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Italy Like You have Never Seen It

Italy Like You Have Never Seen It

Italy Like You Have Never Seen It

All photos copyright Carla Coulson

Dear Photography Enthusiasts,

I love Italy from the tip of the Alps to the heel of the boot and everything in between but without a doubt the region of Puglia is a deal breaker.

When I first visited Puglia almost 15 years ago it was pure wonderment for me. Tomato ‘salsa’ laid out on beautiful white stone steps drying in the sun, families gathered around a big table in olive fields lunching together and white stone streets I couldn’t have imagined if I had tried.

Italy Like You Have Never Seen It

Italy Like You Have Never Seen It

I have had the pleasure of visiting Puglia a couple of times a year because my hubby was born there and still has all of its charm, honesty and wonderment beautifully intact.

It’s ‘off the beaten track’ feel is one of the reasons I chose it for the Visionary – Storytelling workshop in June. It’s a place that makes you fall in love and ever so sad to leave, that gives more than it takes and incites you to whip out your camera at every street corner.

Italy Like You Have Never Seen It

All photos copyright Carla Coulson

One place has become available on the June 2017 workshop and if you feel like travelling to a magical part of the world, to take your photos to a whole new level and be part of a fabulous group you can check out all the details HERE or email me at workshops@carlacoulson.com

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The Best Flower Delivery On Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Dear Friends,

Valentine’s Day and I have had a very strange relationship.

When I was single, it was one of those days I wanted to skip straight across. I dreaded (but hoped) that a delivery might arrive at the office, someone would surprise me who secretly fancied me (dream on) or serendipity would step in and the guy at the local café would pass me a bloom.

Well, none of that ever happened!! And I have learnt there is far more important things to do than wait around for someone to love me. Like loving myself.

Valentine's Day

 

So gals, if you have an aversion to waiting around on Valentine’s Day and want the power back, deserve to treat yourself because you are fabulous or you have a beautiful daughter, niece or friend who needs a bunch, my ‘Jeune Fille En Fleur’ series has a  15% DISCOUNT for JUST 24 HOURS will be the best Valentine you have ever had or gave

Valentine's Day

With the code: lovethyself on checkout you will receive a 15% discount.

And for Valentine’s Day I have added a new gal titled I Saw You Standing There.

You can start the love HERE NOW.

Sending you a big bunch

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carla coulson, best year of my life, raise your rates, photographers life, creative coach

The Best Compliment of 2016

The Best Compliment

Dear Friends,

I had a great year last year.

For so many reasons, I became a life coach, stretched my photography business to places I never believed it could go, travelled, laughed, learnt and most importantly had my beautiful niece work with me for most of the year.

Yes, folks that is what dreams are made of, or at least for me.

For 15 years I have harbored the fantasy that those little munchkins I left behind in the year 2000 and who were the stars of Italian Joy, would one day grow up and want to come to Europe and hang out with Aunty Carla.

Well, I can safely safe folks, dreams do come true. I have had the fortune to have more than one dream come true and having my darling Eliza by my side was possibly the best one.

We travelled, we photographed, we laughed, we cried, we ate ice-cream and did crazy selfies in old fashioned photo booths in Florence, she taught me stuff and I returned the favour. Not only did she come but so did her beautiful sisters, her fab cousins and her mother. What a year!

The Best Compliment

At the end of the year it felt all too good to be true. It was hard to let her go but I know she has great things coming her way.

Just as she was about to go we had a little chat and she gave me the biggest compliment of 2016. She told me ‘I don’t care what people think of me’!

For a minute I was almost offended and then she explained, “no matter who you are with on a shoot, (including some famous folk) you goof around and make a fool of yourself and you don’t decide things based on what other people think you.”

After I got use to this compliment, I felt proud that I had the chance to show someone (without knowing it), its ok to stand up and be who you are, to stand in the power of being truly you, to live your life the way you always wanted to, as my authentic self.

If I gave her just one gift last year, this was my proudest moment.

The Best Compliment

And boy do I know the road well to being that comfortable with myself.

I too would love to pass this onto you too, if you want to make 2017 the best year of YOUR life, un-lock the recipe to your greatness, I have just 3 places left for the coming six months.

If you want to flip your career, stretch what you are doing further than you have ever taken it before, raise your prices and get out of exhaustion or overhaul your current creative business I would love to help you. You can check out the details HERE or get in touch with me her for a chat HERE.

I would love to help you make your dreams a reality.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

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Ps.. If you have a creative business and want to stay in touch you can join my private Facebook group HERE.

Travel Photography Workshop Puglia June 2017 – One Place Available

Travel Photography

Travel Photography

Dear Friends,

If you have dreamed about travelling to the heel of the Italian boot whilst improving your photography skills but have never found the right occasion, I have it for you.

One place has become available on my Visionary – Creative Storytelling Workshop in Puglia. Six full days of photography and travel,  June 10 – 17th  2017 based  in Martina Franca and visiting nearby villages to put all the techniques and concepts taught in the workshop into practice.

Travel Photography

Travel Photography

There will be in-classroom lessons and plenty of time outside practicing, learning and photographing the local life.

If you are feeling spontaneous and would love to discover this part of Italy with myself and my super team and a group of like-minded souls click HERE for full details or get in touch with as us workshops@carlacoulson.com

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How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Portrait of Kate Taylor Stylist shot at 1/50 sec

Copyright Carla Coulson

 

Dear Photographers and Lovers of Life,

Though portraiture can look easy, creating a connection with your subject can sometimes be a challenge. Many people have a chronic fear of being photographed in particular I have found women to be more sensitive than men.

I have worked with models and loads of people on the street and I have noticed the great images come from those that have ‘let go’, the ones that have no fear, that are willing to play, to make an idiot of themselves and ‘to dance as though no-one is watching’.

Emotion doesn’t come just from the eyes and the face, our bodies are a vital part of the emotional story. The way we place our hands, our heads, the ‘shape we create with our body’, how we sit and the movement of our body tells its own story. If your body is tense, the camera sees it.

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Fashion shoot – movement shot at 1/500 sec 

Copyright Carla Coulson

 

I am a fan of all emotion, it can be happiness, joy, frustration, questioning, fear, what is important is that in an image there is real ‘connection’ and this comes through in the photo. Our job as a photographer is to create this connection, it isn’t enough to have a pretty photo with nice light and nice composition and a dead subject!

So if your subject is paralysed with fear or doesn’t know how to pose (who does) then YOU dear photographer need to charm them, to put them at ease, make the experience fun and have a secret booty of poses that will make anyone look good. Think about an appropriate emotion that will give strength to the story you want to tell.

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Market worker Palermo Italy shot using low aperture such as F2.8 and and Greek Lady Amorgos

Copyright Carla Coulson

HERE’S WHAT I DO – ON THE STREET

  1. I always talk with my subjects before whipping out the camera. Make small chat about the fruit, weather or ask directions.
  1. I buy something small like fruit or veg and then ask can I take a photo.
  1. I ask my subject to do something ‘as an action’ so they are occupied and I have the chance of getting a natural looking shot. I ask them to do it over again till I have want I want.
  1. I say dumb stuff that makes them laugh.
  1. I love when the person I am shooting suggests something, you never know what might happen.
  1. I know what I want before I shoot so I will ask them to do that, chat with them, flirt with them to get the emotion that I think is possible.

 

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Portrait shot at 1/15 sec

Copyright Carla Coulson

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Portrait shot at 1/15 sec

Copyright Carla Coulson

 

IN A PORTRAIT SHOOT

  1. Portraiture is all about trust. If someone trusts you then they will do what you ask them to do even if it sounds strange.
  2. I build trust, I speak with my clients before the shoot and listen to their ideas.
  3. I work towards a combined vision so the client feels part of it and is excited about the shoot
  4. I make sure they are an ideal client.. How do I know this? Most of their emails start with ‘Hi Carla, I really love your work…’ for me this is the first sign of trust and means we can have a great time together.
  5. I never get the camera out straight away, I always talk to them and make them feel like they are hanging out with a friend.
  6. The first shot depending on the person, I will ask them to do something really simple that takes their mind off me.
  7. I never ask them to stand simply on their own (the hardest thing for a non-model to do)
  8. As I feel like they are gaining confidence I get gamer and gamer with my requests!!!

 

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

Making silly comments to Sonia Choquette this is her reaction

Copyright Carla Coulson

TECHNICAL TIPS

  1. I love to use slow shutter speeds. I ask my subject to do simple movements and it can create magic. See top shot. 1/50 sec
  2. I get them moving, using a shutter speed of 1/500 sec so that I can freeze their movement and get them walking or running.
  3. Low depth of field can create beautiful emotion and isolate your subject from the background
  4. I am not afraid of a really slow shutter speed to create purposeful camera shake and blur.
  5. If I know I want to say something silly I make sure I am ready to go, know my shutter speed and have my client in focus.

 

How To Create Emotions In Your Photos

left Horsing around with Wayne Chick– right shot for Cestmarobe getting my model moving

Copyright Carla Coulson

I hope this helps you working with people and creating emotions in your photos.

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” Roger Ebert

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