With much excitement, I get to introduce the fabulous Camilla Binks from Camilla Binks Photography. If I had to describe her work in three words they would be, beautiful, inspirational and perfection! Enjoy!
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Get your CHIC on with our Celebrity Photographers who inspire, teach, and critique to help increase confidence and improve your images!
Lena Hyde is definitely a photographer to listen to. She is the MASTERMIND behind Design Aglow AND Project Life 365. Lena has recently authored TWO photography books, to be released by Random House in 2013. She is working on her third photography book at present. Oh, and did I mention that she has a freaking 4000 square foot modern studio headquartered in West Palm Beach and that she’s been running a photography business for 15 YEARS?!
If you missed out on her LIVE web event, now is your chance.
The video recording of this live event is available for the next 48 hours!
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We are so excited to have celebrity photography Abbey Kyhl, doing an image critique this June, and even more excited because Abbey is offering an AMAZING giveaway to one of her image critique attendees.
- How I streamlined my workflow, and completely changed the way I edit and deliver images to clients in 1/3 of the time!
- I will share with you the best pricing structure I have ever seen and how I made it work for me.
- All my social media marketing tips and tricks.
- From start to finish, all the session prep I do with my clients.
- How I stay B-A-L-A-N-C-E-D!
- All about all of my favorite programs and systems for staying organized.
- The 12 most important lessons I learned (and changes I made to my business) in 2012.
- How I took back my life, got more time with my family, and made more money!
- and so much more!
The first workshop just wrapped up and it was a huge success. Can’t wait for the second workshop in September!
WATCH THE WORKSHOP VIDEO:
To win the free workshop seat to the BEHIND THE SCREEN WORKSHOP all you have to do is participate in Abbey’s Image Critique on the Chic Critique Forum. Everyone will be entered into the drawing and one lucky winner is going to win big!
Chic Critique is excited to welcome Celebrity Photographer, Abbey Kyhl with AK Studio & Design. Abbey’s style can be described as a combination of fine art portraiture and photojournalism. She loves images that are simple, sweet and lovely. You can see some of her work on Green Wedding Shoes, the Ruffled Blog, Every Last Detail, Southern Utah Bride Magazine, and dozens of other publications.
After six years of running a busy portrait and wedding photography business, Abbey has decided to move her business in a new direction focusing solely on wedding photography and helping educate growing photographers.
Aside from learning how to take a beautiful photograph, there are so many other aspects of running a successful business that photographers need to master. Abbey is excited to share her knowledge on how she came up with a perfect pricing structure for her, how she manages all of her blogging and social media marketing, the in-depth session prep system she has created to put together perfectly planned sessions, and so much more!
Its one thing to be a talented photographer and its a completely different thing to be a successful business owner. Abbey is excited to be able to help you master both!
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
We are all so emotionally attached to our work. We love it and pour our heart into it. And sometimes that love keeps us from seeing the room for improvement. By having someone give us an honest opinion on what we can improve, and the guidance and direction we are needing, we can only continue to grow and improve.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
I do a good mix of both!
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
I am a Canon girl all the way! Right now I am shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II and I love my 85mm 1.4. But I find that I like to use a lot of lenses. I have the 50mm, 70-200mm, and the 17-55mm that I frequently use.
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
I don’t know that it was necessarily on one image, but I went to a workshop once and they said that you need to develop a style and stick to it. I think as photographers we see so many different styles that we love and want to try them all out. But for your business, and to maintain your brand, it is so important to develop your style and make sure that style and brand shines through in every image.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Everywhere! I love looking at old black and white photography…even though I love to showcase my images in color. I love the emotion that can be found in them. I find that my biggest inspiration is anything that has an emotional value to it. So whether it is something I see in real life, on a movie screen, in another photographers work, or a magazine, the one thing I am always looking for is something that moves me.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
Mom Hours! These are such an important element to my life. Because I work at home the majority of the time it is easy to get caught working all day long. But by designating my “mom hours” as time that I don’t do anything but family stuff it has definitely helped us maintain that balance.
Best biz/photo advice?
Be a boss! If you had any other 9-5 job you wouldn’t spend 80 hours a week working and making the same pay. By taking control of your business and treating it as that, a business, you are able to develop a more clear perspective and streamline and organize your time and systems in a way that will pay off big for your business and your family.
What have you learned the hard way?
The consequences of not learning to say “no.” Early in my business my friends would call me the “photography floozy” because I would take photos anytime, anywhere, for just about any price. And it took me a long time to realize that when you don’t learn to balance your time, everyone suffers.
Your family suffers because you are stressed out, ornery and gone all the time. The clients who booked you first suffer because you aren’t able to give them the time and effort that they are paying for. And all the people you should say no to but don’t suffer too because they don’t get you at your best either.
By learning to set boundaries and not take on more than you can enjoyably handle, you are doing a better job for everyone!
Meet our Chic of the Week Jessica Feely from Jessica Feely Photography
I specialize in High School Senior Girls in Northern California and I have been in business since 2008. I enjoy working with teenagers and being a mentor to them through my senior model program. When I am not working hard, I am playing hard with my husband and 2 kiddos on the weekends.
Shutter Speed: 1/320s
85mm Nikkor Lens
Time of day: 2-3 hours before sunset
Shot in RAW – Edited in RAW
Edited in LR + Photoshop
What critique from Chic Critique Forum did you find helpful after sharing this image?
I didn’t receive any critiques, however someone asked if I had used a reflector. Since the side/back lighting was so strong, I used the reflector to bounce light into her face. It created beautiful catch lights and really helped even out the lighting.
Congratulations Jessica! You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!
Are you interested in being the Chic of the Week? Just become a member of the forum, submit an image for peer critique and each week someone will be chosen and featured on the blog!
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.