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Valentine's Day

Now I Know Why I Was Always Disappointed On Valentine’s Day

Dear Friends and Lovers,

If there was a day of the year that triggered me (other than Christmas Day) it was Valentine’s Day.

In the old pre-photography days for Carla I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why all those bunches of flowers arrived on Valentine’s Day to the office door but they never had my name on them.

Now I know why!

Here’s what I learnt about myself. I was the first one to NOT love myself so the message I was putting out into the world was ‘hey guys, there ain’t no love here so please go knock on someone else’s door’.  A male friend once told me I had an energy field as strong as the Berlin Wall around me that said ‘stay away’.

People use to talk to me about loving myself and I use to think WTF is that??? When I grew up ‘loving yourself’ had negative connotations such as, she thinks she is better than the rest, she is sooo self-centred or full of yourself so I wasn’t buying into any of that.

No I was miss low maintenance (let me carry 6 schooners of beer back from the bar in one go).

If they had only explained it better way back then I mightn’t have waited so long to actually get some self-respect.

Loving yourself is about respect, kindness, generosity and forgiveness to yourself. It’s about feeling worthy of a bunch of flowers, a foot massage, success, not the burnt chop, a new dress or someone’s love.

Sheesh, I had it mixed up for soooooo long..

So if you want to start on the road to self-love here are some tips:

  1. Stop the negative self-talk – pull yourself up or start becoming conscious when you put yourself down. Don’t say things to yourself you would say to your loved ones.
  2. Start putting time into yourself, take the time to care for yourself, rub that lotion into your legs instead of hurrying out of the shower!
  3. Nourish yourself with self-care – foot massages, a new dress and signing up for dance lessons. You are worth it.
  4. Know you are worthy of love and start giving it. Say hello, smile, be kind to others, give when you can and it will be returned to you a thousand times over.
  5. Loving yourself is the best thing on the planet, the more you love and respect yourself the more you can live life authentically and the more love goes out into the world for others. Hallelujah.

Sending you love

Carla x

PS: Cause I love my peeps there is a 15% discount with code flowersforever on my Young Girl In Bloom Series that ENDS on Valentine’s Day click HERE 

My First Portrait Shoot At Photography School In Florence

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Dear Creative Folk,

These photos are the first portrait pics I created when I was still at photography school in Florence. This beautiful gal is a dear friend Jill and she kindly offered to be my model at the time. We went wild, we shot on the streets of Florence at night, messed around in her friends funny apartment and laughed our heads off.

It’s funny, when I look back,  all of this was pure instinct, I was in my Florentine bubble and no wonder I ended up years later starting a fashion/portrait business because my love for photographing women was there from the start.

There were plenty of mistakes, some of the pics are out of focus but I always adored them and in particular this gal. It was a time in our lives when we were both single, on an adventure to find the people we would become and Italy had called us both.

But I always remember how good Jill was with herself! Good in the comfortable in her own skin way that most women aren’t.

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We stayed in touch over the years and I became a photographer and she took all her life experiences and became a successful ‘growth’ coach. If there was anyone that new about growth it was this gal, she lived and breathed growth.

Back then she was the wise one steering the lost ‘Italian sheep’ in the right direction and when she became a coach she did what she had already been doing for years, help people see the magic in themselves.

I have had the joy of working with Jill over the past months and she has something special for Valentine’s day that won’t happen again and has TWO PLACES ONLY AVAILABLE if you want to talk about love in any of it’s forms.

ANYTHING TO DO WITH LOVE SESSION

Do you feel loved? Do you feel it from your friends, your mate, your co-workers?

Do you feel love for yourself?

Do you feel free to express your love?

Do you love your life?  Do you love the path that you are on and creating?

If you answered NO to ANY of these, then Jill has something to offer you; a way that I can express my love to you and to our global tribe of women.

An ANYTHING TO DO WITH LOVE 2 hour session with me!

Our session is specific to your personal needs around the issue of love. Together we will address the love (or lack thereof) issue in your life, what’s holding you back from receiving it or expressing it, steps for clearing and creating a new path for experiencing MORE LOVE in your precious life.

Session includes:

  • 2 hours in person or skype call
  • Pre-call short questionnaire around your love issues.
  • Email support for the week following our call.
  • A small box of Italian BACI chocolates with the supportive love poems inside, just for fun!

Important details:

  •  Email Jill directly for scheduling- jill@jillashleysimpson.com or check her out HERE
  • The offer is good for one week, ending on Wednesday, February 14.
  • She has discounted the session from $330 to $180 for this special LOVE holiday only.

I hope you enjoyed this little flashback and whoever takes up this offer will meet one of the special people on the planet.

Sending love

Carla x

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5 Inspiring Things For The Soul In 2018

Hello Folks,

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

This is a short but sweet note for the soul with a little round up of some fab things to do/buy/see in 2018 from some great talented folk around the globe.

1. Who wouldn’t want to sit at a table in Venice? If you have read Skye McAlpine blog or follow her on Instagram who will know what a food and travel fantasy she offers up every day. Her knew book A Table In Venice is almost out and the good news is your can pre-order it.. Italophiles stand back. More details HERE

2. When I learnt to write my world opened up. I never dreamed of doing a writing course till I was given a nudge to. Once I learned to get words on paper I have been writing ever since. It helped me get my first photographic images published and my first book which I wrote and photographed. If you are lucky enough to be in Melbourne the Mediterranean Wanderer will unleash the force within… More details HERE 

3. Artist and friend Matthew Usmar Lauder is as prolific as Picasso and creates so much beauty. This painting of white hydrangeas is a favourite. Check his work HERE

4. One way to get in touch with you is to get creative! If you are lucky enough to live in Brisbane the talented Ellie Ramsey and her team some original workshops where you get to take home something beautiful you made. Anyone for a little shibori. More details HERE 

5. Bring a little Paris girly joy into your life with my Girl On  A Mission limited edition print from my Jeune Fille en Fleur series.. More details HERE

Love

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Get My Lightroom Presets

Dear Photographer,

Over the years many people have asked me about my portrait post processing look and for the first time ever I am pleased to share with you my personal Lightroom presets.

I use these guys to get my distinct look on my black and white and colour portraits.

These presets are for folk who are familiar with Lightroom and know what it means to twiddle with the exposure, colour temperature, contrast and highlight to get your own unique look. These presets will give your images a distinct style depending on the lighting conditions you photographed them in and whether they were well exposed or not.

I have included some of my favourite high contrast and black and whites so you get an instant ‘Carla Coulson’ high fashion look.

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Raw file left and Preset Crunchy Black and White Photo copyright Carla Coulson

All the black and white presets have grain to make sure your photos don’t feel empty and for the folks like me that love a ‘grain storm’ I have snuck a ton in to ‘Rock n Roll’.

The colour presets come without grain but I have added an option to add your own.

Each order comes with a guide on how to use your presets and some do’s and don’ts.

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Here’s what you get:

Paris café Portrait Collection is a collection of some of my favourite high contrast black and whites so you get an instant ‘Carla Coulson’ high fashion portrait look. They are inspired by my love for film photography, Paris, Italy, portraiture and the way I love black and white to look and feel.

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Crunchy black and white – yes folks this preset packs a crunch, it’s high contrast and has a light film grain

Easy Like Sunday Morning – is a soft black and white with almost grey tones. When you don’t want your images to shout

On The Wild Side – This is an unapologetic high contrast black and white with even brighter highlights than Crunchy black and white

Rock n Roll – It’s a little darker and moodier than the others with more definition in the highlights and dense grain

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Colour

Daily Juice Portrait Collection are my favourite portrait colour presets and they come without grain but I have added an option to add your own.

Get Your Motor Running – Has a nice rev in the engine! Bright skin tones and good contrast, it gives you an instant graded look.

Moody Blues – It’s in the polaroid look family, with deep blues in the shadows and golden hues in the highlights, it’s soft and dreamy.

Natural Born Woman – this is for those days and jobs when you need a natural look. Simple but beautiful natural colours

Too Cool for School – less blue in the shadows than ‘Get Your Motor Running’ but with some sass of its own and a lovely warm tone on the skin.

No Apologies – This is a ‘get out of my way’ effect very similar to cross processing. With strong contrast, definition in the shadows and definition in the lines. Hold onto your hat!

You can purchase them HERE

So thrilled to share my look with you..

Have fun

 

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Backstage Secrets to this Harper’s Bazaar Shoot

Dear Folks,

I thought I would let you in on a couple of backstage secrets of how I shot this recent Harper’s Bazaar story with the beautiful Heidi Middleton and her fabulous babes.

I didn’t have the luxury of scouting this beautiful property prior before packing my bags so I jumped online  to see if I could find any images to see the setting of the place. For me this is vital as it will assist me in knowing which lens to pack.

From the images I found on the net I thought the property was in a big field but when I arrived I was surprised (and delighted to see) it was actually in a village. This made capturing a big home like this from the front challenging because I was very close to the building.

Some of you may recall from my ‘How to shoot a chateau’ post that the bigger the building the trickier it is to keep lines straight if you can’t get far enough away from it.

Heidi was a dream! I think I have probably mentioned before how much I love Heidi. What a dream she was to shoot, her calmness, kindness, creativity and beauty. She was great and knew her property backwards and loved some particular parts like the beautiful ivy wall and we all dreamed of her being photographed on it on a ladder.

 

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Red Dress Series

  1. To shoot this photo I was on a super long ladder leaning up against the neighbors’ house in front! So the building wasn’t totally distorted I needed to be as high as I could or at least as close as possible to the middle of the building height. Shooting from a ladder is not my favourite place (yikes, did I tell you about my fear of heights) and Heidi was sitting on the balcony of the building.
  2. I used a 70-200m L-series Canon lens and my arms were literally in a spasm by the time we had completed the shot. I had to balance myself the best I could so as not to have camera shake from the heavy lens.
  3. We started out with Heidi sitting on the balcony and doing some more detailed shots and this lens meant that I could capture as much of the building in the image as possible including the turret, come closer in for a portrait and a vertical shot of her being playful.
  4. I couldn’t have done these pictures without a team. We had a super photographer with me and another assistant with Heidi and we took breaks as much as possible.
  5. When I look at the shots now I think we must have gone mad! But they were shot in a very short time. I wouldn’t recommend that any of you do this. DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!

 

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Flowery Skirt and Top Series

  1. To shoot this photo we required two ladders! So the building wasn’t totally distorted I needed to be as high as I could or at least as close as possible to the middle of the building height. That meant both of us were on super long ladders. My assistant held my ladder as I had an extremely heavy lens and feared tipping.
  2. To have the variety of images you see of the ivy wall it took a while for me to get my ladder in the right position and then we were fighting against the light that was about to come over the turret (who wouldn’t want a building with a turret?) and straight into my lens.
  3. I used a 70-200m L-series Canon lens and my arms like in the pic above.  I had to balance myself the best I could so as not to have camera shake from the heavy lens.
  4. This lens gave me the flexibility to come in for a close-up and still get as much of the building as I could without getting off my ladder. We lost a lot of time moving the ladder even an increment.
  5. To get that skirt moving and add a little magic took a lot of yelling across the front yard as we were both so far away from each other. Her moving the skirt added a new level to the photo.

The last shot of Heidi and her girls were shot in a field of flowers (and required no ladders, yay) we spotted on our way to her place in the morning. This pic was taken just after the sun slid over the hill and I exposed for her skin which gave the little backlight in her hair but left the rest of the foreground in even light.

I hope you enjoyed these little insights into this shoot, it really was one of those special photography days you hold tight to your heart.

Sending love

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