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Fashion Inspired Portrait Give-Away In Paris

CARLA COULSON PORTRAIT PARIS GIVE-AWAY 2014 2 Spring in Paris has showered us with her pretty blossoms and glorious sunny days and to celebrate the return of the ‘light’ I am giving away a fashion inspired portrait for two in Paris.

I am saying thanks to you and all the fabulous people who have supported this blog throughout the years  and I would like to show my gratitude by giving away a portrait for two in Paris with a fashion twist complete with hair and make-up and a tonne of fun.

You guys are the best!


Here’s the prize:


Shine is a fashion inspired portrait tailor-made for you, where you and a loved one are the inspiration to create timeless beautiful images with a contemporary edge that could easily grace the cover of your favourite magazine.

Your private shoot on the streets of Paris or in one of its fabulous gardens is a moment of French glamour, femininity and celebration of your beauty. Complete with a fashion hair and make-up artist, cool art direction and loads of fun and laughter. The shoot lasts up to 3 hours but the memories and photos will last a lifetime.

• Carla’s pre-planning, preparation, time and talent during the shoot

• Outdoor shoot on the streets of Paris or in one of it’s fabulous gardens

• Post-production of the images

• Hair and make-up for 2 people and make-up artist’s time during the entire shoot

• A hand made linen folio box (acid free) including 15 fine art prints on Hahnemuhle paper measuring 20 x 30cm signed and dated (you choose which ones)

• Full set of the final edited high resolution jpeg images on a USB from the shoot that you are welcome to use to reprint, create your own photo book or use in social media.

• Private online album of edited images from the shoot so you can make your final print selection.

• Right to use the images for your internet presence

• Freight of your folio box and USB to your home anywhere in the world

• Portrait to be taken prior to 1st October 2014 in Paris subject to my availability and booked dates

• If you win and can’t make it to Paris you can re-gift it to a friend or family member


Here’s how to enter…

1. Share this post or mention this give-away on your Blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

2.  Subscribe or be a subscribeto Carla Loves Photography… (don’t forget to verify your subscription)

3. Like Carla Loves Photography on Instagram or Facebook.

Here’s the good news, the more times you ‘share’ this giveaway on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter  the more times your name will put into the barrel for the final draw and chance to win a fabulous portrait.  If you mention the giveaway on your blog… that’s an extra chance too… (make sure to let me know so I can enter your name more than once)

Competition Closes: Wednesday 26th March 11am Paris Time

What isn’t included: Please note that flights, wardrobe and accommodation are not included. 

Best of luck to everyone

‘I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.’ Frida Kahlo




PS: Share this post for an extra chance to win and share the love.

Backstage at The Picture This Workshop 2014

Picture This Workshop

I am so happy to share with you some behind the scenes pics from the 2nd Edition of Picture This Portrait/Fashion Workshop in Sydney this January.

Twelve great photographers participated, 9 fabulous ‘real’ people models, 2 make-up artists, a stylist, Athalee the super workshop organiser and her assistants, the fab Loc Boyle (super Parisian photographer) and moi. We shared four great days of photography, fun, delicious food and laughter in 3 different locations, snapping, chatting and practising.

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

There were big hair and dresses..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson Gorgeous gals..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And big smiles..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

There was inspiration..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And hair and make-up..

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And Ironing..

Picture This Carla Coulson Workshop

And a little ‘Saint Tropez’  inspiration..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

Did I mention the laughter?

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And sailor salutes..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And Hippy chicks..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

Even freezing still manages to look good..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

More beautiful Hippy chicks..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson


Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And sirens..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

Day 1.. Theory

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

Waiting for the photographers and the workshop to start..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

Some surprises..

Picture This Workshop Carla Coulson

And loads of photos..

I walked away from this workshop with a smile a mile wide, a heart filled with happiness and re-energised from the positive energy of great people doing what they love.

So my heart felt thanks to everyone who participated, each and everyone of you made these four days unforgettable and to everyone who worked on the workshop.. 21 gun salute to all of you!!

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” David Frost
Love and thanks




PS: If you would like to go on the list for next years workshop please get in touch with us at A place will be reserved for you when the workshop registration opens later in the year..

Creating A Young Opera Singer’s Portfolio


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

I loved every minute of this job, planning it, discussing it, dreaming about it, choosing the props for it and shooting it on the day!

Talk about a dream job!  To create images for the beautiful Chloe Manford and her fab sister Amy, both  young opera singers at WAAPA that evoke their favourite opera’s and they could use for their professional portfolios.


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

You may remember some pics of Amy with the super cute peacock? Can’t wait to show more from Amy’s shoot too.

Luckily the girl’s mum was along on the shoot and was fabulous with a hot glue gun and loads of fern, leaves and berry to create the decoration of our ladder in the spirit of a Midsummer’s Night Dream in the above pics.


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

A different mood and spirit for this pic.


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

I love creating variety when shooting and when she walked in this beautiful dress she looked so young, fresh and stunning I couldn’t resist shooting her in this simple way to show off her divine personality and beauty.


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

More gorgeous Chloe..


  Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

A little Brooke


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

Back to serious opera moments. When the wind swept through the windows she looked like she had stepped out of Flemish painting. I loved it..


Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

More fabulous Flemish painting action..


 Chloe Manford Copyright Carla Coulson

And we all had fun doing this pic.. we needed professional feather throwers from above and what an amazing job they did!!

Shooting Tips:

The above shots look simple but we planned the concepts almost 3 months in advance.

I searched for a beautiful location

Clothes were of great importance.

We storyboarded the ideas

Gathered the props, ladders, leaves and flowers, feathers, crowns,

A pro hairdresser worked on the hair and a fab make-up artist did the make-up

All photos were shot using natural light and oh I brought along my fan!

And the gorgeous girls brought their beauty and talent.. A HUGE THANK-YOU TO CHLOE AND AMY.

And their super mum worked tirelessly in the background… Thanks to you too Sallie..

I hope you enjoyed this shoot…It was tonnes of fun.

“An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house.” Marie Callas




PS: I have one day 17th December in Sydney were I will be shooting portraits, if you are interested please get in touch with me at xx

Private Portrait Shoot – A Mediterranean Beauty and Her Cool Kids

Carla Coulson portrait shoot paris sydney

I had the pleasure of photographing the heavenly Julie in Sydney this summer and there is nothing more I love than hanging out with great women, hearing their stories and creating beautiful photos together.

carla coulson portrait shoot paris

Julie is beautiful inside and out and what a treat to find another amazing woman and have the honour of photographing her.

We started off in these first images with a light eye and the accent on her beautiful mouth…

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot sydney paris

And as the afternoon wore on out came the smoky eye and the va va voom within!

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot sydney paris

At times when I looked through the lens I could see in Julie classic Mediterranean beauties like Monica Bellucci and Penelope Cruz. The camera and I adored her!

carla coulson portrait shoot paris

The beautiful Julie is also the talented owner/creator of Juniorbrands and for those that love fashion like Paul Smith and Jean Paul Gaultier, Juniorbrands is all of that and more for the little ones.
Carla Coulson private portrait shoot sydney paris

I also had the honour of photographing the fabulous Solei

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot sydney paris

And the ever so cool Flynn

If you love Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith and Hugo Boss you are going to lurve Juniorbrands where you will find these labels for your kids, nephews and nieces and grandchildren.

Check out her fabulous site here or on Facebook here.

Eternal hugs and big thank you to Julie for allowing me to share these photos with you.

“There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.” Liv Tyler


Backstage at a Portrait Shoot in Paris

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Wardrobe

I thought I would share a little of my morning yesterday in a beautiful room in Paris as I prepared for a shoot. There is nothing so exciting as waiting for the star to get ready!

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Sitting Room

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Accessories

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Bling

Carla coulson portrait shoot

The Make-up

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Dress

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Shoes


The Bedroom


The Wallpaper

Carla Coulson portrait shoot backstage

The Mystery Woman having her make-up done by Sebastien

I look forward to sharing this fab shoot with you in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend full of love and inspiration.

“I love all insider memoirs. It doesn’t matter whether it’s truck-drivers or doctors. I think everybody likes to go backstage, find out what people think and what they talk about and what specialised job they have.” David Mamet


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