You Make Me Happy - Carla Coulson
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You Make Me Happy

To all the fabulous women (and men) that I have had the pleasure of shooting this year in Paris a heartfelt thank-you and a noisy Carla tap dance to all of you for trusting me with your photos.

At the end of each shoot when I would go home and sit in the quiet of my apartment, preparing your photos to show you I was overcome with a feeling of happiness looking at what we made together.

Happiness for the time we shared, the fun and excitement of planning the shoot, the laughs along the way and all of you beautiful gals beaming back at me.

Although you all started out as strangers you now feel like long lost friends and I am so happy that our paths have crossed.

What more could a photographer ask for than a year of wonderful people who have all been a treasure to work with? And to top it off my talented right hand woman the fabulous hair and make-up artist Veronique Marot who enhanced your beauty with her magic wand(s)!

There wasn’t a Parisian location left unturned or a portrait client that didn’t participate in the shenanigans!

And if I could do it all over again I would as these were some of the loveliest  days of my photography life.

So to all the women I have photographed this year (including those not in these photos sorry there were too many of you to fit in this post) thanks for the laughs, the fun, for allowing me to do something I love and for making me happy.

To little princesses, us big girls know just how exciting that first dab of lipstick is and that the magic of make-up doesn’t fade as you get older!

My apologies to the women I have disappointed by not being in Paris for the next two months but I hope our planets will collide nicely in the future and we can make some beautiful photos together.

And to the women I am about to photograph in Sydney I say BRING IT ON!!

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams”. Ashley Smith




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  • And what beauties they are, Carla!

    November 29, 2012 at 9:10 am
  • Such beautiful smiles….oh to be in Sydney. Please let me know if you ever decide to venture north to Brisbane. Though in the current heatwave our smiles are sort of sliding off our faces, some Carla magic would be required 😉

    November 29, 2012 at 10:49 am
  • Christinab@ Hair Romance

    These are so beautiful Carla. I love the pictures you take of women. You must be so booked p for your trip back to Sydney but please le me know if you have any free time x

    November 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  • so lovely Carla + those gals + future ones are very lucky!

    November 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm
  • Oh Carla, you’re the fountain of happiness! You exude happy smiles around you and your wonderful lively portraits reflect them. What a rewarding metier .
    You’ve made my day. Thank you.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  • Amazing ladies and amazing shots Carla. Sure you made their day too. Happy day down under sweets,

    November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm
  • Anita Rivera

    I wish you could take my picture, Carla! These are so vivid and full of LIFE! Anita

    November 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm
  • This is so happy and so honest – we can feel your joy at what you do in your photos – just gorgeous. AND I love your very poignant and apt quotes at the end of all your posts. Where DO you find them? Enjoy the warm Sydney weather and early morning swims.
    F x

    November 30, 2012 at 3:17 am
  • DeniseAngela

    Such beautiful photographs of life!

    November 30, 2012 at 7:01 am
  • All such wonderful, natural and fun portraits. Looking forward to seeing more of your stunning work from Sydney and into 2013.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  • Sarah

    It was a magical day in the Luxembourg Gardens when you took our photos. Not only do I have the stunning photographs, I also have such beautiful memories of the whole day. The ladies in Sydney about to be photographed are in for such a treat. It was such a pleasure to meet you Carla and a privilege to be photographed by you. I hope our paths cross again some day.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:58 am
  • What a beautiful tribute, Carla! One can tell you are not only an amazing artist but a lovely person. Will you be ‘home’ for the holidays?

    December 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm