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The Soul Of A Book

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Dear Friends and Photographers,

This week I had the most fabulous drink with two wonderful women in Paris.

We had a chat about photography, life and Italian Joy and how this book came about.

Beautiful Elizabeth told me she had read it 10 times and I thought about this all the way home. She also asked me what happened after the book was published?

I tried to explain it the best I could at the time but when I thought about it a little more this is a better explanation, this is for Elizabeth and anyone who ever wondered ‘what if’ to publishing a book.

A book has it’s on soul and like a living being it puts energy out into the world and through its own magic it brings people to you. All sorts of wonderful things happened to me after Italian Joy was published and the most beautiful thing was the courage it gave people to write to me and tell me their story.

When I was writing this book I never imagined this would happen. I was in Italy at the time and in my lovely little Floretine apartment on my own writing and I never really imagined anyone would read it!

My divine publisher at the time, Julie Gibbs cleverly asked me a question as I left her office ‘”whether I had read A Thousand Days in Venice?” and I replied “Yes”, Julie added “she was very honest”. That’s all she said, no giant big rousing speech about how I should go back to Italy and write a bestseller, dig deep into my darkest secrets. No, she just said those words “she was very honest”.

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I remember going down in the lift at the Penguin office and sort of shaking my head knowing that in those words there was a message for me. So when I went back to Florence and sat down at my desk I decided to tell the truth about my life. By telling the truth that book became a ‘living being’ with a soul of its own. It sent little messages to people that needed to hear them, it gave hope to others who were in the same situation as me and it reminded people you can have the life you want if you are uncomfortable enough with the one you have right now. And it sent me my tribe. That little book was like a ‘mother wolf howling’ to her tribe and the ripples resonated across the oceans to the people who I needed to be in touch with.

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Italian Joy changed my life. It gave me a supersonic boost in my career as a photographer and it made me realise we all have a story and each of our stories are important.

I owe so much to Julie Gibbs, one of the shining lights in the Australian publishing industry for seeing in me and my photos more than I could see in them the day I pitched my book. Intuitively she knew there was more to my story than the photos I lay on her table and elegantly coerced it out of me as she has done with hundreds of authors throughout the years.

Your story like mine is important. If you feel you have a story you would like to bring to life and would like to hear from Julie in person, how best to pitch it, what publishers and looking for and what books make magic?

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Julie will be one of our special guests at Get Published on the 10th December 2017 in Sydney along with Tanya Allen the Creative Director of Vogue Living.  Julie will share twenty years of experience in the publishing industry with the participants at this event and impart the best bits she can to help you have your story and photos published.

We would love to have you and help you on your own to having your stories and photos published in magazines and books.

All details HERE

Any questions please contact us at workshops@carlacoulson.com

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When I Am Stuck This is What I Do

Photo Credit: Loc Boyle

Dearest Folks,

This is a quick little tip that you can apply to help you solve anything!

Often in life we get caught up with what we ‘should do’. This can apply to your photography such as “I should do this job” or “I should take these photos for my portfolio” or “I should become a wedding photographer because that’s where the money is.”

Our self-talk is powerful and it can convince us in mille seconds we are on the wrong path and just like that we have dropped our most passionate plans and we are doing what we think we ‘should do’.

This can happen to us in our relationships, with our creativity and even with our life paths.

I have one way of always getting back on track with what’s true for me and that is bringing it back to love.

Cause here’s the secret. If you love what you do you are a magnet that attracts the right people, the right work, the right life. If you are doing what is authentic to you which maybe taking the photos deep in your heart, or creating interiors you have always dreamed of or living a particular way you are excited, passionate and that energy transmits to the people who need your product, message or new sofa!

So whenever you are stuck no matter what it is in life, ask yourself ‘what would make you happy?’ What would be your biggest creative (fill in the blank.. holiday, life, partner, book) dream.

Often this one little question will bring clarity and you will be back in love with what you do and the world will be as it should be!

Sending love

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Get Published – Sydney 10th December 2017

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Dear Photographers and Friends,

In the 3rd edition of Get Published we teach photographers (and novices) how to break into the magazine or publishing industries to have your work published in your favourite magazines and/or publish that book you have always dreamed of doing.

This one-day Workshop is back in a new revised, updated 2017 version with exciting special guest speakers Natasha Allen Creative Director at Vogue Living, Julie Gibbs was the founder and publisher of the Lantern imprint at Penguin and two wonderful photographers who will inspire you with their stories, Luisa Brimble and Jacqui Turk.

I share my formula on how I managed to publish two stories in Marie Claire straight out of photography school and how you can too. I also share the backstory on publishing and collaborating on 8 illustrated books with Lantern.

 

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Julie Gibbs- Photography by Phu Tang

What’s In Store:

Natasha Allen Creative Director Vogue Living – will speak from a creative director’s point of view on how to pitch to a magazine, what a magazine is looking for in a photographer’s work and portfolio, the importance of story and social media and critique 6 photographer’s work.

Julie Gibbs, was the founder and publisher of the Lantern imprint at Penguin and has proudly worked with some of Australia’s best authors and now has her own publishing consulting business – will share her incredible knowledge on the publishing industry and the best way to go about having your photographic book published and what publishers are looking for in a story.

Photographer Luisa Brimble will tell us the backstory on her beautiful new book Wild created with Sarah Glover and launched on Kickstarter and Photographer Jacqui Turk will inspire you with what she has achieved since she joined us at Get Published in 2012.

Carla Coulson I share my story on how I got started in the magazine industry working with my favourite magazines and explain the components of a story, your target market, how to create a photographic story, permissions and opportunities and much, more more. How this one story  led to publishing hundreds of magazine articles with magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller and 8 Books.

 

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Wild-Photography by Luisa Brimble

 

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Credit by Jacqui Turk 

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Get Published 2017

Date:                   Sunday 10th December 2017

Location:             The School, 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018

Time:                  9am-6pm

Price:                   520 euros – (approx 760 aud depending on date of currency conversion)

What’s included: Morning and Afternoon tea and delicious lunch, Get Published Booklet and an aperitif at the end of the day

Who is it for:  Photographers and novices alike. Everyone is welcome and the information is very accessible and presented in a way that is easy to understand

Special Mention: Participants have the opportunity to submit a series of images of up to 10 images to be critiqued by Natasha Allen Creative Director of Vogue Living. Only 6 participants will be selected based on what will be the greatest learning experience for the group. Please add NO MORE THAN 10 images to a dropbox folder and share the folder with workshops@carlacoulson.com no later than 15th November 2017. The images need to be no larger than 2000px on the longest side. All images received after this date cannot be considered. Thank-you

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Terms and Conditions: Please note your place is only secure once you have paid in full. Due to the nature of the workshop there are no refunds or cancellations. You are welcome to on-sell you place to a friend or colleague if you are unable to come for any reason.

All enquiries to workshops@carlacoulson.com

Love to see you there

Carla x

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Get Published – Save The Date December 10th 2017

Dear Photographers,

If you have ever wondered how to break into the magazine or publishing industries to work with your favourite magazines and/or publish a book then save this date – 10th December 2017.

Due to popular demand Get Published, a one-day Workshop in Sydney is back in a new revised, updated 2017 version with exciting special guest speakers (superstars) from the magazine and book publishing industry who will guide you through the best way to have your images published in your dream publications.

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I share my formula on how I managed to publish two stories in Marie Claire straight out of photography school and how you can too and how that lead to publishing and collaborating on 8 illustrated books and the guest speakers will talk on everything from how to pitch to a magazine and how to have our photographs published in a book. Stand back it’s going to be bigger and brighter than ever.

If you would like to be first on our list email us here at workshops@carlacoulson.com

*update* tickets can be purchased HERE

Stay tuned for full details next week and announcement of special guests.

Sending love

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Backstage Creative Vision Retreat Lemnos

Paula’s beautiful mum Victoria makes the best model

What happens when you let loose a creative director, writer and 2 photographers on a Greek Island with the best bunch of gals to explore, push, nudge and challenge their creative vision? Then you add the locals, a great mum and dad who were born there, food, wine, Greek dancing, cats and boat trips??

Well from this great mix came a whole bunch of fun, laughter, creativity, tears, memories to last a lifetime and a new way of looking at the world and your life!!

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It was such a pleasure to be a part of the inaugural Paula Hagiefremidis’s (known as the Mediterranean Wanderer), Evolve Your Vision Creative Retreat on the island of Lemnos with creative director Shannon Fricke and Loc Boyle.

I thought I would share a little of what went on behind the scenes out on location. As you can see from the pics, plenty of shenanigans, men cuddling Shannon’s beautiful bed linen range, hugs for the locals, Greek dancing and long table dinners and loads more.

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We were lucky to have Paula’s local knowledge and the big hearted generosity of her parents Victoria and Arthur (sound more like English royalty) which made for an authentic local experience we would never had the pleasure of enjoying.

I adored being thrown into a new environment and working alongside of pro’s who have their own unique vision and story and watching the women create their own magic, whether it be styling, shooting from a new angle or rising to the ‘woo woo’ challenge of delving into their story and how their creativity could evolve. They only had fun on the outside but got to challenge what is going on inside of us.

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Paula and her parents

A huge to thanks to everyone involved, to Paula for creating this incredible opportunity, to her parents for their generosity, to Loc and all the ladies who travelled half way around the world to share this special time, they will be 5 days I will never forget.

If you would like to join Paula on her upcoming trips you can get more information HERE..

Sending love

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