soul I too come to life and know ‘yes I can do it again and I can hardly wait’.

Ideas start buzzing, colours fill your head and inner songs beg to become photos and you wonder why you ever doubted life and creativity in the first place. Instead you are awake and inhaling deep breaths saying ‘bring it on’!!

This is how Paris looked last week when she awoke from the slumber..

Wishing you wonderful creative energy and all the beauty that Spring brings with it. Oh and of course a little romance never goes astray..

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Sending you oodles of positive energy, sunshine and creativity..

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” Robert  H Schuller

And much light and love

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Personal Branding Shoot – Joy Dreyfus

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Joy Dreyfus with bouquet by Roses by Claire

Who’s the girl behind the flowers I can here you asking?

It’s the clever Joy Dreyfus  and I was so proud and honoured to do this personal branding shoot for her new business.

Joy is born and bred in Paris (yes they do exist), is the ex-fashion editor for Officiel magazine and has a black book that all of us would kill to get our hands on. The great news she has put it to good use.

Joy has created Events Joy and has combined her unique talents honed in the fashion world with her fabulous contacts and mixed them with the world of love, weddings and events to become a wedding/events planner with an edge! Bringing together a list of fashion photographers, fashion make-up artists, stylists and decorators Joy’s aim is to create a wedding far away from the cliche.

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Joy Dreyfus with bouquet by Roses by Claire and flowers in the beautiful Claire’s boutique

Joy and I wanted to create images that would fit with her quirky but beautiful style and that she could use for editorial magazine and blog stories on her new business, across all her social media and on her brand spanking new website. So we headed to some of her favourite ateliers and boutiques in Paris and first stop was the beautiful Roses by Claire. Claire, the sweetest girl on the block,  is based in the 9th arrondissement and has a shop full of roses that would make any gals heart sing.

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 Joy putting her personal touch on things out the front of Roses By Claire

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Joy at Roses by Claire 

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 Joy looking at the latest collection of wedding dresses at Delphine Manivet

A visit to Delphine Manivet is one of those moments on any girls Parisian bucket list. Imagine the most beautiful wedding dresses of gossamer dreams in a setting of moulded walls and wall to ceiling windows. Well, this too was in Joy’s little black book and has since become my favourite!!

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The beautiful atelier and wedding dresses at Delphine Manivet

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Beautiful details and wedding dresses at Delphine Manivet

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Joy in Delphine Manivet couture on the streets of the Rive Gauche

We crossed Paris to a favourite location on the Rive Gauche. Delphine Manivet not only makes exquisite wedding dresses but she has an evening wear and couture line and of course Joy always knows the perfect one to pick. Ouch love this dress.. so good it hurts!!

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Joy in Delphine Manivet couture on the streets of the Rive Gauche

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 Joy in Delphine Manivet couture in front of Serge Gainsbourg’s house on the streets of the Rive Gauche

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 Joy stops for tea at the beautiful Carette in Place des Vosges

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 Green tea and croissant at  Carette in Place des Vosges

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 Tough decisions at the beautiful Carette in Place des Vosges

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Joy in the fabulous Place Des Vosges

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 Joy in the fabulous Place Des Vosges

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In Place du Marche in Neuilly

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Joy organises weddings on private yachts like the chic Le Cachemire by Yachts de Paris

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Joy in one of the chic wedding dresses of  Delphine Manivet

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Joy in one of the chic wedding dresses of  Delphine Manivet

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Joy on the balcony of the Le Meurice Hotel Paris

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Joy on the balcony of the Le Meurice Hotel Paris with Le Tuileries garden in the background.

When you have a name like Joy it is kind of given that you would end up creating events full of joy for others. So if you are planning on getting married in Paris and want a wedding with a twist you might like to get in touch with Joy here.

Here are some of Joy’s go to addresses in Paris:

Lunch at Colette or Bread and Roses

Japanese tea and pastries at Toraya

Lunch for drinks at Cafe de Flore

Shopping at Isabel Marant and Carven

Stationary at Bookbinders Design

Decor at Flamant

Cute kids stuff at Bonton 

Body and hair products at Aesop

Perfumes and Candles at Annick Goutal

Yoga at Le Tigre

If you would like more information about creating editorial style images for your brand you might like to check out my Personal Branding package.

Sending Good Vibes and love

“Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.” Nick Cave

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Change + Affairs Of The Heart

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Of all the questions people ask me it’s often about changing their lives.

Change is a big subject in my life and it is something that has accompanied me almost since I was born. You see my parents were ‘changers’. We moved town 4 times by the time I was sixteen (for my dad’s job)  and I lived in 18 different addresses in Sydney (and ruined my mum’s phone book) before I eventually moved to Italy.

Every weekend of my childhood my parents took our family ‘somewhere new’. I was put on a plane when I was 4 with my big sister who was 5 and off we flew to our grandparents almost 1000kms away. Our parents each year took us on a holiday to a new corner of our world, whether we loaded up the Valiant or we slept on a bus for the best part of 48 hours to reach the top of Australia.

Without realising it my parents  were preparing me for a life of change.  I have now lived in 3 countries and becoming a photographer meant everyday would be filled with change and constantly being pushed out of my comfort zone. 

Excitement, newness and adventure  I discovered looking back on my journey is part of my DNA imprinting.

Change isn’t a competition, it isn’t about what others have, it’s about you, your feelings, your passion and making the life you want. Change teaches you to be humble and generous, to give more than you receive and to be thankful for the kindness offered to you when you are the odd ‘woman’ out, standing in a corner on your own in a new situation wanting to fall through the floor and someone reaches out with a word, a gesture or a show of humanity.

I have always had the feeling that someone is watching over me, that when I want something bad enough  the universe hears me and when I truly believe it, it happens. Believing is the key and the power of positive thinking is the most powerful gift we have.

My parents gave me this gift and if you are a parent reading this I encourage you to do the same, their gift to us was to allow us to believe in ourselves, that things were possible and to always be positive. My parents were never filled with fear for us, for our futures and our security. When we crashed our bikes and ended up in hospital they let us get right back on (and boy did we know how to crash). I don’t believe it was a conscious thing, it was just the simple way they lived and thought and this was passed onto us.

Change is easier for some and harder for others but this doesn’t mean that all of us can’t change things.

So here is a little advice:

1. Take one step today towards something you have always but only ever thought about, contemplated or dreamed of doing. Even if that is grabbing an excel file and working out your finances, going to meet someone you have always wanted to, write an email that you have been putting off forever and start putting change into practice.

2. The next time you see someone in a difficult situation cross the room and offer a word to make them feel included. The world will return this to you a thousand times over.

3. Give when you can, a coin to someone on the street, your time, your heart or your thoughts.. All of this will be returned when you need it the most.

4. Make a mood board of where and how you want to live including photos that inspire you and put it some where you will see it everyday.

5. Close your eyes once a day for a couple of minutes and imagine the life you want as though you are living it. Think about the details of where you are, what you are wearing, how you feel, the smells and sensations.

6. Don’t compare you, your life and where you want to go to others. Everyone is unique, we all have our own way of doing things and so do you. Believe in yourself.

7. Always be kind.

Change is a million little steps with an open heart and an action plan!

Sending you love dust from Paris.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin Luther King

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