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SPARKLE SUNDAY

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

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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
Leslie Vega
Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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Leopard and Red Outfit | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

I love that leopard is in right now because it’s such a sassy but classy print! Pair it with a pop of red and some gold jewelry and you’ve got a fun Fall look that’s sure to get noticed. I recently wore this outfit to a client’s Bridal Shower and felt fabulous!

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Leopard shirt | Target

Jeans | Target

Red bag | Nine West | Similar

Black Stilleto Heels |  Lilly’s Kloset | Similar

Gold Spike Necklace | Forever 21 | Similar

Triangle Cuff | Forever 21

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

Lyndsey Wright of https://www.facebook.com/LyndseysPhotoCo
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Lea Ashley of https://www.facebook.com/abpartisticimage
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Sarah Kane – Dia Marie Photography of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dia-Marie-Photography/178000878901178
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Violeta Patrichi of https://www.facebook.com/violetapatrichiphotography?ref=hl
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Keli Anderson of https://www.facebook.com/keliandersonphotography
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Freebie Friday | October 2013 Style 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.

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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 October WTW Guides by October 31st!

Download yours HERE in the forum.

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TOP TRENDS | VOGUE VENDORS

We are so excited to have our Vogue Vendor Alys McAuley, owner/creator of Paper Lark Designs

Alys, please describe Paper Lark designs for us: Paper Lark’s template shop is a little haven full of great marketing ideas and eye catching design templates. The friendly and easy to use templates are sure to compliment your photography and catch the eye of new customers.
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What makes Paper Lark Designs unique? I want my customers to know that I understand if you are paying for a template, it has to be worth it. Both terms of publicity for your business and on return on investment. Paper Lark templates are designed with targeting your client in mind and are set up to look great online on blogs or social media and equally they are set up to print perfectly too. I have a Graphic Design degree and spent 10 years working within the design industry so I know Photoshop better than I know myself! I have also run my own businesses too so know the importance of customer service, good marketing and always delivering a great product.
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Tell us how your business came about? My creative path has taken me to work in London and Sydney for Disney, Fox Studios and surf brand Mambo. However I am proud to have been raised in the green hillsides of Wales – my wonderful, passionate country with a big heart. Starting Paper Lark has been dream of mine. A chance to set my creative mind free to explore it’s own creative style is a recipe for contentment, and then combining that with my creative business experience, many beautiful creations lie ahead :)

What is your most popular product? Mini session templates for seasonal or occasional events sell really well. They give photographers a chance to market for any event and gain extra business quickly. My studio welcome magazine and wedding magazine are also good sellers as their layouts are clean, spacious and well designed. I do love it when I get photographers requests for a particular template they need. When I put it up to the shop….it sells like hot cakes :) Happy Days!
We would love for you to discover Paper Lark Designs for yourself, visit them at: 

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MONTHLY MENTOR

Each Monthly Mentor creates a video just for you and will answer any questions you may have regarding my video & business ALL MONTH LONG…so bring it!

OCTOBER’S MENTOR- Haley Gilreath of HWG Photography

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A VIDEO FOR CHIC MEMBERS ABOUT “NEWBORN POSING & SAFETY”: HERE

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