Australian-born, Paris-based photographer Carla Coulson is one of the most generous women I know online. She’s about to give away a portrait or personal branding photoshoot to an equally caring and sharing person!
Let’s face it, who wouldn’t wish to be a model in Paris for a day? Even the camera shy among us might be tempted to come out of our inner selves if we had the chance to be photographed by a warm-hearted, talented photographer; someone who truly knows women and how to put us at our ease.
Add in the all the backdrops you imagine in Paris – grand Parisian boulevards, hidden-away rues, sumptuous palaces with a dash of Louis XV, formal gardens or even shabby chic shop fronts and the scene is more than set for creating a personal branding or portraiture portfolio to cherish forever.
Tempted? Read on for how to enter.
Why Carla and why you should enter?
There a bit of Carla Coulson’s back story that hints at why she’s the go-to photographer for any woman considering a totally pro personal photo shoot and wishing to have some fun on a darn good day out in Paris as well.
Carla left her native Australia around a decade and a half ago with a camera (we’re talking old-school film back then), dreams and a mind made up to ‘make it’ in photography, come what may. She enrolled in a photography course in Florence, and snapped anything and everything in her path to learn her craft.
What’s important to know is that Carla started this career path in her mid 30s, braving to leave behind a good job (that was not her passion), friends, family and more. It was kind of a make or break moment; a decision she has not looked back on and which we’re glad she took as her work is more than eye candy! It’s the work of a sensitive pro.
Carla has several books to her name including her much loved first -‘Italian Joy‘ – and ‘Naples, A Way of Life‘ as well as ‘Paris Tango‘ and her photos grace countless others as well as magazine pages. But Carla is not content to have made it in her craft; she now runs coaching for budding photographers both on leisure-and-learn trips and through online and one-to-one sessions. Her blog is a mine of photography tips for those who can’t join her in person.
More than anyone, Carla knows what it’s like to be brave, and set goals despite the odds and despite others’ doubts. I have followed her blog for a good few years now and always found inspiration and take-out for my daily life. Carla has worn her heart on her sleeve in her posts; documenting not just her photographic career and showcasing shoots, but also sharing her path to self-healing when she was diagnosed with auto-immune illness. She gives of herself way beyond her photography, serving up posts that have motivated no doubt hundreds if not thousands of women to live their dreams, looks to their health and have the strength to get through hard times.
A photoshoot for self care, not self indulgence
You don’t need to read between the lines of the photo shoots Carla highlights to see that the women she has photographed in her adoptive city, Paris, have gained far more than a glitzy, fab portfolio. We’re talking oodles of self confidence and the chance to shine and indulge in some self care.
So often, woman are the givers, not looking at all to their own well-being as they soldier on juggling careers, family and all manner of commitments. That day in Paris with Carla, looking glam and being centre stage, echoes onwards through their lives. It’s a day to be you, totally frivolously and with no inhibitions! The shoots – and this giveaway – come parceled with a stylist cum make-up artist. Choose your look, live your dream. Then see how it changes your outlook and life!
How to Enter: Carla Coulson Photoshoot Gievaway in Paris
(Portrait or Personal Branding)
The full entry details are on Carla’s blog here. Basically, you need to do some caring and sharing on social media and subscribe to Carla’s site to be in with a chance for that full-day photoshoot in Paris.
The deadline is up to the prize draw which takes place: Tuesday 22nd March 2016 10am Paris Time.
What does it include?
The Prize: The prize winner receives a portrait / personal branding shoot on location in Paris redeemable between March 20th 2016 and 30th November 2016 (on dates that aren’t previously booked by Carla’s clients).
It includes a hair and make-up artist at your service for you and your friend/mother/sister/daughter/partner; a private shoot with Carla on the streets of Paris, being ferried around between locations and a lovely lunch! Plus, 10 fine art prints (8 x 10 inches) in a beautiful linen box. And Carla adds ‘a promise that you will look and feel gorgeous!’.
Photo Credits: All photos are copyright ©Carla Coulson. Kindly reproduced here to promote the giveaway.
See also Carla’s work on Italy – ‘Italian Holidays – here on this site.