The Big Branding Giveaway!


Morning everyone! We are so excited to announce THE BIG BRANDING GIVEAWAY today on the blog! As you know, we are right in the middle of our own rebranding process as we get ready to launch our new site...can you believe the new site is less than 70 days away!!!! We are counting down the days over here! We can't wait to unveil all the amazing things we have been working on!

We decided that along with our rebranding, we want to give one of our amazing followers the same experience! We can't wait to see who the lucky winner is! So here are the details:


ABBEY KYHL is giving away an 8 hour coaching session where you will really get to the heart of who you are, what your brand is, and how you can help that shine through in what you do! She will also help you set up an amazing shoot and do your headshots for you! Abbey is also going to help you navigate through the rest of the steps of the branding giveaway!

FOIL & INK is giving away a custom logo design and a ProPhoto blog customization that will give you the chance to show the world your amazing new brand and wow your clients! Nothing catches potential clients eyes than an amazing online presence and Foil & Ink is going to give you just that!

KALE FITCH FILMS is giving away a brand film that you will be able to really show who you are and connect with your clients! Brand Films are the best way to make that first initial personal connection, and Kale Fitch is the best of the best!

ALEX CRABTREE HAIR AND MAKEUP is going to make you look amazing for your headshots and your brand film so you really can put your best foot forward!!! No matter your style, Alex will make you look your very best and give you the confidence you need to rock your branding process!


All the instructions on how to enter are over on our INSTAGRAM account @chiccritiqueforum


- While the branding giveaway is not limited to only Utah followers, headshots and the brand film need to occur in Utah, or travel charges will apply. Coaching and the blog customization aspects can occur online.
- Only one winner will be chosen, and that winner will be selected through
- No cheating or unkind behavior is allowed. This is a fun and exciting thing and we want to keep it that way. Anyone involved in any negative behavior will be disqualified. So play nice.
- Instagram is in no way involved in this giveaway, and are not responsible for any part of it.





Introducing Feature Friday!

Feature-Friday Good morning everyone! We are so excited to be announcing a whole new way to get featured on Chic Critique! Feature Friday!!! We are so excited to be able to showcase some of our amazingly talented members on our site each Friday! If you are interested in being featured, hop on over to the FORUM and find the post where we discussed how you can get featured! And don't forget to check out how you can get featured on our social media sites too!

For our very first featured Friday, we have the amazingly wonderful and talented Abby Grace Photography. Here is what she had to say about this beautiful engagement session....

"He was her first and only on-line date. At the urging of her girlfriends, she agreed to give it a chance- ONE chance- and it just so happened that Ryan was the one she was matched up with for that one and only date. It turns out that one date was all he needed to get her attention- she was hooked. And if you could see them together, you’d understand completely- she melts when he looks at her, and the way he smiles in her direction is sweetly endearing. Slow dancing in the middle of a quiet Georgetown street at dawn, I was utterly enchanted by these two!"

Hope you enjoy and can't wait to see what else our talented members have to show off!

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Throwing it back to 2010…

Good morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. We got home from WPPI, and honestly had to take a break to think. We met so many amazing people over the weekend and have gained so much information about Chic Critique. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the people who took the time to share their thoughts and feelings about the past and what we can do for the future. I have read through hundreds of emails from teachers and students, and I am so appreciative of the time that was spent to send us that much needed insight.

Through all of this, I have spent a lot of time thinking. And I have spent a lot of time looking back to 2010. Well, mostly myself in 2010.


At that point in my business, I was where, I assume many of you are. My business, at that point, was really starting to take off. I was growing and booking clients, but in many ways I had no idea how to run a business. I was overwhelmed, stressed, and tired. I was missing my family and devoting far too much time to my business. I was constantly comparing myself to others, and felt like I was running a race to keep up with my local competition, more than being able to focus on myself. I was trying to figure out exactly what my style was, how I could take the leap and specialize, and how I could really separate myself from the crowd. I took too long to get things done because I had no systems in place and my clients were frustrated. It seemed that as much as everything was growing, it was also falling apart at the same time. I knew I wanted to be successful, I just wasn't completely sure how to do that.

But then, something amazing happened for me.


I met some very important people, who taught me some very important things, and changed everything for me. They helped give me the guidance, the confidence, and the direction to take back my life and take control of my business. I learned so many important lessons that year, and that was when, I say my business really took off. When it comes down to it, I started treating it like a business and doing things that business owners do. I built a business that I love and that is exactly what I always wanted. A business that is thriving and growing, and is giving me more time with my family, instead of taking me away from them.

In the years after that, I have been so incredibly lucky to continue to learn, continue to grow....and now share that information and all the things I have learned along the way with so many others. As much as I love seeing my story change and evolve, one of my greatest joys is watching those who come to learn from me take home the things I have taught them and begin to change their own lives and grow their own businesses.

And then came along Chic Critique. 


I had been looking for an opportunity for quite awhile that would give me the chance to work with more people, and help more business owners out there take all their hard work and dreams to the next level. To build the businesses they imagine and to create a life they have been dreaming of. I truly believe we can all have success, its just a matter of having those opportunities to grow. And I am so excited to transform Chic Critique into that community for you.

You may have noticed that there are lots of changes going on and I am sure that makes you nervous. Change is alway scary. I know for me, when I was sitting on the brink of either making it big in my business or walking away, change was the one thing that was going to determine that. And right now that is where Chic Critique is. There is so much potential, so much possibility, but in order to reach our goals change is inevitable.

I wanted today to share with you our biggest goal, to give you a vision for the future.

In the world of photography, its very easy to get lost. Its easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you can't make it to that next level. Its very easy to spend more time comparing yourself to others than collaborating with them. Its easy to look up to photographers out there and think you can never reach their level of success. Its easy to get discouraged, easy to get overwhelmed, and easy to give up.

But there is no need to do that. There are people out there who are willing to share their information and the valuable lessons they have learned along the way. There are people out there who genuinely care about building others up. There are people out there who want to see you succeed.

You are at such a pivotal time in your business...its time to sink or swim. You are on the verge of greatness and just need help in getting there. We all need help. We all need moments of divine intervention when we are able to gain the knowledge we need to build our businesses.

We aim to become that divine intervention. We aim to become that community you can trust. We aim to become the friends who help get you there. 


We know that we have a lot of work to do, and we hope that you will stay tuned as we bring so many new and wonderful things to Chic Critique. The information you have been looking for, the tools you are needing, and the support required to take everything to the next level.

We are grateful for the amazing support we have already received as we begin to grow and change, and we are so excited to share with you our journey and hope that you will continue to allow us to be a part of yours. Stay tuned...its about to get amazing!