Thursday, March 29, 2012

Be a Paris Muse... Win a Carla Coulson Portrait Shoot

As I was doing my daily blog reading a few days ago,  I came across a wonderful give away at Vicki Archer's blog, French Essence. I am sure that many of you are familiar with Vicki, she is an author extraordinaire and purveyor all all things French.

In addition to her wonderful books, French Essence, and My Life is France Vicki shares her life and  favorite things about France, the French, fashion, scents, foods, art and so much more. Both of Vicki's books are filled with stunning photos that were taken by photographer Carla Coulson.

Book images from the French Essence Blog

Carla's "day job"is as a fashion photographer, writer and photographer of three books of her own, Chasing a Dream, Paris Tango, and Italian Joy;  and writes the blog Carla Loves Photography and Paris, and Italy and Life. She is an unbelievably talented lady and has begun a new venture.

via Pinterest

She writes, "It was whilst photographing fashion that I first witnessed the incredible transformation of a woman. A model would arrive, looking just like the girl next door and within hours, with the help of an incredible hair and make-up artist she was transformed into a butterfly. She would finish on the pages of a magazine with a beauty that seemed impossible. Women have the conception that these models are ‘extraordinary’ and I have learnt that they are just like us." (From Carla Love Photography and Paris, and Italy and Life on March 27, 2012).

To celebrate her new adventure Carla is offering all women the opportunity to look like a model in a magazine! The give away is a double shoot at her studio in the Lancaster Hotel in Paris or a shoot in Sydney, Australia. You could enjoy a wonderful day with makeup artist and hair dresser with your mother, your sister, best friend, your daughter or your granddaughter, which ever you chose. Or perhaps you would just like a day to yourself being pampered and styled into the best you that you can be... or a Paris Muse.

 If you visit her blog at this LINK, and follow the directions you could win the shoot! Let us know if you do!

Personally, I think it would be a lot of fun to do a photo shoot with my sister's or my mother, especially in Paris, what a trip to remember.

via Pinterest

I hope you have a great day!


  1. Oh how I would love to enter this! But I have to run off!!! I LOVE THAT QUOTE and it is fitting for me at the moment. SENDING YOU MUCH LOVE and admiration Elizabeth, for being the bright and encouraging friend that you are!!! Anita

  2. Waving to Anita!!!
    Elizabeth, don't you love the before and afters on her site? Wow. What a beautiful gift this would be. Did you enter?
    A talented, generous artist, she is.
    Thank you for posting this...
    Have a splendid day, sweet friend!
    - Irina

  3. A photo shoot in Paris, wouldn't that be divine! Your so generous to highlight this wonderful treat! Jude x

  4. Thank you so much for this lovely, lovely post... WHoever wins this wonderful gift from Carla is one lucky girl... xv


    Thank you for your sweet comment. God DOES have a plan, and it has been unfolding all our lives, for each one of us. Isn't that fabulous?


  6. Wow what a giveaway........a day to be a model in Paris of all places...does it get better than that? Well I guess it lasting longer than a day would be the only thing:) Hope alls well Elizabeth, been crazy busy lately so havent' been in blogland as much this week but am slowly settling into a routine......hope you have a great weekend!


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