Friday, August 03, 2012

Carla Coulson

Photo by Carla Coulson

Last trip in Paris I got 'Funny Faced' by Australian fashion photographer, Carla Coulson.
Have you ever dreamt of a once in a lifetime moment in Paris? Your own private shoot in a chic Parisian cafe, on a bridge, at the Eiffel Tower, shot at night on a cobblestone street, you name it. That's what Carla offers with all the ambience and glam as if Avedon was standing behind the camera and you're Audrey Hepburn.
Top that! 

This is Team Muse. Photog Carla on the right plus her expert hair/makeup/maquilleuse artiste, Veronique Marot on the left. They showed up at 8 am and I'll never be the same old moi again. c'est vrai.

Veronique has endless makeup tricks from doing runway shows and print ads.

Plus she does hair!

My lips will never be the same since Veronique introduced me to MAC Russian Red. Believe me I fought it but gave in happily enfin.

Off we went to the 1st shoot setting, Cafe Regis Ile St. Louis 6, rue Jean du Bellay 75004, a place loaded with Parisian atmosphere and ambience bla bla.

I ordered us Champagne for courage + panache. The darling waiter was happy to join in the shoot.

Photo by Carla Coulson

Photo by Carla Coulson

Photo by Carla Coulson

Photo by Carla Coulson

Bring appropriate props to your shoot with Carla.

Mine was bags and bags of French macarons. You have to keep your photographer and makeup artist well-fed and happy, right?

Photo by Carla Coulson
 
Photo by Carolg

A huge bouquet of roses to Carla Coulson and Veronique Marot for making me feel simply S'Marvelous. As if I'd walked straight out of  Funny Face. I'm still feeling the afterglow and I have MAC's Russian red lips to prove it. Carla will make you look and feel S'Wonderful next visit. Give yourself the best gift ever. You can read here all about Carla and contact her with ideas for your private Parisian shoot.
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BONNE WEEK-END!


 
 

98 comments:

parisgirl said...

Carol, you look fantastic and definitely have that Parisian look.
I've been following Carla Loves Photography on FB and she is terrific.
Merci, for sharing these wonderful photo's.

Lisa said...

Carol, I *love* this post! The photos of you are wonderful - doesn't the lipstick go perfectly with your eyeglass frames?! When I next get to Paris (alas, it's been a decade) booking a shoot with Carla is a *must*!

frenchcravings.com said...

Wonderful photos of you, Carol! I need take a cue from you and set up such wonderful activities on my trips to Paris. It's all in the name of research, after all. :)

Katie

Anonymous said...

tres tres soigne!

Anonymous said...

So Parisian!!!! You look wonderful, so happy you consented to this, very classy. Some "me time" always does a woman good.
MWhite

Jeff S said...

Finally, a picture of you amongst the treasures - so nice.
I am delighted to be reminded of what you look like

Parisbreakfasts said...

Do it!

Carla gave me cheekbones I didn't know I had.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Carla's just terrific and so fun to work with.
Especially for someone who'd rather hide in the closet than be in the spotlight.

Amy said...

You are absolutely gorgeous, Carol! What a fun experience. I'm so glad you caved to the Russian Red. It's totally YOU!

Marilyn Miller said...

How fun it would be to do something like that. Your photos are wonderful! Love the Russian Red too, now I am tempted.

Frances said...

What fun! Carol, you have always been a very chic lady, and the little touches that Carla and co. added have enhanced your Parisian flair.

I've never myself used MAC products (other than a couple of brushes,) but know many folks who swear by their red lipsticks. The color you are wearing really does look tres jolie!

xo

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a wonderful post. You look so Parisian. So glamorous. But where was your camera? I see Bear got his picture taken with you and alone:))They are all fabulous!!!

Parisbreakfasts said...

PS For the 'Parisian Look'

Macaron T-shirt, dotty scarf, felt necklace are all from Anne Maisonneuve
Red shoes by Repetto
Macaron bracelet by N2
Manteau fatique by issey miyake/Final Home
Lips by MAC Russian Red (merci Veronique)
Bear by Sonia
Macarons by...OK Enough!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I've never gone near MAC cosmetics - too theatrical for me
Go figure
Well I always was a "MAC-aron Girl'
now for keeps unless the red glasses break - must get a backup pair!

Parisbreakfasts said...

always my little reliable Canon Pwershot S90
Carla was using a major SLR bein sur!

Carol said...

You look fabulous!

noriko.stardust said...

Carol, you look absolutely marvellous fantastique with THAT lipstick and red-framed spectacles!!

Anonymous said...

Love these photos of you!
The mood is absolutely wonderful and the colours too. Team Carla did a fabulous job.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely adorable! Love the photos.

cg

Jilly said...

Oh how wonderful! I'm a great Carla Coulson fan as I am a great Paris Breakfasts fan. What a wonderful day you had and yes, Russian Red is the way to go. So pleased to hear you two artists got together. I adore Carla's blog/website. She is so incredibly generous in her photography advice, not to mention being a stunning photographer, bien sur. I love those red lips with the red glasses and the adorable waiter aided and abetted the image. Bravo to you both and to Veronique. xxx

Karen@Mignardise said...

How fabulous! This is the best souvenir from Paris ever. I will certainly keep it in mind for the next time. You look tres, tres jolie!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

You gorgeous dame!!! The red lipstick is perfection - and your look is oh-so-chic! A real Paris babe!

Theresa Cheek said...

These are fabulous! Her eye for detail is what sets her apart. The touches of red in the signage behind you and positioning the bracelet with that pop of red in front. Counterbalanced by the yellow drink...wow! That one with the doors is fab as well with all that pink! Russian Red is you!!!

Vivian Swift said...

Va-va-va v00m! What amazing adventures you bring us -- I was THERE with you on your Funny Face re-incarnation. Carla's photos of you do justice to you and the world you create each day here on Paris Breakfasts. 'S wonderful.

Janice C. Cartier said...

Love, love, love!!!!!! Fantastique! Rouge is all that is good for you and wow, what a narvelous shoot. J'ai l'envie, ma chere!

Claudia Schmidt said...

C'est magnifique! You look beautiful - love the Russian red lipstick.

Jerie Artz said...

Splendid!

Harriet said...

Thanks for sharing these photos with us. Really great!

sarah said...

Lovely!

marilyn said...

the glasses! the lips! the shoes! ooooh la la!

Champagne Macarons said...

You look S'Marvelous! The Russian Red suits you well.
We hope to have a portrait shoot with Carla next year in Paris.
Wishing you a lovely weekend! xoxo, B

Katherine said...

C'est magnifique! All lovely shots. Nice to see pictures of you. Looks like it was great fun!!

Virginia said...

Oh you're so lucky! Don't you love Carla? She's just the best ever.
Gorgeous shots. Bravo!
V

Geri, NJ said...

You are so brave, beautiful, and so beautifully chic! (AS I would have guessed). Very cool business idea; I would really have to dig deeply to muster up the self confidence to indulge in a photo shoot...not to mention wearing red lipstick again...definitely with a bit of bubbly ~ good thinking there! Just...Wow!

Karen in VA (was CT) said...

... FANTASTIC ... you look fabulous ... the red's with the black and white dot scarf, and the blond hair is ooh la la ... love it all.

Mlle Paradis said...

russian red: c'est parfait. lookin good in the 'hood! (lucky you, yours is Paris!)

Bill said...

You look so wonderful! The red is perfect for you!

Connie said...

So chic. You look like the women I see in French cafes that make me think, "Oh! How do those French chicks look so consistently gorgeous?"
Connie*

Sue said...

Hahaaa--Carol, you kill me. You look fabulous--what great shots she got of you, but you know--the shot is only as good as the material. That's what I'm thinking...

Sounds fun--she caught your playful spirit completely. Lovely, Carol!! xo

Flournoyfrance said...

Wow...Wow...Wow...love the red lipstick and glasses...a perfect Paris Picture...

Sue said...

ps
the polka dots are perfect. And love the reds! You are adorable here. have some of that champagne for me, woman! xo

Jerri-Ann said...

tu est tres belle, Carol! How fun to have a photo shoot! Bear looked his usual dashing self in the professional shoot,but I liked your close up best!

La Table De Nana said...

You are stunning!!And yes to that lovely bright red...
Just lovely..Very very chic..I spied a macaron bracelet .. Oh that's cute!
Thanks for sharing this fun experience..I am happy you put one on your sidebar.

You really look so Parisian.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Geri I'm happiest undercover. If I could have gotten out of it...
The Champagne was for courage & I don't even drink.
But thank goodess I did it.
It was one of the best experiences with long term effects.
Merci Carla & Veronique

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks Sue!
Carla is very playful herself and brings it out in you

Parisbreakfasts said...

Bear added his essential touch of French stripes :)

Parisbreakfasts said...

Carla is Fabulous!
Words don't begin to describe what a doll she is
Very kind, very sweet with a great eye for detail.

Anonymous said...

Completely fabulous photos ! It has been a year since my last trip to Paris...but, I can feel that magical Parisian ambience via your experiences.. until I get back again. You look very Parisian chic ! No one does a Paris blog like you do , Carol.
Thanks ! Arlene / Gabriola Island/

Foodwalker said...

How fun is that!!!!
You do look marvelous, darling.
xxx

zz said...

You look just stunning, Carol !! Fabulous photo's and a delightful post !

Parisbreakfasts said...

You got it exactly
Nothing gets by Carla's eye - all the little color accents she notes.

Carla Coulson said...

Thanks for the lovely plug and links.
It was great fun to do with you!

robinita said...

This looks like soooo much fun and you look Fantastic! ♥

Joyfulartist said...

Fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing your photo shoot with us.

~Suzanne~ said...

C'est une bonne idee!!
LOVE the last photo of you glancing out of the cafe with champagne in hand....
This sounds like SO much fun.....something else to add to my "to do" list.
Merci~
Suzanne

Karen@PasGrand-Chose said...

I have a new favourite - the one of you with the cute waiter and bear - such a happy feel!
Ditto everything everyone has said above :))

Nikon said...

Wow, such good shots of you - no more trying to see you in window reflections :)
The first shot is the best, I think - all good, but I like that one the most.
Very continental look, Carol!

Becs said...

How fab! Wonderful!

*HANNE* said...

You look BEAUTIFUL :) Great pictures!

Louise said...

Wow, you're so pretty ! We too rarely see you on PB !

Chic Delights said...

You looked fabulous! Loved your sense of humor, bringing macarons for your own photo shoot! Champagne and macarons are the perfect combination!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I know...I'm an undercover artist :)

jo rosenblum said...

Thanks for sharing all the behind the scenes fun..it all looks fabulous,
It must have been a fab day...

Lisa Johnson said...

Absolutely awesome! Pictures don't get much better than that!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Vous avez l'air d'être très distinguée et élégante, vraiment! Paris changes all of her visitors, but some more than others... Now you are ready to star in "Paris Breakfasts: The Movie".
PS. I just did an Après Dewey post (dropping some grands mercis to you)...I'll probably do a few more posts about it...It was such a learning experience that did not end when the workshop ended...J'y continue ...

Unknown said...

So beautiful.

Merisi said...

Absolutely fabulous, Carol!

Mes Vitrines Paris said...

You look WONDERFUL!
So, when are you going to move to Paris???
Carla seems to be very great and talented.
xxFr Girl

Shaile's Edible Art said...

I love to just look at your photos.. sorry I don't get on here much..

Barbara said...

J'adore!! You look FABULOUS!

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Just lovely and tres chic!

Elizabeth said...

This is fantastic! What a fun day! Love the photos...

MyLittleBlueDog said...

I had noticed your lovely new photo on your blog and now it all makes sense. The photos are fabulous, and it looks as though you had a great time. Love the lipstick it looks great and red can be hard to wear but not for you. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

But Carol, they're GORGEOUS shots! The one with the waiter's adorable, the one just below it as your russian red lips are about to burst into a smile is impish and great -- and the ones with the streets of Paris in reflection are dignified, beautiful, prettier than Audrey! How Gorgeous!!

My Castle in Spain said...

Carol, you look FANTASTIC ! and the lipstick is so right for you...i wear the Mac ruby woo for my drama days..
and the setting is so you...well done you and the wonderful Carla & magic team !

corine @ Hidden in France said...

What am I most jealous of? How good you look? Paris?.. or the macarons?

Judi said...

Loved this post Carol...you looked fabulous!

Painting the hamptons said...

Wonderful photos of you!

Jenny said...

Carol! Tu est tres belle! What a beautiful revelation in MAC and "mac"arons. Carla and Veronique did an amazing job and obviously had such easy subjects to capture: you and Paris came alive in the shots. I am so happy for you and what looks like a dreamy day.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

CArol,

You look beautiful! And what a wonderful experience to have a photo shoot with Carla! I am a fan of her work and a follower of her blog. She is so talented!

Thanks for taking us along on your adventure!

Elizabeth

French Heart said...

O.M.G.!! What a completely delightful post. How truly fun to work with Carla and Veronique to produce such charming and gorgeously Frenchy results!! We must now call you Carolette ;) Looks like straight out of the pages of French Vogue!! Loved the perfect setting too!! And so glad Bear got in on the action too. What fun~thanks for taking us along!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You, Russian Red levres and Cafe Regis shot by Carla - what a bombshell combo! You look just fab and the pics are gorgeous. Loving Carla's signature 'shot-through-the-window' style too. xox

This is Belgium said...

love this post !
had the pleasure of meeting Carla once briefly and can see how much fun this must have been
un bonjour de bruxelles
anni

Leslie W. said...

You look smashing, love the lipstick! Going to have to hit the MAC counter for that Russian Red!

Evelyna Callegari said...

Tu blog es muy inspirador! es uno de los pocos que visito cada semana! Saludos

annechovie said...

Carol~
You look tres belle and so youthful! Love these photos of you - esp. since you are SO not one of those "look at me" bloggers, almost never showing any photos, you have maintained an air of mystery. LOL. Carla has captured your natural beauty, pep and joi de vivre. xx

Parisbreakfasts said...

'you have maintained an air of mystery'
It's called shy with a capitol S
It wasn't so easy to go in front of the camera but Carla and Veronique made it a snap for me
Plus the aid of a flute
Thanks Anne!

colourliving said...

Everything about this post is incredible. Everything!

I love the props, the locations, the make-up... you can actually wear the russian red. You look incredible with it.

Carla & Co sound amazing and I will recommend them to anyone I know wants to have a day where they re-fall in love with themselves. Let's be honest, as women, we can do with loving ourselves more! We are amazing creatures, let's celebrate that fact.


Good on you Carol. I hope this stays with you for a long time xx

Parisbreakfasts said...

Boy you really nailed it Tina
Carla makes you fall in love with yourself fresh and new
I recommend it to any woman or man for that matter

Lori Lynn said...

So fabulous Carol!
Love the lipstick. My favorite shot is the first one of you through the window, the reflections, the attitude. It rocks. They all do. What a cool experience. Congrats.
LL

Louise said...

What a fun, fabulous thing to do. You look fun and fabulous too BTW Carol.

Juliana said...

You look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your adventure with Carla. I just started following her blog/fb etc. a few weeks ago. You're both so inspiring! x

Unknown said...

Te ves muy linda! Mi foto favorita es la primera a través de la ventana. I love you blog, pictures, bear, macarons, and Paris, thanks a lot for make my day!!!!! ;) Greetings from Colombia

rach3 said...

Carol, you look incredible! Loving the scarf and glasses :)

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT photos!!!! YOU look FABuLOUS!!!! LOVE the setting too!!! C'est PARFAIT!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Fifi, I've always been inspired by your photo hanging off a Parisian street lamp.
You must get Carla to do you!

Anonymous said...

Paris...food...gorgeous Russian Red lipstick, too? I believe I've found another fabulous blog to read. Thank you for all of the gorgeous photographs and inspiration to stoke the fires of my travel dreams.

~ Misha

518Frenchgirl said...

Just discovered your blog, totally delighted as I am missing Paris and now can be reminded of its' splendor everyday until we return. Your features are inspiring...Russian Red is perfectly fitting for Carol.