Monica Bellucci Inspired Private Portrait - Carla Coulson
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Monica Bellucci Inspired Private Portrait

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All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

You may remember back in April I had a little give-away of a portrait shoot with moi in Paris? Well, it ended up being a tied draw as Avedon picked two names out of the hat (they were stuck together with his ‘croquettes’ kitty biscuits) and one of them was the fab Gabriella Pirisi.

Carla Coulson private portrait

Gorgeous Gabriella packed up her life and headed to Paris a couple of years ago and dived head first in the sweet end. She has been studying to create those ridiculously gorgeous pastries that this city is reknowned for. You can find her on Facebook at Miss Pirisi – Patissiere

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When I asked Gabriella did she have any fashion icons or inspiration for her shoot her response was ‘Monica Bellucci’.. Ahh… One of my favourites..the prop gods must have heard our whispers and sent us crates full of sour cherries, preserved lemon and gherkins that we found lying around our location.

Carla Coulson private portrait

So, gorgeous Gabriella channelled Monica Bellucci and I shot.

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Her warm, sweet and loveable nature oozes from every pore.

Carla Coulson private portrait

Back to Monica…

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and the camellia’s were in bloom

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Giving Monica a run for her money..

Carla Coulson private portrait

A quiet moment in the gorgeous ‘Contessa’s‘ vintage kimono she so generously gave me..

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I love this pic..

Carla Coulson private portrait

All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

 And what would a photo shoot be without one barefoot dance pic!

A hugh round of applause to the stunning Gabriella for giving so much on the day and allowing me to share these photos with you..

Grazie ancora..

“Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.” Monica Bellucci


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  • Julie collett

    Soooo beauiful , you have her essence and love xxx

    July 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • love all of them + a favorite is with the kimono! + beautiful

    July 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm
  • OH MY!Before reading the print I said to myself……..,”THAT LOOKS FAMILIAR!!”LOOKs FAB on your model………….YOUR Model is divine with her HOSE!!!
    This is like a birthday GIFT for me!As my DAY was yesterday!I shared with that LITTLE new PRINCE in ENGLAND!Isn’t he just GORGEOUS!
    Beautiful shots…………….Beautiful studio.Beautiful DONNA ITALIANO?

    July 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm
  • She is ridiculously pretty and the kimono shot after the black dress is such a lovely surprise pop of color. I wonder how I would look in a kimono … hmmm. not as pretty .

    July 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm
  • Julie

    Wow! Gabriella is such a stunning, beautiful women and you captured the essence of her in each of these photos. I love them all but that last kimono pic is my favourite.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:52 am
  • Gabriella is a beautiful model and the dresses look fabulous on her. I do love the black lace dress.
    Your photos are fabulous as usual

    July 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm