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COUPLES | FACEBOOK CHALLENGE WINNERS

Here are our 5 Faves from our COUPLES Photo Contest on Facebook:

They each won a 3 month  membership to Chic Critique Forum

Email us at chiccritiqueforum@gmail.com to redeem your prize!

 

THE WINNERS:

 

FIELDS OF HEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY

 

BRAD OLSON | PHOTOGRAPHY

 

BRIDGET P. PHOTOGRAHY

 

 KRJ PHOTOGRAPHY

 

ASHLEY BEIGE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE! 

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GIVEAWAY: CHIC MAGAZINE ISSUE 8

It is here and it is AMAZING!    Our members get Issue 8 of Chic Magazine HERE.

We are also going to giveaway

four digital copies  

AND

 a one gorgeous print copy

to FIVE lucky winners!

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INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDRA SOPHIE | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Chic Critique is thrilled to have Alexandra Sophie of Alexandra Sophie be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Alexandra Sophie this February. 8 Spots Left!

Alexandra Sophie, is a 20 years old French artist and photographer. She grows up in the French countryside and discovers photography during her childhood using disposable cameras.

Due to a long illness, Alexandra stops school in 2008 and starts her career in photography as self-taught. Her work is rapidly compared to David Hamilton’s, because of the young girls she photographs and her way to capture ambient light. Her fashion and fine-art creations are published in magazines such as Vogue and Elle, internationally, and frequently used as book covers.

Her first individual exhibition, named “I want to believe”, takes place in Belfort, France in 2010. Soon followed by exhibitions in London, Paris and Belgium.

Alexandra Sophie and her partner give birth to their son in 2011. Alexandra Sophie creates her emblematic series “Mother Nature” and “Jardin Fleuri” inspired by her motherhood and represented by SIPA Press, soon rewarded by several awards. In February 2013, Alexandra is nominated for the -F- Award as emerging photographer of the year, which reward each year the best photographers worldwide. She wins the award, and goes for a world tour in order to realize the series “Rebus”.

In September 2013, she is finalist of the international fashion photography competition Vogue x Bottega Veneta and realize for the occasion her first personal exhibition on the American continent in Openhouse gallery in New York.

Now mainly based in France and Fiji islands, Alexandra’s fashion and fine art work questions identity: human kind, human kind and its environment as well as sexuality, age and feminism.

A note from Stephanie:

Welcome aboard! It is a pleasure to see you here!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Photoshop

 

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

Honest critiques are really important to know what and how to improve your images. Unfortunately, internet, and most generally social medias, where most of us mainly share our images, is a big and wild place where most viewers will send sweet compliments or in the opposite, non constructive insults which are far from the real meaning of critiques.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 5D mark II + 50mm f/1.8

 

What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

My fiance often asking me: “Are you sure this photo is finished and ready?”. Indeed, after taking and editing a picture, I’m often too excited that I want to share it immediately. Most of the time if I don’t listen to him, I will end up posting the photo too early and feel like I need to change this or that on it.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Instinctive, raw and symbolist

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Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Most of my photos used to be very natural and light, full of youth and freedom. I still appreciate these photos, which still represent me for most people. However, I feel more inspired to create stronger images now, with deeper meanings, often in relation to identity: human kind, human kind and its environment, age, conformism… For some strange reasons, it often leads me to take photos related to water.

I tend to grow “angrier” and the questions I thought would be answered when growing up tend to need more answers now. I think of all these questions, and what my contribution could be in order to find an answer. Photos I take often come from a urge. I want, I need to show something. It’s here in my mind and I need to express it, ready to do nearly anything for it to take shape.

 

What is one specific way that you balance work and family?

I never feel like I have worked enough, and I know that I should always work more, but finding a perfect balance may be complicated. I would not want to regret the early years (and less early years) of my son’s life.

Thankfully, being freelance means a lot of freedom on how to spend a schedule, and most of my work happen online and at home, or I can bring my little family on set and on travels around the planet, which is always a lot of fun. A big part of the family credit goes to my fiance, often partner-in-crime, without who I could never do all of this. He is a really a great father and always here to support and help me, despite him having his own work as a designer and artist.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Something I learnt along the years: don’t adapt your style to your clients. They came to you because they like your particular style and they expect to see it in the photos. And work hard for your projects and to defend what you believe. When you think you are working hard, work harder.

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What have you learned the hard way?

Thankfully, it’s something I noticed very early, but today I am very glad I have been using a nickname “Alexandra Sophie”, which is not my official name. It’s even more important since most things happen on internet, where I am getting a lot more followers than I could ever have imagined back then.

I’m a very shy and introverted person and I find this name barrier important as it helps me do and share different work which I would have felt uncomfortable doing with my real name. Called “Alexandra Sophie”, I feel like a different person. However now, most people, even in my own family are a bit confused and think it’s my actual name. I even had to write this name on my mailbox and request it on my identity card next to my official one.

 

How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?

I don’t see my work or myself like a business. Earning money and making a living from my passion is a bonus, and it have never been my goal. I don’t compete against other people or other photographers, however I compete with myself and my past results to create better work and hopefully reach new milestones.

In this philosophy, I take photos peacefully and mainly for myself. When I happen to do feel sad because this or that person realized one of my dream while I didn’t yet, I know this is only a call for me to work harder and give me more motivation for the future.

In general, I find that more I accept work, more I get new work. It’s truly rewarding and humbling, as all the work I do and accept is not necessary what I always dream to shoot.

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Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?

I don’t conventionally promote my photography. All clients finds me through social medias and other art platforms.

 

What is your most popular product?

Book covers, editorials and selling prints, these are also by far my favorite works to do.

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Alexandra Sophie this February. 8 Spots Left!

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

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Then & Now, Part 16 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved

We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.

We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.

WANNA SHOW OFF YOUR THEN & NOW PHOTOS?

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) gmail.com. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!

CARRIE HARRELL of https://www.facebook.com/carrielynnphotographyca?ref=hl 2014-01-18_0002

BRITTANY MCCARTHY of https://www.facebook.com/UrbanChicPhotography 2014-01-18_0003

VERONICA GILLAS of http://veronicagillas.com/ 2014-01-18_0004

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) gmail.com. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!

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1 Comment to “Then & Now, Part 16 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved”

  • Press Features {Portland Newborn Photography} | Veronica Gillas Photography says:

    […] Chic Critique Forum asked seasoned photographers to share some “Then and Now” photographs as an indicator of progress and I grit my teeth and sent the submission.  It is amazing to see just how far someone can come in such a little period of time.  Some of my best advice to photographers who are just starting out is to study the work of others.  Not for the sake of comparison, but to see patterns in the directionality of light, posing, composition and color play. […]

    February 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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