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Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega





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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at
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Here are our 5 Favorites from our Baby Photo Contest on Facebook:

They each won a 3 month  membership to Chic Critique Forum

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1.  Stephanie Gill Photography




2.  Purest Light Photography




3.  Purest Light Photography




4.  Jordan Leigh Photography




5.  Dimples & Dirt Photography




Then & Now, Part 14 | 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.


Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) 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!

MONICA FLYNN of 2014-01-03_0001

NICOLE LEWANDOWSKI 2014-01-03_0002

JANAE TROYER of 2014-01-03_0003

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) 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!



January 2014 What-to-Wear Guide

It’s Freebie Friday for all Chic members! You know you want stylin’ clients and the best way to get well-dressed clients is to educate them on what to wear. All Chic members get FREE What-to-Wear guides from I Adore Your Style {value of $48/yr} to teach your clients how to be more stylish. You can showcase them on your blog (who doesn’t need more blog content?), send them in a newsletter, or email them to individual clients whose sessions are coming up.
JANUARY 2014 CHIC BLOG Each style file comes complete with UP-TO-DATE corresponding links of what’s retailing right now for every outfit! That means your clients can go buy those clothes online today!
Monthly style files include one family ensemble plus an additional file for either couples, seniors, children, or babies.
What-to-Wear Guides are only available during the current month so be sure to download your January WTW Guides by January 31st!
Download yours HERE



Happy New Year!




New Year’s Eve Countdown for Kids

by Guest Contributor | Jennifer Wyeth
I did this last year and my kids had SOOO much fun!
Here’s how it works:
We start at noon.  I write it all out with times so I stay on top of things and they’re in bed at a normal time.  Enjoy!
I put little pieces of paper with the name of each activity inside a balloon.  Then I numbered the balloons and hung them up.  I’ve seen them strung on strings across a room.  I just taped them to the wall in order.  When planning, you have to be conscious of the time that you do certain activities.  If it needs to be dark or if it’s a dessert or sorts I make sure I do those at times that works with my kids.
Here’s what I did last year via Instagram photos & text: 
Celebrating New Year’s Eve. Each balloon (by the family pic) has a fun activity to do together:
First balloon: paint the snow (which turned into just playing in the snow):
Balloon Activity #2: tim tam slams. Getting all warmed up after playing in the snow:
Balloon #3: make cookies. I convinced them to do no bakes (thank goodness!):
Balloon #4: silly snapshots:
Balloon #5: a year in review and goals for 2013:
Balloon #6: games! We did the balloons tied around our angles and tried to pop each others. My youngest did NOT like the idea of people popping her balloon.
Balloon #7: root beer floats! My kids aren’t fans of root beer so we did orange soda… Turns out they don’t like those either. #fail:
Balloon #8: Star Wars limbo (using light sabers). Spoiler: we aren’t a very flexible crowd:
Balloon #9: popcorn and a movie:
Balloon #10: ring in the new year!!! We watched a countdown on the iPad and made lots of noise and then toasted to a great 2013!
Here’s the balloon activities I am doing with the kids this year:
  • Fun rice Krispie Treats (putting sprinkles in them or make them out of fruity pebbles)
  • Blind mans bluff (played in the dark where you try to find other people also in the dark.  I may get glow in the dark necklaces and do hide and go seek in the dark instead… depends on how wimpy my kids are :))
  • Orange soda floats (or root beer)
  • Guess the food.  I’ll blindfold them and have them guess everything from a hershey kiss to oranges
  • New Years shakers:
  • Silly Snapshots with these New Year’s Photo Props.  I just use my phone to take the pics.
  • Year in review.  We will go over our goals and review last year and then do these papers:
  • Chocolate fondue.  You can look on pinterest for a crockpot recipe or a stovetop recipe if you don’t have a fondue maker.
  • Party Crackers.  It’s an old english tradition…. you pull the ends and there’s a little prize inside.
  • Hot Chocolate with yummy toppings
  • Ring in the new year.  I have annoying things and hats and stuff for the kids, we find a countdown on YouTube and ring in the new year with those people.

What You’ll Need:

Free Printable Photo Props from I Heart Naps:


DIY New Year’s Shakers from TheCentsibleLife:



Printable New Year’s Resolutions for Kids from Thirty Handmade Days:


DIY Party Crackers filled with candy instructions from Free Happy Holidays:



BioPic  Jennifer Wyeth is a Mama of 3 and a Senior photographer in Colorado Springs.

She was also featured as Chic Critique’s recent Monthly Mentor. | Facebook

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