Press & Books

The first 15 years of my photography career was spent outdoors photographing beautiful places, people and fashion in Europe for Harper's Bazaar, Gourmet Traveller, Marie Claire, Qantas Magazine, Collezioni, and many others. 

During that time, I published my first book Italian Joy and a whole new love was discovered. A love of telling stories and creating photos that tell stories. I went on to publish a further two books of my own, Paris Tango and Chasing A Dream and collaborate with Vicki Archer on My French Life and French Essence, with Amanda Tabberer on My Amalfi Coast, with Lisa Clifford on Naples: A Way of Love, and Silvia Colloca on Made In Italy

Needless to say, I have salt water in my veins, sunshine in my hair, and my happy place is on a beach or a dirt road at dusk knowing that tomorrow there will be new places, stories, and people to meet. I hope you enjoy browsing some of my work. 


In The Media

Carla Coulson Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar


Marie Claire Interview


Everly Magazine

 Everly Magazine


Domain Australia



Italian Joy - Carla Coulson

Italian Joy

Italian Joy was my first and book and still takes up a huge chunk of my heart. It’s my story about leaving my Sydney life, a successful business, moving to Italy to go chase something I loved, photography and what can happen if you dare to dream.


Chasing A Dream - Carla Coulson

Chasing A Dream

In Chasing a Dream, I tried to put into words and photos how it felt to find an unexpected passion for photography and the love and wonder it has given me. These photos and stories are personal, they are part of my journey.


Paris Tango - Carla Coulson

Paris Tango

It was an unexpected twist in my story that my partner would come home one day and announce we were moving from Italy to France. Paris Tango was written and photographed in my early years in Paris and it’s a tribute to the people that call this city home.


Naples: A Way of Love - Carla Coulson & Lisa Clifford

Naples: A Way of Love

Naples was my first love, in fact it starred in my first ever published story for Marie Claire. This book was fulfilling a dream, to photograph this city I love in depth with fellow Australian writer Lisa Clifford.


My French Life - Vicki Archer & Carla Coulson

My French Life

Vicki Archer and I were friends back in Sydney and it was such a great joy for me to reconnect with her in Europe and photograph her beautiful home and life in Provence.


French Essence - Vicki Archer & Carla Coulson

French Essence

My French Life was such a success, so Vicki Archer and I teamed up again to shoot Provence through Vicki’s eyes with her own unique sense of style and beauty.


Amalfi Coast - Amanda Tabberer & Carla Coulson

Amalfi Coast

Possibly the most beautiful coastline in the world, it was a dream job to photograph My Amalfi Coast for Aussie local, Amanda Tabberer who called Positano home for the best part of 20 years.


Made In Italy - Silvia Colloca

Made In Italy

I travelled with Silvia Colloca to Abruzzo, Le Marche, and Molise where she spent her childhood photographing these beautiful regions.