Planning A Trip To Paris

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I wanted to wish you a fabulous Friday and a relaxing weekend.  Last week in Paris it snowed and rained, we had blue skies and sunny days and somehow Paris in winter (if you can stand the cold) is even more seductive than her light and breezy summer version.

If you happen to be planning a trip to Paris I have put together a list of some of my favourite addresses and things to do in Paris. From the best coffee shops to  some out of the way quirky shops, boutiques and museums. You can read it here.

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with happiness.

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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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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