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Would You Let Your Child Have A Career As A Photographer?

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I love this subject and probably not being a mum I have never had to worry about my child becoming a creative or a photographer but it is something I think about often.

I remember when I announced to the world (well my little world) almost 16 years ago after doing a photography course in Italy that I was going to become a photographer.

I had all sorts of reactions. A dear friend who was a radio announcer made a couple of wise cracks about the sun setting over the water and clichéd photos and with a wave of a hand sort of dismissed the idea (in his mind). In mine, I had that beautiful naivety of not knowing anything about what I was doing and thought I would show him better.

Others told me that I had had my fun as a photographer and now it was time to get a real job. I am sure it was out of care and visions of poverty in my old age but I was so ‘all in’ there was no way I was taking his advice either.

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But when I told my mother that I want to be a professional photographer, she looked at me with belief and trust and said ‘that sounds lovely dear’. She didn’t ask me for a business plan, she didn’t come up with all the excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it and go live on the other side of the world.

My mum did the most fabulous thing a mum can do for a creative which is to believe I could do it. She had seen me struggle for years in a business I didn’t love, she had seen me single and lonely with one too many heartbreaks to even suggest for a minute a safe alternative in a city office. She had seen me try to cuddle up to my Gucci and Pucci without it working!!!

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I am sure it hurt I was spending a ton of time on the other side of the world but she put what I wanted before what she wanted and what a gift she gave me.

My mum and dad came to stay with me in Florence and walked around the piazzas and hear my endless enthusiasm for this place I loved so dearly. They ate, drank and lived like Italians. They got to see their daughter bursting with happiness when her first article was published in Marie Claire and they almost popped with pride at the same time.

They took my favourite boat ride with me to Da Adolfo on the Amalfi Coast and fell in love with the concept of a beachbed and a restaurant at the the back of the beach. They felt special and lived a beautiful moment and saw the coast I love so much when Sergio the owner let us tag along on a boat ride to Amalfi.

 

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They have devotedly dashed up to the newsagent every time a magazine has come out with my pics and bought numerous copies of my books for everyone and anyone who needed a present.

My mum and her team of ninja grannies became my biggest fans, moving books around the shelves in Sydney bookstores so they were always up the front and couldn’t help telling anyone that wanted to listen that it was her daughter’s and it would be a REALLY good thing if you bought it.

Although we have shared many years apart we have also shared this amazing journey together. They knew the backstory, they have seen it from the start, brick by brick building this thing, every brick I built was their brick and they have helped me and shared in the joy and reward that I have shared. They welcomed my Italian boyfriend (now husband) into their lives with open arms and without jealousy or fear.

 

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When ‘we’ started this journey who would have ever known how it was going to pan out. Maybe they could see the fire in my eyes or in my belly, maybe they decided to trust that I was finally on my path and this time I would hit ‘emotional’ and creative gold.

If you are reading this and you are a mum and your child wants to go on a journey of their own that maybe doesn’t fit with your vision for their life, stay open to the magic that you could share together, the love, the support and the joy that you too could bring to your beloved child’s life and the magic that you will help them find in themselves and in the world.

Love you Mum and Dad,  thanks for the belief and trust.

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Imagine Diving Here In Italy? What a fabulous summer!

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Dear Friends,

It’s real, European summer is finally showing us her face and we are beyond excited.

Clear blue waters, beach beds and striped umbrellas come calling and being the slave to the beach I am off I run to what I consider a fabulous summer.

To celebrate this glorious time of the year and the run up to loads of joy and happiness over the coming months, for 4 short days you will receive 10% discount on ALL BEACH PRINTS with the code summerrocks (all lower case attached) on checkout.

Grab your goggles, cossies and sunscreen and swim on over to the shop and pick your favourite HERE.

We ship worldwide so even if you are in Alaska, Greenland or the Antartica, you, too can have the beach in your life all year around!

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Want To Take Photos Full of Heart Without Figuring It Out On Your Own?

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Dear Friends,

I love photography! It has brought me all the joy and reward I have in my life today.

I have gone back through so many of my different phases with photography to understand the process of learning so I can be a better teacher.

One of the things that I love to relive is how I started to take photos with conviction, photos that made me stop in my tracks in the darkroom when they appeared, photos that had soul and a lot of heart. The photos that were no longer capturing a scene but were capturing life and a story.

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Here’s what I have learnt:

To take photos full of heart you need to master the basics of photography, understand composition, shutter speed and ISO then you need to know who you are!!

Waddya mean I can hear you saying?  You need to dial into who you are as a person, to be awake to life and the moments that touch you, that mean something to you, that you want to capture in all their beauty.

To do this you need to know your values, what you stand for, what excites you, what motivates you and the wonderful thing is to profoundly know this stuff you can’t do it from your lounge-room chair. You have to get out there amongst life and open yourself and your heart. You need to decide to be available to take the next step and channel all those photos that are stilling calling you but you just can’t capture.

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Life and situations call and you have to be willing to risk a little of you every day and in every photo and when you risk a little of yourself (and I don’t mean getting beaten up by a gang) the universe rewards you with magic.

Risking something might look like asking a stranger to take their photo, taking a different route in a familiar neighbourhood, booking a holiday to a new destination or doing something you have only dreamed about doing but never done. Risking might be standing in the one place for 30 mins waiting for the perfect moment, it might be telling your husband it’s your time and leave them to prepare breakfast and go for a morning walk.

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Teaching manual photography requires patience and time, my true love is teaching something else. It’s teaching the next step, how to see, how to feel, how to take an idea, an image, a story and give it wings.

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Last week I flew half way around the world to Hawaii to take my learning to a next step and yes I could have muddled through and figured some of it out on my own but I loved being catapulted to a new level with new learning and in a group. What I have learnt not only from teaching photography but being in a group is that you learn just as much from the group as you do from the teachers.

These photos were taken in beautiful Puglia in Italy that has everyone around the world with their knickers in a knot (my Aunty loved this expression and I thought of her today) where I will be taking a group of photographers to a new level in their photography.

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Our Classroom in Martina Franca ready for the photographers

If you feel like risking a little, living a lot and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to take photos you only dared to take, we would love you to join us.

You can watch this video to see a little spirit of my previous Puglia workshop.

Please feel free to contact me at carla@carlacoulson.com or read all the details HERE.

There will be friendship, learning, delish food and beauty to fill your heart. You can read what the previous workshop had to say HERE. 

It’s the trip of a lifetime.

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Italy Like You have Never Seen It

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Dear Photography Enthusiasts,

I love Italy from the tip of the Alps to the heel of the boot and everything in between but without a doubt the region of Puglia is a deal breaker.

When I first visited Puglia almost 15 years ago it was pure wonderment for me. Tomato ‘salsa’ laid out on beautiful white stone steps drying in the sun, families gathered around a big table in olive fields lunching together and white stone streets I couldn’t have imagined if I had tried.

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I have had the pleasure of visiting Puglia a couple of times a year because my hubby was born there and still has all of its charm, honesty and wonderment beautifully intact.

It’s ‘off the beaten track’ feel is one of the reasons I chose it for the Visionary – Storytelling workshop in June. It’s a place that makes you fall in love and ever so sad to leave, that gives more than it takes and incites you to whip out your camera at every street corner.

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All photos copyright Carla Coulson

One place has become available on the June 2017 workshop and if you feel like travelling to a magical part of the world, to take your photos to a whole new level and be part of a fabulous group you can check out all the details HERE or email me at workshops@carlacoulson.com

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La Fontellina Beach – It’s Live In The Shop

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Ciao Tutti,

So excited to share this beautiful Italian beach on the Island of Capri as a fine art print, signed and numbered and shipped anywhere in the world… and it’s live in the shop now.

It’s available in 3 Sizes and starts at 200 Euros.

If you would love to hold Italy and summer in your heart each time you pass through your favourite room you can make this limited edition print yours HERE.

You can also have it custom printed to a size that suits you so please feel free to get in touch with me at carla@carlacoulson.com if you have any special requirements.

Grazie mille,

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