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Then & Now, Part 15 | 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!

AMANDA HEBERER of https://www.facebook.com/MandaReneePhotography?ref=hl&bookmark_t=page 2014-01-10_0001

KRISTEN CHARLES of https://www.facebook.com/KristencharlesPhotography 2014-01-10_0002

KYRSTIE GODWIN of https://www.facebook.com/kyrstieelainephotography 2014-01-10_0003

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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Fashion Friday Faves

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

It’s a New Year and it’s been fun to reflect on the last year. Thought I’d share some of my Fashion Friday Faves from 2013.

Which one was your favorite featured outfit from 2013? 

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FRIDAY FREEBIE | PRAIRIE SWEET BOUTIQUE

Love is in the air and we love these super cute digital paper packs from Prairie Sweet Boutique.  The deep red paired with ivory and beige or the light pink paired with white and gray make them perfect for any photograph to shine, whether on a card or in an album.

How to use Digital Papers:

  • Use your papers to bring some brightness to any design project: digital scrap booking, blogging, enhancing personal photos, and much more.
  • Print your papers to use with an endless number of paper projects. Small business owners can use these papers to enhance your website, blog, or marketing materials.
  • Digital papers are a great way to stretch the templates you have already purchased or to inspire you to create your own designs for your clients.

Each set will include:

10 digital paper designs (.jpg) 12x12in.

 

Get Your Be Mine Blush and Lipstick Digital Paper Collections Download Here

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BOHEMIAN BEAUTY | EYE CANDY

LOVED doing this Bohemian Beauty Editorial session of Robyn Stewart from Cleverly Yours! _-Avs-S38nnH63S889m70t5jdNyMoqBrNFN_me3cQfk ddjHBlEE8J9piEMoI6KqJTlIdJ_aDlY3qJbnOkrGAU8 duKIFZ7BhDzfzyzDSX3R8SFiluskpEHmSdsgGK3QZoM fdLwqbP4ui1u87rIWXfCZj6AR0um9CNWhBsodbfEaFc KvQgZJfolM95uQ8lj6iPb9k6HRILBk1nt1lcK6sEX1I Lqkh28q2FvXa53Hj9tOm1K9wP36Z0roqJmNhaqE2jvo mIYFJ4fzB7A5CCbakf879JXqRPag1tZY0sZw05Qe_DI mwC-VdLgFwR4rMJj9HvjK-qzaDwy3nvzLE_HKRa6s3c pIxJFd5KB0_vngWsLcOLLqFnAwxMp0uo3tHm9NwdK2M pWhO8hwOisqS7iTRUBF7Kq61jABm9YUocIHaQSAeI9g PxgSeX0l22lymzUCltGGpyQp2p0hXu4n4SfauzlWEEM QndfbXvv0xBITM7cNHXxQaS6m33n4YYRiYPldZ4l4wU QSdic8im5RXPXxMJM223hbwjtHoNu8dI-u014xcyYUE sETDkxnmFi9R69u4aOuQE_WeY5BhzD-H7YgayIEiY3A sw7fAqUvFxlhhjd_YS2w9nnBog84v9ssPugU8Op95vg TK6S4ZkkvT20a9flyJ4cY7l_I8UF8r8nmEku0r1cKtA tpnZEUhvz_BFb4uZx3KOzRGpoPval2F6uWjvieG6nIw UJRO9BkHxJb-pqfH3yg1s5MdjcNPHBX-pZbBSD0bxwM urGfS-SczYdLzBqjB81LjlrtJ81vx2VM2KrfFZoV8-8 X1sSwTA8L5S2xm0RrP4uvdds6xw44kk5Ajf1pk2kgt8 xFg4WkTuZ1tkqv66ZfU5SqNwgTDt9d8bH-C7pHqQu90

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TOP TRENDS | Shoot Proof

Wanna be featured as a Top Trend? Apply to be a Vogue Vendor HERE

ShootProof-logo We are so excited to have one of our Vogue Vendors spotlighted today!  ShootProof!

 

Colin, please describe your business:

We empower photographers to share, sell and print products with no commissions. Photographers control their own products, pricing, digital download options and print lab for each gallery. We simplify the proofing, buying and fulfillment process.

 

What makes your product/service unique?

We provide commission free sales to photographers, whereas most online proofing companies take 10-20 percent of a photographers sales.
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What is your most popular product/service?

Client galleries with commission free sales and Mobile Apps for helping photographers impress customers and book more clients.
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We would love for you to become acquainted with ShootProof for yourself:

 

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STEPHANIE SMITH | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Chic Critique is so excited to have Stephanie Smith of Stephanie Smith Photography be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Stephanie Smith this February. 10 Spots Left!

Stephanie Smith is a lifestyle and portrait photographer from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Her photography is fun and honest, and her goal with each session is to photograph those genuine little moments that everyone can connect with and that will be cherished forever. Her photography is all about true emotion, both with the subject and the viewer. She primarily photographs children, families, and couples. She shoots on location using natural light, which she captures in fun and whimsical ways. Much of her work can also be found in various national advertisements.

A note from Stephanie:

Welcome all! I’m so excited to be on this journey with you, to see the beauty you capture, and to help you grow as an artist.

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

I edit with both programs. I begin all my editing with Lightroom, and then from there I export my images into Photoshop, and do my final edits there.

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

I believe photography is all about the way you see things, and the way you present that vision to the world. It’s a message you are conveying. It takes practice to understand the best way to convey the emotion your image represents. Often, even small technical problems can get in the way of your message being properly perceived. It takes work to view your images objectively, and understand areas you can improve upon. I think critiques are an amazing tool in this process. Seeing your work through someone else’s eyes allows you to better understand how your work is being portrayed, helps you to better understand yourself as an artist, shows you what you need to do to further your artistic goals, and guides you to better train your technical eye.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark 3 as my primary camera, and have a Canon 5D Mark 2 as my backup. Which lens is my favorite varies all the time. Right now, for portraits, I’m loving my 70-200 2.8L and my 85 1.8. For shooting wide, I love my 28 1.8 and my 24-105 4L.

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

In the beginning of my photography journey, I resisted shooting wide. I preferred close-up, cropped-in images. I received a critique to try shooting the same shots with a wide-angle as well to get a completely different perspective on the same image. I’m now addicted to the drama that a wide-angle image can provide. My clients know that I will often take the same shot of them with both a zoom lens and a wide-angle lens, and that they will receive both shots. I think this tip really opened up my range.

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Fun, Honest, Emotional

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Where do you pull your inspiration from?

I direct every shot by how it makes me feel. It can be a beautiful shot, but if it’s not pulling at my heart, then I know I need to switch things up.

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

I didn’t always do this, but I’m now very conscious and deliberate about when to set my work down for the day. The best way for me to do this has been to not overcommit myself. Keeping my workload manageable is the key for me in maintaining my enjoyment in this business.

Best biz/photo advice?

Be sure you always enjoy what you’re doing. Sometimes, you may need to switch things up. Take a break to recharge, shoot some sessions just for you, try a different avenue of photography. If you’re burnt out, it will show in your images. If you love what you’re doing, that will show too!

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What have you learned the hard way?

Not to overbook! My first year, around the holidays, I kept saying that I was all booked up and wasn’t taking on anymore sessions. However, every time a client would call and ask if there was anyway I could please squeeze them in, I would do it, even though I was already full. This kept happening, and I ended up missing out on so much fun holiday time with my family because I felt awful telling clients no. That’s a mistake I won’t make again!

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

I think it’s important to stay true to who you are as a photographer. There will always be a ton of new photographers popping up, but there will also always be enough business out there for everyone. Showing potential clients the importance of properly capturing the moments and people in their lives that matter the most, and demonstrating through your work how you do this, allows clients to connect with your style and trust in your vision for their session. These client/photographer relationships are the most important, and that’s where the focus needs to be. Focusing on other photographers or the competition that surrounds you is just wasted time. Focusing on you, your art, and your clients, will help you to continue to thrive in doing what you love.

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

Although most do come from word of mouth, some clients find me by happening upon my website during online searches, and some from happening upon my Facebook page.

What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?

I’ve not yet had the opportunity to attend a convention, although it’s high up on my list! I have done several small online workshops, all of which I feel benefited me in different ways.

What is your most popular product?

I’ve had the most success with my mini sessions. I love shooting them, and clients love the fun and ease that they provide. My mini sessions are quick, creative, and relaxed for both me and my clients.

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