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I know this will change someone’s life. Will it be yours?


Photo Credit: Puglia 2014 backstage shenanigans.

Images thanks to Amanda Swaney, Mandy Robb, Susan Papazian, John Callisto, Stephanie Bryen, Cassandra Gaisford, Jilly Bennett

Dear Lovers of Life,

Hugest thanks to be beautiful people in these photos who joined me for Caravan Photography Workshop in 2014 and became part of my life forever.

I have a hunch that someone out there would love to join us on the Puglia photography workshop in June 2017 but they are putting it off for one of the following reasons.

– I will do it someday
– I need to pay for the kid’s school, clothes, education etc
– It feels extravagant to gift myself a week away to work on something I love
– I ‘m not that good at photography (that’s the point)
– It’s way out of my comfort zone
– I should pay the mortgage, rent and save for the future

 -I’m too busy at work
– Fill in your excuse….



How do I know this? Because so many of the people at the workshops have told me these very words but in the end their intuition over-road the excuses and they had a week of learning that helped change their photography forever.

It’s not just about the photography, it’s about you, about pushing open the door and letting some of the light in. Letting the light into who you are, allowing yourself to become good at something, master something that you might be interested in but never dared to truly scratch the surface.

When you let the light in, even it’s just a crack in the beginning, it shines a torch down a tunnel and you can see and you are off learning about life, photography and you.




Photo Credit: Puglia 2014 backstage shenanigans.

Images thanks to Amanda Swaney, Mandy Robb, Susan Papazian, John Callisto, Stephanie Bryen, Cassandra Gaisford, Jilly Bennett,

How do I know this? Because it happened to me. I dared to kick open the door, I took a risk and learnt photography on the other side of the world and being on the other side of the world (Italy) profoundly changed me, it showed me a new way of looking at the world and getting to understand me and what I wanted to become.

In June 2014 with the people in the above photographs we became friends forever. The experience of spending 6 days in Puglia, eating, learning and sharing was something that will stay with me (and them) for a lifetime.

If you feel like kicking open the door to something bigger and better not just in photography but in life, friendship and learning please get in touch with me at prior to the 17th May 2017 when this chance disappears forever. All details HERE.

Just saying.

Carla xx

PS: All the photos are private backstage photos from the gorgeous Caravan gang! You can see some of their work HERE.

My Parents Gave Me This Amazing Gift

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Dear Flower Lovers,
I grew up in a family of flower lovers.
As long as I can remember my mum and dad had a flower garden, it brought so much beauty and solace into our lives. When I look back and see how many hours my dad passed in the garden I feel like they were hours of meditation, calm and resetting from a job he didn’t really love. Flowers were his saviour!
It’s only when you grow up you realise that this stuff is imprinted in your DNA and that without realising it your parents have given you an education and love of flower names and seasons, of different types of gardens like the generous and eclectic English garden yet somehow they managed to instill a love for the pared down and simplicity of a French Garden.
You don’t even realise you know any of this stuff till one day your hubby asks you ‘what flower is that’ and you can rattle it off, or he stops to smell yet another flower such as a Gardenia and pronounces it yet again to be Jasmine (the only flower he seems to know) and you know before you have even seen it, just from the perfume, that it’s a Gardenia.
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Over the years as I have moved from one place to the next, the thing that has always allowed me to call a place home has been the flowers on the table. They have been the thing that makes my house a home and keeps me grounded and feeling safe.
When I started shooting this series titled Jeune Fille En Fleur I thought of my parents and how much joy they would get from these photos and it’s thanks to them that flowers are an essential part of my life.
So this is an early Mother’s (and Father’s Day) homage to my folks, the flower people!  If you love flowers as much as I do and want them in your life every day, the folks at FORMAN PICTURE FRAMING in Melbourne are still framing these beauties right up till Mother’s day.
You can check them out HERE 
Or if you somewhere else on the planet, I ship Internationally from my shop HERE
Hugs and flowers to you all
Carla x

Dolce Vita Podcast Through The Lens Of Carla Coulson

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Photo by Loc Boyle dress by JKL Design

Dear Folks,

After writing about changing my life for years I have to admit I am super excited to talk about it!

Petra Jungmanova of Life Rocks kindly interviewed me for her podcast on life as a creative and well, we didn’t hold back.

The lovely Petra is a creative that has had her own wonderful journey to writing a book and finding her voice and belief in what she does.

In this podcast we talk all things creative, on life and business.

We get up close and personal on the following subjects.

We discuss:

  • Moving to Florence
  • Moving to Paris
  • What Photography did for me
  • The power of Surrender!
  • Making a decision that will change your life
  • How I arrived where I felt there was nothing to lose and only things to gain.
  • Intuition
  • Wealth consciousness
  • Things you don’t learn in photography or creative schools and college
  • My path to my new life
  • How I Got Published
  • Health and a whole lot more..
  • You can listen to it HERE...

I hope you enjoy our chat and insights and don’t forget checkout out Petra’s site and her new book Life Rocks   HERE

Many thanks


A New Kind Of Greek Island Odyssey

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All Images by Paula Hagiefremidis

Dear Friends,

What could be as rewarding as fulfilling your creative dream? For me, it has been helping others fulfill theirs!

Today is a very special day for published writer Paula Hagiefremidis, who has combined her love for words, food and travel to bring you the Mediterranean Wanderer.

This gorgeous Australian girl with passion bubbling in her veins has created Sensory Retreats on the islands of Lemnos and Ikaria for the traveler looking for a deeper, local experience. Paula dialed into her Greek DNA, the experiences she has lived visiting this part of the world since she was a child, her love for food and authenticity, to show you a corner of the Mediterranean through her eyes.

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Yes, dear tired and stressed city folk she will walk you through the fields of Lemnos and Ikaria, take you to secluded beaches with only a feast Paula could prepare, have you cooking hand-made Flomaria (Greek pasta) in the homes of the locals, introduce you to local artisans still preparing food in the traditional way, hiking to a secluded church for a morning meditation, horse-riding in the hills and sleeping in beautiful accommodation that you never want to leave.

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She will help you wash away the city, experience nourishment, creativity, immersion and the chance to explore like a local. Wandering off the beaten track, visiting places on the islands of her family and some of her most treasured places, known only to a fortunate few. She will send you back to the city inspired, refreshed and in love with her world.

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And this girl knows her stuff, she has been leading Maeve O’Meara’s Food Safari tours in Melbourne for the past couple of years, treating Australians to her beautiful sense of humour, warmth, generosity and knowledge of food. Paula also puts her food knowledge and writing skills together for Broadsheet and Nourish magazine.

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All Images by Paula Hagiefremidis

Hop on over to her the MEDITERRANEAN WANDERER and smell the sage! She has a very special treat for folks who book one of her Sensory retreats in Greece prior to 10th May 2017, a spa treatment on the island of Ikaria or Lemnos. Wooho0!! Check out her site HERE

Carla x

PS: If you would like to discuss how to make a success of your creative business you can book a FREE call HERE or check out this package I created specially for you HERE

Lilac Bouquet In PARIS – Just Arrived In The Shop

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On My Way – Lilac Lust in the 6th
Dear Flower Lovers,


I had the time of my life creating this latest print titled On My Way, in my Jeune Fille En Fleur fine art series.


Yes, my Young Girl In Bloom is delivering flowers again in Paris and to celebrate Spring it’s the biggest bunch of lilac you can imagine. A lilac cloud, that floats down the street and stops traffic, leaving an incredible scent in her wake.


And boy did we have a crowd gathered lusting after this lilac!


Lilac Bouquet Print
Jeune Fille En Fleur


She’s young and beautiful and she runs around Paris with a big bouquet of breathtaking flowers.


She’s mysterious. What’s her name you want to ask? Where is she going? Is she on a date, doing a delivery or just on the way home from the market? Does she have time for a coffee or maybe a champagne?


Men turn their heads, women stop in awe at the beauty of both of them; the flowers and the girl.


The world slows down, remembering the moment – how wonderful it is to be a young girl ‘in bloom’.


I hope you love it as much as I do. You can purchase it HERE and it will be couriered to you anywhere in the world.


​​​​​​​If you are in Australia and would like yours delivered Framed you can purchase directly from Kara at Forman Picturing Framing HERE 


Please feel free to get in touch regarding custom orders –