Let’s Get This Party Started!

AbbeyEditorInChief Oh my goodness! I can't believe that I am writing this post! I am so incredibly excited to be the new Editor-in-Chief of Chic Critique! I have loved this site and this community since the beginning and I feel so completely honored and blessed that Kelli has trusted me to take it over! I am overflowing with ideas on how to take Kelli's dreams for this site and my own goals and hopes make things even better!

So first I guess, let me tell you a little bit about me for those of you who I haven't met yet. My photography business is AK Studio & Design. I have been a wedding photographer for over 8 years and you can check out my work HERE. I have had a crazy and wild story with my business (but that is another post for another day), but just believe me when I say I have been through and seen it all. Because of that, I have been able to learn a LOT along the way about how to run a successful business. That experience, and the amazing education along the way from so many wonderful people, put me in a great place to be able to share my knowledge. For the past two years I have taught two workshops...The Behind The Screen Workshop and The Evolving Workshop, that were all about taking your business to the next level and finding the balance you need in your family to truly be successful at both. I truly believe that you can have a killer business, the kind that you are dreaming about, and have the family you want to. I am living that dream, and I am so excited to bring that to you!

If you have a minute and want to read a little bit more, here are a few places you can check out some things about me:
The AK Crew - This is my site specifically devoted to all things for you!
AK Crew Questions - I get a lot of business questions, so I created this group where I can answer them for everyone to see! Come join us!
Evolving Workshop - If you want to learn about what I teach and hear from my past students check this out!
#abbeykyhl - If you click this link you can read lots of personal posts and get more of the "back story" on me and my family!
@abbeykyhl - of course I would love to have you come check out my social media! Let's be friends!!! My main party is on Instagram, but you can join me anywhere!

So I also want to quickly tell you about my "people" because honestly you are going to be learning lots about them! I am the lucky and blessed wife to an amazingly supportive husband. Tyson is my rock! He has helped me chase my dreams and always encouraged me to reach for the top of the mountain! None of my success would have been possible if it weren't for his constant encouragement! Then there is my "why's"...the reason I do all of this, the reason I want to work, want to be successful, and wanted to create a business that works for me...my three amazingly wonderful kiddos! Jackson, Tripp, and Little Miss Ivy (the girl has her own hashtag if you want to get to know her more #littlemissivy). They are my everything and my constant reason to push a little farther, be a little better, make my business work on my terms so that I can be the mom that they need! These kiddos are central to my business and why I do things the way I do them, so you will be getting to know them plenty!

I am also SO EXCITED to introduce you to my team. One of my biggest "realizations" when getting ready to take over Chic Critique was that there was no way in the world I could take this community to where I know it can go without an amazing team of support and genius alongside me. So we are excited to announce the Creative Board! These are some of the best of the best and they have brought so many amazing ideas and skills to the table and I can't want for you to learn from them and get to know them better! We even have a few seats left if you are interested in joining us!


And you should check out their stuff too! They are amazing! Alisha, Marie, Kale, Julie, Matt, of course Kelli (you didn't think she would totally abandon us did you), and if you want to join us stay tuned for THURSDAY'S POST!

So now let's talk about YOU! Because the whole reason that we are here is YOU! We have spent countless hours brainstorming and talking about ideas on how to make the Chic Critique experience better for not only the Chic Critique members but also the teachers! Our goal is to truly make Chic Critique your one stop shop for all the eduction you need to grow your business, hone your craft, and create breathtaking images, and have the life that you dream of outside of your business. Because let's be real here, if you don't have an amazing life, all the work in the world doesn't matter. You can have the best of both worlds and we want to show you how! Over the next little bit we are going to be unveiling all sorts of new and wonderful things and we can't wait to have you join us! But first we would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Click HERE to take a quick survey!!!!

And we would love to join us if you aren't already a member! But wait until tomorrow, okay! Because until June we are going to be offering ALL MEMBERS an all-access pass to Chic Critique! So make sure you take advantage of that!

All Access Pass- Coming Soon

So that's a lot for one day, right! Can you tell we are excited? We hope you will stay tuned! There is so much great stuff in store and we can't wait to share it with you! Here's to an amazing journey!




Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega



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 www.leslievegadesign.com




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