Carla Coulson Workshops

Photography is my passion and I adore teaching photography as much as I love taking photos. Currently we don’t have any workshops planned for 2015.

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La Contessa Carla CoulsonWould you like to bound out of bed everyday and do a job you love? Want the skills to get out from behind the desk and get behind the camera?

Would you like to take portraits that have an edge, are full of emotion and look like they come from the pages of a fashion magazine?

Picture This is a workshop that is perfect for photographers 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 inject emotion, movement and love into your images. I will show 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.

Learn about creating images for clients that speaks of their ‘brand’ for use on their social media and websites.

Check out the video from the Picture This Workshop in Sydney in 2013 and what the workshop participants had to say.

Date: 5,6,7,8 January 2015 SYDNEY

Workshop: Limited to 12 photographers

What’s in Store for you:


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

2 styled sessions in two exclusive locations in Sydney with top fashion make-up/hair stylists and using subjects across a variety of ages.

Workshop limited to 12 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.

Learn Carla’s secrets to using beautiful natural light and her techniques for working with real people, posing and creating emotion.

During the shoots you will be mentored by Carla, photographer Loc Boyle and one of Australia’s leading make-up artists. All groups will be supervised during shooting.

Learn Carla’s workflow, Photoshop techniques and the behind the scenes of a portrait business.

Jump on the train of one of the world’s latest portrait trends.. See this article in the New York Times.

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

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day.

1 Place available

All enquiries please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at

Carla Coulson private portrait

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)!

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Day 2 – Shoot Day

On location in a fabulous Sydney House

Morning – The art of casual posing

My shooting techniques covering natural light, movement and emotion.

Hands-on practise with Carla and Loc Boyle

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, Loc Boyle and fashion make-up artist.

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

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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.

How to shoot movement.

How to use the midday sun for beautiful portraits.

Understanding fall off and how to use it to create mood.

Afternoon – Second styled shoot on location and portfolio building under the guidance of Carla Coulson, Loc Boyle and a fashion make-up artist.

Dandy Carla Coulson Portrait Shoot

Day 4

Critiquing participants work

The art of developing a simple workflow.

How I use Lightroom

Editing for emotion

My Photoshop techniques.

From raw image to final print..

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Here’s what the previous participants said

Have a look at Carla Coulson’s work here

Have a look at Loc Boyle’s work

Have a look at last year’s video

Investment $4600 AUD

1Place availalble

All enquiries please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at

Hope to see you in Sydney.

Carla x

Carla Coulson Picture This Workshop


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.


For portrait/wedding photographers who currently have a business but who would like to create have an edge over the competition.

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

Anyone interested in portraiture who want to create unique beautiful natural lit portraits.

1 Place available

All enquiries please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at