Save The Date – Belief Portrait Workshop Puglia October 6th – 12th October 2019

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Dear Photographers and Photography Enthusiasts,

I have a very special date for you to put in your calendar if you love photography, Italy, creativity, and have always wanted to attend one of our photography workshops in Puglia, Italy.

Registration will open on the 1st April 2019 to Belief, a very special portrait workshop. We are still putting the finishing touches, polishing the program, and making it the best possible creative experience we can for the participants (always our favourite thing).

I would love your opinion about what YOU would love to learn or experience and if you have time, you can fill out the short survey below:

WE’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR OPINION

Thanking you in advance!

Love and light,

Carla x

Celebrating These Photographers in Puglia

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Jennene Greenall

Instagram: @jennenegreenall

 

Dear Folks,

One of the greatest joys that happened to me in 2018 was a week I spent with these beautiful souls at the stunning Masseria Potenti in Puglia.

This workshop was like no other photography workshop that we have created, as I wrapped two passions into one, coaching and photography.

Wow, even I was surprised!! Boy, did it unleash new-found confidence and joy in this talented collective of women and incredible insights into embracing a bigger creative dream.

Maria Grazia, Chiara, and the staff at Masseria Potenti nurtured and inspired us with an authentic Puglian experience in food, wine, design, and hospitality and when it came time to go home, none of us wanted to!!! Who would want to leave their hand-embroidered linen sheets behind…

Athalee Brown took care of every detail and photographer Loc Boyle shared his vast knowledge, kindness, and patience when it comes to all things photography.

 

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Jasmijn Van Ooy

Instagram: @jasmijnpicturesthis

 

So this post is to celebrate these women (and the ones that photography is missing here) to show you what happens when you dare to push open a door to creativity, yourself and do something you love.

How within each of us lies creativity and talent and even if it has been dormant for a lifetime, it’s waiting there for a breath of oxygen to ignite it, and when you ignite it and blow on it a little bit, sometimes it can become a raging fire of passion, as joyous and wonderful as falling in love.

Go check out their Instagram feeds and stunning work.

A huge thanks to these gals for one of the most beautiful weeks of my life, for allowing me to share their work and to the new friendships that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Love and hugs,

Carla x

 

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Mary Willis

Instagram: @mary_cate_w

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Jilly Bennett

Instagram: @jillybennettphotography

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Gabby Llewelyn

Instagram: @gabby_bravebrownrabbit

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Lisa Derea Frederiksen

Instagram: @lisadereaphotography_art

 

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Silvia Maggiotto

Instagram: @italyandherbeauty 

 

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Mariam Isa

Instagram: @mermaid2331

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Sarah Vandermark

 

Puglia Beginners Travel Photography Workshop

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Dearest Folks,

Stay tuned next week for some exciting news. After many requests, we are in the process of creating a travel photography workshop so many of you have asked for.

A photography workshop where you come and you don’t need any photography pre-requisite other than a camera.

Yep, in the beautiful area of Puglia next May, not only will you get to travel to one of the loveliest places in Italy but we will teach you basic manual photography at the same time.

It’s the double bunger, we try and take you from Zero to Hero and you not only do you go home with a swag of fabulous photos but with a new found technical skills and knowledge for manual photography.

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So if you were one of those lovely folks who asked for this travel photography workshop, set your alarm for next week or if you want to be first on the list email us at workshops@carlacoulson.com

Photography gave me whatever it was that was missing inside and made me love life again.” – Carla Coulson from Italian Joy

Love ya,

Carla x

Wanna Buy A House In Puglia Italy

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Dear Friends,

This little piece of Puglia is very dear to me. It’s located near Ceglie Messapica in the Valle D’itria and has been in Francesco’s and my heart for the past 10 years.

We have dreamed of converting it into many things. A beautiful home to welcome our family and friends where we would have an ecological vegetable garden, long table lunches under the olive trees and swing in hammocks at the end of the day.

YOU CAN SEE THE PROPERTY HERE 

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Inspired by the beautiful Masserias such as Masseria Potenti and Masseria Ciminio, we dreamed of making this beauty come alive, keeping her beautiful organic shapes, adding a Mediterranean garden that wouldn’t need watering and giving her a lot of love and care.

My architect hubby who loves Mediterranean architecture spent many a long night planning her comeback and how it would be the kindest to the landscape around her as we wanted to respect her story and the surrounding lands. I fantasised about fairy lights in the olive trees, music and laughter and picking my own tomatoes.

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But during the past 10 years, our lives have taken different directions. Hubby is now a naturopath as well as an architect and our travels take us all around the world. We have come to the realization that we need to pass on our dream to someone else who truly loves beautiful Puglia and wants to create something beautiful with this precious piece.

Our little baby is for sale and you can check her out HERE and if you are interested and want to know more you can contact Francesco Distante at info@pugliadream.com.

Sending love,

Carla x

 

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Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren and all my other Southern Italian fantasies

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Left: Sophia Loren, photographed by Tazio Secchiaroli. Right: Fashion editorial by photographer Hudson Wright.

Dear Photographers,

I have been wanting to create some of these photos forever. I have had them on my Pinterest boards for years, knowing that one day we would meet in a not so distant future and these would be the fuel for some magical days.

And as I am putting the finishing touches on the planning of the Puglia workshop the excitement has started to mount as the mood board came out.

Finally, I can roll all my Sante Fe, Puglia, Sicilian, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren et al. fantasies into this workshop and as a gal that is fully invested in this style in every way, let me tell you the decisions are difficult.

Will it be a Dolce Gabbana ad that will inspire us with a Monica Belluci look-a-like dancing? Or an old image of Sophia Loren taking a break between sets? Or maybe the cool Kelley Ash of AWildAtHeart with her modern take on Santa Fe/California and beautiful hats and long flowing gowns.

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Photos of Kelley Ash (@awildatheart) by Anthony Nocella.

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Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

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Photo of Kelley Ash (@awildatheart) by Graham Dunn.

This is the bit I love, the creativity, the stuff that gets your blood flowing and hooks you up to the motherlode of energy. The stuff that has you poring over images for hours at the wonder and beauty. And the sheer excitement that shooting in a place you love can bring. The connection to something so powerful as pure joy for doing what you love.

I love passing it on almost as much as I love doing it myself.

If you would like to be inspired in a totally unique environment, take some amazing images you always dreamed of taking and see me frothing at the mouth in October with a passion for all of it, we’ve had a cancellation and we have one place left on the Heartland – People and Spaces Workshop.

I warn you… there will be music!

Carla

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