Category Archives: Portrait Inspiration

Monica Bellucci Inspired Private Portrait

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You may remember back in April I had a little give-away of a portrait shoot with moi in Paris? Well, it ended up being a tied draw as Avedon picked two names out of the hat (they were stuck together with his ‘croquettes’ kitty biscuits) and one of them was the fab Gabriella Pirisi.

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Gorgeous Gabriella packed up her life and headed to Paris a couple of years ago and dived head first in the sweet end. She has been studying to create those ridiculously gorgeous pastries that this city is reknowned for. You can find her on Facebook at Miss Pirisi – Patissiere

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When I asked Gabriella did she have any fashion icons or inspiration for her shoot her response was ‘Monica Bellucci’.. Ahh… One of my favourites..the prop gods must have heard our whispers and sent us crates full of sour cherries, preserved lemon and gherkins that we found lying around our location.

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So, gorgeous Gabriella channelled Monica Bellucci and I shot.

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Her warm, sweet and loveable nature oozes from every pore.

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Back to Monica…

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and the camellia’s were in bloom

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Giving Monica a run for her money..

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A quiet moment in the gorgeous ‘Contessa’s‘ vintage kimono she so generously gave me..

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I love this pic..

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 And what would a photo shoot be without one barefoot dance pic!

A hugh round of applause to the stunning Gabriella for giving so much on the day and allowing me to share these photos with you..

Grazie ancora..

“Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.” Monica Bellucci

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PS: If you are interested in learning how to fuse portraiture with fashion and to create emotion packed portraits with an edge, you might enjoy the Picture This  Workshop this January 2015 in Sydney.. Last places available..

Flower Girl

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Gorgeous and clever Sara Dobson is not only sunshiney but a talent to boot.

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Former dancer at one of Paris’s most prestigious cabarets, Le Lido de Paris, Sara has turned her talent to creating beautiful blooms in silk and you can see some of her creations below and at her website Purdy in Bloom.

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On a gorgeous sunny afternoon we roamed Paris with her blooms and her peels of laughter..

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A quick trip to the beautiful Tuileries as the sun died..

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Cate Blanchett kept springing to mind.

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and we couldn’t resist a pic in front of the Louvre with the last light of the day..

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Beautiful Sara and a perfect white rose she created..

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Adore her profile..

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Heavenly balcony…

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She’s got a point, everything is better in French…

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On the streets..

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One for hubby..

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One for Carla ..

A huge thanks to Sara for allowing me to share these pics with you and don’t forgot if you are in Australia check out her beautiful blooms at Purdy in Bloom and her Facebook page here

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

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PS: We will be releasing details soon of the upcoming Sydney Picture This Workshop this Jan 2015. If you like to be first on the list please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

 

The Artist’s Muse(s) – A Private Portrait Shoot in Paris

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Do you have a friend that you have known since childhood?

With whom you literally grew up with, shared your inner most hopes, fears and dreams with and together laughed your hearts out over the silliest things?

I have the great fortune to know this feeling, to have had a ‘bestie’ since childhood with whom I still talk to a couple of times a week and we still laugh about the things we did when we were twelve and trade secrets knowing they will remain in our childhood vault . Love ya Ath.

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When the beautiful Emily (in the black dress below) arrived with her lifelong friend Oliva dragging enormous suitcases and laughing their heads off it reminded me what a gift it is in life to have a friend.

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Sweet Emily, as a surprise for Olivia’s wedding, offered a fun shoot together and for me it was a photographer’s dream. Two gorgeous gals with  heavenly wardrobes, a shoe collection that would have any Christian Louboutin fan gasping for air and a dream Parisian artist’s atelier just the way you always imagined it would be.

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The atelier loved the girls and the girls loved the atelier! It was a match made in heaven..

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Olivia in one of her to-die-for outfits, she picked up the lace collar in a flea market in St. Remy..

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Too cute.

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For those who love vintage pieces, you will understand that there are some purchases that are totally impractical, you know you will probably never wear them but you just can’t walk out of the shop without them.  This antique wedding dress and the beautiful stool finally met again after all those years!

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Divine..

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There are days as a photographer when you feel things come too easily, this was one of them. It was as though the artist’s atelier and the flowering camellia tree just needed the gorgeous Em in a black dress with a perfect red lip and a high ponytail to complete the pic.

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Liv Tyler move on over..

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Or should I say Demi Moore..

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Whilst it poured outside floor to ceiling glass windows saved the (photographers) day..

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From the outside looking in…

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Heavenly Em..

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Ohhh and every girl needs at least one Helmut Newton inspired pic with their bestie for the archives..

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or two..

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love this..

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and this..

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Olivia..

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and that skirt!

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So lucky to have shared this day and the joy of these two great girls..

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Ohh and every gal when they are old and grey needs a photo like this (with bunny ears piggy backing their best friend) to remind them how it felt to be young and share the priceless gift of friendship.

Love you gals!!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

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Share the joy. xx

Inspiration – Kate Moss + Marion Cottilard

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I adored shooting this beautiful girl recently and there is nothing like a little Fashion/Movie star icon inspiration to get the creative forces flowing in a photo shoot.

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She had a Kate Moss/rocker chick inspired wardrobe but when I looked through the lens  could only see Marion Cotillard!

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Beautiful eyes and perfect lips..

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A little London, a little Paris..

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Ohh and we just needed her hanging off the back of a dragster motorbike as though she was the cool girlfriend of Peter Fonda in Easyrider.

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Shhhhh don’t spoil it..

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A dash of red..

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And a twist of Catherine Deneuve..

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A sun shower..

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The perfect Parisian store..

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My fiat 500 obsession continues..

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Homeward bound..

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel

Light and love

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Parisian Rock ‘N Roll Dandy

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I have had this shoot in my head for years! A little train crash between Oscar Wilde, Johnny Depp with a dash of Tom Waits and sung by Lou Reed…

Shoot ideas can come from everywhere and this one arrived in the middle of the night.

I have had the habit whilst shooting recently of humming Lou Reed’s A Perfect Day, cause that’s what shooting makes me feel, like the day was perfect.

And this day was another one of them..

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And when these two gorgeous people turned up looking like Dandy’s my reality became a dream.

Add a sunny day in Paris and a little Johnny Depp styling and we were away. So I would suggest clicking here and listening to Mr. Reed’s A Perfect Day whilst viewing these photos!

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Perfect Day Lyrics by Lou Reed

Just a perfect day
Drink sangria in the park
And then later, when it gets dark
We go home

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Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later a movie, too
And then home

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Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

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Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It’s such fun

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 Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

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 Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

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You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow

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I’m looking forward to sharing more shoots from this year and last year soon..

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Wish you were here..

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Sending you light and love..

“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” Wayne Dyer

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