Category Archives: Portrait Inspiration

What is your dream photography job?… Check out one of mine..

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson for Harper’s Bazaar

Gawd… After sunshine and blue skies on a Greek Island it’s hard to fly back into Paris to rain and 22 degrees but coming home to this story published in this months Australian Harper’s Bazaar made it all ok.

Have you ever asked yourself what your dream photography job (or one of them) would be? What ingredients you would throw into the recipe to make it just the way you wanted? Would it be fashion? Would it be portraiture? Would it be travel or a fabulous interior? Would their be dancing dogs and fairy floss?

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson for Harper’s Bazaar

I have asked myself this question often. Recently the phone rang with a fairy on the end of it (Harper’s Bazaar) and asked me whether I wanted to do one of my dream jobs?? I figured they must have hacked into my mind’s c-drive and pulled out all those delicious ingredients I had dreamed of, rolled them all together to form Carla’s dream job.

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson for Harper’s Bazaar

There would be a ramshackled Chateau, crumbling with paint peeling and faded ballrooms. A gorgeous woman and handsome hubby, there would be a stunning daughter and super cute son and BIG FROCKS with tulle and stuff! And there would be fashion pics and portraiture, interiors and exteriors and kookiness if I wanted it.

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson for Harper’s Bazaar

The reality turned out to be just like the dream. Everything they promised was there. The gorgeous Karina Waters of Chateau Gudanes  is not only a beauty but one of the nicest women I know and giggles a lot (bonus).  She and her hubby fell in love with this gorgeous pile in the midi-pyrenees and are in the process of renovating it.

Peeling wall paper still clings to the walls, hand-painted frescoes and beautiful balustrades guard the stairs and the music room is still adorned with gold. There were old tapestries waiting to go on the walls one day, glamorous French beds and pretty pink chairs.

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson for Harper’s Bazaar

So although I have been spoilt with jobs through out the years including many fashion jobs I truly loved with the heavenly Marta Innocenti Ciulli, this was another one to pop in my favourite memories hat. A favourite because I had the chance to use all the skills I have learnt throughout the years in fashion and interiors. Kind of like gobbling a whole box of Laduree macaroons out the front of the shop.

Another of my dream jobs will be sharing the skills I have learnt in fashion and portraiture this January 5,6,7,8  in Sydney at the Picture This Workshop where I will show you how to create emotion packed portraits with a fashion twist just like on these pages. All details here .

So if you are feeling stuck, trapped in a job you don’t like and want to acquire the skills to take your portraiture to the next step this workshop is designed to do exactly that.

What would your dream photography job be? What ingredients would you stir into it if you had the choice? I would love to hear your thoughts and dreams..

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

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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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