Backstage At The Picture This Workshop – Sydney

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

What happens when 12 photographers get together in 3 different locations with two make-up artists, 6 real women models, a truckload of clothes, styling and props and the world’s best workshop organiser (Athalee)?

Two participants and me (I am the one catching flies with my mouth open)

Lots of laughs, creativity, excitement, ideas and beautiful photos.

On the 7th of January I kicked off Picture This, my first portrait photography workshop with the help of super organiser Athalee and my assistant from Paris, the one and only Loc Boyle. We spent 3 fabulous days with 10 incredible women talking photography, shooting and creating images.

In the above pic those screams of laughter were because the beautiful girl in the black dress (see top photo and below) was twirling and twirling a lot… and we were liking it!

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Day 2 was at the Vaucluse Yacht Club, an old 1930’s club down at Watsons Bay and we had 4 fab models doing their thing. The pic below is me shooting our gorgeous vintage inspired model and yes I was pretty excited that the club hadn’t renovated the original men’s bathrooms. She wore a vintage swimsuit and a striped straw! 


 Day 2 On location at the Vaucluse Yacht Club Copyright Carla Coulson

Day 1 The girls in the boys club.

Day one was a theory day on fashion and how to weave it into portraiture to create unique images. It was held in a historic gentleman’s club boardroom! Loved adding the pink touches (what would the boys have thought)!

Looks like I am doing a cha cha cha dance move but probably just excited about a pic on the big screen.


One of the girls shooting a model on Day 3 in a shabby chic private home

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Showing the model how gorgeous she is!

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

 Voila the gorgeous group and moi!!

So a big round of applause to all the photographers who participated and survived a scorching 43 degree Sydney day. Can’t wait to see your photos!

Three of the most rewarding days of my photography life..

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”  Ansel Adams

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18 Responses to Backstage At The Picture This Workshop – Sydney

  1. Athalee Brown says:

    Such a lovely group of ladies and 3 wonderful days, models were a treat also xx

  2. Carla says:

    We were blessed Ath our first course such fun even though we almost melted :) C x

  3. Giselle Rowe says:

    We are the blessed ones, it was a life changing experience.

  4. Nat says:

    The workshop was great fun, thanks Carla for sharing your expertise, and thanks Athalee for all the behind the scenes hard work!

  5. Carolyn says:

    The photos say it all – looks like you all had a ball. C x

  6. What fun ! and all that talent together !

  7. great Photos!

  8. La Contessa says:

    OH,what fun!What a TREAT to see YOU TOO!I would love to do a workshop with YOU but I donot know one thing about my CANON E05 camera which I adore!Havent a clue what shutter speed is etc…………but I love to take photos!
    In search of a ballgown!You know why!

  9. sarah says:

    Looks amazing! I would love to do one of your workshops…

  10. Stuart says:

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  11. Claudia Lane says:

    I would love to do one of your workshops too Carla but am not a photographer even though I enjoy taking pictures. All these images make me want to pick up my camera…beautiful! Cxx

  12. What a fun experience. Nice shots guys, you did a great job!

  13. Oh this sounded SO good. A wonderful story in pictures and so many happy faces.

  14. Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous and love that touch of pink to tantalize the gentlemen x

  15. I love the fun you’re all having, Carla!!

  16. Flies, cha cha cha..
    Luckily the pictures illustrate your text!
    And indeed, the faces in the pics say it all!
    Congrats to you on what obviously is a job very well done!

  17. I might be biased Carla but your passion and enthusiam for what you do is an amazing breath of fresh air!!


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