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I feel happy and excited to announce the second edition of the Get Published Workshop along with special guests KATIE QUINN DAVIES (of fab blog WHAT KATIE ATE) and SHARON MISKO, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE.

Last year was a blast and this year will be even more jam packed with information on how to have your photography published in magazines and books and we will hear from Katie Quinn Davies on her journey from graphic artist to self taught photographer, finding her style, having an International Bestseller and winning the James Beard Award for food photography.

Sharon Misko, creative director of Inside Out will also share her expertise of years working in the magazine industry. Sharon joined us last year to teach photographers what art directors and creative directors are looking for in a photographers portfolio and is back due to popular demand. Sharon will talk about photographic style, do’s and don’ts when presenting your work or shooting a story and will critique two photographers work for the benefit of all the participants.

During the past 13 years I have had the chance to work closely at all levels of image making with the magazine and publishing industry including art directors, publishers, journalists and editors. In this ONE DAY WORKSHOP I plan to share with you what I have learnt, the mistakes I have made and ways you can shortcut your path to being published.

You can see last years Get Published Success Stories here and what last years participants had to say about the event here.


Workshop: Get Published

With: Carla Coulson and photographer Katie Quinn Davies and Sharon Misko Creative Director of Inside Out

Date: Saturday 14th December 2013

Location: The School, 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery, NSW, Australia

Time: 9am-6pm includes lunch

Who is it for: Anyone interested in having their images published in magazines and books, all levels of photographers are welcome

What’s In Store for you:

In this one day workshop I will teach you how I had my first photographic stories published and how I have used the same technique to publish further stories throughout the years

The formula and philosophy behind magazines and how you can learn the building blocks that are fundamental to creating your own stories no matter what type of photography you are interested in publishing

The benefits and rewards of having your photography published in magazines

What are the ingredients of an editorial story?

How having your work published as editorial stories can assist you to grow your business or obtain advertising work

Learn how to find the right ‘fit’ for your work

How to ‘team up’ with other professionals and have easier access to your work being published in wider variety of publications

How to create your own photographic story from A-Z whether it be interiors, food, fashion, portraiture or travel

How to tell a story with your images

How to pitch a story to a magazine

Presenting your work and creating a professional image

The in’s and out’s of photographer’s agents and syndicating agencies

How to have your photography published in books

The business of books agents/rights/royalties

The changes in the past few years of the magazine and book publishing industry and how you can benefit from it as a photographer

An art director of one of Australia’s leading magazines will join us to share their knowledge on the magazine industry of different aspects of the industry

A short evaluation session of 2 attendees work that will benefit everyone on how to improve your photos to have them published.

Scrumptious catered lunch, morning tea and drinks at conclusion of workshop

Questions and answers on any queries you have regarding having your images published – I am an open book on this subject

A limited number of places only.

For some of my Background – Carla Coulson – About

To see some of My Published Work – Gallery and Books

INVESTMENT: $750 Australian Dollars


The Get Published Event is SOLD OUT. If you would like to join the waiting list in case of cancellations please get in touch with workshop co-ordinator Athalee Brown at

Looking forward to meeting all the participants soon.

Carla x

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For 12 years I passed my life on trains, planes and automobiles. I have walked thousands of miles in different countries and I have waded through knee-deep mud to get that special photo that would ignite my soul. I have stayed up all night to chase an Easter procession in Sicily, swam underwater in the Mediterranean to shoot another perspective on Italian ladies having a chat and commando crawled between legs to shoot dancers in a crowded Flamenco club in Spain.

I have invested the past 12 years of my life learning how to capture photos with soul, it has taken blood, sweat and tears and I have spent my life savings along the way but I wouldn’t swap one of those train rides or the magic that travel brings for anything.

Join my ‘caravan’ on a road less travelled to the boot of Italy, in the beautiful region of Puglia. A journey to the Valle D’Itria region that will make your heart sing and take your Travel Photography skills to a professional level. Puglia once was the road that linked Rome to other Mediterranean civilizations and has a tradition of rich culture, history, agriculture and a knockout cuisine.

Six incredible days of tuition and travel photographing beautiful Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Grottaglie and Locorotondo whilst learning the essentials of interiors, portraiture, life photography, landscapes, cityscapes, food and still life.

Learn my methods of taking travel photos with emotion, how to tell your story of a place in a unique way, create your own style so you can stand out from the crowd, how to master natural light and to take authentic portraits in a yet to be discovered part of Italy.

Each day we will spend up to 4 hours on the theory of a particular theme of travel photography and the rest of the day on location capturing images. Each participant will be encouraged to send a small portfolio of images to be critiqued prior to starting the workshop and to create a story or portfolio whilst on location which will be shown on the last evening.

You will have an experience of a lifetime and walk away with confidence in your photography and a beautiful travel portfolio.


4 nights stay in the heart of beautiful historic Baroque Martina Franca in mini apartments, includes a buffet breakfast. Single Occupancy rooms.

During this time we will cover travel photography themes of city and landscapes, portraiture, life photography, still life and have organized and free time to photograph in Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica and Grottaglie. Exclusive access to photograph local artisans and their work and a local religious event will be included in this part of the trip. You will be instructed by Carla Coulson and assisted by an experienced photographer and her team of staff.

Each day we will pause for lunch in a local trattoria (included).

2 nights in the stunning Masseria Cimino (voted by Tatler as one of the best 101 hotels in the world) includes buffet breakfast and lunch. Single Occupancy rooms.

Whilst at Masseria Cimino we will have exclusive access to the property and cover the travel photography themes of interior, architecture and food photography and photograph within the Masseria. You will be instructed by Carla Coulson and assisted by an experienced photographer and her team of experienced staff.

Includes: 6 nights Accommodation, 6 Breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 dinners (1st night, 4th and last night) and all tuition. All transfers to and from Bari airport and transfers during the 6 day workshop. We will move from town to town in two 9 seater mini vans during the course.

Course begins 3pm Tuesday 10th June 2014 and finishes 3pm 16th June 2014. Check-out of Masseria Cimino is at 10am on the 16th June 2014.

Doesn’t include any flights.


Once you are approved 2495 Euros need to be paid to secure your place.




You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and understand F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speed.

Have access to a SLR digital camera and a lap top computer and an external hard disk to back-up your work.

Be in good shape and use to walking a couple of kilometers a day.

Each participant must have their own travel insurance.


Photographers male and female who would like a new career as a travel photographer and who want to create a portfolio and learn the corresponding skills.

Amateur photographers male and female who are proficient with the basics of photography yet would like to take better travel photos.

Bloggers male and female who would like to improve the look of their images and have the skills to photograph diverse subjects with confidence and style.

To register or if you have any questions please contact workshop co-ordinator Athalee Brown at


At 35 Carla Coulson switched careers from an unhappy businesswoman to photographer. She studied photography in Florence and further courses at the ACP in Sydney Australia and never looked back. Her travel photography has since been published in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Entertaining and Living, Qantas Magazine, Belle, Marie Claire and published in 7 books including Italian Joy, Paris Tango, My French Life, My Amalfi Coast and French Essence. Her latest book with journalist Lisa Clifford, Naples A Way of Love is due on the shelf at the end of October 2013.

Travel Photography Portfolio

Published Work


Caravan is sold out but if you would like to join a waiting list please get in touch with workshop Co-ordinator Athalee Brown at



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Would you like to bound out of bed everyday and do a job you love?

This workshop is perfect for women who are in love with fashion and portraiture and want to learn how to infuse this love of fashion into making your portrait photography more creative.

I want to show you the essential things I love and I have learnt working in fashion photography and how to incorporate them into your portraits to give you and your portrait photography business an edge. You can see more of my images here.

I will teach you how to have the courage to create the images that will make YOUR heart sing and how they will find you YOUR dream clients.

Check out the video from my Sydney Workshop and what the workshop participants had to say.

Date: 6,7,8 and 9th January 2014 SYDNEY

Workshop: Limited to 14 photographers


What’s in Store for you:

4 day workshop with 50 percent of the time on location shooting

2 Styled fashion portrait shoots on location in Sydney with top fashion make-up/hair stylists and using subjects across a variety of ages.

Workshop limited to 14 photographers so that each group will have a small number of photographers working at a time with each model. There will be plenty of time for each person to work with the models on their own to create images for their portfolio.

I promise you will fall in love with photography and leave with beautiful images, new skills, a photography community and oodles of enthusiasm!!


Day 1 – Theory

Learn how to put a fashion look together, storyboarding, casual posing, creating emotion, using natural light, props, importance of location and working with your clients

How to draw inspiration from your own style to give your photography a unique look

How to create fashion/portrait shoots on a shoe-string budget and working with your clients to create the best possible look for them.

How to develop colour stories and know your colour palette.

Understanding the importance of light and how to make sure your photos are beautifully lit. I love pushing natural light to its limits.

How I work with my clients and how I get the best out of my client to make emotion packed and heart-felt photos

Introduction to the portrait business, how to set prices, model releases, budgets and a business plan, social media, websites and presenting your image to the public.

How to use what is around you whether you live in the city, country or on the coast (or Paris)!

Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea on all days and a fun farewell dinner


Day 2 – Shoot Day

Morning – The art of casual posing

My shooting techniques covering natural light, movement and emotion.

Hands-on practise.

Understanding how to push natural light to create mood in your photos

My secret tips

Afternoon – Styled shoots with ‘real people’ subjects on location in Sydney with small groups of photographers with a model at a time.

Portfolio building under the guidance of Carla Coulson, an experienced Paris based photographer and fashion make-up artist.

There will be a range of fixed lens including portrait lens to use on the shoot days


Day 3 – Shoot Day and Workflow

Morning – The art of natural light, pushing natural light and finding the best lighting situations under any circumstances. Inside and outside hands on practise.

Afternoon – Second styled shoot on location and portfolio building under the guidance of Carla Coulson, an experienced Paris based photographer and a fashion make-up artist.

Evening – Casual dinner

Day 4

The art of developing a simple workflow.

Editing for emotion

My Photoshop techniques.

From raw image to final print..

Investment $3600 AUD

All photographers accepted by 10th July will receive a copy of my 60 page guide to ‘Get Published’ hand book

SOLD OUT..All enquiries..

Happy Snapping

Carla x


You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and know how F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speeds work.

Have a basic understand of Photoshop

Have access to a SLR digital camera, one lens, cards and a lap top computer.


Women who would like to transition to a knew career as a portrait photographer and who would like the whole story before they jump in.

For portrait photographers who currently have a business but who would like to learn how to have an edge.