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When I Am Stuck This is What I Do

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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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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 Creative Vision 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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Connect to your Heart and Take Photos with Soul

Dear Photographers,

The art of photography shows when you take photos that really excite you, light you up and have you dancing around the room arm in arm with your art is about doing the thing you love.

But many of us don’t have the belief to take the photos that excite us the most because we believe that others won’t want them or we haven’t explored and played enough to have hit our creative gold.

Skills can be learnt but what’s important is your intention and belief in what you do, see and feel.

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One of the tricks to getting into your creative flow and believing in it,  is connecting to your heart and what you truly believe in.

This happened to me. When I started out in photography, I was an empty book. I had no preconceived ideas about what I should or shouldn’t do, I let my heart lead the way. I had the great fortune to finally be living the life I wanted to live and on the other side of the world. I felt free emotionally and physically. But most importantly I was becoming the person I was always meant to be which meant I believed in my decisions, my intuition and what excited me artistically.

 

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I treated learning and experimenting like a love affair. I didn’t ask everyone what they thought but I would just get a little love rush when I knew it was good and kept looking and searching to have this feeling and deeper connection to my images over and over again.

Looking back something big happened the day I left Australia and started on my journey to become a photographer and that was I was no longer willing to live my life for others instead I started living it for myself. Waking up to the fact that my life was mediocre was painful but when I made the decision of what I was no longer willing to accept and decided to tell the truth no matter how difficult and uncomfortable it was for me and others (there were all those thoughts of who I was disappointing and inconveniencing). It was the first step in truly liberating myself from being the ‘perennial good girl’.

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Connecting to myself in this powerful way opened a window (or should I say more like an automatic opening double garage door) to my creativity. Once I had a camera in my hand I went after life, joy and daily moments like a woman who had just had her first gulp of air after being underwater for a lifetime.

From that day forward I knew what I wanted to take photos, what I wanted to see in my photos and kept searching and trying to I find it.

If you feel like there is something holding you back in your photography, ask yourself what piece of your story has yet to be uncovered?  What in life is holding you back? What images would you take if money, your circumstances and your skills were pushed out of the away?

The more you know you, the stronger you will allow your photos to be.

Sending you love and keep shooting from the heart.

 

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