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How I took a 20 Year Detour..

Dear Folks,

Before I became a photographer and moved to Italy circa the year 2000, this time of the year I would go into a sort of agitated anxious state. I would start calling all my single girlfriends and see what they were doing for Christmas because there was nothing like Christmas that made me feel isolated, lonely and not shaping up.

Often we would book a trip to Bali on Christmas Day after we had spent the day with our families so we could jet away from our lives and leave the season ‘to be jolly’  (cause there was nothing jolly about it for us) behind us just like it never happened.

I have had a lot of time lately to reflect on why it took me so long to get back on a path that was authentic to me. I was looking for the answers in the wrong places, for almost 20 years I looked for the answers outside of me.

I looked to ‘Mr Right’ to love me and when he wasn’t around I felt unloved. I looked to others to nurture me and I spent so much time running around doing things that had no purpose to fill up my time that I never had time to sit, reflect and look inwards.

I searched madly for it all outside of me but always came up empty handed and disappointed. So folks, this is about where in the story you put on the Whitney Houston track the ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ and stand up and sing with your biggest voice because that’s actually what happened to me. My 20 Year detour started when I stopped searching outside me and that’s when life feel into place (or you know what I mean).

Well, you are probably thinking easier said than done!

How do you get to that place where you actually believe it?

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Shannon Fricke and I are using our stories to show there is a way to live your life that is authentic to you with joy, happiness and personal reward.

Although our stories are vastly different we have used the same framework to overcome our personal and creative challenges and continue to find our paths to our authentic selves, our new found creativity and joy.

If you would like to join us for an open discussion with like-minded souls and explore the possibilities we are having a one day workshop in Sydney December 17th and you can read all the details HERE.

There is only ONE PLACE  left.

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Oil And Watercolour Art Prints by Blake & Taylor

Dear Folks,

This Gorgeous woman is Ellie Ramsay from Blake & Taylor, who is a renaissance woman in the true sense. She is a star at creating beautiful decors and she can turn her hand to all types of creativity.

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Ellie is the owner of the iconic Blake & Taylor, a beautiful interior decorating store in Brisbane where the locals can lose themselves in beauty for the home.

Ellie and I have had the chance to get to know each other this year and I have had some of my best belly laughs with her.

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I am super excited to celebrate with Ellie the launch of an incredible series of art prints of oil paintings by Frances Ianarella from New York and beautiful watercolours that were a collaboration of styling by Ellie and painted by Elizabeth Jackson from the UK.

Ellie has these art prints exclusively to Blake & Taylor and I know they would make an amazing Christmas present for someone you love.

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You can check them out HERE 

Go say hello and tell her Carla sent you.

Big love

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Let Photography be Your Greatest Teacher

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Gloving up at the Espadon Restaurant, Ritz Paris 2017

Dear Friends,

One of the greatest journeys for all of us in life is to understand and appreciate ourselves. To be proud of who we are and what we stand for.

I thank photography for being my greatest teacher, for honing my belief in myself and helping me to get clear on what I believe in and what are my values.

Let me run you through it.

When I started in photography I had just left a life. I was standing up for what I believed in for the first time but I was on wobbly legs, sort of like having a fresh book in front of me with the pages waiting to be filled with my true beliefs and what would carry me through life in the coming years.

I was out about on the streets of Italy and photography allowed me to rub up close to life, to feel, smell and touch it every time I left the house. Life and I become intrinsically connected to each other like never before.

Each time I put the viewfinder to my eye and had my finger poised on my shutter I had the chance to ask myself a question about what was before my eyes.

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Tense moment in calcetto in Puglia 2016

I would be confronted with situations such a photographing a homeless person and how I felt about that. I would ask myself ‘yes or no’? Did it feel like I was prying? Was it disrespectful? Would I end up there? What does that feel like to have no home? How could I make a difference?

For me every photo became a question to myself about life and about how far I as willing to go for a photo or not. I was attracted to joy, to situations where people were wringing emotions out of life and the more I could feel my way through life the more I trusted it as my rudder.

These ‘hundreds of thousands’ of questions I have tried to answer with my heart not my head and by doing this over and over again I have had the chance to understand my values and why I am here on this planet.

 

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The divine barmen at the Hemingway Bar, Ritz Paris doing the double shake 2017

There are days I bow down in reverence to the power of creativity and what it has to show us and my master has been photography. There hasn’t been a day when I have had a camera in my hand that I didn’t learn a lesson or have the chance to get connected to a life that was bigger than me.

If you have the opportunity to let photography (or creativity) lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself give her a chance.

Sending love

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The Soul Of A Book

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Dear Friends and Photographers,

This week I had the most fabulous drink with two wonderful women in Paris.

We had a chat about photography, life and Italian Joy and how this book came about.

Beautiful Elizabeth told me she had read it 10 times and I thought about this all the way home. She also asked me what happened after the book was published?

I tried to explain it the best I could at the time but when I thought about it a little more this is a better explanation, this is for Elizabeth and anyone who ever wondered ‘what if’ to publishing a book.

A book has it’s on soul and like a living being it puts energy out into the world and through its own magic it brings people to you. All sorts of wonderful things happened to me after Italian Joy was published and the most beautiful thing was the courage it gave people to write to me and tell me their story.

When I was writing this book I never imagined this would happen. I was in Italy at the time and in my lovely little Floretine apartment on my own writing and I never really imagined anyone would read it!

My divine publisher at the time, Julie Gibbs cleverly asked me a question as I left her office ‘”whether I had read A Thousand Days in Venice?” and I replied “Yes”, Julie added “she was very honest”. That’s all she said, no giant big rousing speech about how I should go back to Italy and write a bestseller, dig deep into my darkest secrets. No, she just said those words “she was very honest”.

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I remember going down in the lift at the Penguin office and sort of shaking my head knowing that in those words there was a message for me. So when I went back to Florence and sat down at my desk I decided to tell the truth about my life. By telling the truth that book became a ‘living being’ with a soul of its own. It sent little messages to people that needed to hear them, it gave hope to others who were in the same situation as me and it reminded people you can have the life you want if you are uncomfortable enough with the one you have right now. And it sent me my tribe. That little book was like a ‘mother wolf howling’ to her tribe and the ripples resonated across the oceans to the people who I needed to be in touch with.

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Italian Joy changed my life. It gave me a supersonic boost in my career as a photographer and it made me realise we all have a story and each of our stories are important.

I owe so much to Julie Gibbs, one of the shining lights in the Australian publishing industry for seeing in me and my photos more than I could see in them the day I pitched my book. Intuitively she knew there was more to my story than the photos I lay on her table and elegantly coerced it out of me as she has done with hundreds of authors throughout the years.

Your story like mine is important. If you feel you have a story you would like to bring to life and would like to hear from Julie in person, how best to pitch it, what publishers and looking for and what books make magic?

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Julie will be one of our special guests at Get Published on the 10th December 2017 in Sydney along with Tanya Allen the Creative Director of Vogue Living.  Julie will share twenty years of experience in the publishing industry with the participants at this event and impart the best bits she can to help you have your story and photos published.

We would love to have you and help you on your own to having your stories and photos published in magazines and books.

All details HERE

Any questions please contact us at workshops@carlacoulson.com

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When I Am Stuck This is What I Do

Photo Credit: Loc Boyle

Dearest Folks,

This is a quick little tip that you can apply to help you solve anything!

Often in life we get caught up with what we ‘should do’. This can apply to your photography such as “I should do this job” or “I should take these photos for my portfolio” or “I should become a wedding photographer because that’s where the money is.”

Our self-talk is powerful and it can convince us in mille seconds we are on the wrong path and just like that we have dropped our most passionate plans and we are doing what we think we ‘should do’.

This can happen to us in our relationships, with our creativity and even with our life paths.

I have one way of always getting back on track with what’s true for me and that is bringing it back to love.

Cause here’s the secret. If you love what you do you are a magnet that attracts the right people, the right work, the right life. If you are doing what is authentic to you which maybe taking the photos deep in your heart, or creating interiors you have always dreamed of or living a particular way you are excited, passionate and that energy transmits to the people who need your product, message or new sofa!

So whenever you are stuck, no matter what it is in life, ask yourself ‘what would make you happy?’ What would be your biggest creative (fill in the blank.. holiday, life, partner, book) dream.

Often this one little question will bring clarity and you will be back in love with what you do and the world will be as it should be!

Sending love

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