A Day In Paris – Private Portrait

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It’s hard to believe after one of the coldest weeks in Paris that we will ever wear short sleeves or a skirt again!

The weatherman promises Spring soon and I can’t wait.

I have been wanting to share with you a portrait from last summer of the beautiful Kate. Kate spoiled herself for her 30th birthday with a portrait shoot and we scooted around Paris to the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, along the Seine river, paused for lunch in a beautiful cafe and even managed to squeeze in time for a pic with the the Eiffel Tower in the background.

It was a gorgeous day of fun with a beautiful gal.

A big Happy Birthday again from Paris and me!!

 

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 All photos copyright Carla Coulson

If you would like some more portrait inspiration and tips I have gathered some favourite shoots by  photographers I love here.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

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Learn To Write In Tuscany

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Learning has to be one of the greatest gifts that I have been able to partake in during this journey to change my life.

A couple of years after starting photography school in Florence I also enrolled in a writing course (in Oz) to help me have my images of Naples published in Marie Claire. It worked!

In that issue I had 13 pages published of which one story was written and photographed by moi. Many years have passed since those first pages but I will always remember the tears of joy, the happiness and the little thought that a career as a photographer would be possible.

I have never called myself a writer (even though I have written 3 books) because I have had the pleasure of working beside journalists and writers who really now how to craft words, tell a story, asking probing questions and find an angle I would never have thought of.

Author and dear friend Lisa Clifford is one of them and this summer in Tuscany (awwwww) she is giving writers the chance to learn in a unique environment in beautiful Casentino in June and also in September.

If you feel like going on an adventure with like minded souls in beautiful Italy, I would suggest getting in touch with this great woman here as the course is filling fast. All details here.

Lisa is the author of The Promise, Death in The Mountains and collaborated with me on Naples A Way Of Love

Go on.. you deserve it!

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“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” Meg Rosoff








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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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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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Paris – Always Food For The Soul

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My heart and eye had to take a leap during my first week back in Paris after the blue skies and blue seas of Sydney. I was in a kind of post Australia/family/workshop funk welcomed home by below zero temperatures.

The more I wandered the streets of Paris, the more I snapped, day by day my old enthusiasm, inspiration and excitement returned and this is how it looked on Instagram.

I look forward to sharing more of my Paris with you this year..

“Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.”

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The King’s (Avedon) Message

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Ze Carla az kindly let me have ze blog to tell you a little about ze New Year in Paris.

Ze Paris iz always a good idea but last year it waz extra good. We had ze sun, yes ze sun waz shining in ze Paris a lot more zhan I am used to so zhat meant more of ze bistro lunches on ze terrace, more lying on ze floor warming ze heart and ze fur on ze tummy and ze sleeping it comes very eazy with ze sun.

When you are born in ze Paris like me you appreciate many of ze French tings.

Like we like ze talking in ze low voice (I even purr quietly), we like ze fine things (ze duck and ze foie gras) and zhose chocolates like ze new man in me building makes (Pierre Herme). When we go to ze café we sit at ze tables zhat are really close together but we never look ze cat next to us in ze eye. And ze waiter when he wants to ignore us he never looks us in ze eye. Looking in ze eyes is big code in Paris. If you come to Paris and no one looks you in ze eye it just means zhey aren’t ready to serve you. Parisian catz know zis isn’t ze rude way it’s just ze French code.

If you haven’t been to ze Paris you will see on the streets ze poulet roti (roast chicken) and zhey drive me wild and me dreams are filled with zhose little terrines of ze piggy and ze livers. I have ze dream of being a vegetarian zhen I take ze walk through ze Marais and see the golden poulet going around and around in ze machine and me little head starts to spin and I want to attack ze whole machine and take zhem all home to eat. Grrr.. and me plans of being a vegetarian are spoiled for anozer time.

Ze Marais is really having ze shaking up lately. More of ze fine tings in ze pretty shops are here like le ze candles of ze Cire Trudon who have moved onto me street (I swear zhey have the poulet roti candle I can smell it in me dreams) and de chocolate man Mr. Pierre Herme haz ze pretty shop in our building. He makes ze macarons with ze strange flavours zhat us Parisian cats like, foie gras (what waz he tinking) and ze truffle.

In ze summer when it’s not freezing me paws off I go down in ze morning to say hello at ze window and see ze lovely macarons and ze chocolates. I give them me ‘starving Paris cat face’ in ze hope zay may bring a little something to ze door with ze foie gras in it. No chocolate pleaze.

I am a king cat (zhat means I am ze boss around here) and someone needs to rule zees two ozerwise I wouldn’t get the best tucker and me bed wouldn’t be made of cashmere and me dinner wouldn’t be 3 courses. I give zhem ze shaking up when zhey get a little lazy and do the relaxing a little too much.

In me next life I am going to be a pirate and sail ze seas with ze other cats and we we will go to ze places with ze sun, ze Bahamas, ze Greece and ze Morocco where you find ze curvy girls catz. Did I mention I love ze sun? Sometimes I need to push the poulet roti over in me dreams to make space to dream about ze sun. Ze perfect life I tink would be hugging a poulet roti in ze sun maybe in ze Greece with ze curvy girl cats nearby.

I know youze will have a good year zhis year and I know youze love ze travel like ze furless mummy. We have a lot in common. Ze FM and I we both dream of ze sunny places lying on ze beach on ze stripey beach bed, me with ze poulet roti and FM with ze camera.

I know ze 2015 is going to be ze best year of your life. Us Parisian catz we do ze meditating, we tink a lot about what we want in ze life (you know we have many) and zhen we close our eyes, hold our paws together and say ‘puuuuurrrrrrrrrr’ and what we want comes true.

Itz ze same for you. If you want a poulet roti or to be a photographer like FM you just need to meditate on it, close your eyes, believe you catz can do it oh and zhen work very hard to make it happen.

Ze important ting is to believe in your dreams (even if they are dominated by poulet roti). Ze dreams are ze little messages to us catz and zhey are important especially when you live in ze Paris.

I know zhis because I have had ze many lives. Every life I believe in me dreams and zhey come true and ze same can happen for you catz.

So if your dreams for 2015 have ze Paris in zhem please come to see ze Marais with ze shaking up and when you are walking down ze street one day you might see me looking in ze window of ze Pierre Herme. You will recognize me cause I am ze spicy one.

Peace, love and light (and poulet roti) from your favourite Parisian cat

Happy 2015..

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire

Avedon..








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