Private Portrait - Stunning Couple - Carla Coulson
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Private Portrait – Stunning Couple

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What happens when the ‘Penelope Cruz and the Xavier Bardem  of Alabama’ turn up for a photo shoot in a Parisian apartment dripping with faded beauty??

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Carla goes wild and they make movie-star magic and morph into material for a Vogue Italia cover shoot!

Carla Coulson portrait shoot paris

Needless to say when the divine Ann and Paul walked through the door not only was I blown away by these wonderful people and their incredible connection to each other but I had ‘accent crush’, I could have listened to them all day. Instant love affair on my part!!

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A couple who love music and dance, Paris and Italy..The beautiful Ann…. and she thought I looked like Kate Winslet (lurrrvvving you even more)..

Carla Coulson portrait shoot paris The handsome Paul..

carla coulson portrait shoot paris

So to dear Paul and Ann (world’s most divine couple) I dedicate Jimmy Buffet’s – He Went to Paris (one of Paul’s faves and cause we had the best time slow dancing to this)..You can listen along to it here – folks try not to cry…

He went to paris lookin for answers
To questions that bothered him so
He was impressive, young and aggressive
Savin the world on his own

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But the warm summer breezes
The french wines and cheeses
Put his ambition at bay
The summers and winters
Scattered like splinters
And four or five years slipped away

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot paris

Then he went to england, played the piano
And married an actress named kim
They had a fine life, she was a good wife
And bore him a young son named jim

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot paris

And all of the answers and all of the questions
Locked in his attic one day
Cause he liked the quiet clean country livin
And twenty more years slipped away

Carla Coulson Portrait shoot paris

Well the war took his baby, the bombs killed his lady
And left him with only one eye
His body was battered, his whole world was shattered
And all he could do was just cry

Carla Coulson private portrait shoot paris

While the tears were a-fallin he was recallin
Answers he never found
So he hopped on a freighter, skidded the ocean
And left england without a sound

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Now he lives in the islands, fishes the pilins
And drinks his green label each day
Writing his memoirs, losin his hearin
But he don’t care what most people say

Carla Coulson portrait shoot Paris

Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion
If he likes you hell smile and hell say
Jimmy, some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic
But I had a good life all the way

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And he went to paris lookin for answers
To questions that bothered him so

All Lyrics by Jimmy Buffet and you can hear the song here

Big hugs and thanks to Ann and Paul for allowing me to share these photos with you and to new and old friends wherever you may be in the world sending you all my love.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”  Giuseppe Verdi (this quote is for Ann)


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  • Anna

    Stunnig couple and beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!

    June 14, 2013 at 9:51 am
  • Simply gorgeous!

    June 14, 2013 at 10:14 am
  • Wow, what a sexy couple! A fabulous appartment,a photographers dream, lovely work Carla.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:22 am
  • Beautiful job, Carla! Sigh – this is dreamy and magical and full of old world glamor with just that little bit of edge. Beautiful. 🙂

    June 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • Cristina

    Wonderful shots! Everything looks pretty: the couple, the apartment, the lights…everything! Congratulations for your good job!

    June 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  • I always admire your portraits, Carla, but these are superb – a very handsome couple and that apartment … oh my!!

    June 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  • I’m sure they know how lucky they are… x

    June 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Ann Rich

      Words cannot express how infinitely grateful we are to Carla…she is brilliant and a pure joy. A memory for life! She is also stunningly gorgeous..inside & out!

      June 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm
      • Linda Hand Bean

        How could these photographs be anything but stunningly gorgeous? Incredible photographer, lovely and loving couple, in a spectacular setting. What more could one ask for? Pure perfection!

        June 15, 2013 at 12:28 am
  • Gorgeous Carla, just gorgeous. <3

    I'm now catching your blog on "feedly" because Google Reader is going away in a few weeks… Love feedly, very visual… I hope your other readers don't lose your feed when Reader goes away…

    June 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm
  • jeanette

    what a couple photographed to perfection by you carla. what a lovely day all must have had

    June 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  • Stephanie

    What a stunning couple! I adore these photos.

    June 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm
  • Wow, Carla – these pictures are just dripping with style! I really love the backdrops too, particularly the pink wall and green couch – very effective!

    June 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • Denise

    I don’t usually make a comment but! this couple look just so gorgeous, happy and content with life together.
    Beautiful photos Carla.

    June 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm
  • I knew their photos would be just as gorgeous when I told them about you dear Carla. Indeed they are a stunning couple but they are also beautiful people inside. Ann’s heart is in Italy but Paul’s is in Paris.

    June 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  • OH MY GOD!Where is that VILLA?I want to go there and just take it all in!The color the walls………the floor OH MY!
    What a beautiful couple!I have a question for ANN how do you get your husband to do a photo shoot with YOU?I would adore that but do not think I could get him A on an airplane B to FRANCE, (you see he is an ITALIAN ) and we live in the USA but never mind all that.Did you have to talk him into it or was he good to go as they say?WHAT GORGEOUS photos you have created…………JUST BELLISIMA!

    June 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • Ann RIch

      La Contessa….My husband was very amenable to this because he had seen Carla’s work and also because he LOVES Paris! I am italian, so I get it 😉 Maybe you could show him how awesome Carla is and plan for Carla to take your pic for a special event. It was our 19th year Anniversary!!!! Thank you!

      June 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm
      • I JUST KNEW YOU were ITALIAN!You look the part from head to toe…..but somewhere it had said you were from the SOUTH.I just took a peek again and thought to myself she has to be ITALIAN blood and tra…la there is your response telling me so!So, happy YOU “get it!”Perfecto!Our 27th anniversary is almost here!I shall give it a try…….millie Grazie!

        June 15, 2013 at 2:42 am
  • Paul Rich

    Wow, Carla. I think I have finally found some of the answers to some of the questions in the love for my wife, Ann. Bravo and thank you for making this the most special part of our trip. You have such an amazing eye for this. It was so much fun. The shoot will forever be etched in my heart. For all of you who want your personality captured and have a wonderful, whimsical experience at the same time, go directly to Paris and get Carla to work her photographic magic. It was so worth it. Many, many thanks, Carla.

    June 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  • These are such gorgeous images. And yes a striking couple!

    June 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  • Jeanette

    What can I say to top all of the above comments with the exception of “DITTO”…..I am truly blessed to know this beautiful couple and that they are, inside and out!

    June 16, 2013 at 4:44 am
  • Beautiful! My favourite is the one where Ann is sitting on the backwards chair and Paul is by the window. Perfect balance! To me it shows they are independent, but complete each other. Thank you for this xx

    June 17, 2013 at 12:05 am
  • This shoot is stunning, Carla! What a gorgeous couple!

    Clare x

    June 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm