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CRIS PASSOS | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

We are excited to have Cris Passos of Cris Passos Photography, as one of our Celebrity Photographers for the month of November.

Sign up to get your images critiqued by Cris Passos this November.  Only 7 Spots Left!

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Cris Passos is a natural light photographer located in South Florida and specializes in newborn, babies and maternity. Since launching her business in 2011, she has rapidly gained growth and respect throughout the photography community. Cris has been featured on various well regarded blogs and photography magazines. Magical settings, golden light, hand crafted props, all set the tone for her whimsical and romantic sessions.

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I think an honest critique truly helps improve your work and master your art.
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I remember when I was starting my business and was doing a mentoring class on editing and my mentor told me to always be consistent with my editing style.
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Romantic, Whimsical and Fresh.
I find my inspiration everywhere; when I am watching my kids playing, my friends interacting with their families, reading magazines, watching tv shows and movies and of course following my favorite photographers.
I try to have a little of discipline and set time limits when checking email or making phone calls, things I can do when the kids are at school. I think is important to have quality time and make memories with my family.
Be true to yourself, work hard on finding your style and don’t follow trends as they will pass quickly.
To say “no thank you, I cannot do that”. It’s very hard for me to say no, especially to my peers. People often take advantage of my kindness and I end up in sticky situations. I’m working on being more assertive.
There is competition in every industry and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. On the positive side it makes us better at our jobs since we are constantly comparing our work to that of our colleagues and striving for that perfect shot that will impress our peers and our clients. On the other hand there are many so called “photographers” without proper training and consideration for the profession that come into the business and advertise products and services far below market price and of poor quality. These people really hinder our profession but they generally don’t stay in business for a long time.   Because photography is my art I try to stand out by perfecting my signature style and doing a lot of my props and outfits, giving everything my personal touch. I think my customers really appreciate that.

Google search and Facebook.
Julie Paisley Photography, she was always very open to me and have helped me a lot during my journey, I can’t thank her enough.

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega 

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“Baby steps are ok. They got you this far.”
Sometimes we feel the pressure to grow fast. To be the same as that photographer, to post as much as she does, to attend every conference she goes to, to offer more services than your schedule can handle and so much more to keep up with the crowd. But sometimes growing too fast is the worst thing we can do. Embrace the small steps. You started with small steps and they got you this far. Before you know it, they’ll take you farther than you ever imagined. Go at your pace. Do you. And sooner or later you’ll be amazed at where you are.
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Inspiring quotes by Leslie Vega for Chic Critique Form
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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Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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Cake Smash Photos | Contest Winners

It’s the Final Day of our week-long Birthday Celebration.

Thank you to everyone that participated in this fun contest!

Here are our 5 Faves from our Cake Smash Contest on Facebook:

They each won a 1-year membership to Chic Critique Forum {$78 value!}

Email us at chiccritiqueforum@gmail.com to redeem your prize

THE WINNERS:

1. Sweet Life Photography

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2.  Courtney Sacket Photography

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3. Karen Savignon Photography

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4. Stacie Hart Photography

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5. Southern Made Photography

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CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN WE’VE BEEN HAVING FOR OUR BIRTHDAY BASH: 

DAY 5- FAT FREEBIE FRIDAY!

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DAY 4- PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL 2013 COMPETITION KICKOFF

Wanna be a Celebrity Photographer & be featured in Chic Magazine? Enter our Photography Idol competition HERE

DAY 3- FLASH SALE: 50% off Chic Memberships for 24 hours only! SALE IS OVER

DAY 2 – CAKE SMASH CONTEST: OVER 

DAY 1 – HUGE GROUP GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK:

Oh and don’t forget to stop by our Chic Giveaways site to enter the HUGE Group Giveaways ($200-$500 value !) that are going on EVERY DAY for our Birthday week!

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Then & Now, Part 4 | 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 5 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@gmail.com. We’ll be featuring of 5 different photographers each week.

Alba Soler of http://albasoler.es/
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Jamie Bard Dube of http://bardphotography.com/

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Ashley Wendt of https://www.facebook.com/blushingfawn
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Alexia Wardell of https://www.facebook.com/alexiawardellphotography 2013-10-04_0004

Debbie Koehler of https://www.facebook.com/DigitalMemoriesbyDebbieKoehler
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Don’t forget to send us your Then & Now pictures! administrator@chiccritiqueforum.com

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Cream and Coral | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

I loooooooooove fall because it means I can bust out my cozy sweaters and boots! This look is perfect for October right now with all the vibrant Fall colors.

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SHOP THE LOOK:

cream sweater | Target | similar

coral jeans | Forever 21 | similar

Arturo Chiang riding boots | Amazon

leopard clutch | Forever 21 | similar

cream and gold studded bracelet | Forever 21

rose gold watch | Target

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FAT FREEBIE FRIDAY GIFTS FOR YOU

DAY 5- FAT FREEBIE FRIDAY GIFTS FOR YOU

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It’s Day 5 of our Birthday Bash and we are celebrating with tons of free gifts for YOU! We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

P.S. Every Friday on our blog we share a FREEBIE for our Chic Members including What to Wear Guides, templates, actions and more. Join now so you won’t miss out on another fab freebie!

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GIFT FROM FRANK & FRIDA5×7 Folded Holiday Card Template AND 40% off all orders October 4th and 5th using coupon code: Chic40

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GIFT FROM THE ALBUM CAFE: Set of 6 Christmas Facebook Covers with matching Profiles

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GIFT FROM LITTLE SWEET DESIGNS: A classic chevron 5×7 Holiday Card

Little Sweet Designs produce gorgeous Photoshop templates & marketing products for professional photographers

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GIFT FROM SUMMERANA: 10 Free PS and PSE Actions from the Colorosity Lights Action Collection

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GIFT FROM THEIT: $30 FREE to spend towards any camera bag purchase using coupon code: LOVECHIC30

 

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OUR GIFT TO CHIC MEMBERS:

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In this 90 minute LIVE web event, you will learn:

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WHEN: Monday, October 14th 2013 @ 8 pm Central (6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 9 Eastern)

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours afterwards.

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CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN WE’VE BEEN HAVING FOR OUR BIRTHDAY BASH: 

DAY 4- PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL 2013 COMPETITION KICKOFF

Wanna be a Celebrity Photographer & be featured in Chic Magazine? Enter our Photography Idol competition HERE

DAY 3- FLASH SALE: 50% off Chic Memberships for 24 hours only! SALE IS OVER

DAY 2 – CAKE SMASH CONTEST:

To enter, simply post your best cake-smash image on our Facebook wall with the text “Happy Bday Chic Critique!” Deadline is Fri. Oct. 4th at midnight

We’ll be featuring our 5 Faves on the blog on Saturday and each of the 5 Faves will win a one-year membership to Chic Critique! {$78 value}

DAY 1 – HUGE GROUP GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK:

Oh and don’t forget to stop by our Chic Giveaways site to enter the HUGE Group Giveaways ($200-$500 value !) that are going on EVERY DAY for our Birthday week!

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