A Love Story – Limited Edition Print

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One of my special photographic moments will be available in my Limited Edition shop this Wednesday. This was also the cover image for Chasing A Dream and one of those freaky photographic moments that happens but you never expect it to! So thrilled to be able to share it with you.

The Story Behind The Image:

I was on a shoot in Capri for a fashion magazine and had scouted the main town the day before for possible places to shoot. I loved this wall but at the time there was no graffiti. The fashion editor briefed the model in the morning, she told her “you have come to Capri, last night you fell in love with someone from the Island and this morning you have woken and changed your mind. Today you want to run away.”

The model ran and ran all day till we came to this last spot for the final shoot of the day. Overnight someone (with a broken heart) had graffitied ‘una vita per farmi innamorarmi, cosi presto per dimenticarmi’.

We all stood with our mouths gaping and goosebumps, the graffiti said ‘it took me a lifetime to fall in love with you and so quickly you forgot me.’ It was as though the fashion editor’s thoughts were truly connected to someone’s love story on Capri.

That’s photography for you!

Print Details:

This photo was taken in Capri Italy on slide film, it was then cross processed to give it a strong contrast and added grain. All blur in this image is intentional.

Print image size –  24 x 36cm

Paper size – 40 x 50cm.

Frame and Matt board NOT INCLUDED

Print shipped in 7-10 days from order date with a tracking number by standard mail.

Flat packed in a rigid art folder.

Set you alarms it will be available at 10.00 Paris time, 6pm Sydney time and 1am California time here

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” Max Muller

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A French Connection

 

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I adored shooting these images with talented Joanne King for her Australian based label Hollyoak around the backstreets and hidden courtyards of Paris.

Joanne’s creativity flourished becoming a mum. Taking a break from her ‘day job’ as a clinical neuropsychologist, what started out as a hobby soon became a small business with children’s label Little Chillies and Hollyoak.

She initially started designing Holly Oak with a ‘post-baby-body’ in mind.  “I wanted women to be able to purchase feminine and beautiful garments that would make them feel great about themselves.  Hence, a lot of the styles are versatile, they can be warn loose, or accessorised with a belt to give more shape.”   

“I like to design timeless and tailored pieces that are less likely to date.  I have a strong French and Japanese influence in both design and fabrication, in particular drawing a lot of inspiration from Tomoko Nakamichi, who designs the most extraordinary shapes. I keep the fabrication as natural as possible, predominantly using linen, cotton & silk.”

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Joanne has a curious link to France!

“My great grandmother was born from a young French couple, after some naughty hanky panky (out of wedlock – tut tut).  She was left in a shoe box on the door step of her adoptive parents (English couple).   There is a stream of us on my paternal side (myself included) that look European, which from a young age sparked my curiosity about my family history.  I’m currently exploring this family connection to see if I can trace where in France my ancestors came from.  It’s tricky given the secrecy around the adoption.   At present, an aunt who spends part of the European summer in Villefranche sur Mer, has inspired my most recent travels, exploring the Provence-alpes-Côte d’Azur region.”

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Joanne is about to return to her day job so she has wound back her children’s label but designs and manufactures an annual range spring/summer range for women. You can check out her beautiful work here

“Paris is always a good idea.” Audrey Hepburn
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Addicted to Greece


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All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

You may have wondered where I disappeared to lately?

I made myself a promise at the beginning of the year that I would devote this year to taking more photos. Talk about be careful what you wish for! I have turned 2015 into a photofest and my camera now officially smells of ‘burning rubber’.

This means I have spent a whole lot less time at my computer and blogging but sheesh I miss you guys.

I have been meaning to share a little of my holiday last year in beautiful Lesvos. Being the nostalgia queen that I am, Greece is Carla heaven. It has everything that triggers off an emotion deep down inside and connects me to a world I feel part of. Bring on the donkeys..

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The port of Molyvolos

Last summer I travelled to Lesvos almost on the Turkish coast to catch up with wonderful friends Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder to get a little snapshot on how it feels to live on a Greek Island.

Lovely Lesvos had me digging myself out of bed early to sit in the silence of the port of Molyvos early in the morning, walking along her coast to find yet another deserted beach with transparent water and embarrassing the hell out of myself by driving into the small piazza of Sikaminea and getting our car stuck in front of a full crowd of men at the local tavern.

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I love the worn, the past, the way the world use to be, traditions and I will be forever fascinated with the human condition. On Lesvos I found it all and although I was meant to be on holiday I couldn’t help but capture some snaps of this wonderful place.
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This was taken in the village of Sikaminea and I felt like I had been transported to Greek village heaven when I found this piazza (yes this is the one I drove into) with a Greek Taverna untouched, unspoiled with the most charming owner who served us ouzo with the most delicious salad I ate on the island.

Following are some snaps from around the Island, of the village people, beautiful beaches, village life and Claire showing us all how photography can connect you to people.

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Claire sharing her pics with the local ladies

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Francesco and Nellie getting up close and personal

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Sunset at the Tavern at Kalo Limani

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Our gorgeous friends Claire and Matthew generously shared their love for the island with us and all their favourite places (and even their gorgeous rescue dogs see pictured above on Francesco’s knee).

Some lovely links:

My Greek Island Home Guesthouse

Seahorse Hotel

My favourite Greek posts

“In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece.” Nia Vardalos

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Parisian Urban Bride

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All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

The idea for this shoot actually came from my wedding!!

I loved getting married in Paris, it was the most fuss free event of my life. I was dressed at home, did my own make-up (hadn’t met my fab make-up artist at this point) walked with a couple of friends to our local cafe, dropped into the boulangerie to say hello and was shot on the street with my darling, dogs and Paris in the background. Our wedding was in the middle of market day in the 4th and I loved coming out with a simple bouquet of flowers to be welcomed by friends amongst the fishmonger, the butcher and my favourite florist. It felt so Parisian!

When the gorgeous Helene from Cest Ma Robe told me she wanted to shoot a range of designer wedding gowns I thought it would be fun for our gorgeous ‘bride’ to be an Urban bride.

Now gals not only can you get married in Paris but you can be married in Matthew Williamson, Azzaro, Rachel Zoe and vintage Dior.

Sounds like a dream?  Helene had the genius idea to gather together a  collection of designer bridal gowns for the chic, the boho, the hippy, the romantic and the funky bride and here’s the great news..drum roll..  you can rent them. Yes you no longer need to get a mortgage to get married. Ain’t that the best news.

So if you are soon to be married in Paris (shout out to gorgeous friend Louisa) check out Cest Ma Robe.

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Huge thanks to beautiful Monika from WM Models, to the talented stylist Joy Dreyfus and Veronique Marot for the hair and make-up.

If you would like to know more about a Personal Branding shoot click here.

“I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.” Lord Byron

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Paris in Blossom

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Is there any season as marvellous as Spring?

The re-awakening of the senses after the slumber of winter, the colours, the light and the trees. Bulbs burst in bright colours from the ground and plants miraculously come alive and along with it that feeling of hope and positivity that you can’t wait to start all over again.

In the depths of winter I often doubt whether I ‘have it in me’ or whether I ‘do it all over again’. Then those magical rays of sunshine breathe life into wooden sticks and branches and deep down in my soul I too come to life and know ‘yes I can do it again and I can hardly wait’.

Ideas start buzzing, colours fill your head and inner songs beg to become photos and you wonder why you ever doubted life and creativity in the first place. Instead you are awake and inhaling deep breaths saying ‘bring it on’!!

This is how Paris looked last week when she awoke from the slumber..

Wishing you wonderful creative energy and all the beauty that Spring brings with it. Oh and of course a little romance never goes astray..

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Sending you oodles of positive energy, sunshine and creativity..

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” Robert  H Schuller

And much light and love

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