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by Jennifer Wyeth | Guest Contributor
As photographers we are always (ALWAYS!) looking for fun places to shoot… places that will inspire us… places that are unique and all our own… places that when people see the images they say, “Where did you take these?!?”
Well, look no further! I’m here to give you a few tips on location hunting and finding those prime spots that will be all yours!
1. Always be on the prowl. When you’re out and about, watch what you’re driving past. You just may find a hidden jewel you’ve seen a million times.
2. Don’t look for the Taj Mahal. Some of the best places I have ever discovered have been dinky places on the side of the road.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask! If something is private property give it a try! It’s amazing what people will do for a warm plate of chocolate chip cookies!
5. Ask fellow photographers to go location hunting with you. Raise your hand if finding an awesome new place makes you pee your pants just a touch. (Trust me, everyone’s hands are high in the air). Your photog friend may see a vision that you would have otherwise missed!
6. Watch the light. Light can be sneaky! Always moving around on us! Sometimes an otherwise boring location turns into a magical photographer’s oasis at certain times of day. There are places I won’t shoot at in the evening (you know, during that blessed golden hour?!) because they just don’t work with the light the same as they do in the morning.
7. Don’t be afraid to move things around. Break a sweat and drag that tree trunk across a field to where the light is yummy!
Here are some images of a shoot I did a while ago. My photographer friend and I found this location on the side of a busy road… there was even a bright blue dumpster there!
Chic Critique is so thrilled to have Jennifer Nace of Jennifer Nace Photographphy be one of our August Celebrity Photographers.
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Jennifer Nace is a premier portrait photographer specializing in newborns, babies, families and seniors. Recognized nationally for her inventive, conceptual photography of newborn babies, Jennifer’s creative use of sets and accessories and honest approach to capturing life have brought her admirable professional success. Her work has been published on various photography blogs, websites, magazines and has been used commercially.
It helps you grow as an artist and helps to see things with a fresh approach.
Canon 5d Mark iii – 50mm 1.2
Do you post on your blog only to hear crickets? Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to yourself (and maybe your Mom) on your blog? Do you need some LOVE?
Chic Critique is here for you, girl. In 2013, we are doing a weekly feature on our blog every Saturday called “BLOG LOVE” where you can showcase your blog posts on Chic Critique for lots of love.
- Use this as motivation to blog at least once a week
- Boost your SEO: your thumbnail will link back to your own blog for lots of publicity and SEO lovin’!
- Get blog comments from our fans
- Show off your work
- Get published! One of your images might be featured in an upcoming issue of Chic Magazine
It’s so easy! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
You must be a member of Chic Critique forum to participate
- Post some pics on your own blog with a link back to Chic Critique
- Every weekend, submit your permalink (not your main blog address) from your own blog post to the frog icon (see sample below) to our weekly Saturday “Blog Love” blog post
- Your image will then show up as a thumbnail on OUR blog and allow our readers to click on your image to check out YOUR blog.
ENTER YOUR BLOG POST IMAGES FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THE FROG BELOW:
Don’t forget to leave a comment on the other entries because that is half the fun! Also, submit your photo early since those seem to be the ones who receive the most comments.
by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief
I just had to share this flag cake recipe that I made last year for the 4th of July because it was a HUGE HIT with our entire family! Plus, it’s super simple and crazy-cute!
This light and refreshing cake only take about 20 minutes to make and all your guests will love it! Have a fab 4th!
SLICE 1 cup strawberries; halve remaining strawberries.
COVER bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices; top with sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries. Spread COOL WHIP over berries.
ARRANGE strawberry halves and remaining blueberries on COOL WHIP to resemble a US flag. Keep refrigerated.
Congrats Michelle Montero! Your image is so beautiful that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.
The skin tones in this image is gorgeous! Along with beautiful deep tones in the brick that there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.
Congrats again to Michelle Montero of Michelle Montero Photography! You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!
Which photo of your own would you like to see featured on the site?
If you upload your favorite photos to the forum, we just might feature yours next.
Hi! I live in Ellicott City, MD. I’m a mother to two little ones (6 & 3) and have fallen in love with photography. I started my business back in October 2012 and have started to gear my business toward children and teens/seniors. I’m also a wife, runner and a woman who loves a really good dirty martini!
This image was taken as part of a styled session with a group of teens in Baltimore Maryland. We had a morning filled with hair, make-up, wardrobe, coffee and treats. This image was taken on a bench at the entryway to a building in Fells Point right off the water.
The image was shot in RAW on my Cannon T1i and processed in both Lightroom and PS.
Settings were: f/3.2 ISO 200 SS 800
What critique from Chic Critique Forum did you find helpful after sharing this image?
Everyone had amazing things to say about the the image. While no real critique was given, I will say that the Senior forum was an amazing place to visit for inspiration!