Surviving Christmas Give away

Christmas lights in Rue Castiglione 2008 Paris Tango, Italian Joy and My French Life Window WH Smith

Christmas has traditionally been a time of year I would rather avoid. When I was a child it was the time of year we lived for. The excitment of Christmas day was almost unbearable. As the years passed my feelings for Christmas changed. It was a reminder each of year of what my life had not become. I would trot off to my family Christmas each year (without the family) a kind of ground hog dog for me. All my sisters and brothers’ lives were progressing beautifully, wonderful husbands, beautiful children and lovely homes. I was still eating Thai takeaway in a one bedroom flat, driving the same route to work each day and coming home to an answering machine in the evenings.

It was also Christmas when I received the fatal 1999 Best client of the year present from my local Thai takeaway and I realised I had to change my life. I packed up my business, my career, my apartment and I moved to Italy.
That was almost nine years ago and so much has happened in between. I jumped in at the deep end and became a photographer, studying photography in an Italian arts school and spent the first four years living in Florence. I met the divine Francesco and in 2004 we moved to Paris and this Christmas I have officially survived eight years as a freelance photographer in Europe – now that’s something to celebrate!!
Two nights ago at WH Smith on rue du Rivoli ,on the corner of rue Cambon (love that address) I celebrated the Paris Launch of Paris Tango with all my lovely friends and the wonderful Parisians who star in the book. The past eight years of chipping away at the coal face everyday were forgotten for a night.
This Christmas instead of dragging my heels at the sound of the Bing Crosby tunes I am celebrating. I would love to giveaway the collection of books that have helped me survive these past eight years, Italian Joy (the story of leaving my life), My French Life (a collaboration with Vicki Archer on the beautiful home she has created in Provence) and now Paris Tango (a book about the people that make Paris tick).
To go in the draw all you have to do is subscribe to carla loves photography click here (don’t forget to confirm when you receive the email). The winner will be drawn on 12th December so you will have the books in time for Christmas! If you want a second chance to win visit Vicki Archer over at French Essence.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Carla x

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51 Responses to Surviving Christmas Give away

  1. natasha says:

    Congratulations on the launch of Paris Tango, Carla. I know I have said it before but you are seriously inspirational :)

    I would love to enter the competition but already own all three books, lol, so will give someone else a chance!

  2. hrose says:

    wow your life story sounds so intriguing, you are such an inspiration really, one day i hope to have the guts and perseverance to up and leave australia for good and follow my dream!

    re your comment on my blog: i would love to just be a fly on the wall in the crillon when it happens, really, it just sounds like the height of glamour. one day when i’m a fabulous writer perhaps i’ll suggest to my editor that we cover it, and then i’ll get the chance to see it first hand haha.

    i would love to enter, but i live all the way in australia, which is quite a long way to send three books. and how do you subscribe to a blog again? i’m a bit of a dunce at computers and the internet, and it took me ages to work out how to add a header to my blog haha.

  3. La Belette Rouge says:

    Bonjour, Carla!! Thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I am delighted that your visit led me to your lovely blog. I look forward to reading your books. Congratulations on your latest release. I will of course enter your gorgeous contest.

    Must tell you that I love the shoes you and Vicky found when shopping.As you may have figured, I enjoy a good shoe!;-)

    p.s. I will add you to my blog roll. I would love it if you would do the same.

  4. WendyB says:

    Love that Christmas lights photo.

  5. benson says:

    you are so talented–and so fortunate to have traveled/lived/learned in so many beautiful places–it’s the journey and yours is quite magical.

  6. Kelli says:

    Carla, thank you for stopping by! I am so glad you did because your blog is lovely and truly inspirational!
    I love life stories like yours; fed up with the norm so you decided to chase your dreams! BRAVO!
    I would love to win all 3 books as I have heard so much about them and love reading about others life experiences in Europe. I had my own in 4 year Parisian experience and it was amazing, difficult, joyful, depressing, beautiful and filled with experiences, people, sights and sounds I will never forget!
    I am rejoicing that this year you will finally be enjoying Christmas!
    Joyeux Noel

    PS ~ I am going to add your fabulous blog to my blogroll so others can share in the delight of reading Carla Loves Photography

  7. Yvonne says:

    I love to hear stories of how people chose career paths they love! And that decor with the lights is so amazing!

  8. words and photo booth moments says:

    Yes I missed being there! It really is something to celebrate.

    I must admit, the same Christmas sentiment seems to creep up on me more and more each year. Especially these past two years being away from Paris (well actually last dec I was in Paris), thus your photos both delight me, and make me feel more than nostalgic. I would love love to see more of your beautiful shots of the city during Christmas..

    I entered the contest! Can’t seem to find Paris Tango here I’m giving Italian Joy and My French Life for Christmas gifts this year.. ((and I will put that pic of the books on my blog))

    Here’s to celebrating with you all next year in Paris, and finally finding my path, as you have so marvelously done.

    Thanks for your inspiration and being in touch.. xx c

  9. paula says:

    your story of life is wonderful. way to turn things around and follow your dreams. just beautiful.

  10. TEXTSTYLES says:

    inspirational. sometimes things seem so out of reach because reason tends to sully dreams.

    the christmas lights as chandeliers look spectacular. paris is always, no matter where, just so romantic.


  11. Leigh says:

    Congrats on your launch!!

    I am in the moment In my life where you were before you moved to Italy, but dived in already in my freelance art. I am working hard to make that leap for change. I want to move to a city away from my native home, even if it is for a short time, I know in my heart of hearts that is what I need to do. Thank you for being such an inspiration, and even if I do not win the wonderful giveaway, I am glad to be introduced to the great reads to pick up myself.

    Happy Holidays.

  12. monica says:

    congratulations, wow. i hope you enjoy this christmas and celebrate all of your achievements – they are to be admired! x

  13. samgal says:

    Beautiful work Carla. Congratulations on your book, your lovely life. Very inspirational!

  14. essenceanddesire says:

    Wow Carla, Just beautiful!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on your new book. It certainly looks intriguing.

    Stephanie H.

  16. Terri says:

    What a great way to discover your passion…as wonderful as your families lives are, I’m sure they must be very envious and happy for you!

  17. Colour Me Happy says:

    Wow what a fabulous blog you have and your header is amazing! Thanks for commenting on my blog – when you’re new, every new comment is thrilling!! :)

  18. Tres Belle says:

    Congratulations Carla,
    I have been trying to get a copy of your new book since Vicki gave away two copies awhile back and have been on Amazon’s order list in UK since October. I cannot find any copies in the US yet. I am hoping that I will receive a shipping confirmation from Amazon that hasn’t been cancelled soon.
    What a wonderful story and how brave you are for following your dreams. Please enter me into your drawing.

    Again, Congratulations.


  19. dapper kid says:

    Oh wow, congratulations dear, what a wonderful life story! Truly inspirational :) I always wonder how my life may end out, and whether I will take those wonderful risks. And I must say those Christmas lights look lovely.

  20. ♥MademPokerFace♥ says:

    thanks for the comment
    i like your blog :)

  21. Linda says:

    I love any or all of those books. They all sound fabulous.

  22. joanny says:


    find your blog and your beautiful photography through the French Essence blog.
    Your story has a magically quality too it…. how many pray for change and still continue along the same path,

    I believe you woke up the ‘muse’ inside yourself and all this creativity came pouring out… the rest of us get to enjoy your released talent.. would like to enter the contest to win those beautiful books but could not find where on your blog? ( even if I do not win they will magically appear on my book shelf)

  23. A Thousand Clapping Hands says:

    I was thinking of you on Thursday night and how exciting it must have been. Wish I could have been there! I just subscribed – my 1st subscription ever. My Christmas list is always just books, books, books. Paris Tango and Italian Joy are on the list, but wouldn’t it be nice if they were signed?! Last year ‘My French Life’ was under the tree. Congratulations Carla, and best wishes for continued success.

  24. penelope says:

    Congratulations on the book! You’re such an inspiration and I would try to look out for your book here(:

    Love those lights!

  25. OLIVEAUX says:

    Congratulations on the launch of your latest book! You are an inspiration & admire your courage to follow your dream.

    I love the chandeliers – beautiful! I was in Paris last year & the Chandeliers were amazing. By the time I am there in January they will probably be taken down – I am so glad I got to see them here. Amanda x

  26. Margie says:

    Hi Carla, first time on your blog via Vicki, “Congratulations” on the book launch and I have to let you know that your photos are divine. I love your blog as I love blogs that inspire and are creative. I read on Vicki’s blog about your shopping trip and the boots…ooh la la. Margie.

  27. My Castle in Spain says:

    i’m so gald i discovered you from Vicki’s blog…

    Your story is amazing and congratulations for your book !

  28. ness lockyer says:

    Wow! Congratulations on the launch of your work. That is so great to see another Australian Female making it in Europe. You should be so proud of yourself and what you have accomplished. I would love to enter your giveaway, and have subscribed. Thank you for stopping by my blog too. What a lovely suprise.
    Ness xx

  29. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    Wow…LOVE your story. Very compelling. Now I am so intrigued to look at your books!

    I will certainly join your contest…And am adding you to my blogs I love list!

    Did you frame that pivotal Thai Restaurant award??

  30. coco says:

    The first picture is so so stunning. I love those lights.

  31. Sharon Rose says:

    Hi there-wow, what a fulfilling and exciting career you have, i love your blog!!

  32. Callie Grayson says:

    ooh, two chances to win the lovely set of books!
    thanks for visiting my site.
    I love your photography, very beautiful.

  33. Paris Atelier says:

    Congrats on your huge achievement!!! I am so excited (not just to be entered for a chance at those amazing books) but to subscribe to your posts! Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck with the launch of this little gem!
    Paris Atelier~

  34. Couture Carrie says:

    What a beautiful story, C! Congrats and happy holidays!


  35. MMW says:

    Oh I LOVE Paris and I love the movie The Tango Lesson. Absolutely excited to get my hands on the book PARIS TANGO. Happy holidays., MMW

  36. la la Lovely says:

    Carla… isn’t life amazing.. how things can turn around and you can truly live the life of your dreams- well done! Your work is amazing can’t wait to see your new book! And what a fabulous giveaway.. thanks for doing it!
    xx Trina
    ps- that pink store just might be the one.. I got the pic off of flickr but I know it is from Paris. I couldn’t resist it because I love pink and french bulldogs! have a great week!

  37. Braja says:

    Carla, lovely, you had me with your first sentence (you’ve seen my post, you know what I mean :) And now you wanna give me a book? Why, I’d be delighted …. but would that constitute a “Christmas present?” :)

  38. Maegan says:

    That first photo is incredible!!

  39. molly says:

    congratulations! thats awesome :)
    your life sounds so beautiful and exciting

  40. Bella says:

    Amazing. I couldn’t believe it when I read… “I packed up my business, my career, my apartment and I moved to Italy.”

    Very inspirational… valiant to the core.


  41. parisapartment says:

    Boy can I relate! But you did it and have so much to show for it. Just today I put together that it was YOU who did Vicki’s beautiful book, and I would love to be included in your drawing, swim in your new books and live vicariously through your lens!

  42. Michelle says:

    Hi Carla, thanks for visiting my blog. I absolutely love your blog, it is exactly the sort of Paris blog I have been hoping to find, beautiful, intelligent, and Australian!

    I was lovingly fondling your book just this morning when out Christmas shopping and decided to come home and hint madly that I would like it for Christmas. If the hint is not picked up, I’ll be buying it on Boxing Day for sure.

  43. Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries says:

    Congratulations Carla on the launch of Paris Tango!!! Loved the story on how you packed up your bags to go to Italy…how very brave of you, and all due to your “fatal” award!!! Wow… Have subscribed…thank you for the chance to enter…Dzintra

  44. Michelle says:

    Oops, I meant to say I had added you to my reading list. I’m sure that is okay by you, but I do like to let people know!

    Take care

  45. Franco says:

    wow beautiful pic, i’m sure to subcribe. :)

  46. chanteusevca says:

    Extraordinary photography and an even more extraordinary life you are living. Hoping to win your amazing books and live in Paris vicariously through them.

  47. hello gorgeous says:

    Congrats. My daughter is graduating high school this year, an aspiring photographer. So I absolutely will help the cause. :-)

  48. mymelange says:

    Hi Carla,

    I actually was contacted by the publishers of your My French Life book and did a giveaway on my blog when it first came out!!! Your pictures are just stunning!!! Can’t wait to see Paris Tango…and I love the name. And I hear you have an Italy book that I would just die for!

    I don’t subscribe thru email- I subscribe through my safari browser(i have a mac). I have subscribed, so I hope I can still be entered in the drawing.

    Thanks and happy holidays :)

  49. Jeannie says:

    To win these books would be a mind-blowing treat!

    A mind-blowing treat, I tell you!

    Bubbling over with enthusiasm at the idea of it,


    : )

  50. perfect bound says:

    hi carla, i love love some of the same things (italy!) and am looking forward to devouring the rest of your blog + work. i’m going to paris in january and hope to discover just a fraction of the excitement that you’ve captured here. such a lovely life! such a lovely blog. ciao.

  51. g. says:

    This is the sweetest thing ever. I am so happy I read it. Cheers to you each and every Christmas. xox

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