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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!

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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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  • 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

BACKDROP OUTLET | TOP TRENDS

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

 

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

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Nicolette, please describe your business and what makes you unique:

We are quite adept at finding new sources to fulfill all of your needs. We supply photographers with quality backdrops and props at reasonable prices. We are unique because of our ability to produce custom designs for many different backgrounds.

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Tell us how your business/product came about: 

Backdrop Outlet was founded in 1991. We started the company trying to provide the Photographers a quality product at unbelievable price without sacrificing service. Since then our selection has grown immensely. We are one of the largest providers of Photographic Backdrops, Props and studio equipment. We are considered to be the innovators of new products. We have recently moved to a new warehouse to better serve the needs of our customers. The new expanded showroom will display most of our products, and the new Studio at the new location will also serve as a learning center.

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What is your most popular product/service?

One of our most popular products is the Titanium Cloth. Compared to competitors, it is a wrinkle-free, washer and dryer safe backdrop. It comes in different sizes as well as custom prints as requested by our customers.

 

We would love for you to become acquainted withBackdrop Outlet for yourself:

 

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INTERVIEW WITH KRISTEN WEAVER | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Chic Critique is excited to have Kristen Weaver of Kristen Weaver Photography be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Kristen Weaver this February.   Only 8 Spots Left!

Entering only her fourth year in business, Kristen has taken the wedding industry by storm. She was named as a Grace Ormonde Platinum Photographer and one of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers from Junebug Weddings. She has been published in wedding and fashion magazines around the world.

Kristen has an approach to life that is honest, genuine & unbelievably energetic. This attitude has transcended to the beautiful images she creates. With an eye for beauty and a heart for philanthropy, Kristen has worked during the course of her career in photography to give back to the community. With a background in advertising and marketing, she actively trains and supports other photographers in growing their business. From Kristen’s outstanding abilities behind the camera, right through to her understanding of the power of social media marketing, Kristen is one photographer you do not want to miss.

A note from Kristen:

Welcome ladies to Chic Critique! I am super excited to be involved in helping you grow as a great photographer and I look forward to critiquing your amazing work!!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Both!

 

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

Honesty is often a forgotten value of truthfulness. An honest critique can benefit a person’s knowledge about their own images and ways they can grow in their business.

 

What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

D800 and D700, 85mm

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

Someone once told me I should pay close attention to watching where shadows fall on the subject’s face. This helped me a lot with my use of natural lighting in my photography.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Clean, Luxury, Personal

 

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from many places, but I tend to LOVE editorial magazines! Although I work primarily in the wedding industry, fashion photography has helped me grow as a wedding photographer and capture stunning photos of exotic locations and gowns!

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

Working out of my home has really helped balance my work and family! However, it is also important to know when to turn off your business mode and spend quality time with your loved ones.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Learn when to say no! It is completely acceptable to know when a client is not your type. As your client interviews you, don’t be afraid to interview them as well. After all, you will both be working together and want what is best for the client!

 

What have you learned the hard way?

In my beginning stages of my business, I found myself accepting clients that were not true to my style of photography in which I instantly regretted. Be honest with your clients and stay true to your business! If you don’t believe a particular client is your type or will benefit your business then give them the opportunity to hire a photographer that better suits their style.

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

Spending extra time and money on my clients is something I feel is important to my business. I love to send my clients welcome packages, anniversary cards, and little gifts to remind them how special they are to me and my success as their photographer.

 

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

Most of my clients come from previous client referrals and social media. Facebook is a great opportunity to network and meet all different types of groups!

 

I absolutely loved Images for a Cure and the idea of using talent to help fund for an important cause!

 

What is your most popular product?

Albums

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Kristen Weaver this February. 10 Spots Left!

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Issue 8 of Chic Magazine is now available!

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

It’s HERE!!! The Luxe issue of Chic Magazine (Issue 8) is now available!!! This magazine is a freaking fabulous way to start 2014!

This issue wouldn’t have happened without my amazing Creative Director, Megan Marlene of Megan Marlene Photography & Being Boutique, and also Callie Helm, my Contributor Director, and Claire Brazelton, my Executive Editor.

We also LOVE all the Contributors who shared their juicy secrets & gorgeous images in Issue 8 including:

caralee case | courtney dailey | design aglow

cristy elaine | heidi hope | grace hurtienne

jackie jean | tracy joy | chantri keele

leslie kerrigan| nicole klinger | brittney kluse

megan marlene | kara may | brooke mclay

criss passos | angela pointon | leah remillet

ben sasso | chris scott | leslie vega | joy vertz

Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous cover image from Cover Contest Winner,  Nicole Cook of Nicole Cook Photography! She is now the proud owner of a camera bag from THEIT!

Wanna be our next Cover Winner? Enter our Cover Contest!

 

P.S. Chic Magazine is now available in print, PDF, and on mobile devices! So if you are a current Chic Member, go get your free digital copy HERE.

If you’re not a member, you’re missing out, girl! JOIN TODAY with our Free Trial

>> Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter to find out when Issue 9 comes out. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too!

 

ISSUE 8 | THE LUXE ISSUE:

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INTRO PRICING: Get the digital copy for the intro price of 9.99 for the next 48 hours using coupon code: “intro8″. Ends at midnight on 11/17

CHECK OUT PAST ISSUES 1-7 HERE >>

“So many magazines I get I just flip through and look at all the pictures (including the photography magazines I get). But I actually read, learned from, and totally enjoyed the articles in yours. That’s a big deal for me.” -Courtney Sacket

Find out about advertising rates and how you can get a FREE,  full page ad in CHIC Magazine HERE

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Diary of an Overwhelmed Photographer | BonjOrganize BootCamp

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Several years ago, I was a hot mess. I was ready to quit photography.  You can read about it in my Diary:

READ MY DIARY:

 

Believe me. I get it. I get YOU because I WAS you. 
I either had to quit or get organized. I love photography so I decided to get organized.
“HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL?”
With 4 kids + a photo biz + a forum, people often ask me, “How do you do it all?” For over 3 years, I’ve been writing & revising what works for me and I’m excited to finally share my secrets with you! Take time to get organized. 6 weeks will change your life.

Online Boot Camp goes for 6 weeks from January 20th – February 28th 2014

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • How to be organized regardless of your right-brain tendencies
  • How to start getting F. R. E. A. K. Y.
  • Overcome your Wonder Woman complex & the “Disease to Please”
  • What to STOP doing
  • How to say No nicely
  • How to find your magic number of sessions
  • How to stop being a Procrastinating Perfectionist
  • Avoiding Photographer’s A.D.D.
  • How to organize your office in a strategic way
  • Client workflow organization
  • The importance of taking care of yourself
  • How to accomplish big projects
  • Balancing work & family

WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  • Downloadable PDF’s, podcasts, and iPad/phone apps: The Boot Camp training curriculum & action assignments will be given in the Chic Critique Forum each Monday for 6 weeks
  • Worksheets: Your action assignments will take an average of 1-2 hours per week to complete during your own leisure time (and in your pajamas!)
  • Team accountability: You will be assigned to a Boot Camp “Squad” of 4 people for a little extra kick in the booty!
  • A Potential Prize: The winning “Squad” will earn a $100 Office Makeover shopping spree to Target! 2nd & 3rd place groups will also receive prizes!
  • Lifetime Access: After your graduate, you’ll have lifetime access (as long as you are a member of Chic Critique) to future revisions and rounds of this program to polish your organizational skillz.
  • BonjOrganize Facebook Group for Grads: After you graduate, you’ll be added to a private Facebook Group where we can continue to encourage each other to stay organized
BONJORGANIZE BONUSES:
  • Kelli’s Work-from-Home Schedule
  • Kelli’s Summer Sanity Schedule
  • The “Email Diet” video download on Kelli’s Calendaring & Email Management methods {$79 value!}
  • Chore Cards for Kids {$15 value}
  • Allowance & Reward Chart for Kids
  • Kelli’s Digital Weekly Planner Document
  • Kelli’s Menu Planner {$10 value}
  • A 3-month membership to Chic Critique {$28 value!}
  • A vintage Anthropologie Task Timer {$12 value!}
  • Whitney English’s Day Designer Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs {$60 value!}
  • A Photographer’s Workflow Chart
  • A Desktop Workflow Board

TOTAL BONUS VALUE= $204!

RISK-FREE GUARANTEE: You’re going to love this Boot Camp! Try it and if you don’t get improved results, your money will be refunded. However, all of your completed homework will be required before refunding your money because you’ll get FABULOUS results if you do the work.

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TESTIMONIALS:

“Thank you SO much! LOVED every minute of BonjOrganization! Life changing! Seriously! Thank you, thank you!” -Melissa White

“The BonjOrganization Boot Camp dramatically changed my life. I feel like I am on my way to being more balanced. Ohhhh…..I smile and laugh a lot more often. For the first time in a really long time I feel like I have balance in my family and work life. It feels great. Thank you, Kelli, for helping me get my life back on track. Words really can’t say enough.” – Nicole Waite

“Just picked up my planner. Can’t wait to explore! Thanks for your help! I have really enjoyed the boot camp and feel so much more on top of things. My brain is decluttered enough that I actually remembered something important yesterday! And I am all dressed for success today :) “Thanks so much for a great class - I am so glad I took the plunge. And thank you for the payment plan option because I know I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.” -Kinsey Holt

“Oh my word. Kelli, thank you for being brave enough to share your heart and your journal entry with us in the week 1 mp3. Your words made my eyes get misty & my cheeks flush- because where you were is exactly where I am today. I have multiple elephants on my plate and feel so brokenhearted having to choose between them all. I have feelings of failure, overwhelmed, stressed out & almost dropped out of the BonjOrganize Bootcamp, but thank God I didn’t- because this course is already exactly what I’ve been praying for. Thank you so much!!!” -Name Withheld

“I just have to share this for anyone that may need it: I signed up to take the Bonjorganize BootCamp and it is changing my life! It is helping me find and make the balance I so desperately needed as a mom and business owner. If anyone else is struggling, I highly recommend the class. It’s worth so much more than it costs! The whole systemization is pretty amazing too! I have always wanted to do something like this, but I was never able to get it perfect, so I never started, I just feel so much calmer knowing what to do when, what to expect. Less chaos in my life which is fantastic. I am so in love with this class!  -Erin Gregerson

“Just want to tell you, first week is already making huge changes. The timer idea is KILLER. I designed three albums in two days. That is huge for me. I set my timer for and hour and a half and wouldn’t let myself on the internet until the end of that time frame. It really helped me stay focused. Thank you so much!” -Christina Coco

“Loving the Boot Camp! I LOVE all of the content that you are sending. Everything is AMAZING! It is already completely changing my outlook. And the project planners?!?! Oh my lifesavers! I’m starting to feel less chaotic, which is exactly what I wanted out of this.” -Lindsay Silsby

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the ah-ma-zing class, (I learned so so so much!). Thank you  for all the added bonuses, the planner, the timer, the Target gift card & the membership extensions!!! WOW! Christmas in February & March for me.” -Caroline Kelly

“I feel like I used to end each day having barely accomplished anything.  This organizational boot camp truly helped me find focus not only in my working life but my home life as well.  It is a must for any frustrated photographer or mom looking to end the merry-go-round multitasking madness in the New Year!” -Meredith Ryncarz, Memories by Mere Photography

“BonjOrganization Bootcamp was eye-opening and long overdue for me.  The best part was, without a doubt, the practical tips I could start right away. I walked away inspired, enriched and eager to utilize everything I learned in both my professional and personal life.” -Tammy Roberds, Tammy Roberds Photography

“What a fantastic gift the BonOrganization Bootcamp is. We see so many offers to help transform your business, but this is truly a blueprint that will change the way you organize and prioritize your life. You will gain some fresh perspective as well as specific steps to help you take charge of your business, your family and dig yourself out of the chaos. Don’t hesitate, you need this!” -Shannon Kincaid, Hold ‘Em Photo

“BonjOrganization Bootcamp is so much more than organizing your business… It’s organizing your life!  By committing to the weekly action steps, it really is possible to streamline your business and home life and open up more time for your family and yourself.  This bootcamp was so helpful by giving me a real plan to stop the daily chaos and get control over my business! -Kathleen Frank, Kathleen Frank Photography

“The BonjOrganization Bootcamp is for every mother, photographer, &  business woman out there. I love photography but felt that being a photographer , mother, and college student just wasn’t working and I didn’t want to give up on any of them but I also wanted to be able to give each thing my best. This course is exactly what you need if you feel the same way. -Angie Palmer, Palmer Photography

SEE OFFICE MAKEOVERS FROM BOOT CAMP GRADS HERE

Hurry! Bootcamp begins Monday and we are already halfway sold out!!! I will NOT be doing this again this year so act now! 

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INTERVIEW WITH COURTNEY DAILEY | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Chic Critique is excited to have Courtney Dailey of Courtney Dailey Photography be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.

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Sign up to attend Courtney’s 4 week class on The Business of Beauty this February.

9 Active Spots left and Silent Student seats are limited!

As a Beauty photographer, Courtney Dailey knows the business of beauty. Based in Los Angeles, she leads teams of beauty experts creating images from prep to post. Known for her use of color, she delivers imagery that is colorful, dramatic and confident. She feels all images should communicate concepts, stories or evoke feelings.

Receiving her B.A. in Communications from Oakland University, she has the ability to help her clients oversee projects from Concept/Creation/Post-production.
Since 2012 Courtney has been touring with Mentor Sandy Puc, on her “hands on tour” and become a highly sought after mentor on her site photobeautycoach.com

Courtney is in the process of “greening” her studio and is one of the few photographers who can offer eco friendly shooting options. Sites like Womens Health, the Huffington Post and the Daily Green.com have featured her work for her participation in the green fashion community.

Since her arrival in Los Angeles, Courtney has shot for numerous international magazines, campaigns and celebrities. She was recently featured in Allure, Elle and Vanidades and was chosen as one of FJ Westcott Lighting’s “Top 50 Professionals”.

A note from Courtney:

Hi guys! For first and far most, I’m am not a ‘celebrity” although I love the title! I love teaching and I have a long time love for the industry I now call my own. I’m a self taught photographer, who started off in a small market. I’m here to help you to to push through barriers and achieve your goals. I’m like a answer filled cheerleader!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Both

 

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

Sometimes we honestly can’t see our own work. We have a personal attachment to every image we produce. Every image has a back story, a laugh and smile. When I look at the images I took for a magazine during a series of dust devils, I see a wind blown dress and a smiling girl. We had fun that day, it was an experience that day. I see that day when I look at the photos. Others may see bloodshot eyes and goosebumps due to our environmental circumstances. Our eyes are influenced by our emotions.

 

What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 5d mark ii 24-70 2.8

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

“Why does she have bloodshot eyes?”. I NEVER looked at the whites in my images eyes, now Im fanatical.

 

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Clean, Colorful. Strong

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Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Everywhere! My yard, the city, current trends, television, fashion magazines.

 

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

I call it the 5 theory. I only do 5 business based things a day. THAT’S IT. So a day for me might be “email, phone calls, finish x job, update website, blog” otherwise things get too overwhelming. Its hard to stick to 5, but its good.

 

Best biz/photo advice?

Focus on your goals and don’t veer from them. If you don’t like photographing children, don’t. Its not always about a payday. its about growth.

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What have you learned the hard way?

CONTRACTS AND COPYRIGHT Ive lost over a million dollars in copyright claims because I didn’t know what i was doing. Missing that train, is painful.

 

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

There will ALWAYS be competitors and compared to 10 years ago that’s 10X more every week. Ive developed a trademark look and branded myself like whoa. Finding your visual voice is important.

 

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

Im not going to name names, but recently I took another mentor’s class simply to see how she taught and I quickly learned how I DONT want to teach. Im an energetic person, and her class was just a drag. She clearly doesn’t like what shes doing.

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

Word of mouth, great SEO.

 

What is your most popular product?

Pocket Wizards

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Sign up to attend Courtney’s 4 week class on The Business of Beauty this February. 

9 Active Spots left and Silent Student seats are limited!

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