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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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Download it HERE

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

Use their {totally free} Image Loader® to automatically add your images for you! Colors & text are easy to change.

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Download it HERE

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GIFT FROM COLORVALE: Colorvale™ Envi’d Light Photoshop Actions

A photo enhancing must have! This sample set is the perfect light to any image. It will bring the depth and clean touch your edit needs.

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Download it HERE using coupon code: chicbirthday

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GIFT FROM MAMAZINE MAMA: 5×7 flat card -Engaged

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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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Download it HERE

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

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Download it HERE

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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:

  • What you MUST DO to set the foundation for a killer marketing plan
  • How to get FAMOUS in your town (even if it’s crowded)
  • The REAL NUMBERS on how much marketing you need to do to fill up your calendar
  • 3 Marketing Strategies that work like crazy

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.

COST:

Live Event: FREE for forum members! >>REGISTER HERE!<< Hurry, seating is limited!

Live Event + Video Recording Download:

$39 for forum members. Price will increase to $79 after the live event

(must join forum first)

$59 for non-members. Price will increase to $79 after the live event

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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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Photography Idol Contest 2013

DAY 4- PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL CONTEST KICKOFF

It’s Day 4 of our Birthday Bash and we are SO excited to announce this year’s Photography Idol Contest.

Remember how much fun we had last year doing this?!

LAST YEAR’S PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL WINNER, Claire Dam and one of her assignment images: 

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OUR CELEBRITY JUDGES:

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PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL WINNER GETS:

  • $1000 prize pack from our Vogue Vendors
  • Lifetime Membership to Chic Critique Forum {$189 value}
  • Full feature 6-page spread in Issue 8 of Chic Magazine (coming out in Jan. 2014)
  • Print copy of Chic Magazine you are featured in
  • Celebrity Photographer status 

4 RUNNERS UP GET:

  • 1 full page image in Issue 8 of Chic Magazine (coming out in Jan. 2014)
  • Lifetime Membership to Chic Critique Forum {$189 value}

PRIZE PACK INCLUDES:

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$199 THEIT Bossi Bag                              $100 Gift Card to Little Sweet Designs                $100 Store Credit to Summerana           $100 Store Credit to ColorVale Actions

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$75 Gift Card to Jamie Schultz Designs

TIMELINE + HOW IT WORKS:

  • Oct. 3rd-31st: Enter your best image that totally represents your style and skill by midnight on October 31st 2013
  • Nov. 4th: We’ll announce the Top 10 contestants that the judges chose based on image quality and memorable impact AND give them a photo assignment to complete within 5 days
  • Nov. 11th: We’ll showcase the Top 10 Contestant’s Assignment Images along with the Celebrity Judges’ written critiques AND allow the public to vote for their fave for 24 hours
  • Nov. 12th:  We’ll announce the 5 Finalists and give them a different photo assignment to complete within 4 days
  • Nov. 18th: We’ll showcase the 5 Finalist’s Assignment Images and hold a LIVE Critique (1 pm Central Time)
  • Nov. 19th: We’ll showcase the LIVE Critique video and allow the public to vote for their fave for 24 hours
  • Nov. 20th: The Photography Idol winner will be revealed on our blog & will be crowned our newest Celebrity Photographer
  • Contestants will be narrowed down (from 10 contestants to 5, then one winner) by a combination of popular vote and votes by Celebrity Judges
  • All finalists will be announced on the blog, Facebook, and in our newsletter so be sure to subscribe to those to find out who made the cut

BY ENTERING YOU ARE COMMITTING TO:

  • Must be available to participate in a LIVE webinar at 1 pm Central time on Monday, November 18th 2013 to get critiqued by our Celebrity Judges
  • Do 2 weeks of photo assignments if you make it to the Top 10 or Five Finalists
  • Showcase your images to the world for written or live critiques
  • Must be prepared to find models on short notice
  • Must submit photos that were taken specifically for this contest for your assignments. Submitting old work for your assignments will automatically disqualify you (we will check the file info!)
  • If you become a Celebrity Photographer you commit to being: a (paid) Celebrity Moderator for one month in the forum, being a (voluntary) Monthly Mentor in the forum for one month,  and being a (voluntary) Celebrity Judge in the 2014 Photography Idol Competition
SPONSORED BY: 

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ENTER THE PHOTOGRAPHY IDOL CONTEST HERE

 

 

 

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TOP TRENDS | VOGUE VENDORS

We are so excited to have one of our Vogue Vendors spotlighted today!  Virtual Backgrounds!
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Virtual Backgrounds, please describe your business for our readers: We strive to provide innovative, quality, photographic and imaging equipment, service and education to the photographic industry worldwide. Virtual Backgrounds is the ultimate solution if you are looking for ways to enhance your portrait business, be more creative and be more profitable while working less to allow more time for family personal ventures.

What makes Virtual Backgrounds unique? Virtual Backgrounds is the only company that offers the many significant advantages of optically projected backgrounds which enables the photographer to actually see both the background and the subject live in the camera viewfinder and have the final result the moment the image is captured. There are no computers and no laborious pasting in such as with green screen. Every photographer offers their clients the basic outdoor and/or location photos often taken in public areas. Virtual Backgrounds enables you to do what no one else can do, especially if you create your own custom backgrounds. Imagine an infinite variety of backgrounds with no storage and the ability to change backgrounds in seconds. Put new life and excitement in your photography and get paid for it. Work smarter but not necessarily harder. Dazzle your clients with totally new and exciting ideas. The images created by photographers using Virtual Projected Backgrounds and the awards they have achieved explain the opportunity projected backgrounds can provide for you. Furthermore, it is just plain fun to be more creative and offer something clearly different.

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Tell us how your Virtual Backgrounds came about: Photographers everywhere are looking for solutions to The Perfect Storm, also known as the digital revolution which has had disastrous results for so many photographers. It is more important than ever for a professional photographer to be truly different…to offer highly desirable products and create a total overall experience that the amateurs and other professionals cannot do. That is exactly what Virtual Backgrounds can help you achieve. If you are looking to create more sales that lead to more profit this is the ultimate tool for you. Today, Virtual Projected Backgrounds has become the most popular and respected background projection system in the world.
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What is your most popular product? The Virtual Backgrounds Express System
The VB Express is the perfect basic background system for both studio and location photography. With the VB Express, you can generate infinite variety and produce powerful images that others cannot create. VB Express is the answer for those photographers who want to be more creative and more profitable. Includes most of the key features as well as 24 backgrounds. Imagine the cost if you were to buy 24 new canvas backgrounds! Imagine the hassle of storing 24 backgrounds and changing those backgrounds for individual subjects! With Projected Backgrounds you can create your own for just a few dollars. Many system owners have hundreds of backgrounds to choose from. Backgrounds can be of anything, indoor and outdoor scenes. Imagine the Possibilities!
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We would love for you to check out Virtual Backgrounds for yourself!  To find out more please visit them at:
website virtualbackgrounds.net 
facebook  https://www.facebook.com/VirtualBackgroundsLLC

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Rare FLASH SALE: 50% off Chic Memberships for 24 hours only!

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

It’s Day 3 of our Birthday Bash and we thought we’d get a little wild n’ crazy with a RARE FLASH SALE: 50% off Chic Memberships for 24 hours only!

Simply use coupon code: FLASH50 to get 50% off registration (renewals will recur at the regular price). JOIN HERE!

Testimonials from Chic Members:

“I have really loved the forum and will be continuing my membership. I have joined one or two before and didn’t feel like it was useful, or a good fit. But I really like Chic Critique. I signed up for a critique with Brandi Smyth and that has been really helpful, and i tuned in to the webinar with Mary Marantz and got some ideas i can’t wait to implement. i had a couple the very next day that had me thinking hmmm… is this my ideal bride & groom?? And I love the magazine! And the Instagram feed. Thank you. :)” -Kinsey Holt

“I have learned so much from your forum, you have no idea. I am eternally grateful. :0) I mean it, Kelli France. Crap now I am crying.” -Jackie B. Harley

I took a leap of faith and purchased the lifetime membership…I have been a member for less than 12 hours, and I am so excited and confident that this is the best investment of my photographic career.  Thanks also to all the contributors who have shared their talents so openly and honestly.” -Chi Nguyen

“There is a lot of activity here and the amount of information and types of photography you cover are fantastic. I’m in two other forums and one just started a few months ago so not many posters and the other is dominated by maybe six posters and the information doesn’t always fulfill the question I am seeking an answer for. I love how lively it is here, I love the magazine, and I love the blog. Keep it up!” -Meagen Rice

“I’ve only been a member of the forum for a short time, and mainly only to get into the Critique class with Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman, but I must say, I ADORE YOUR FORUM!!!!!!!!! I love it oh so so so so much! Already! Thank you for providing such a wonderful (and well organized) atmosphere for photographers!” -Victoria Anne Hershman
 
“I just signed up to the forum today. I am loving it! :) It is unlike any forum that I have researched. I’m glad I joined this one! :)” -Jeanie Holland

“I initially just wanted to join the CC forum so I could sign up for Jennifer Tonetti Spellman’s class. I’m so glad I’m on CC because I’m getting so much more than what I expected. The other members’ and celebrity photogs’ ideas on marketing and customer service are the most valuable for me! I love how everyone has something awesome to share, be it editing style or helpful critiques. I’m loving the freebies too!”   -Owee Yulo

“I don’t say it much but thanks Kelli! Chic has really been a huge part of my growth as a photographer. Not just the critique, but also the wealth of information, introduction to awesome vendors and experts, and encouragement and support! Thought of you this morning as I headed to the gym without even thinking to put on makeup! :) have a great weekend!”  -Jaclyn Jeanquart

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 Thurs. Oct. 3rd at midnight

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

 

DAY 1 – HUGE 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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