Backstage At The Picture This Workshop - Sydney - Carla Coulson
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Backstage At The Picture This Workshop – Sydney

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

What happens when 12 photographers get together in 3 different locations with two make-up artists, 6 real women models, a truckload of clothes, styling and props and the world’s best workshop organiser (Athalee)?

Two participants and me (I am the one catching flies with my mouth open)

Lots of laughs, creativity, excitement, ideas and beautiful photos.

On the 7th of January I kicked off Picture This, my first portrait photography workshop with the help of super organiser Athalee and my assistant from Paris, the one and only Loc Boyle. We spent 3 fabulous days with 10 incredible women talking photography, shooting and creating images.

In the above pic those screams of laughter were because the beautiful girl in the black dress (see top photo and below) was twirling and twirling a lot… and we were liking it!

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

Day 2 was at the Vaucluse Yacht Club, an old 1930’s club down at Watsons Bay and we had 4 fab models doing their thing. The pic below is me shooting our gorgeous vintage inspired model and yes I was pretty excited that the club hadn’t renovated the original men’s bathrooms. She wore a vintage swimsuit and a striped straw! 


 Day 2 On location at the Vaucluse Yacht Club Copyright Carla Coulson

Day 1 The girls in the boys club.

Day one was a theory day on fashion and how to weave it into portraiture to create unique images. It was held in a historic gentleman’s club boardroom! Loved adding the pink touches (what would the boys have thought)!

Looks like I am doing a cha cha cha dance move but probably just excited about a pic on the big screen.


One of the girls shooting a model on Day 3 in a shabby chic private home

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

Showing the model how gorgeous she is!

Photo Copyright Carla Coulson

 Voila the gorgeous group and moi!!

So a big round of applause to all the photographers who participated and survived a scorching 43 degree Sydney day. Can’t wait to see your photos!

Three of the most rewarding days of my photography life..

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”  Ansel Adams

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  • Athalee Brown

    Such a lovely group of ladies and 3 wonderful days, models were a treat also xx

    January 24, 2013 at 10:09 am
  • Giselle Rowe

    We are the blessed ones, it was a life changing experience.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:17 am
  • Nat

    The workshop was great fun, thanks Carla for sharing your expertise, and thanks Athalee for all the behind the scenes hard work!

    January 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  • Carolyn

    The photos say it all – looks like you all had a ball. C x

    January 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • What fun ! and all that talent together !

    January 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • great Photos!

    January 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  • OH,what fun!What a TREAT to see YOU TOO!I would love to do a workshop with YOU but I donot know one thing about my CANON E05 camera which I adore!Havent a clue what shutter speed is etc…………but I love to take photos!
    In search of a ballgown!You know why!

    January 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Looks amazing! I would love to do one of your workshops…

    January 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm
  • Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

    January 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm
  • I would love to do one of your workshops too Carla but am not a photographer even though I enjoy taking pictures. All these images make me want to pick up my camera…beautiful! Cxx

    January 25, 2013 at 1:51 am
  • What a fun experience. Nice shots guys, you did a great job!

    January 25, 2013 at 7:21 am
  • Oh this sounded SO good. A wonderful story in pictures and so many happy faces.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:36 am
  • Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous and love that touch of pink to tantalize the gentlemen x

    January 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm
  • I love the fun you’re all having, Carla!!

    January 26, 2013 at 12:03 am
  • Flies, cha cha cha..
    Luckily the pictures illustrate your text!
    And indeed, the faces in the pics say it all!
    Congrats to you on what obviously is a job very well done!

    January 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm
  • I might be biased Carla but your passion and enthusiam for what you do is an amazing breath of fresh air!!


    January 28, 2013 at 7:23 am