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Picture This Workshop – Colourfest

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I love heading to Sydney in the summer to be welcomed by Australia’s booming light, bright colours and sunny Australians.

What a joy it was to plan this year’s Picture This Workshop and an ever greater kick after all the planning to meet the fabulous photographers who joined me and my super team for 4 days of portraiture and photo talk.

This year we went nuts on the colour, rented a big, knock-out mansion in Vaucluse that had pink walls galore, a garden to break your heart and a beautiful pool and cabana. We couldn’t resist a little unadulterated colour and fun to go with it.

So many wonderful people collaborated on this workshop to make it happen including two experienced photographers who assisted me, ‘real people’ models, stylists, make-up artists, organisers (amazing job Ath) and caterers.

The wonderful Tanya Anic from Tanya Anic Bridal went all out and created the beautiful blue silk chiffon dress specially for the workshop (and we went wild shooting movement with this soft floaty fabric). And the lovely Sara Dobson from Purdy in Bloom created our fun coloured headpiece for our Mexican Fiesta theme and also lent us her beauty as one of the models.

Here are some happy snaps I took during the 2 days of shooting..

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50’s retro inspired glam beach theme photos copyright Carla Coulson

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Blue silk chiffon dress designed by the talented Tanya Anic  Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

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Gorgeous Sara Dobson from Purdy in Bloom copyright Carla Coulson 

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Our gorgeous model Charlie and the team on the last day copyright Carla Coulson

It was a joy and honour to teach the photographers who travelled from around Australia and from America (love ya Lisa) and it made my photographers heart beat with happiness to have two male participants this year who were enthusiastic, fabulous and took great pics.

In four days all the photographers were shooting original, unique portraits with their own special slant on it and I walked away from another workshop smiling happily to myself.

There is no greater joy than giving a little of the ‘key to the city’ and seeing you take it and make it your own.

So to all the marvellous people that were a part of Picture This 2015 a huge thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren

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They Had A Dream.. And Look Where It Took Them!

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You know how sometimes that feeling of giving is better than receiving? When you have wrapped up a present you know someone is going to love and they open it and tears of joy roll down their faces.

Well, this is the feeling I had for 6 full days sharing all I have learnt in the past 13 years with these 12 fabulous photographers and look what they did with that info!

These aren’t my photos, they are the photos of the people who participated in last year’s Caravan Travel Photography workshop and they make my heart skip two beats.

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Portrait  Copyright Susan Papazian

It is with great ‘mamma pride’ that I present their work. Not only were they twelve of the most fabulous people one could wish to spend 6 days with in Puglia but each one has their own way of looking at the world, their own heart and soul that they put into the pics and what a talented bunch they are..

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Grottaglie Copyright Jilly Bennett

This is going to be a long post so I suggest you make your favourite beverage, switch off your social media and lose yourself in the incredible of work of these talented photographers.

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Martina Franca Copyright Mandy Robb

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Bari Copyright Susan Papazian

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Ceglie Messapica Copyright John Callisto

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Martina Franca Copyright Lisa Luscombe

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Martina Franca Copyright Susan Papazian

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Martina Franca Copyright Susan Papazian

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Photo Copyright Renae Smith

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Masseria Cimino Copyright Lisa Luscombe

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Masseria Cimino Copyright Susan Papazian

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Masseria Cimino Copyright John Callisto

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Detail Copyright Renae Smith

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Food Copyright Lisa Luscombe

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Food  Copyright John Callisto

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Martina Franca Copyright Mandy Robb

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Bari Copyright Jilly Bennett

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Portrait Copyright Lisa Luscombe

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Portrait Copyright Lisa Luscombe

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Portrait Copyright Jilly Bennett

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Ceglie Messapia Copyright Mandy Robb

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Ceglie Messapica Copyright Susan Papazian

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Vespa copyright Julie Rowe

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Martina Franca Copyright John Callisto

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Polignano A Mare Copyright Julie Rowe

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Food Copyright Lisa Luscombe

This is the tip of the iceberg. I hope to share more of their images in the coming months.

If you too would like to take your travel photography skills to new dizzy heights you might like to join my for the 2nd Edition of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop next June 2015..Registration closes Monday 20th October 2014. All details here

“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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Are You Tired Of Putting Everybody First?

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Do you feel like you are the last on the list behind your partner, children, work commitments, cats, dogs, shopping, running a household and there is never enough time for you to do the things you love?

Back in the year 2000 before I left my life this is exactly how I felt. I felt like I put everything else before me and doing the things I loved.  I was always way down at the bottom of the list. I never stopped and made time for myself and what I loved. It always felt like there was something more pressing or important to do.

Well, one day I did something drastic about it when I could no longer stand the feeling of coming last.  I left my life, my job, my apartment, my country and my friends and went off on an adventure to find out what I loved in life. But I am not recommending you do that right now!

I have another solution.

If you would like to walk away from your life for just a week, try something you thought you might be good at or take your photography skills to new levels we’d love you to join us on the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop in beautiful Puglia.

We (me, another talented photographer and my fabulous staff) promise you one thing. You will be at the top of the list for a full 7 days. There will be no washing up, no organising accommodation or restaurants, no booking hotels and transfers, no-one to look after except yourself, your camera and the photos you want to take!

 

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Here’s a little taste of what it could be like. If you are viewing this on an email click here

For for the full story on this bespoke workshop click here.

I would love to help you explore something you have always dreamed of.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald

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How To Shoot An Event As Part Of A Travel Story – Procession in Ceglie Messapica

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The ‘main event’ the statue of San Antonio di Padova in the streets of Ceglie Messapica copyright Carla Coulson

I love the feeling of arriving in a new place, my ‘photographer’s antenna’ on overdrive at all the wonderful nuances and differences of that town or country. I am endlessly fascinated by the food, the architecture, the scents, feelings and excitement it all inspires.

I have always loved to travel and it was by no accident I passed the first 12 years of my photography career as a travel photographer. I knew in my heart the day I started photography school that was what I wanted to do.

One of my favourite aspects of travel photography is shooting a cultural, sporting, musical, religious or fashion event that is particular to that place.

There are many great reasons why you should shoot an event as part of a travel story. When we are photographing a place we are trying to tell a story of that place, it’s people, it’s culture, they way they live, eat and enjoy life.

An event inspires powerful feelings. As photographers to tell a great travel story means more than a sun setting over the sea, it means showing emotion, belief, joy, happiness, devotion and connection of the people to that place. Lots of these emotions naturally occur at events.

It’s also a great way of using the place as a backdrop whilst something rich is going on.

An event often has deep historical significance, it’s part of a tradition that can go back for centuries and the whole town turns out in their best outfit for it!

Oh and there are fabulous costumes, brass bands, fairy lights and a whole lot more depending on the particular event.

Before I shoot an event, I research it.

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Shooting around the event nun arriving at the church copyright Carla Coulson

These are some of the things I take into consideration when I shoot an event:

1.  What’s its history, what is the story or legend behind the event?

2. I want to know how the event ‘works’. What time it starts and finishes. This is really important in regards to shooting it as often events are held at sundown or night and this needs to be calculated when planning your equipment and degree of difficulty.

3. Where it is and is there a particular route it follows? I walk the route if this is possible looking at all sorts of vantage points where I could shoot from.

4. I do light tests if an interior venue is to be used..

5. What’s the main event? In these pictures the main event is the men carrying the statue.

6. What’s going on around the event? This often is more interesting than the main event. It could be people arriving, worshipping, selling things, children together playing. All sorts of things happen around the main event and there are many beautiful storytelling  moments to be captured.

7. I am constantly looking, scouting around to see what I can find that isn’t the ‘main event’. I have learnt throughout the years that often the best shots around to be found in the streets around the main event, backstage or afterwards when everyone is relaxed.

8. When someone points something out or suggests something I will go and check it out.

9. I have fun.. cause an event feels like a big fabulous party..

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Shooting around the event copyright Carla Coulson

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A new perspective copyright Carla Coulson

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Shooting around the event copyright Carla Coulson

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 The main event and a side story copyright Carla Coulson

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Shooting around the event, lady waiting for the procession copyright Carla Coulson

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Shooting around the event.. cat waiting for procession copyright Carla Coulson

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The boys in the band copyright Carla Coulson

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A new angle on the main event copyright Carla Coulson
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 The statue of San Antonio di Padova just before it leaves the town copyright Carla Coulson

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 The statue leaving the old town copyright Carla Coulson

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Shooting around the event.. fairy lights that decorate the town copyright Carla Coulson

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Families who join the ‘after party’ copyright Carla Coulson

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A selfie with the lights behind.. copyright Carla Coulson

All these photos were shot during last years Caravan Travel Photography Workshop in Puglia Italy. If you would like to eat, breath and  live travel photography for 7 days next June in beautiful Puglia please click here for more information.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into travel photography.

“As a young boy growing up in rural India, most of what I knew of the world was what I could see around me. But each night, I would look at the Moon – it was impossibly far away, yet it held a special attraction because it allowed me to dream beyond my village and country, and think about the rest of the world and space.” Naveen Jain

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Caravan Travel Photography Workshop 2015 – Puglia

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CARAVAN – PUGLIA ITALY 10-17TH JUNE 2015

I am super excited to announce that the second edition of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop will be held in beautiful Puglia in June 2015. This year we have added an extra day and night so you can squeeze one more day out of beautiful Southern Italy.

Join my ‘caravan’ on a road less travelled to the boot of Italy, in the beautiful region of Puglia. A journey to the Valle D’Itria region that will make your heart sing and take your Travel Photography skills to a new level. Puglia was once the road that linked Rome to other Mediterranean civilizations and has a tradition of rich culture, history, agriculture and a knockout cuisine.

Seven incredible days of tuition and travel, photographing beautiful Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Grottaglie and Masseria Cimino whilst learning the essentials of interiors, portraiture, life photography, landscapes, cityscapes, food and still life.

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Travel has been part of my photographic journey and I have invested the past 13 years of my life learning how to capture photos with soul and to craft a story with a photo.

Learn my methods of taking travel photos with emotion, how to tell your story of a place in a unique way, create your own style so you can stand out from the crowd, how to master natural light and to take authentic portraits in a yet to be discovered part of Italy.

Each day we will spend up to 2-3 hours on the theory of a particular theme of travel photography in the classroom and on the streets and the rest of the day on location capturing images. Each participant will be encouraged to send a small portfolio of images to be critiqued prior to starting the workshop and to present their favourite 10 image on the last evening.

You will have an experience of a lifetime and walk away with confidence in your photography and a beautiful travel portfolio.

Full details here 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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